This has been the best Thanksgiving I have had in a long time.

In my city life, I was never really able to relax and enjoy the season. I always seemed to start new projects or have major life occurrences in the Fall. I would get to the end of November and wonder where the season went. There never seemed to be time or energy to get out there and revel in the crunchy leaves and fall colours. I would promise myself that next year would be different – I would make the time to embrace one of my favourite seasons.

This year it is finally happening. My life is different now. And Niagara is gorgeous, really, in every season. With such natural beauty and fabulous events on my doorstep, it would really be a crime not to take in as much as I can. So in keeping with the spirit of change that has coursed through my life recently, I decided to do things differently this Thanksgiving.

The first thing City Girl did was go to a pumpkin patch. I had never been to a pumpkin patch. Ken and I came home with lots of pumpkins to decorate Highbrook with. Only $30 for the lot, which I thought was a great deal.


And this is a picture of Mr. Pumpkin


Doesn’t he look scary?

I tortured Ken with quotes from “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown” all the way there and back. Most children of the 70’s will be able to quote with me “….and the great pumpkin will RISE out of the pumpkin patch….”


He wasn’t too impressed.

We brought our pumpkin stash home and arranged them outside. I have never really done the whole fall decor thing before, but we have tried some simple decorations this year, and it has been really nice.


Another different thing that was done this year  – we actually had turkey. Yes, you read that right. Turkey is traditionally served at Thanksgiving. Though I am neither traditional nor a turkey fan, I caved to familial pressure and bought a turkey breast this year. I brined it, and it was pretty good if I say so myself.




Though personally I could make a whole meal of cauliflower cheese.


This was all topped off with a variety of seasonal treats from Willow Cakes and Pastries, which sadly, there are no pictures of. We devoured them before I could get artistic. But – as you may have guessed – I am not a pumpkin pie fan either. Willow’s desserts are always amazing, and these were no exception. I am sure they made a fabulous pumpkin pie, for those who like it. We had little pumpkin cheesecakes, apple cinnamon cheesecakes, and another wonderful creation that was super creamy, and I believe had little pieces of butter tart in it?

To walk off the seasonal feast, we went to the Thanksgiving Festival at Ball’s Falls. It was a glorious fall day, we couldn’t have asked for better.IMG_1455 IMG_1523 IMG_1525 IMG_1530 IMG_1533

A fantastic start to enjoying my first Fall season in Niagara. How did you spend your Thanksgiving?