Happy Sunday everyone!
It's that time again to bring out the cameras and join us at Our Beautiful World
The prompt this week is Thanksgiving.
Here in Puerto Rico, by our association with the United States, we have adopted this Holiday.
We celebrate it the same Thursday they do and we gather together as families united in giving thanks to the Lord for our years blessings.
We also inherited eating turkey, although there isn't bread stuffing for us...we had to give it our own cuisine touch.
For us it's a concoction of ground meat along with raisins, grapes, potatoes and our own "sofrito"
which is our way of adding cilantro, onions, garlic, peppers, ajies all freshly cut into the mix.
Sometimes we stuff it with "mofongo" a mashed plantains or cassava heaven!
For my family room is always reserved for this

home made pecan pie, crust and all, it is my husband's favorite dessert since he spent several years living is the south of the US while going to school there.
Notice the poinsettia? well this day also marks the day when we start decorating for Christmas,
for many of us it is the night we officially light the tree.

nothing better than eating fried food just off the pan...

but the best of it is sharing it with your family
I do hope you have a blessed day on Thanksgiving.
And maybe adopt our tradition of spending time together and give thanks to the All Mighty!
This week we will start missing Shahrul from the team, her thoughtful stories, breathtaking photos and commentaries were all something I looked for. So please know I will continue to follow and miss you
Thanks for stopping by!
PS there is something else for which I am thankful and honored.  This past week the Puerto Rico Tourism Company had a ceremony to celebrate the winners of the photography competition "PuertoRico by puertoticans".  Among the 2,500+ entries I had the honor of being chosen!!!
Here are the winners
it was only a handful of them and the site was shock full of beautiful photography of the island so being chosen is humbling to say the least...
Here we are along with the Tourism Secretary in the center
to the far right is Mr. Ricardo Jusino a very accomplished photographer I was dying to meet!
He has 3000+ photos on Panoramio and they are all gorgeous!

And here's my winning entry!!!


aspiritofsimplicity said...

Pecan pie is one of my favorites as well. I sometimes make a chocolate pecan pie. Mine don't look anywhere near as pretty as yours does though. I cannot eat bread stuffing so your stuffing sounds very interesting to me.

Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

Loving the photos and HUGE HUGE HUGE CONGRATS on your winning entry! That is AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!

Ros Crawford said...

Your thanksgiving sounds fabulous ... great photos and that pie looks delicious!!
CONGRATULATIONS!!! Oh my how wonderful for you ... I'm so happy for you!

Leovi said...

Beautiful pictures of celebration and joy!

Audrey Pettit said...

LOVE to hear stories from your country and learn about your family traditions! Your native dishes sound fabulous! And HUGE congrats on being selected as a winner of the photo competition! That is amazing! SO happy for you!

Barbara said...

Ha, I didn't realize there's a country where the Christmas decoration is traditionally in full swing before the first Sunday in advent. VERY good to know! Congratulations on winning that photo competition - it sure is a gorgeous entry!

Kirsty Vittetoe said...

That's a sweet post, happy thanksgiving my friend, and congratulations!!!!

alexandra s.m. said...

wow! CONGRATS to you! That is awesome!
YOu must be so proud indeed!!
I love it when you talk about your customs, thank you for sharing!

Shahrul Niza said...

CONGRATULATIONS!!!. You have the eyes for detail & colors, I'm proud of ya!. The pecan pie looks so delish, I'm afraid to say that I might have to bake something sweet later, a simple cookie maybe (I can't bake well, let alone making pies, LOL). I'm looking forward to read about exotic Puerto Rico here. Hope you'll have great weather and a wonderful Thanksgiving!. HUGS.

Diane said...

Happy Thanksgiving to you, sounds like a wonderful way of celebrating!! Congrats to you too on being selected...a great honor indeed!!

AppleApricot Wen said...

Ohhhh, happy happy for you!! Congrats dear!! You're probably eating a yummy yummy pecan pie at the moment... Wish I could taste it! Happy Thanksgiving!! Hugs

Jessica said...

Hi Milagros,
What a pleasant surprise to find a puertorican in CSI. I saw your name in the side bar and clicked on it. Yay! Congrats on your prize photo. :) I was born and raised in PR, now live in PA...cannot wait to go visit this Christmas after 4 yrs of not being able to. A pleasure to meet you!
Jessica Urrutia