Can you believe Thanksgiving is only ONE WEEK away?????
I LOVE Thanksgiving! Surprised, right? Shocking that the girl who loves celebrating and is obsessed with food would enjoy a holiday that centers around gorging until we are comatose from overindulgence.
As I mentioned in a previous post, my family loves their food, but tends to choose convenience over freshly prepared-from-scratch meals. I don’t hate it, but it just means there isn’t much to help out with at family dinners. Well, last Thanksgiving, I decided to take whatever minuscule food-prep task into an obnoxious creation for all to enjoy.
I waited patiently, asking politely every few minutes, Mom, what can I help you with? Finally, out of what I was sure was annoyance to get me out from under her, she told me to make a fruit and cheese platter for a snack, as we always have when the Cowboys play.
As I began to pull out every fruit and cheese my family owned out of the fridge, a head of lettuce, skewers, and various knives, I had to ward off the constant, What in the WORLD are you doing? Patience, my family. Patience. What they didn’t know is that I spent my time in the airport looking up how to create a DIY edible arrangement. The perfect idea for whimsy, outlandish, and yum.
Yeah. That happened. It was actually easy, but tedious as watching your kindergarten niece try to spell everyone’s name on her iPad.
I won’t walk you through everything (just google it, and plenty will pop up!), but here’s what I used:
- cantaloupe for the body
- a pear for the head
- grapes, cantaloupe, and pineapple for the feathers
- olives, cheese, and a strawberry sliver for the face
- olives and cheese on the platter, because we eat an absurd amount of cheese.