A Friendsgiving Celebration

I’m so excited to be celebrating FriendsGiving with six of my favourite Canadian bloggers with a virtual feast to give you lots of ideas for your upcoming holiday.  We’ve got everything from appetizer to dessert recipes and the best thing about FriendsGiving?   It’s a pot luck kind of affair so you can have whatever you want – and lots of it!

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FriendsGiving is a recent holiday created so that people can spend time with their close friends as well as family.  Little did I know that I have been doing this for years!  There are times when my friends have found themselves alone because their partner is travelling for work, they’re single or recently divorced.  I’ve always made a point of inviting them for dinner because I didn’t want them being on their own.

These make for the most interesting dinners because many people are meeting for the first time and given that everyone is in the holiday mood, we’ve all had a great time and made new friends.  What better way to celebrate life’s riches than to bring new people together?


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Butternut Squash and White Bean Dip  |  Sweet and Savoury Pursuits  

Savoury, creamy and addictive, this fall themed dip makes the perfect appetizer.


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Mediterranean Style Roast Pumpkin Salad with Spicy Harissa Vinaigrette | Two Purple Figs

Zest things up with this sweet and spicy salad.  This will add a load of kick and flavour to any main dish.


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Roasted Fennel Soup with Herbed Crostini  |  Simply Fresh Dinners

Roasted fennel added to a soup is reminiscent of licorice candy.  Light, creamy and a perfect starter.



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Brown Butter Butternut Squash Gnocchi with Sage  |  The Girl on Bloor

The perfect taste of fall.  Tossed with mushrooms, kale and brown butter sauce it’s sure to become a favourite at Friendsgiving celebrations.


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Vegan Mushroom Gravy  |  The Endless Meal

Loved by meat eaters and veggies alike, this gravy is rich, creamy and ultimately delicious.  Perfect for your Friendsgiving dinner or a weekend roast.



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No Churn Cranberry Ice Cream  |  The Messy Baker

What’s a feast without dessert?  Rich and tangy it’s perfect alone or as a tart a la mode option for apple pie.


Friendsgiving Celebration | Simply Fresh Dinners

Pumpkin Madeleines with Spiced Maple Glaze  |  Food Nouveau

These elegant pumpkin madeleines combine comforting fall flavours sweetened by an irresistible maple glaze.   They’re the perfect treat to share with loved ones!


We’re also celebrating with a Giveaway so you can make all this deliciousness for your friends and family! I know you will all be excited about a Vitamix because they are like that coveted blender we all dream about.  Thank you, Vitamix for providing this valuable prize for our readers!  Good luck, everyone!

To enter the giveaway, login using either your email or Facebook. Once you login, you’ll be given 15 chances to enter the contest by liking or following each bloggers’ Facebook and Instagram accounts.

To get your Facebook entry, click the button for the Facebook page you want to like, like the Facebook page, then click “I visited.” Easy!

To get your Instagram entry, click the Instagram account you want to follow, follow the account, then type the name of the account into the box and click “Enter. ”


The Giveaway consists of one prize – A Vitamix Blender – The Total Nutrition Centre valued at $577.00. The Giveaway is open to residents of all provinces, territories of Canada only.  You must be 18 years of age and older to participate.  The winner must answer this skill testing question.  162 plus 42 divided by 2.  The contest closes at midnight, October 7th.  The winner will be contacted October 8th.  Relatives of participating bloggers are ineligible to participate.  All seven bloggers participating in this Giveaway have received a Vitamix blender as compensation.

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  • Reply
    Karen @ Seasonal Cravings
    September 22, 2016 at 7:35 am

    I’m loving this bc you are getting me organized for the holidays early! Woo hoo!

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    September 22, 2016 at 8:56 am

    Such a wonderful way to celebrate Robyn. The Vitamix looks like it does a fantastic job with everything, quite the powerhouse. Love all these recipes!
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      Robyn @ Simply Fresh Dinners
      September 23, 2016 at 11:09 am

      Thanks, Cheri. I love celebrating with talented foodies! The Vitamix is phenomenal! I had no idea what I had been missing out on all these years, lol.

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    sue | theviewfromgreatisland
    September 22, 2016 at 9:50 am

    Just hand me a bowl and a spoon for that mushroom gravy!!!
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    Anita Rivera
    September 22, 2016 at 3:18 pm

    ROBYN! Hello dear friend! This is the first time I’ve heard of Friendsgiving. What a great concept! And being a transplant twice over (moving from California to Massachusetts then to Minnesota), we sure know what it’s like to spend the holidays alone. But friends have always come to the rescue, or we’ve invited others to enjoy some fun and food chez nous. That mushroom gravy looks amazing! I can’t wait to make my mushroom/roasted chestnut soup!

    Big hugs to you!

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      Robyn @ Simply Fresh Dinners
      September 23, 2016 at 11:11 am

      It was a first for me too, Anita, but I love it! Such a great way to bring everyone together.
      Oh…your soup sounds so delicious!
      My brother is headed your way next weekend for the Ryder Cup. I told him he’s going to visit an amazingly beautiful city. A city I’ve grown to love through your photographs!

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    Bam's Kitchen
    September 22, 2016 at 6:26 pm

    Happy Holidays to you! So nice to see some new faces and some well known ones in your friendsgiving round up. So much deliciousness in one convenient post. The vitamix made creating these dishes a breeze., love all of that power under one device. Sharing everywhere and all of these delicious recipes too. I have a baker friend in Canada that could create masterpieces.
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      September 23, 2016 at 5:18 pm

      Thanks, Bobbi! I am crushing on my Vitamix. I don’t know how I survived without one all this time!
      You’ll have to pass your baker friend’s name on to me so I can include her in the next Canadian get together!
      Man, I just love your latest dish – roasted grapes rock! Happy Weekend!
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    Blair @ The Seasoned Mom
    September 22, 2016 at 7:40 pm

    How fun! And happy Canadian Friendsgiving to you! These recipes and photos are all beautiful!
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      Robyn @ Simply Fresh Dinners
      September 23, 2016 at 11:14 am

      Thanks so much, Blair! Don’t you love the holidays as an excuse to indulge? lol
      Enjoy your weekend, busy mom!

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    Joan @ Nicer Than New
    September 26, 2016 at 9:47 am

    Been following your blog on FB and LOVE your recipes. This is a fabulous giveaway. Love to win so I can give it to a very special couple on their wedding day. Wouldn’t that be a wonderful gift to start your marriage! I have a VM and it is simply magic!

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      September 26, 2016 at 5:03 pm

      Oh my gosh, Joan, that’s the word – magic! lol. I’ve been trying to describe this incredible device to people because I had no idea what I was missing out on until I owned one. Thanks so much for your kind comments! I’m off to see what you’re up to 🙂

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    Tricia @ Saving room for dessert
    September 27, 2016 at 6:37 am

    Everything looks beautiful and delicious. I’ve always dreamed of using a Vitamix! Thanks for the opportunity 🙂
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    September 27, 2016 at 11:11 pm

    What a gorgeous roundup! I love every single recipe in this post! Just entered and hopefully I can win a Vitamix 🙂

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    Michelle @ Vitamin Sunshine
    September 30, 2016 at 2:03 am

    Your soup looks amazing. Are you loving your Vitamix? 🙂
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      September 30, 2016 at 6:39 am

      The Vitamix is so fun, Michelle, lol. I had no idea what I was missing out on. One of my readers called it ‘magic’ the other day and I thought it summed it up so perfectly. It pretty much does everything and now I plan my recipes around it!

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