Inspired by Stu Mills of CBC Ottawa Radio One, who has vowed to air a pumpkin story daily until Halloween, I’ve decided to [try and] write my own little segment of the Twelve Days of Pumpkin. I shall endeavour not to post too many pumpkin pie recipes, but make no promises!
On the Twelfth Day of Pumpkin …
The Twelfth Day of Pumpkin happened to fall on my Dinner Club tonight with my lady friends (“Mom! They’re called gal pals, now!” says my daughter). Though we might meet more often by happenstance, we plan, organize, negotiate, swindle and bribe so that we can meet for dinner for sure every other month. Since September 2004, we have been gathering to eat, drink and be scary. Over those seven years, the menus have varied almost as much as the hairstyles. Our members have fluctuated far less.
Seven years ago, I was a mother three young children. I’d move mountains to make sure I didn’t miss this dinner (which really means I’d work extra hard to find a competent sitter but my definition of ‘competent’ relaxed as my options waned!). My kids today are much more self-sufficient, but I am no less reliant on this group of women. The mountains we move are less likely due to childcare issues but rather due to other commitments and responsibilities. Yet somehow we all still manage to pull it off. Somehow this gathering has remained a priority for all of us. I can honestly say the unconditional support of this group of women has helped me parent through the carefree friendships of pre-school to the complicated relationships of high school. I doubt our sagas are over.
Though the first few gatherings were fraught with high Martha-like menu expectations, we have occasionally succumbed to take-out. I won’t say we don’t care what we prepare or eat, but as the years have passed, what we eat takes on less importance as with whom we eat!
Now. Lest you thought I had completely steered off tangent, tonight’s meal was finished off with a delicous pumpkin cheesecake with a ginger crust. AND … I snapped this quick shot of our adorable table décor for your pumpkin pleasure.