Monday, October 11, 2010

Sitting, Thanking, Wishing

Soooo, it's Canadian Thanksgiving (I'm sure everyone knows this by now - even Kelly acknowledged it on Regis and Kelly this morning) and I'm so excited for turkey. I think this is one of the reasons why I wouldn't/couldn't fully give up meat. I think I'm more excited for turkey than I've ever been because we missed Thanksgiving last year...all in good reason, though. At this time last year, we were just arriving in Florida to get ready for my wedding! So I was ok will missing it!

Even though last year's Thanksgiving was different, this one is mighty different. See, most of my family lives in Ontario *tear*, but my husband and I now live in even though we're technically home this year...we're really not. I have my dad here, so we're going to his house for dinner tonight, at least.

I decided that I was going to bake a pumpkin cheesecake. I made it two Thanksgiving's ago and it was delish!

Here's how it went!

Please be advised that by no means is this a healthy version of cheesecake. It's go big or go home for this special dinner/feast (and dessert)!

I started by making the Oreo crumb bottom layer:

Now, if you're anything like don't exactly open the bag carefully to make it easy to pour and end up having your kitchen look like this:

Notice the little dirt-like mounds...woops!

Next, mix all the mostly wet ingredients togethaaaaa:
(Some brown sugar, eggs, cinnamon, ground ginger, nutmeg and of course, pumpkin!)

In another bowl, goes the cream cheese, cornstarch and sugar. Now I haven't had cream cheese in SO long and it smelt so good! So glad I decided to make cheesecake.

Nothing beats Philly cream cheese! Now for a little creaming.

Add, the pumpkin mixture to the cream cheese mixture and mix to your heart's content!

Here's what mixing does to it!

Which only makes sense that it would be lighter in + white = lighter orange!

Add to your pan! Unfortunately, I don't have a springform pan (yet), so I had to make do with another baking pan.

Then it was time to place this bad boy in a 350 degree oven for 55 mins!

While it was baking, I did some packing...for mid-day, I think I did pretty good!

Fast forward 55 minutes and cheesecake is done...and looks mighty tasty (this is all without even seeing the oreo cookie bottom)

Thank-you Philly for the awesome recipe and I can't wait to eat you after dinner tonight!

Onto more packing, but first I needed the necessary things to get more packing done (thick tape, plastic bags for clothes and bins), so it was off to the store I went. But not without this delicious honeycrisp apple first!

So, I was a little bad after getting everything I need to pack...I stopped at Tim Hortons and got a latte. I've been on a latte kick lately and I'm not really helping the situation by getting another one today. For all of you Americans that don't know what Tim Hortons's only the best coffee/donut place in Canada. It's super cheap and always busy...and I'm not kidding about the busy part. Be warned! It's a must go-to when you come to Canada! I definitely missed it when I was in Australia, and funny enough, my Aussie friend here can't get enough of it here!

Multi-tasking was definitely used today! Along with packing, I decided to get some much needed laundry done. Sometimes I'll send away for samples and never end up using them. So with this new Purex 3-in-1 laundry sheet, I thought I must you use it today...or else, I probably never will (with moving and all...)

Let's hope it does a good job!

You know when you have one of those productive days and things go good (ie: today), well when the washing machine was washing a load (a previous one), I saw a toonie (aka: $2) getting all cleaned up in there, too! I decided I would leave it until the wash was done, but at the end of the wash...I couldn't find it anymore (which made me sad). Until, I discovered a lining that you could stick your fingers down into and voila! not only did I find the toonie, but a loonie (aka: $1 coin) as well.

Finding money is fun, even if it's only three odd dollars!!

So I'm up $3, picking the hubby up from work soon and off to eat turkey. I. Am. Excited!!

Happy Thanksgiving!!!


  1. Omg that oreo cake, ahh! Looks so good! I cannot bring oreos into my house. I would eat them in all a day!

  2. Yummy! I think I need to try that one! I always get so nervous checking in the little catcher of a washing machine. One time I was at my Mother-In-Law's house doing laundry (it was outside in her garage) and there was a dead lizard in that thing!! And I touched it! Gross! Have a great time.

  3. Haha, when you wrote something about Tim Horton's on my blog I actually Googled it because I had no idea what it was!! I'm so jealous that you just got to celebrate Thanksgiving... I was just thinking how ours is a little over a month away and I'm really excited! Mmmm, Thanksgiving food :) The pumpkin cheesecake looks delicious!

  4. Love your blog! I love coming across Canadian blogs and yours is no exception. I lived in Kelowna when I was little so I like seeing pics of the west coast :)