Hi, Jennifer McLean here and I'm Canadian. Yep, that means we already had our Thanksgiving, in early October, if you were interested. We tend to have a quieter celebration than the ones I hear my American friends have. Our day is usually just a few family, no dressing up or extra preparation, just turkey with all the fixings and a few rented movies. It's kind of nice, a holiday that isn't hectic.
Mom and I have even started tweaking recipes so they can be made a day ahead of THE day, taking the pressure off even more, allowing everyone, including the cook, to relax and enjoy themselves. The one thing I still do every year is count my blessings. I try and think of just how lucky I have it, what I'm thankful for who I love. This year I made a little visual that helps me see the things on my mental list.
|My Thankful Chart|
- Family - I've been reminded this year just how fragile family can be as I get older. Loyalty is always a good thing.
- Friends - I'm incredibly lucky to have the extraordinary friends that I do. I just wish I lived closer to them. They're worth every effort to stay in touch, they are all beautiful people and I'm a lucky girl.
- Health - I work on this daily. This year I've seen some real strides toward where I want to be. Yay!
- Love - This is the most important thing. Love one another, it's good for you.
- Peace - I try to be kind to everyone, hoping that in kindness, as it stretches from person to person, there is always a glimmer of a truly peaceful world.
- Hope - With the bombardment of all the negative things I hear on television and the internet, I fight to remember to keep hope alive.
- Joy - I try everyday to increase it. Even if only to remember to smell the proverbial roses.
- God - Although in a small bubble, not small in my life. Only something very personal, something I don't talk about in public. I feel no need to talk about my spirituality, it's between me and the Universe.
- You - My blog friends. I feel lucky to know you all and to share with you, back and forth, our love of art. It adds immensely to my daily happiness.
Rustic Romanoff Potatoes
- 3 large russet baking potatoes
- 1/2 - 1 cup sour cream (or light sour cream)
- 1/2 - 1 cup mayonnaise
- garlic powder to taste (or minced fresh garlic)
- salt & pepper
- 4 - 6 oz old cheddar cheese (grated)
- 1/2 lb bacon
- 4 green onions (finely chopped)
- 1/2 Tbsp parsley
- 1/2 tsp paprika
- Wash, poke, wrap in foil and bake the russet potatoes until done, approx. an hour.
- Let potatoes cool completely then dice up into 1 inch cubes.
- Sauté the bacon until tender/crisp then break into small pieces.
- Mix up all the ingredients together in a large bowl with the diced potatoes and bacon, reserving some cheddar to sprinkle on the top.
- adjust spices to taste.
- Pour the mixture into a 9" x 12" pan and spread generally smooth. Sprinkle remaining cheese on top.
- Bake for approx. 1/2 hour at 350 degrees or until hot and bubbling. Serve immediately.
- amounts are general, use the amount needed to make the mixture creamy.
- the recipe can store in the fridge before cooking for a minimum of 24 hours and can also be reheated as leftovers with great success.
Happy Thanksgiving to you!