Turkey time!

 - by Sarah Lipoff

© Sarah Lipoff 2010

Well, the big day is almost here, and the turkey’s hanging out in the fridge all happy in its brine. But, what to do with it? I feel like every year I do the same thing. Coat with butter, sprinkle with salt and pepper, shove an onion in it, cover with tinfoil and roast. Blah, blah, blah. Yeah, the end result is usually pretty tasty, but this year I was craving something different. Something special.

We usually have a big rowdy crowd for Thanksgiving, but this year I’m taking it easy and only having a handful of guests. After asking others to help out by bringing yummy sides, I decided I would focus my attention on the birdy. I was ready for a twist on my boring old buttered turkey – but what to do? Time to get out the good dishes, clean the bathrooms, and get going.

It’s turkey time!

I also need something to feed the babe.

Crap.

I’m already freaked out enough about the holidays and getting everything done with the child hanging around. I’m also worried someone wont latch the baby gate at the top of the stairs, close the bathroom door (hello – remember the toilet bowl brush incident?), or will leave a pointy fork just in her reach…..

Yeah, neurotic. I know.

But, you mammas and daddies out there can’t deny having the same concerns and worries. And, the desire to roast the perfect turkey makes everything a bit more insane.

I searched around for some good ideas and was wooed by a picture of a turkey from Midwest Living, which enticed me to try something different. How about a maple glazed roast turkey? Maybe toss some brown sugar and a bit of mustard into the rub-a-dub? Sounds good to me! And I figured the sweet and savory spin would excite the babe enough so she wouldn’t toss the goods to the floor when it was offered to her.

What do other kids eat on Thanksgiving? I tried to remember what I loved and got stuck on mashed potatoes. I still love mashed potatoes and gravy – yummmmmm. But, I don’t remember anything from when I was almost two-years-old, who does? I want this Thanksgiving to be an enjoyable experience for the babe AND have it be an opportunity for her to sit at the big kids’ table with us enjoying the special meal.

I came across some cute and fun ideas for picky eaters from my friends over at the Motherboard that reminded me to keep things realistic and maybe try taste-testing foods with the wee tot before the big day.

I think I’ll just toss extra-extra marshmallows on the sweet potato casserole and let her have at it.

Happy Thanksgiving!

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