Despite it not being a holiday here in the UK, I think Thanksgiving is becoming my favourite celebration of all. If you're new here - we have adopted this tradition because I like the idea of taking time to consider how grateful we are, to take stock if you like, before the gluttony and abundance of the Christmas period begins.
Our celebrations have taken various forms throughout the years (2011 was by far the prettiest) but today it centred around a simple, special meal.
I have taken so much joy in pottering in the kitchen today in preparation. I made classic Pumpkin Pie (I found that it makes masses more filling than is needed to make a 9 inch pie so I recommend preparing plenty of pastry or adjust the amounts by almost half). Turkey meatballs with a cranberry glaze were the best thing I made - if you're looking for a low-cost alternative to a roast bird for Christmas I highly recommend this dish. I made quite large meatballs because I'm lazy but it's designed to make about 30 small ones. There were veggies, of course, and the crispiest of roast potatoes. Delicious!
We picked up some of those tiny sparklers in the city at the weekend so I popped one in the pumpkin pie for a bit of pizazz! And it was our first festival meal in the new house and the reflection of the candles on the surrounding windows against the dark night made it seem like the entire room was filled with them.
There was no thankful tree this year, instead we talked a lot about what we're thankful for and high on that list was the safe area we have moved to, restful sleep and quiet times.
I have so much to be thankful for this year and I'd like to express my heart-felt gratitude to you for still visiting this little space - I feel like I've been a moaning ninny more than I have been inspirational this year so thanks for sticking it out with me.
I'm sure I say this every November but I can't quite believe that advent begins so soon. I'm working very hard at saying No to things - this year I'm aiming for advent to be simple, calm, comforting, family centred, nourishing and cosy. I'm finishing up my last work commissions of the year this week and then getting ready to fully immerse myself in the season.