November 23, 2023

Thanks for thanksgiving!

Thanksgiving is not really a big deal in the uk (it’s not a national day of mourning either) but this year we did manage a thanksgiving dinner on thanksgiving! Normally we celebrate in the weekend as everyone is in work in Thursday.  Since my mom is here and I’m on maternity leave we had our meal today. 

Thansgiving is my favourite holiday. Just food, family, and presents and no/minimal decorations. Lots of being thankful and lots of positive reflections. And I have a lot to be thankful for but it’s all rather cliche.

We picked Isaac up after school (instead of going to wraparound care) and lilah came home early from nursery. For kid snack I managed to make this charcuterie board which the kids (and I) loved:

Kids love well presented food.  I often forget this.  Also, one of my goals for 2024 is to make more charcuterie boards.

And then we had thanksgiving! An American friend of ours joined us and we made the following:

  • Turkey
  • Gravy
  • Cornbread
  • Potatoes
  • Broccoli
  • Brussel sprouts
  • Devilled eggs
  • Sausage and chestnut stuffing
  • Pumpkin pie
  • Pecan pie
I used the pumpkin pie recipe from trader Joes website and it was so good! It called for butter as well as evaporated milk. Yum.

I definitely went more out for last years thanksgiving, but I didn’t have newborn twins then.  And I have years of tasty thanksgivings ahead of me. For a thanksgiving with newborn twins this was pretty good.


  1. Yes kids love well presented foods, and their enthusiasm always reminds me that adults love it too. I love your pic of all 4 kids. Enjoy your first TG as a family of 6!

  2. Awww. Such a sweet picture and YES, just like my coffee tastes better in my favourite mug, food tastes better when it's displayed nicely. I don't always have/take the time to do this, but when I'm able it is a joyful little boost to the day.

  3. Oh my goodness, the picture of all four kids = priceless! It sounds like you had a wonderful Thanksgiving, I'm glad you had your mom there.

  4. "Pretty good"??? That's an AMAZING thanksgiving feast for anyone, let alone someone with newborn twins and two other kiddos! Well done and yum yum yum

    1. My mom and Andy did the majority of the cooking! I made a pie (from canned pumpkin and pre-made pastry) and 50% of some cornbread (the dry ingredients) and I chopped potatoes. I have never made a turkey! -rachel

  5. Awww, that last photo is wonderful :) I am glad you had an nice family Thanksgiving. The charcuterie board looks amazing!