Happy Thanksgiving to anyone who observes this holiday. Personally I choose to use this day as one of reflection and gratitude.
Our prompt today depends upon who we are and where we live. Americans are asked what are we making for Thanksgiving, and non-Americans are asked to have a go at making something Thanksgiving inspired.
We are non-formal here, and also today was a regular work day for us. The best part of the day was going to the gym in the middle of the day with not a soul in sight, so much wonderful. We had a late supper of Tofurky, roasted veggies, baked veggies, bread stuffing, cauliflower mash, mashed potatoes and gravy. I don't like stuffing, so I stayed away from that, but otherwise I did a sampling of everything. I set the table with the Russian grandma placemat for him, and a bright harvest cotton mat for me (actually my mat ended up just being a place for Diesel to sit and stare while we ate). Anyway, for picture purposes, I put each plate on the grandma style mat. We fixed our own plates, and the other happy vegan was a little sorry he didn't understand I was taking a picture.... guess which one he did, guess which one I did, haha.
So, the cauliflower mash and Brussels sprouts were lovingly made at Food For Thought in Marathon and they came with a delicious mustard sauce, SO good. I also purchased that beautiful acorn squash at Food for Thought as well. The Tofurky came from Publix, I used the same recipe I've done for years, a modified version of their caramelized onions & cherries recipe (I use sweet onions and dried cranberries). Also, everything I prepared was oil free too. For dessert, the other happy vegan has a slice of vegan pumpkin cheezecake also made at Food For Thought, while I stuffed a couple of dates with sunbutter and dipped them in chocolate.
No way I could finish all that food, but I thought it looked pretty on the plate. Princess Glitter FancyPants took a cue from Diesel, being a little more than brazen she sampled the other happy vegan's plate as you can see. Now that I'm looking more at his plate, I see far too few veggies, he and I are going to have to talk.
We have much to be thankful for, and while I do make a point to be thankful every day, there's nothing wrong with having a day specifically set aside to reflect and be grateful. Personally I choose to not honor the "authentic" roots of this holiday, and have allowed this day to morph into what is acceptable for me, and that works just fine.
For those who are observing the holiday with compassion, we thank you. For those who are not "there" yet, our hope is that as the sun rises tomorrow, you will choose that path.
We hope anyone observing today has had a peaceful day with family and friends. We remember all those who are alone, lonely or struggling in any way. We hope all of us who have much to be grateful for will always remember those in need, and that we all act to aid those in need.