Thankful

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Thanksgiving has always been my favourite holiday. None of the pressure of gifts and decorating and awful music that comes with Christmas. Instead you just spend a day cooking and stuffing your face. Now that’s a holiday my Aussie husband and I can get behind. And since we want Luella to experience American traditions too, it was great to spend her first Thanksgiving here in Australia.

When she’s older we’ll be able to explain to her the meaning of the holiday. While I like to focus on the positive aspects of getting together with family and appreciating each other, there’s some ugly history behind the day. Offbeat Mama has a great post on how to talk to kids about Thanksgiving in age-appropriate ways (so you don’t have to explain rape and smallpox to your toddler).

So in light of celebrating the positives, we were able to celebrate the day with family and friends. Lu’s Auntie Heather who’s recently returned from overseas spent the day with us, along with our American pal Erin and her fiance Scott. We made a big ol’ vegan feast! On the menu were:

Sweet Potato and Sausage Pie
Garlic Mashed Potatoes
Wholemeal Stuffing
Portobello and Potato Gratin (made by Erin)
Mandarin Cranberry Sauce
Jerk Asparagus
Green Beans with Almonds
Rosemary Thyme Biscuits
Mushroom Gravy
Pumpkin Rice Pudding (made by Erin)
Apple Pie with Vanilla Ice Cream (made by Heather)

A lot to be thankful for this year, indeed. Family, friends, health, great food and some more good news which I’ll be able to talk about in my next post. (A teaser, I know!) It’s been a tremendous year.

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