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Untraditional Holidays & A Harvest Meal

As the Thanksgiving long weekend approaches here in Canada I’m sure many of you are getting ready to head home for the holidays.

Well for me, this is not always a straightforward endeavor…To be honest my family is less than traditional (remember a few posts back when I mentioned I grew up on a hippie organic farm? You get the idea…) This year I decided to do my trip “home” the week before Thanksgiving, visiting my mum and her fella (the Backwoods Ranger) for a little hiking, camping and general adventuring in the North. Then on Sunday I will have my “traditional” Turkey day meal with the folks I like to think of as my friend-family (or my family of choice). While I appreciate tradition as much as the next gal, I kind of love my plan this year because it works for me and the people I love.

I was also glad I chose to go North when I did because the leaves are right in the middle of changing and the colours were breathtaking.

One night I was invited over for dinner at our family friends Jim and Carolyn’s cabin home in Massey, Ontario.
We sipped Chardonnay on the porch as the sun went down.
 I roasted up some fennel, onion & asparagus…Plus some unpictured buttercup squash.

Carolyn showed off her new quilting fabrics to Mama Hipster.The Backwoods Ranger (+ his brother Jim…who is…also a ranger) fired up the BBQThen we feasted on a delicious pre-holiday Harvest Meal. (Those squash seeds were roasted up using this delicious recipe)The next day we woke up early to go for a hike. We grabbed an on-the-go breakfast from Tim Horton’s. I opted for plain mixed berry oatmeal with a side of peanut butter mixed in and a plain egg patty on the side for some added protein.

Not to get down on the ol’ Canadian maple…but I think birch trees are my favourite.

Oh yeah that wasn’t terrifying…

I’m back in the city today and so excited to spend the holidays with my friends here. But I can still smell the campfire on my clothes….and that’ll definitely keep me smiling all weekend long. 😉

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  • Reply Stephanie @ Aspiring October 8, 2011 at 11:00 am

    Happy (Canadian) Thanksgiving!!
    Me and my mom are obviously newbies in this country, so we just spend Thanksgivings being thankful for the wonderful country we live in 🙂

    • Reply the healthy hipster October 8, 2011 at 11:37 am

      Aww that’s the best way to spend it! Hope you’re enjoying the fall colours, that’s my favourite part of autumn in Canada.

      (Don’t forget to be thankful for your mum too! Mums are kinda best…)

  • Reply shawnaelizabeth October 8, 2011 at 3:34 pm


  • Reply Beth (i run like a girl) October 30, 2011 at 11:39 am

    Just found your blog on Fitblogger…
    Gorgeous photos from the hike!
    (and I presume, since you posted, that the bear didn’t get you!) 🙂

    • Reply the healthy hipster November 4, 2011 at 12:55 pm

      Glad you found me! And yes I made it through alive…this time!

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