Saturday, October 12, 2013


     The "Martha" in me really likes to express herself this time of year. Henry and I visited Mimi this week to bake pumpkin pie (with real pumpkins). My mom and I put on our aprons, rolled our pie dough and added generous shakes of cinnamon, cloves and ginger to our filling.

I still remember the day I asked my grandmother to teach me how to bake her famous apple pie. She sat me down at her kitchen table and had me record her recipe in my journal. Then she tucked my long brown locks into her old fashioned baking cap and taught me the secrets to her perfect pastry.

Circa 2008. My grandma snapped this photo because she was so proud of my first apple pie.

While our pumpkin pies cooled, I decided I also wanted to bake my grandma's specialty for Thanksgiving dessert. Mimi hesitated at first because the pumpkin pies were a lot of work, but soon enough the delicious aroma of cinnamon was once again spreading throughout her house. Baking together was a really nice way for my mother and I to remember my grandmother and celebrate her spirit.

Made with love

Later, Henry got his craft on and created Thanksgiving cards for all of his favourite people. The hand print turkey is a baby-friendly craft that is a great sensory experience for little ones. Henry loved exploring the (non-toxic) paints.

The poem at the back of the card:
This isn't just a turkey
as anyone can see
I made it with my hand
which is a part of me.
It comes with lots of love
especially to say
I hope you have a very
Happy Thanksgiving Day!

Thanksgiving makes me so happy. The cooking, the handmade place cards, the beautiful centerpieces, the heat in the kitchen and getting together with the whole family. Every year, Mike and I take turns sharing what we're grateful for. We are so blessed and have so much to be thankful for.

Happy 10 Months Henry!

And a Thanksgiving giveaway for you!!!

A lucky commenter from this post will receive a $50 Moxie's Grill and Bar gift certificate.

What are you thankful for?

My silly turkey!

Happy Thanksgiving, ya big Turkeys!


  1. Oooh Moxie's! I'd love a date night! Abby made that same craft in her kindergarten class this year and I'll treasure it forever!

  2. Aw.. Henry's turkey are so cute and chunky :) I wish I could experience the whole baking thing.. my mom wasnt into baking and the oven isnt my best friend lol.. Happy Thanksgiving!

  3. Does your turkey get to have turkey this year? I'm Thankful my friends are great examples for amazing parents. I look forward to all their wisdom when and if I bring a little one into the world one day.

  4. I love your creativity! And I may just steal your pumpkin idea for Ella's 11 months. I am very thankful for a happy and healthy family. I appreciate the special moments we capture together and can't wait to create more.

  5. Henry is so gorgeous! And great job on your pies! :) Mmm Moxies would be perfect too hehe :)

  6. I love baking pies too! What wonderful memories you are creating. The turkey handprints are fantastic love the poem !! Haven't been to moxies in ages. Goodluck everyone!

  7. My mom always makes pies for holidays and now that I live in a different province, making the pies on holidays when I'm away from my family makes me feel a bit closer to them :) The turkeys are a great idea, I'm going to try it with Milo!

  8. I am thankful for so much ... meeting my wonderful partner, a great job with fantastic coworkers, living in a terrific city (in the best country in the world) ... Life is Good : )

  9. I am thankful for a wonderful holiday weekend spent with the best people I know - friends and family :)