A Vegetarian Thanksgiving – Menu Template Included

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Thanksgiving is a North American tradition and therefore a more recent addition to our family’s traditions. In the USA, we learned the holiday is observed on the fourth Thursday of November as a day to eat and give thanks. It originated with the pilgrims, and its symbols include turkeys, cornucopias, and pie.

In Canada, the holiday arrives on the second Monday of October with little fanfare eclipsed by the ever-nearing Halloween. I think it’s earlier in Canada because winter comes earlier too. It’s a time to gather and see everyone before we hole up for the winter, which isn’t as much of a big deal now as it certainly used to be. It’s a time to enjoy the year’s harvest and to give thanks.

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The One With Braided Bread.

bread recipe here.
I just finished reading the Shipping News today (the book, not actual shipping news) … 
I was confused by it, if I’m being honest. Its fragmented lines and thoughts. I kept imagining the field day English teachers must have with all the animal and nature imagery and symbolism. There must be so many themes and motifs in that book…but my mind refused to make connections. 
Instead I learned about the Newfoundland coast, fishermen and their boats, small town newspapers, new knots, and bread… Braided bread. It’s in a sentence in the last chapter of the book.
“Joined the line sifting into the kitchen where there were cakes and braided breads…”
So I looked up a recipe and baked. It’s one of my favorite parts of reading—the food described, subtly filling the little cracks of detail within a story. 
Have you ever read a novel that inspired you to get up and do something? Whether it was the entire point of the book, or a mere side affect?
Also, does anyone know the name of this flower? Because it’s not honeysuckle even though it should be, because the smell! my goodness..

The One With the Green Juice.

I talk about my veganism challenge in my blogpost here: The One With the Stereotype.
So here’s the thing, a lack of animal products in your diet doesn’t necessarily mean you don’t eat unhealthy things. There are still a lot of fried foods, chips, cookies, candy, junk basically, that is vegan. Honest. Did you know even some Doritos don’t have milk ingredients in them? Trust me.
So I kind of wanted to up the game a little bit. Veganism didn’t translate into weight loss for me, probably because I was already living a semi-vegan life before, and because oh-my-goodness bread! In fact, I haven’t weighed this much ever. And that’s kinda scary.
So I want to juice a meal a day now. Starting with breakfast. I hate breakfast, but I know I have to have something. So while dinner would be the ideal meal to juice, I’m starting myself off easy.
My boyfriend, Vini, loooves juice. Complicated fresh squeezed juices and smoothies, or a single carton box of apple juice—they’re all his favorites. Recently he’s been advocating green juice for dinner. Most of the time I rolled my eyes and smirked while reaching into a bag of sweet and salty popcorn.
But this week I decided to try it out. We’ve had so many collard greens in our garden this spring, so I didn’t even have to go out and buy anything. Plus, I could use some more iron and calcium in my diet. The juice is good for a plethora of things because of the dark leafy greens. It has lots of iron and calcium which is good for:
Hair
Nails
Skin 
Preventing anemia 
Bones
Blood 
Also, it’s as easy as 1 2 3…
The apples take away the taste of the collard greens and also provide the best sweetness! It’s a drink that’s healthy, but actually tastes good too. So if, like me, you’re not a breakfast lover, you can drink this with me instead! If, also like me, you love your snacks but want to supplement them with something a little less unhealthy (*cough* jujubes *cough*) this juice satisfied my sweetness craving too. 
Ingredients:
1-2 of the sweetest apples you have—chopped
3-5 leaves of collard greens—”gutted” (cut out the thick part of the stems) and torn
orange juice to taste (sometimes more to the taste of your blender than your own)
ice (optional)
Method:
1. Blend all ingredients in a blender. Use the food chop setting, or pulse on slow. Add orange juice if your blender won’t blend, but I suggest to put just a tad and be patient and wait for it all to chop.
2. Strain your juice if you’re picky like me. If you don’t mind the fiber, drink it all up! It’ll be even better. 
3. Bottoms up!
As always, let me know what you guys think and if you tried it!