Tuesday, 11 October 2011

Family, Fall and a Halloween Quaker

Good morning everyone! I hope everyone had a fabulous weekend and for my Canadian bloggers, how was that turkey? Yes, it was Gobble Day here yesterday in Canada and boy were we blessed with an awesome weekend, at least in this part of the country. Let me show you a taste of the bright skies and gorgeous fall colours which we are so fortunate to have in this area.

























I didn't realize I had the guy wires captured on film as well in that first photo. Kind of spoils things a bit.
Since our weather has been so gorgeous the past few days, I spent many hours in the gazebo stitching. I decided to concentrate on my Halloween Quaker and I'm happy to say that I'm nearing a finish on this one. I haven't got a clue yet what I'll do with it when it's complete. Most likely it will be framed and I'll hang it in our rec room. I really like the colour of this fabric unfortunately the mottling doesn't show up very well in the pics. At some point in time I'd like to stitch Prairie Moon's Thine is the Trick and the Treat which is waiting in my stash and this fabric would work really well for it as well.

The floss I was waiting on for Paradis Perdu has now arrived and I'm anxious to get going on it so hopefully I can have the HQ finished within the next couple of days.

Our Thanksgiving meal turned out really well. I tried 3 new side dishes and the cauliflower casserole was the unanimous favourite. It seems our family just isn't that fond of sweet potatoes with the exception of my oldest, Jeff. So he went home with the bulk of the remaining dish along with a good portion of the remaining pumpkin pie. I didn't want that sitting around where I could dig into it all the time. Daniel took the other half home with him. The crockpot turkey was amazing. No slicing involved, the turkey just fell off the bones when we went to remove it from the pot. The meat was so moist done this way that I will definitely be using this method again. It's a perfect way to have turkey throughout the year without all the fuss of stuffing the bird. As you can see from the pic below, we all looked pretty pleased as we sipped on coffee following the fixings. My youngest phoned from Toronto and I was happy to hear that his group of friends had all pitched in to have a traditional turkey dinner. Chris and a couple of the others are  vegetarian so there were 4 different veggie dishes for them. I was really surprised at how much food they all prepared especially since most of the group are males.


The weatherman has told us that today will be the last nice day for awhile. Cooler temps and rain are on our doorstep. With that in mind, I'm heading outside now to get my gardens cleaned up and remove some of the dying flowers.
Have a great week!

12 comments:

Nancy said...

Love the fall colors! Glad your Thanksgiving dinner turned out well. Looks like you all were very happily satisfied!

Carol said...

Wow! Those fall colors are awesome, Lynn! We're about a week behind you, I think.. Sounds like you had a great feast on Thanksgiving--turkey in a crockpot sounds very easy. I'll bet it was really moist as well.

Love your Halloween Quaker WIP--can't wait to see it all finished up :)

Beth said...

Halloween Quaker is looking fantastic! I can't wait to see it finished.

Would you share your crock pot turkey recipe? We love turkey but it is a pain to cook the whole bird each time we want some.

Bekca said...

It sounds like you had a wonderful Thanksgiving with all of your family, I'm glad the turkey was such a success! I just love autumn colours, thanks for sharing your lovely pictures. Best wishes.

Siobhan said...

I'm glad that you had a good Thanksgiving, Lynn! I loved your autumnal photos, too. A lot of the leaves here have fallen and we had 5 days of grey. Love your Halloween Quaker, too--nice progress!

Vonna said...

What gorgeous, wonderful scenery pictures! AMAZING!
And I'm so happy that you all had a lovely Thanksgiving Lynn! :) Sounds DELISH!! And is that the new girlfriend? Looking good!

Anonymous said...

Beautiful pictures. What a great part of the country we live in! Sounds like you need to share those recipes with the Travelling Stitcherhood - particularly the slow cooker turkery.
Judie

BrendaS said...

Halloween Quaker looks great! Your Fall pictures are so beautiful with the trees showing glorious colors:))

Glad you had a nice Thanksgiving with your family!

Tatkis said...

Beautiful colourful autumn photos! And very nice process!

Hugs,
Tatyana

Karen said...

It sounds like a lovely weekend! The temperatures here were insanely warm for this time of year, but I'm not complaining! :) I've never tried cooking a turkey in a crock pot, but it sounds like a great idea that I'll have to look into.

Daffycat said...

Oh wow, the fall colors are just gorgeous, Lynn. How lucky you are. That third photo is just awesome.

You have such a nice looking family.

BeckySC said...

Lynn, I LOVE that Halloween piece! It's wonderful! And all the gorgeous fall colors you shared are amazing!
((hugs))

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