A Kingston Thanksgiving

By Trilby Goouch
Blogs Editor

Whether you’re an exchange student, live abroad or are choosing to spend your Thanksgiving in Kingston doesn’t mean you can’t achieve the “home sweet home” feeling this long weekend. We’ve got some tips for you that can make turkey day almost as good as Mom’s.

1. Make a turkey dinner. It isn’t as daunting as you think. We found some great resources to help you cook up your very own feast:
• Save time and energy and purchase a pre-stuffed, ready to cook turkey, such as Butterball pre-stuffed whole-frozen turkey. If you’re feeling adventurous and want to make your own stuffing, you can always buy a non-stuffed version.
• Other things to buy pre-made? Cranberry sauce and gravy if you aren’t feeling up to making it from scratch.
• If you are, however, here are some great turkey gravy recipes.
• Check out these Martha Stewart simple Thanksgiving side dish recipes, including a delicious stuffing recipe that my family swears by.
How to carve a turkey.
• Refer to our QJBlogs In The Kitchen posts on making a pumpkin pie and pumpkin cinnamon bagels.
• Decorate your table with gordes from the Kingston Farmer’s Market and candles.

2. Give back. Donate some Thanksgiving non-perishable food items to the Kingston Food Bank by dropping off donated items in the labelled green bins in Metro and other Kingston grocery stores.

3. Go pumpkin picking. Waddell Apples Orchard is located at 2645 Washburn Rd., offering apple picking, a pumpkin patch and hay rides. If you don’t have access to a car, the orchard is about an hour away from campus by bike. Make a day out of it!

4. If you have access to a car, make your own scarecrow at the Scarecrow Festival taking place Oct. 6-7 at Small Pond Arts at 337 Clark Rd in Picton, just outside of Kingston. Bring $20 to participate as donations support Puppets Without Borders, a volunteer expedition to Ghana bringing puppetry and art supplies to children in rural villages. Click here for more information.

5. Like to canoe? Hit up the Fall Colours Weekend at the Little Cataraqui Creek Conservation Area at 1641 Perth Rd. for canoe rentals from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. from Oct. 7-8. Not a fan of canoeing? There are lots of hiking trails to choose from as well. While you’re there, visit the Outdoor Centre and purchase a slice of pie and a mug of cider. For more information click herehere. You can get there using public transit in a little over an hour.

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

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