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Today is Thanksgiving Day in Canada and next to Christmas, it is my favourite holiday. Even though our background is Italian, we have embraced this North American holiday to the fullest!

Turkey. Stuffing. Squash. Cranberries. Gravy. Lots o’ gravy. Pecans. Brussel sprouts. Potatoes. Rolls. Pie.

You name it, it’s on the table.

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This year, among other things, I took the ubiquitous Canadian butter tart and made Butter Tart Bars. Look at the oozy goodness!

I think what I love most about Thanksgiving is that it is stress-free in a way that Christmas and some other holidays are not. You don’t have to worry about gifts or anything like that. Just belly up to the table and enjoy.

I also love Thanksgiving because it occurs just as the Harvest comes to an end. To me it symbolizes truly being thankful for everything that the good Earth gives us. And of course, it is a time to be thankful for family and friends.

As always, I am thankful for so many things, especially for my family, my dear friends and my sweet little blog that gives me so much pleasure. And you … I am thankful for you!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Ciao!

P.S. The recipe for Butter Tart Bars that I made is from Dish Entertains: Everyday Simple to Special Occasionsby Trish Magwood. But there are many recipes around for this type of dessert including this one for Butter Tart Squares. Enjoy!

P.S.S. Every year, just prior to Thanksgiving, I go on and on about my coworkers and what great cooks/bakers they are. Just as previous years, we had our annual Thanksgiving potluck at work but silly me forgot her camera, which means no pictures. Ah, well! Suffice it to say that everything was delicious and a fun time was had by all. I definitely work with some serious gourmands!