Holiday Weekend…


No matter how long I live here in the states, Columbus Day will always be Canadian Thanksgiving to me. I was missing my family a lot that day so I decided I would invite some friends over and celebrate with a mini Thanksgiving dinner. Obviously, there was no turkey (Gross!), but I made stuffed acorn squash with maple stuffing. Mmmm!! I’ve posted the recipe on the blog before, you can see it HERE if you want. This time I added almonds and apples though. I decorated the table up a bit and made a cute kids table for Rowan and her friend.


For dessert I made a recipe I found off of pinterest (where else, right?). They were delicious!! We’ve been eating them as a little treat each night since. I even add a scoop of maple walnut ice cream with mine!!


  1. these cupcakes look amazing! totally just pinned so i can make later on this season!


  2. I’m Canadian and travelling through New Zealand at the moment. I am lucky enough to be staying with a friend so we sourced the most likely pumpkin and made a pumpkin pie. It was a first for her and she loved it! Thanksgiving foods are my favourite! Cannot wait to try both of your recipes!

  3. So great to hear you celebrated Thanksgiving Jen, yay!! And that is my kind of feast the cupcakes look so good and I’m loving the sounds of your stuffed acorn squash – apples & almonds. Yum! And… your table is adorable. xo

  4. Yum! Happy Canadian Thanksgiving!

    xo Jennifer

  5. What a delicious spread! While I appreciate you are vegetarian, and I very much enjoy your recipes, please be mindful of your readers who eat meat. Surely there are better ways to get your point across than to exclaim “GROSS” while wagging an accusatory Internet finger at them.

    I love your recipes! Keep it up. But just remember – not all omnivores are bad.

  6. Happy Canadian Thanksgiving to you and your family! We celebrated with our friends on that night too. They do an annual tradition of hosting a potluck and we look forward to it every year.

  7. I think that you do wonderful posts, but like a reader said above, please find another way to express your distaste for meat rather than “Gross!” It seems like a judgment the way you wrote it.

  8. Hey Guys!
    In no way do I wag my finger at people who eat meat. Kev eats meat and I cook meat for him almost everynight. I have no problem with it at all or anyone who chooses to eat it. It is just not for me. I just wrote “gross” because I don’t like turkey. It was not meant to be mean to anyone. I am entitled to my opinion here on my blog. I have never gone on any kind of rant about being a vegetarian or about people who choose to eat meat.
    I am sorry if you took it that way but that was not my intentions.

  9. Hi Jen,

    I love your blog! Your Thanksgiving table decor is great and I made those same pumpkin spice cupcakes from pinterest last year. They are delicious! I can’t wait to make them for Thanksgiving this year!

  10. I am completely surprised how people have responded to your opinion on your blog. Even if you did eat meat and said gross about turkey…it’s your opinion. You shouldn’t have to be sensitive to others food preferences. If you post something about mushrooms or brussel sprouts, I promise not to reprimand you for it (not a fan of either LOL). Keep blogging girl! I love reading every day. It’s part of my morning routine.

  11. Wow, I don’t know how you do it Jen with the blog comments! I totally understood what you meant by saying “gross” in terms of the turkey. Sorry for people freaking out over nothing. If people read your blog consistently they would know that, that remark was in no way malicious and was you just being cute/funny/friendly and in no way being judgmental.
    I was leaving a comment to see where you purchased the vase the twigs are in, love it!

  12. Ok, people are ridiculous. What if you said, Eggplant, Gross! Just because you don’t like eggplant, would someone comment then? Really.

    Anyways, I just wanted to say that we also had a mini thanksgiving dinner over at our house with mashed sweet potato, mushroom gravy, a little celebration field roast and some greens. it was delicious and made me miss Canada a little.

    At least we get to celebrate it twice!

  13. I am in love with your dinning table/chairs. We are about to move to a new home and need new dinning chairs. Where did u get ur white ones from?

  14. the cupcakes look so amazing jen!

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  15. What a cute table!! Can you do a “where I got all these cute things from” post?!?! lol
    <3 Ali

  16. How did I not know you were Canadian? 🙂 YAY! haha I am from Alberta originally! Hope you had a great Thanksgiving!

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