The Family Traditions Edition
Through the years, we've also tried to incorporate various crafts and activities to help "bring home" to the children the many graces and blessings we have to thank God for. We've done "Thankful Trees" and decorated with an ever-changing assortment of turkeys, pilgrims, and Indians. And each year invariably brings a new board game obsession. ( Last year it was Apples to Apples. We had such a blast with that game, I'm curious to see if anything can top it!) But, in the flux and change as the children grow and my energy and initiative waver from year to year, there remain always certain traditions that are tried and true, things we do that never change, and that must be observed for Thanksgiving to proceed. Here are three:
Amazing Traditions We Love
Meet Tom Turkey, our newest tradition!
3. The other food-related Amazing Thing we have in our repertoire for Thanksgiving is the traditional Thanksgiving Day Apple Ring dessert. My mother invented this treat when I was a child, and I can only give an approximation of how it's made, because I don't honestly know if it's ever been put down in print before, but I highly recommend trying it if you can lay your hands on some spiced apple rings. They're easy, festive, and delicious!
Apple Rings Dessert
a package (or two or three) of creamed cheese
walnuts or pecans if desired, chopped
vanilla or almond extract
a bed of frilly lettuce for garnish
Remove the apple rings from the jar and let drain thoroughly in a collander so they're not too drippy. Beat softened cream cheese with approximately a half cup of powdered sugar per package of cream cheese (or to taste) and about a half teaspoon of extract. You want the mixture to "hold" when spooned out, to be firm, not runny, but not too "globby" either, if you know what I mean. Stir in chopped nuts if your gang likes nuts.
Then, take your apple rings ( I do this on a couple layers of paper towels to absorb any extra drippiness at this stage) and layer them with spoonfuls of the cream cheese mixture: apple ring -- cream cheese -- apple ring -- cream cheese. Then top with a maraschino cherry. Arrange on a platter on a bed of lettuce. The red, green and white look so pretty together and usher in the coming Christmas season! Easy! And yummy!
Sidenote: I looked through all my files for a picture of these from last year, but couldn't find one! Durn! I'll be sure and take a photo when we make them this year. They're pretty easy to envision, though, I hope, for anyone who might have time and inclination to give this recipe a try...
Happy Thanksgiving, Everyone!