Recipes for a simple, smaller Thanksgiving

It’s October.

We’re on the homestretch of a challenging year. For purely practical reasons, I though I’d share a few favourite recipes for a simple, smaller Thanksgiving.

I know that the upcoming holiday will be very different for most people. Many of us who usually travel and attend large family gatherings will be instead staying in our own province – and in our own home.

And yet, there is still much to be thankful for. My hope is that you will find joy in the little things this autumn. We’re planning a few hikes, scenic drives to see the fall colours, and of course, plenty of homemade pie.

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The Best Soup Recipes for Fall

A round-up of seasonal soup recipes for fall comfort food.

A generous pot of Borscht is simmering on stove as I write this. It’s full of the first beets and cabbage of the season, as well as a handful of dill from my herb garden.

Not only is today the first day of fall, but Hurricane Teddy is raining down all around us here in Nova Scotia. We’ve done all of our storm prep (gas! groceries! gin!) and now there’s nothing else to do but hunker down and ride it out.

I’ll keep this post short and sweet. Here’s all the inspiration you need to start a pot of soup for dinner tonight.

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Peach Slab Pie with Cornmeal Pecan Streusel

This Peach Slab Pie with Cornmeal Pecan Streusel is a fabulous seasonal dessert, with plenty of do-ahead options.

Last week I realized that we were mid-September and I hadn’t made a peach pie yet.

Peaches are available in such short season around here, that we eat them every way we can when they are at the local markets. These days we’re seldom without a basket or two ripening on the counter.

Nova Scotia peaches are on the small side, not much bigger than a plum, but they pack a punch of flavour, especially when grilled or baked.

But today? It’s aaaaall about pie. And this one is worthy of a spot your fall baking list.

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Roasted Vegetable Skillet Lasagne

Roasted Vegetable Skillet Lasagne is a one-pan, weeknight dinner that the whole family will love.

And just like that we’ve transitioned into a new season after six months of home life.

Our three kiddos started school this week and we’re just holding on tight as we ride the roller coaster of emotions.

Relief. Sadness. Joy. Cautious hope. They are all mixed up together and no feeling is right or wrong.

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Blueberry Lavender Preserves

An intensely flavoured berry sauce, Blueberry Lavender Preserves are simple to make and can be used in many ways as a topping or syrup.

I know I’m just getting this recipe in under the wire as berry season comes to a close. However, before we transition to apple crumbles and pumpkin pies, let’s get a few jars of summer preserves on the pantry shelves.

My thriving lavender patch has inspired its own unique run of recipe testing this August. There were a few hits, plenty of misses, and a clear winner: today’s Blueberry Lavender Preserves.

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