I’m so excited for Thanksgiving weekend. My siblings are coming home, we get to see family and we have our first official house guests coming, my grandparents! It feels like a real holiday weekend. I’m sure there will be lots of yard work and renovation work thrown in there too, but I’m ready for a little downtime with family.
The last few days I’ve been helping my mom make Pumpkin Flower Arrangements for a fundraiser she is doing. She’d hoped to make 30-40 arrangements, but within less than 24 hours her inbox was overflowing with 80 orders! She’s worked really hard this week to get all her pumpkins, flowers and oasis ready with help from friends and neighbours. It took her from Wednesday morning until this afternoon, but they’re finally all done. It was so nice seeing everyone so excited when they picked up their arrangements.
The colours she chose were so beautiful and they all turned out slightly different. Some had rust and yellow flowers, others were purple and red, and my favourites were burgundy and yellow. The brown teasels are from our meadow and the cedar is from my parents’ garden.
If you like this idea, I shared a tutorial a few years back on how you can make your own Pumpkin Flower Arrangement. They make a great Thanksgiving centerpiece or hostess gift!
Shadow was so happy to have my mom outside all day but it meant no afternoon nap inside. By the time I got there after work, she was out cold in the yard.
The neighbour’s dog was wiped from all the excitement too, ha!
Now that the flowers are done, it’s onto food prep.We get two dinners this year – one at my aunt and uncle’s cottage and another at my parents’ house. There is always so much good food, like my mom’s Bacon-Wrapped Turkey, my great aunt’s Homemade Cranberry Sauce, my aunt’s broccoli cauliflower casserole, my Nana’s baked goods and Pumpkin Pie from Scratch. I love it all!
I’m hoping we get some nice weather this weekend and we can go out for a hike or kayak ride. Last year we went on a hike to our family’s homestead from after the War of 1812. It was a great way to burn off some of those extra holiday calories!
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I hope all my fellow Canadians have a lovely Thanksgiving weekend!