Friday, November 24, 2017

Five On Friday: Deep Fried Twinkie, the Thankfulness Turkey

Did you ever have a cute craft idea one holiday and then all of a sudden you realize it's a treasured family tradition nearly a decade strong? That's what happened with our Thankfulness Turkey. I don't know what made me think of it that first year--draw a featherless turkey on a large piece of paper and have everyone write things they are thankful for on paper feathers to attach at dinner each night. Nor do I know why the children insist on giving it a weird food name--from Cheeseburger the first year to Deep Fried Twinkie this year (okay, fine, I'm the one that came up with this year's name but they're the ones that started the food names thing).



Here are the best things about Deep Fried Twinkie, this year's Thankfulness Turkey:

1. When we pulled out the old turkeys (above, yes I save them), my youngest daughter found that someone had written "Boobs" one year as something they were thankful for. She wondered who had done it. "It was probably you," I said. "No it wasn't!" she insisted. "It was either you or Daddy and let me see--yup, that's definitely your handwriting, not his." She started cracking up and then, of course, wrote "I'm thankful for boobs" as her first feather this year.

2. 9-year-old son: "I'm thankful for glue sticks and Mommy's cooking." I'm going to choose to believe glue sticks are not reminiscent of my cooking.

3. How many inadvertent repeats there were: for travel, our unique traditions, extended family members and good friends, humor, etc.

4. Our youngest daughter's idea to turn it into a "pin the feather on the turkey" game, too.

5. Because of some schedule craziness including Mommy and Daddy traveling, he got off to a slow start. But we made up for lost time and now you can barely even tell he's a turkey.



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