It’s Thanksgiving in Canada!

Yes it is true. It is already the Thanksgiving weekend in Canada.

Personally I think American’s get kindda screwed on this one. October is the perfect time of year to have a Thanksgiving dinner. The leaves have turned but the trees aren’t bare, there’s pumpkins everywhere, people are high on life, man.

Not sure what got into me there.

But you get the picture. It’s a very pretty time of year, and since in Canada Thanksgiving represents giving thanks for the harvest, there’s always freshly harvested food for the dinner. October brings potatoes, red peppers, squash, carrots, beets and still plenty of fresh greens.

October. The vegetable friendly month.

I did a post last year around the time of the American Thanksgiving on how to carve a turkey so it still looks relatively like a turkey. So I thought I’d remind my Canadian readers about that post so they can take another look at it prior to hacking up  carving  their Thanksgiving turkey.



Then I thought … I wonder if everyone remembers how to make a pumpkin from an ACTUAL pumpkin.  My friend Marilyn and I spent spent a good chunk of time last week talking about how we’d never EVER go back to canned pumpkin again.  We’re thinking of going door to door this year with a Powerpoint presentation outlining the benefits of real pumpkin over canned.


And of course … homemade pumpkin pie, got me to thinking about Whipped Cream, Canadian Style, eh?!


And finally. What am I thankful for this Thanksgiving? That I am happy.

Have a good weekend!



  1. Lesley says:

    “The leaves have turned but the trees arenโ€™t bare, thereโ€™s pumpkins everywhere, people are high on life, man.”

    Except in Winnipeg where the leaves are pretty much off and it is currently snowing. Horizontally. (sob)

  2. Kat says:

    You are absolutely correct spent 20 years down State side and Thanksgiving just seemed weird to me down there, when I finally got back to Canada there was a big sigh of relief my first Thanksgiving back. It seemed normal again. The only thing I miss now is the Ontario colors. Alberta has 2 colors…Green, yellow and gone, and gone is here now. By the way how do I get to put my picture in the little box beside my comments?

  3. Angela Recker says:

    Happy Thanksgiving! May your turkey be moist, your decorations flawless & your company gracious!

  4. Lesley is making me jealous!
    Reading your post is a lovely start to my day, and weekend, thanks Karen. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving, look forward to loads of veggie pics!

  5. Elle says:

    Happy thanksgiving!

    We don’t have canned pumpkin so every fall I make batches of pumpkin puree myself and freeze in 1 cup amounts to use all year long in pancakes, pies etc. I’m glad I’m not missing out on anything.

  6. Cassandra says:

    Here is Florida the leaves don’t turn until January if we are luck and get a day of cold ๐Ÿ™‚

    I agree with you October would be a nicer time for Thanksgiving.

    This may sound ignorant but I never thought about it before. Does Canada have the dreaded Black Friday Sales to go with Thanksgiving?

    Hope you enjoy your day. The menu sound amazing!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Cassandra – We don’t have any sales associated with our Thanksgiving. However, more and more stores are starting to have sales that coincide with the American Thanksgiving! ~ karen

  7. Karol says:

    We’re still sweating our balls off here in Florida, a-wishin’ and a-hopin’ for some cooler (less than 90) weather.

  8. Your post triggered a memory of the year our oldest son made pumpkin pie. Unfortunately he didn’t know there were pie pumpkins….We had jack o’ lantern pie.

  9. Tigersmom says:

    Happy Thanksgiving!

    No pity for us Texans, please. Here the leaves haven’t turned and we’re still hitting 80 degrees or close to it. For us, the weather and the leaves at our Thanksgiving are quite similar to yours.

  10. FLP says:

    I am certainly thankful for starting my morning with you, Karen, and your attitude towards life and doing stuff. Happy Thanksgiving.

  11. Mary Kay says:

    Happy Thanksgiving Karen!! Hope you have a happy, drama free holiday.

  12. Enjoy your weekend Karen ๐Ÿ™‚

  13. marilyn says:

    bought the pumpkins karen..those pies are as good as made! i might bring you a piece when i come by to try and squeeze my incredibly large calves into your bog boots..i too am happy..thanks for being part of it. happy thanksgiving! my favourite holiday.xo

  14. Barbara says:


  15. Nancy Blue Moon says:

    I am glad that you are happy…You are so right..October is the perfect month to have a harvest celebration..You and the Fella have a great Thanksgiving..

  16. Jen H says:

    Snowing?! I just checked, and yep, we have a high of 90F today. Lucky, lucky, though, it should be down to the mid 70s by late tonight!

  17. Ruth says:

    Personally, I think all North Americans got worked over, because Thanksgiving seems to be kinda like the last request of someone on death row… one last hurrah before the frosty fingers of winter slap you upside the head. (At any rate, that’s my tropical 2 cents. Please ignore the current exchange rate) ๐Ÿ˜€

  18. Debbie says:

    Happy Thanksgiving Karen!!! If you’d like to send real pumpkin pie my way, I’d be happy to test your real vs. canned theory!! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  19. Alex says:

    They make canned pumpkin? Yes that’s the rock I just crawled out from under.

  20. Danielle says:

    We certainly have the better month for Thanksgiving, but I would like to adopt the US tradition of the four day weekend for this holiday.

    Happy Thanksgiving!

  21. Bee says:

    Happy Thanksgiving! I’m thankful I have your blog to read every morning before I have to start doing real work. I was wondering what recipe you use for turkey?

  22. Lauren says:

    Considering it will be 97F today, I am very happy to note cooking in the kitchen all day.
    Happy thanksgiving to you!!
    Absolutely my most favorite holiday.

  23. Lisa F says:

    Happy Thanksgiving Karen! October is my favorite month—you are right–Thanksgiving belongs in October. Wonder what I have to do to get that changed here!
    Talking about weather–Wednesday it was 85 degrees.Yesterday 41 degrees, today, rain snow mix. CRAZY–but next week we will be back in the beautiful 70’s!
    Now off to see if I can figure out that Avatar thing!

  24. carey says:

    Here in California November is the perfect time for Thanksgiving, brisk but not too cold, leaves are turning, plentiful food. But hey, it sounds good in October too!

  25. Lorna says:

    The best advantage of a Canadian Thanksgiving is you have time to get over the food coma and annoying relatives before you have to do it all again at Christmas. American Thanksgiving is the start of one looooonnnnnnnnng season of food and Uncle Herman that must feel like it goes on forever.

  26. Marion says:

    Happy Canadian Thanksgiving!!! I must say that I’ve always been a fan of the American Thanksgiving, mainly because I always get presents around that time because my birthday is at the end of November ๐Ÿ™‚

  27. Danielle M. says:

    Happy Thanksgiving, lady!

  28. Theresa says:

    Happy Canadian Thanksgiving! I hope you and your family have a lot of fun and good together time!

  29. Traci says:

    You need to make a Pumpkin Toddy to enjoy this Thanksgiving. I got the recipe from an awesome book called Real Food for Healthy Kids (or something like that). Heat a cup of milk with 3 T pumpkin puree, 1/2 teaspoon real maple syrup, and a dash of pumpkin pie spice (I just throw in a little cinnamon, cloves, and nutmeg). Warm it up and enjoy. I have decided that this will be at our American Thanksgiving this year. I’m thinking next time I make it I will top it with maple whip cream!

  30. Janet says:

    October Thamksgiving? That would be so nice…maybe it’s time to move north. Happy Canadian Thanksgiving to you, the fella, and of course the chickens…bet they’re thankful
    they aren’t turkeys.

  31. Kristina says:

    LOL “pinned” your real pumpkin pie recipe weeks ago…and please tell your Momma that I am a fully functioning biped and I venture outside daily, mostly to work though (insert sad face here.) No television (by choice, mind you) leaves me lots of time to be entertained by your AWESOME BLOG!! and MY chickens and 5 monkeys. By monkeys, I mean maniac dogs.

  32. Kristina says:


  33. Liz says:

    Hey Karen, love your blog! As I was reading tonight I just thought how awesome it would be if all of us readers could see the location of all your commenters. Is there a way to do that or is that breaching some sort of privacy law?
    Oh, and a Happy Thanksgiving to you from Saskatchewan!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Liz! Thanks. I am always infinitely happy (does that even make sense?) when someone tells me where they’re from. I have no idea why it’s so pleasing to me, but it is. I don’t think there’s a way to have where someone is from automatically come up. I’ll look into it, but you’re right. Not everyone wants the whole world to know what state or province they’re in I suppose. ~ karen!

      • Angie says:

        Maybe you could add another little box here where we leave our comments; right under the option for “website” it could say “location” and those of us who wanted to could put in our State(New Mexico) or country, or continent. I think it would be cool to see how far reaching your blog is! And it would help to make sense of comments like “sweating our balls off here”….Here where? Florida, Arizona, Calcutta??? Inquiring minds want to know!

  34. My Texas Table says:

    MAPLE WHIPPED CREAM???!!!! YUM!!! You are so clever!

  35. Donna T says:

    Happy Thanksgiving Karen! And thank you for the reminder on how to get my avatar thingy… now we’ll see if she works. ๐Ÿ™‚

    And, being from the states, I must say I prefer Thanksgiving in November so I can devote as much time as I want to HALLOWEEN! Thanks anyway, but in my part of Oregon we will still have pretty leaves and the last of the veggies in November!

  36. Amy says:

    oooh maple whipped cream! Thanks for the links, especially the pumpkin link. My boyfriend is a chef and wants to try to make fresh pumpkin goodies, so this is perfect. We had to buy pumpkins for him to cook and pumpkins for me to just look at, otherwise we’d have none left by Halloween!
    In the next couple of days, we’ll be trying to bring fall here to San Diego, CA by cooking pumpkin yummies and putting up fake fall leaves…

    • Karen says:

      Amy – I just took the last of my 2 Pumpkin Pies out of the oven. They look great. Didn’t even crack on the top! Happy fake fall! ~ karen

  37. Jasmine says:

    Happy Thanksgiving to you and your peeps! We certainly have much to be thankful for. One of them is how entertained we are by you!
    Just spent a week in Napa (gorgeous) and saw some beautiful linen stuff in the stores-but I resisted and thought I would come home and check out the Rough Linen sponsor instead. Can’t wait to order something.
    It’s more like summer in BC, but I will take a turkey holdiay any way I can get it! Cheers!

    • Karen says:

      Thanks Jasmine! Actually, it was like summer last year in Southern Ontario. I contemplated bringing my harvest table outside for dinner but decided against it. It was 28 degrees or something that! ~ karen

  38. Ashley says:

    It’s still summer here in NC but I think October would be the perfect month for Thanksgiving. Still lots of fresh veggies in the garden now….. and then we could put up the Christmas decor earlier;)

  39. Sally says:

    What an awesome pie recipe!! Topping it off with my own maple syrup (whipped cream) only made it that much better–according to the family response it seems like there is a new tradition in the house! Thanks!

    • Karen says:

      Excellent! I made 2 this year. The one made in a Pyrex pie plate turned out perfectly, the one in a tin pie plate not as good. Pyrex definitely wins for producing the crispiest crust. ~ karen

  40. KJ says:

    Thanksgiving in October?!? You obviously don’t have kids. October is 24/7, 31 days of HALLOWEEN prep, planning and parties. I couldn’t handle Thanksgiving in October. Plus it’s 80 degrees fahrenheit (28C) here during October in Dallas, Texas. I think we’ll stick with the 4th Thursday in November.

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