We don’t know about you, but we are so excited for the coming weekend…. Thanksgiving is finally here. Not only do we love spending time with family and friends but all of the yummy food. YAY! We’re sure you have your family traditions, and whether it is a big party or a small more intimate gathering we all like to enjoy the festivities of Thanksgiving. So we wanted to share a few of our traditions with you, along with our stuffing (or do you call it dressing) recipes that are a must have on our dinner tables this weekend.
Ever since I was a kid Thanksgiving was always an exciting tradition with my family. First thing we all looked forward to be The Rockton World’s Fair. If you haven’t been, you’ll have to make a point of going this year. Like any fair, there are lots of rides and yummy foods to choose from but it is also a great agricultural venue. My family was a very active part of the fair for as long as I can remember.
Our mom, aunts and grandparents were all volunteers for years, which meant we went to the fair everyday (not so bad for a kid lol) We also were part of the agricultural side of things. My sister, brother and cousins would show our dairy cows in the cow show. May not sound like fun to some but honestly it was a highlight of our year. Still to this day we all go to The Rockton Worlds Fair Thanksgiving weekend, and I now get to take my son and let him enjoy the traditions I grew up with.
We pick a night; usually Monday evening to do our dinner. We like to switch it up so some years it’s Turkey some it’s Ham. I’m good with either, since that’s not my favorite part… mine is the stuffing! Turkey or not I NEED the stuffing haha. Here is the one my mom always made and to this day it is still my fav. Here’s the recipe… Enjoy!
- 2 cups dry bread cubes
- 2 cups diced celery
- 2 cups chopped onions
- 2 tablespoons chopped Italian parsley
- 1 tablespoon chopped fresh sage
- 1 tablespoon chopped fresh rosemary
- 1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
- 8 tablespoons butter
- 2 1/2 cups turkey broth or 2 1/2 cups chicken broth
- Sauté the onions, celery. herbs, salt and pepper in butter until soft.
- Combine with the bread cubes by tossing lightly, adding enough broth to make it wet but not too soggy, place in a baking pan.
- Cover with foil and bake at 325F. for 45 minutes.
- Uncover and bake 15 minutes more.
For Thanksgiving, as a youngster we would always get together as a family and have the BIG traditional dinner. Over the years the location always changed as we would take turns hosting and prepping. (We all get to help with clean up :)) However, since having young children, I find it is easier for them to be at home so these past few years I have been hosting and I love it! I absolutely love the time spent with family and friends, the big meal that you always almost regret eating so much immediately afterwards because your pants are so tight and all you want to do is put on some stretchy ones and sit on the couch while you digest, but most of all I love being able to set the dining room table. I use different decorative pieces that I change up over the year for different holidays. For thanksgiving I always try to incorporate fall colours along with some pumpkins and gourds. You can never go wrong with cute little pumpkins. This year we are going to tye-dye mini white pumpkins with the kids and use those as part of our centrepiece. We may end up with some tye-dyed children as a result but they love to join in the fun and it’s a great activity to be able to do with the kids. I found this link if you want to try it yourself.
I am extra excited this year because we are going to be able to share our wonderful Canadian thanksgiving traditions with family that is traveling from Holland to spend some time with us. Although they do celebrate thanksgiving in Holland, it is not a holiday they make a big deal of like we do here. This will be the first Canadian thanksgiving they are going to experience.
As some of you know already I am a little obsessed with sweet cakes by Melissa. She is a local baker here in Brantford and she is my “cake goddess!” Every party, get together or any excuse I can come up with I order sweets from her. We are going to have traditional pumpkin pie with real whip cream for dessert in addition to her delicious cupcakes. I can’t wait to try the lemon lavender one! If you haven’t already tried her cakes, trust me, you should!!
Since Lisa shared her stuffing recipe with you I thought maybe I would share our family recipe as well… Mom did mention that this is from a recipe she borrowed from her aunt, and everyone in the family uses it. Except everyone has made adjustments to suit their own tastes so it is always a little different, but always delicious.
- 1 loaf white sandwich bread, torn into pieces
- Add Salt, Pepper and Poultry seasoning to taste and set aside
- Brown sausage meat, add to bread (you can use any sausage you like, in or out of casings). Chop into bite sized pieces if leaving in casings
- Chop one white onion, ½ bunch celery, 4 cloves garlic, 1 green pepper. Sauté in butter until soft, add to bread
- Sauté 8 oz sliced mushrooms in butter, add to bread
- Moisten with 1 – 2 cups chicken stock to make a moist but not soggy mixture. Taste, and adjust seasoning as required.
- Stuff your bird, or put dressing into a crockpot on low while the turkey is in the oven, stirring occasionally.
We would like to wish you all a wonderful Thanksgiving.
Maybe you guys would like to share your favourite stuffing recipes too! We know they are all delicious! Comment below and we will be sure to try them!