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Remember on Friday- I mentioned Ben and I were going to celebrate this weekend.

After nine Thanksgivings abroad, you begin to forget the fan fair, the traditions and the food. 

Time for new holiday customs…

Brunch is my favourite meal for entertaining. It is more casual than dinner parties, usually lighter fare and no alcohol. Mimosas are only for very special occasions! So with that in mind and a quest for a new tradition we hosted our first annual Reverse Thanksgiving Brunch, complete with pumpkin pancakes, turkey sausages and loads of coffee.

(Trout salt and pepper shakers- whose were these? We lifted them from my mom’s)

(Stacked persimmons- a festive autumnal centrepiece)

(The festive table)

(Light and fluffy- packed with pumpkin deliciousness)

This weekend it will be a feast of Thanksgiving sides! 

MY MOM… Sent an awesome card again this year (remember these I and II). Perfectly timed (waiting for us this evening) and full of love.

Mom, I am thankful for you.

To all my fantastic family and friends, have a great Thanksgiving. Hugs from Scotland.

Other posts about my mom being cool- (here, here and here).

Blast from the past- Gorrilla/Smyth Thanksgiving 2003


It is Thanksgiving in the U.S. and I am not with my fantastic family. So I am bit sad today.

Part of the gang is Ohio with my brother and his wife who are frantically cooking in their makeshift basement kitchen. Their planned kitchen renovations are not finished yet. I have no doubt the meal will be amazing. The one year I spent with them, John prepared the entire feast from the now discontinued Gourmet magazine. This included coloring hard-boiled eggs purple with beets for a deviled eggs recipe.

I just hung up with my brother Charlie in NYC and he walked us through his Turkey-day menu. As a trailblazer (inside joke), he is challenging tradition by making wild mushroom bread pudding instead of stuffing. I think we might try this, I am a bit of a trailblazer too (inside joke continued).

I had an email from my dear friend Jessica, reminding me of all our fun Thanksgiving eves past. Wednesday night was a great night to go out and whoop it up, this usually led to a taxi ride down Minnehaha Parkway to get home. We would anticipate the arrival of the Great Turkey who delivered the Thanksgiving gifts, we are still waiting. Maybe next year.

During my time in France, my fellow American ex-pat, Jenny and I would have mini-feast, usually consisting of a ‘poulet roti’ and mashed potatoes. Jenny threatened to make the traditional Parker Yum-Yum Salad, I think some of the key ingredients are, marshmallows, grated cheese, mayonnaise and cream cheese. Jenny is from Texas, so I think this explains a lot! Jenny did/does make a mean pecan pie!

Turkey prices in Scotland are quite dear (Scottish for expensive), Ben went to the butcher’s to see if they had a bird for our Saturday celebration, all they had was a 2 kg (4.4 lb) turkey crown for 29 pounds sterling (44 U.S. dollars). He went with a well cared for chicken. 

The image above is from my mom’s latest holiday card (remember the Halloween finger puppets).  Makes me even more nostalgic for Thanksgiving pasts.

Have a wonderful day.


B and B


(Photo by Peanuts-Charles Schultz, Minnesota native)

Very early Christmas preparations. There is no turkey day buffer in the U.K. I realize in the U.S. there is a large grey area about when is it too early to begin your Christmas preparations. Not so on this side of the Atlantic, with no black Friday to officially kick off the season (what happened to Advent) in materialistic style. Macy’s will be  open for 24 hours, seriously, who is going to be buying INC. apparel at 3:00 o’clock in the morning.

John Lewis department store has already transformed their windows into Christmas wonderlands. This happened in early November. The giant pine tree arrived about the same time at the end of Leith Walk, a few blocks from our place, but it has yet to be unwrapped or lit. 

The advertisements for Edinburgh Sparkles and Edinburgh’s Christmas which from what I can tell are duelling Christmas sites have details about all the holiday happenings this year. German market, ice skating, ferris wheel, guhlwein and freshly fried donuts (are these now a classic Christmas treat). We will probably have a stroll around Princes’ Street Gardens where all the holiday happenings will take place, everything opens this weekend.

To keep the Christmas holiday at bay, Ben and I will be cooking a Thanksgiving feast on Saturday, it will be Ben’s first pumpkin pie. We just need to find a turkey, it’s Ben’s mission and he has chosen to accept it. 


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