Growing up in Australia, we didn't celebrate Thanksgiving. I don't think I had ever even heard of it until I moved to Canada. The first time Hubby mentioned pumpkin pie I thought he was insane. You have baked pumpkin with lamb, or maybe pumpkin scones but pie? Pie was for apple and berries. But I'm a convert. I like autumn. It's time for pumpkin pies, pumpkin chocolate chip bread, pumpkin spice lattes, pumpkin pancakes and pumpkin cheesecakes.
This year we celebrated Thanksgiving in style. On Friday night Hubby and I went to the Midnight Service at Blasted Church Winery in Okanagan Falls. The food was so good. BBQ from Memphis Blues BBQ - a heart attack on a plate. But it's too delicious to pass up. Caesar Salad, potato salad, garden salad, pulled pork, beef brisket, ribs, BBQ chicken, sausage, corn bread and BBQ beans. I had seconds of the pulled pork. Hubby had seconds of pretty much everything.
Wine from Blasted Church, of course. White, Rose and Red. I had to try a little of each. Music by Ruthie Foster. Until last year I had not heard of Ruthie Foster, now I've seen her play live twice. Awesome night. We'll go again next year.
Saturday we headed to Hubby's parents on the island. We were quite the group. Hubby and I, our niece - Taylor, and our friends - Joanna, Kim and Deka. Barb and Stew were already there, obviously, at it's their house.
Our original plan was to park the cars at Horseshoe Bay, walk on the ferry and then Stew would pick us all up at the other end. Slight flaw in that plan? The parking was all full! Joanna managed to nab a spot and Hubby, Taylor and I ended up driving on the ferry. Flying is so much quicker. However the weather was not cooperating with us, and it wasn't going to open up. So the ferry it was.
Sunday, Kim and Hubby decided it was a beautiful flying day (although I don't think beautiful was the exact word they used). So they drove home, picked up the planes and flew back to the island! In the meantime Barb, Joanna and I made dinner! Well Barb did most of the making, Joanna and I kept her company. And Taylor and Deka? They were creating whatever chaos a 6 and a 7 year old can create when they have free reign of a house.
The boys landed just in time for dinner. How's that for timing? Joanna's brother, Nik and his friend Nicole also joined us for dinner. There was so much food. Turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce, gravy, green beans, brussels sprouts, boiled potatoes, candied sweet potatoes and pumpkin pie. I like evenings where we linger at the table, in no hurry to leave. No need to watch TV, or finish off some work, or drive home. Just sit, relax, chat and catch up.
This morning the weekend had to end. But it with pumpkin pancakes and a smooth flight home.