This weekend was Canadian Thanksgiving! I have said it before, but I like when our Thanksgiving falls. There is ample time to recover from all the eating before we do it all over again at Christmas.
Evan and I headed to Belleville to celebrate turkey day with his mom and nana. On the way we passed the Big Apple, which I now know is awesome since our stop there on the way to Emily’s bachelorette party in Montreal, so we decided to make a quick detour for pies. You cannot have Thanksgiving without pies. The Big Apple has quite the pie operation going on…
So many pies!
I wanted to get them all, but we just went with the traditional pumpkin and apple. And also a few apple fritters that we could eat immediately, which actually may have been the best apple fritter I have ever had.
No visit to the Big Apple is complete without a photo in front of said Big Apple.
We had to take a couple before we got a nice one because Evan found a bulrush. And proceeded to harass me with it.
Until I snapped the end off.
We also went over to the petting zoo area to see the animals, and this beautiful lama caught our eye.
Those are quite the teeth. I thought she was cute though, in her own way.
Eventually we arrived at the Nana’s and had a happy reunion with the family.
We hung out for a few hours, chatting and watching the House Hunters International marathon (which makes me feel like I’m doing life wrong), and then it was time for Thanksgiving dinner. Which was amazing. Curry is the tradition at the Nana’s house (you may remember from last year), so she made us all lentils (which Evan also makes pretty often), meatball curry, yellow rice, curried potatoes, greens, ham, and cachumba (tomatoes and onions in vinegar, I think it is an Indian salad and it is very nice when accompanying curry).
I was insanely full after that but I went back for seconds of just the meatball curry because I couldn’t get enough of it. I like this curry tradition.
The Nana made apple crisp for dessert, so no need to break out our pie. It was REALLY good and I was just dying of fullness afterwards. We all just lazed around and were in bed by 9pm. But it was a very fun evening with Evan’s family. I am sad his mom and nana are a two hour drive from us, because I would like to see them more often. They make me laugh.
On Sunday we all had breakfast together before heading to Evan’s dad’s place to celebrate with that side of their family. That is where the animals are, you may remember. So we spent the afternoon doing the animal visitation rounds.
Remember Peanut, the little piglet?
Well, she has grown.
I got her from all sides so you can fully appreciate her beauty.
She is large and in charge. And she enjoys oinking constantly.
This is Phil.
Phil is a turkey, but Phil is not for eating! He is a pet turkey. I don’t think I have ever taken a moment before to truly appreciate how interesting-looking turkeys are…
So knobby and bumpy and weird looking. His brain looks like it is on the outside of his head.
Phil spends his time stalking the guineafowl. Or maybe it is the gang of guineas who stalk him…
You will occasionally see the guineas running by if you are inside and happen to glance out the window, and then Phil will be lumbering after them like a big T Rex.
This is Raisin.
She looks kind of grumpy (and like a muppet) but I think she just suffers from resting bitchface because she is actually a very cuddly chicken.
And then there is this chicken…
Apparently. That’s what I was told it was.
They also look angry but are quite nice. Those poor guys had their beaks clipped before they arrived at Evan’s dad and Loulou’s, to deter them from pecking other animals.
This is my favourite donkey Zeke!
I just love him. He is so nice. We like to tell each other secrets.
There are also two horses.
She really wanted in a picture with us.
After the animal fest it was dinner time. Another great Thanksgiving meal happening over here… All the turkey things!
I always forget how much I love stuffing. It’s probably good I only eat it a few times a year though, because when it happens I really appreciate it.
I was again full to the point of bursting, so we went back outside for a while before dessert, which was homemade pumpkin pie.
This was very good pumpkin pie. I don’t even usually like pumpkin pie. Well that’s not true, I like all pie but my order of pie preference is lemon merengue – banana cream – pecan – any kind of fruit – pumpkin. But that pie may have bumped pumpkin up to number two (nothing will ever, ever beat my mom’s lemon merengue pie).
We headed back Sunday night and were home just in time for the Walking Dead, which I was on the edge of my seat for the entire time. Perched on the back of my seat may be more accurate. It was awesome and I was happy with how everything turned out. Yesterday we did a bunch of cleaning and stuff around the house, Evan made ham and split pea soup from leftover ham (OMG so good!), and we actually went to the movies for the first time in about a year to see Gone Girl. I loved it. I thought they did such a good job keeping it close to the book, and the casting was even better than I imagined. Evan really liked it also.
So a very good long weekend. I feel very thankful for this guy:
I hope you Canadians had a great weekend filled with all the family and all the food and all the friends! I hope you had that even if you are not Canadian.
I love eating holidays!