Well Fall is definitely here and we have just witnessed the most glorious of fall colours in my memory. The beauty was breathtaking and for this, I am grateful. With Canadian Thanksgiving upon us, there are so many things we can be grateful for in Muskoka if we stop and take in the scent of leaves, the sun shining, the weather comfortable (when not raining!!), the wide open spaces, the soft air around our lakes, the pines.
The cottage has long been a destination at Thanksgiving. While there is a practical side to spending Thanksgiving at the cottage i.e. battening down the hatches for the winter to come, many look forward to their family gathering for Thanksgiving Dinner. Not only is it a feast from the bountiful harvest but a feast of air, trees, water, rock and close family connections. Mmmm. I can almost smell the turkey roasting. Open windows letting the clean fresh air in and the wonderful smell of turkey roasting wafting out. The sound of cranberries popping as they cook down for cranberry sauce. The red, red apples with the crisp texture and the sweet and tart taste. Apple pie. Pumpkin Pie. And my famous pumpkin cheesecake if I do say so myself. Actually it is from a recipe that a restaurant in Winnipeg made for Queen Elizabeth II years ago when she visited. She reportedly ate a whole slice which was very unusual as apparently she had a very small appetite. A little nostalgia and a little tradition in the pumpkin cheesecake! I'll post the recipe soon.
These are some of the things I love about Thanksgiving in Muskoka. Family. Traditions. Abundance of fresh food. Camaraderie. Leisurely walks. The contrast of colour in the trees. Fresh, clean air. And for all of this, I am very grateful.