Saturday, October 12, 2013

Baking Thanksgiving Pies

It is almost Thanksgiving in Canada!  In the US, we always celebrate on Thursday.  Here, it is a pick and choose holiday - celebrate either on Sunday OR Monday!  I will be celebrating tomorrow with friends and spent the afternoon today at their house visiting and helping with some of the prep work.  I am bringing the easiest menu items - rolls, ice cream, ice tea and coffee creamer.
My girlfriend is always in constant motion.  I sat on a stool in the kitchen, chatted and watched while she rolled out enough pie crust for 5 of them, plus 2 little berry tarts for us to snack on later with our coffee.  Here we have 2 pumpkin pies and 1 apple pie cooling, plus the baked pie shells for 2 more pies.  I helped to peel the apples.  My friend made 3 jars of apple sauce too, plus then boiled all the peels to make apple juice to use to make apple jelly.  

She has a small, but efficient garden.  We went out and she picked parsnips, carrots, corn and those little squashes for our dinner tomorrow too.  You can't see it in the photo, but this is actually a pretty deep bowl - all the parsnips are on the bottom!
We have having turkey, dressing, mashed potatoes, fried parsnips, the carrots, corn and squash, gravy, rolls, homemade cranberry sauce (she made that yesterday) and pie & ice cream.  
We were busy this afternoon and also had a good visit too.  I am still recovering from being overtired.  On Weds. I went out for tea with another friend and ended up fainting in the tea house and spraining my ankle, plus banged my head. Fortunately, she was the one who drove us there.  My ankle is still a bit sore, which is why I was sitting on the stool while my friend rolled out all those pie crusts today.  So, I am really trying to take it easy and rest up.  Easier said than done though because I have a ton of work still to do.  I did take Thurs. morning off though and enjoyed some time with my knitting/quilting group.  I was working on a sock, but it was pretty much agreed that it was rather wide around, so I ended up ripping it back and have now started over with smaller needles.  We always have coffee and a dessert at the group and the person who brought in the coffee cake had used small green tomatoes in it - never had that before, but it was good once you got over the fact that there were green tomatoes in there! 
So tomorrow - I just have to work the morning, have all day off and then have to take a test on-line for school by midnight.  I usually go to bed by 9:30 this time of year so it will be well before the deadline.  The class I am taking this semester is statistics and it is taking me about 15 hours a week to complete my homework.  I am so happy that I only registered for one class this semester because any more would have been just too much.
If you are Canadian, enjoy your Thanksgiving this week!

This house down the street from me is getting a basement!
Edited:  my poor foot on Thanksgiving morning:


Lindah said...

Oh my! Your poor foot. Hope you are feeling better now. Also hope that you are able to get more rest into your over-busy schedule. Sounds like the lady who made the pies could use some rest, too. I cannot imagine making that many pies in one day. Yikes!
It's good to hear from you again. Enjoy the beautiful fall. Ours is just beginning down here.

Candace said...

Sounds like a lovely time, but yes, your poor foot. Hope you can catch up on some rest.

Doodlebug Gail said...

Happy Thanksgiving to you Evelyn - we had our celebration on Saturday evening ..... cooked enough for serious leftovers :-). Your ankle looks painful, take good care of it and please do take good care of yourself as well. Kind Regards - Gail

{Geo}Holly said...

Oh wow, Evelyn. I hope you will get some rest and relaxation soon. Your day spent with friends getting ready for thanksgiving sounded lovely.