For 15 years it has been one of our families traditions to celebrate Cranberry Thanksgiving.
It all began when we begun homeschooling 15 years ago with Five In A Row. curriculum.
It has become extremely important to our family to celebrate Cranberry Thanksgiving .
Each year we reflect on the year and what we are greatful for.
We all said Abbey's health that has slightly improved
Abbey said she was greatful for her poodle
Brent said he was greatful for his Mastiff coming back from the dead (it was a bit hairy there for a while)
I am greatful for an easier year - it has been one of our better years
James said he was greatful school was over for another year.
For the kids college (high school USA) They chose subjects via The Correspondence School to get NZ qualifications - NCEA which has worked for our family.
It has meant the kids could get their qualifications and still have time to learn things that interested them (which really is the beauty of homeschooling)
James has had a good academic year with art achieving merits and excellence's (that's his art portfolio that was sent off for the exam)
His very hard work that he put into his English gave him merit and excellence too . Whoa for the system to tell us when he was 7 he was one of the worst cases they had seen for dyslexia.. Homeschooling has really and truly worked for James.James has put in an enormous amount of effort over the years and it has paid off
I do wonder what his English teacher thought of one of his essays on Lateral Thinking - how he shared he grew poppy and tobacco to sell to raise money to build guitars.
Homeschooling has meant James has had time to create - this year he created Goblin Guitars and has been building steel guitars. He approached a local music store Kings Sound Centre who has been supporting James by placing his guitars in the shop on consignment (awesome aye)
The Goblin DOOMCASTER was brought by Steve Dog the original metal guitarist for famous NZ heavy metal band Sinate. Doesn't he look thrilled.
We all look forward to the turkey for Cranberry Thanksgiving, so much so that I got the dates wrong this year and we were a week early... Brent jested that we will just have to do it all again next week.
The traditional cranberry bread, fresh vegetables from the garden and mashed potatoes (SHUDDER only time of the year I cook mashed potatoes - how anyone can like these is so beyond me)
Rice stuffing. (gluten free, egg free, dairy free, nut free)
Cook brown rice
1 cup of dried cranberries (don't be mean heavy handed is better)
1 onion chopped
1 apple grated
rind and juice of 1 lemon or 2 small
Fresh herbs from garden I just grab handfuls thyme, oregano, sage and parsley chop
Salt n pepper
Mix - can add orange juice to bind if not wet enough.
It's been WONDERFUL weather - very hot - a tad too hot to cook a turkey! But we sat outside in the evening eating our dinner being entertained by the animals.
We were all expecting Gus to get stuck into the goat like he usually does, however this time he behaved himself - must have been because he was on camera.
Give thanks for unknown blessings already on their way.
Native American prayer