How to Host Thanksgiving: Do’s and Don’ts

Here in the beautiful North, Thanksgiving is just three short weeks away.

In our home, this fall has been our absolute busiest ever (watch this space for a huge announcement coming soon) and there are just not enough hours in the day. Every day.

I know you’re also in the thick of the autumn hustle and bustle, which is why we need to start organizing ourselves for Thanksgiving sooner, rather than later.

Thanksgiving has been one of my favourite subjects to write about from the moment I began blogging. True fact: this fruit and herb stuffing recipe from nearly a decade ago is still my favourite accompaniment to roast turkey. And since we’re deep diving into the archives, I think it is time to bring back this apple pie. Oh and the pumpkin bread pudding, too.

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A long weekend, camp coffee and my bannock recipe

This post is sponsored by Coleman Canada and Canadian Tire.

It’s the Friday before the long weekend and for once, I don’t have any lavish entertaining plans in the works. Instead I’m slotting in some down time for our family, preferably around the backyard fire pit.

Back to school week wiped us all out. The house looks like a tornado swept through it and everyone is a little emotional with all the changes. While it will be good to get into a routine next week, I’m taking the next three days to slow things down.

I want to savour the simple pleasures in life this weekend, like a cup of coffee brewed outdoors and a skillet of tender bannock cooked over an open fire.

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How to host a harvest dinner party

An outdoor dinner with friends to celebrate the season, in partnership with Beau’s All Natural.

There’s been a slight chill in the air since we returned home from a road trip through Southern Ontario last week.

While Niagara-on-the-Lake was blistering hot – hot enough to really sweeten the peaches we were picking – I’ve noticed I need to grab a flannel shirt when I’m heading out to the garden in the morning and evenings. The changing weather is just one reminder that summer is slipping away.

Here on the homestead, another sign of the season is our annual harvest dinner. It is summer’s last hurrah, a gathering of close friends for no reason other than celebrating the bounty of August produce.

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Maple Multigrain Waffle Cake with Cinnamon Syrup Drizzle

I‘m only popping in for a minute to let you know about this maplelicious waffle cake I created recently for Food Network Canada.

I’m writing the occasional article for them as well as working on recipe development. It’s been fun! This Maple Multigrain Waffle Cake with Cinnamon Syrup Drizzle was a dream to create and photograph. I wanted it to feel spring-like, with a nod to sugaring off season, which just wrapped up here in Quebec.

This layer ‘cake’ would be most impressive for a Mother’s Day Brunch – and the good news is, most everything can be made in advance. Hit the jump for more images and a link to the recipe.

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How to host a BIG backyard gathering

Today, while wandering the homestead in a t-shirt with a cup of coffee in hand, I discovered my rhubarb and ramps have sprouted up from the ground.

The kids dug out a Frisbee from the garden shed and dashed around the soggy yard, obviously invigorated by the warm winds. Spring has arrived! It’s time to start planning the many ways we will take advantage of the glorious warm weather.

If you’re anything like me, your mind turns to outdoor entertaining just as soon as the last hunk of ice melts into a puddle on the deck.

The upcoming months hold many opportunities for celebration from a Mother’s Day brunch to a wedding shower lunch, but today I want to talk about throwing a BIG backyard party. The sunup to sundown kind of event, where more people pass through your garden gate then you usually see in an entire month. The kind of party you only throw once in your life – unless you thrive on this sort of thing, of course.

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