Well hello there!! I hope you all (well, my Canadian friends, that is!) had an amazing Thanksgiving long weekend!! This year we did things a bit differently … typically we do a potluck for Thanksgiving but I wanted to try something new so I (with the help of my cousins!!) made my family a VEGAN Thanksgiving dinner!! I was so worried at first as to how they were going to like it and if they would even show up … LOL!! And while it was a little bit stressful it was pretty easy and everyone was so stoked on it! Even the big meat-eating guys were raving!! Phewwww success!!
We ended up whipping up vegan AND gluten-free perogies (you have to wait until the cookbook comes out for this recipe!), kale caesar salad, vegan bacon bits (I used organic smoked tofu, marinated it in maple syrup and they fried it in oil!!), we used these for my grandmas lazy beet rolls (which I transformed into a vegan version!). Roasted carrots, vegan sweet potato casserole, Tori’s buns (yup, we even made these vegan!), vegan gravy, potatoes, and we also made a lentil loaf … but this dish wasn’t as much of a hit … we basically just took all of our old favourites and converted them so it wasn’t a hippy healthy dinner like my family expected! We also made a MASSIVE batch of cashew almond cream and used it in EVERYTHING cream based and subbed butter with Earth Balance!!
Then for dessert, Tori made an Apple Spice Cake (this is another recipe that will be included in the cookbook!!) butttt she made it vegan for our dinner and while it was a denser than the original recipe, it turned out DELICIOUS!! We even make homemade caramel sauce to top it off and Leo and Max could not stop licking the spoon … after about 25 solid licks I was worried that either they would crash hard or be up until 4am wired. LOL!!!! We also make the Vegan Pumpkin Cheesecake Jars which we recently shared on the blog!
While we were waiting for everything to finish cooking Justin fired up the John Deer ride on, attached a wagon to the back and took the kids for a little ride around the yard. It was pretty cute to see them all bundled up under their cozy blankets and it also made my heart do a little flutter as this is EXACTLY how I envisioned family dinners to be at our new house.
I opened up our big sliding doors from the dining room to the front porch, I set up one table inside and one outside … in my mind the sun would be shining and the air would be crisp but comfortable buttttt it was pretty chilly out there so RIGHT before we ate we had to rearrange everything and bring the whole table, the chairs and the settings BACK inside next to our dining room table … lol! What would Thanksgiving be without a little chaos?!
Speaking of chaos … just picture 22 Ukrainians in one room … LOL!! It was a whirlwind of activity, we ate, we drank, we laughed and we shared stories all while making new memories. After dinner (or should I say, after the caramel sauce spoon licking) Leo and Max desperately needed a bath so we grabbed our wine, filled the tub with bubbles and got these boys squeaky clean again!!
Slowly our company started to dwindle and soon it was just myself and my boys at the house again, I was exhausted so some of the cleaning waited until the next day but I have to say, this Thanksgiving was a huge success in my eyes!!
How did you spend your Thanksgiving?? Share your stories below!!