✯ Day 283 of Vintage 365 ✯
From the Bartlett pear hued trees to the fabulously nippy breeze, the return of thick socks and cozy cardigans to the intoxicating aromas of seasonal cooking, autumn is fully, marvellously, here - and I couldn't be more delighted about that wonderful fact!
When last we left off (three weeks ago), fall was inches away from starting, now, well into October, it's in town and shining as beautifully as a full harvest moon.
Today seems especially festive because, well, it is! Up here on this northerly side of the 49th, it's Canadian Thanksgiving.
Though it's just the two of us celebrating at home together this year (three counting the mash potato loving Ms. Stella!), that doesn't mean I'm not pulling out all the bells and whistles to help make this day extra special.
It might only be 10am, but I've been up for hours, each of the four burners on, and two small racks in, my tiny apartment kitchen oven in full use, as the start of this afternoon's meal gets underway.
A classic (save for the fact that everything is gluten-free) Thanksgiving turkey dinner is in full swing, the bird - laced with bacon and fresh herbs, a dab of honey mustard smeared across its skin for good measure and extra flavour; two kinds of potatoes, rice pilaf, oodles of veggies, homemade ginger cranberry sauce, every last tasty morsel is starting come together, as I peel, chop and prepare enough festive food to feed a small army.
I love the joy today brings, the peace that comes amongst the moments of business and merriment, when one can serenely reflect upon all that they have to be thankful for.
Against t the backdrop of a amber hued morning, pushing aside all the less-than-fabulous moments so far this year, it seems my mind can focus only on the blessings in life. Love that, treasure that, am grateful for the ability to smile and focus on the good.
I hope deeply that today, all my fellow Canadians and worldwide readers alike, are able to feel the same way, too.
It's awesome to be back after my little blogcation, dear friends, and I'm eager to enjoy every moment of this enchanting season with you.
For today however, I need to go baste the bird, but before doing so, I'll wish you all the most marvelous, tranquil, deeply lovely Thanksgiving Day imaginable!