Today's Snack: Make an "inside-out leaf sandwich" by pretending two
lettuce leaves are pieces of bread. Large romaine leaves work well for this,
and you can eat the other leaves torn up as a salad later. Build a sandwich on
top of one lettuce leaf as you usually would on one piece of bread. On top of
the lettuce leaf, put a piece of lunch meat or two, a slice of cheese or two,
and a piece of bread as the centerpiece inside, with maybe a thin pickle slice
or a dollop of mayonnaise or mustard - whatever you like. Then top with the
other lettuce leaf. Cut into two or four sections, and eat and enjoy!
Black foam meat tray, any size
Natural objects collected in a sack on a
1 cup flour
½ cup salt
1 T. cooking oil
Thanksgiving can be a little bit boring for the
kids. Sure, they love the feast, but after Aunt Ethel has pinched their cheek
and Grandpa has done a few magic tricks, there's nothing much else to do.
But here's a fun project you can assign to the
non-cooks to do with the kids while you cook: make nature centerpieces for the
Thanksgiving table. They'll be humble, but heart-felt, and best of all, they'll
keep the kids occupied.
You will need one Styrofoam meat tray (preferably
black) for each child; scrub and recycle your own, or ask at the meat
department for clean ones!
Your project leaders (grandfather? favorite uncle?) should
give each child a sack, bundle them up, and walk with them outside around your
yard, or take a walk to the nearest park to collect little bitty scraps of
Get three or four small pine cones, some pods, acorn
"hats," small leaves, red berries, an interesting head of grass seed, squiggly
twigs, and so forth.
Return home and make the "dough." Kids can mix one
cup of flour with ½ cup of salt, ½ cup of water, and one tablespoon of cooking
oil. They should knead the dough for a few minutes, then spread it with their
fingers on their meat trays as evenly as possible.
Then they can stick and "squoosh" their finds from nature
into the dough as a collage. Be careful not to break anything. Try for a
pleasing, balanced appearance that will look just as pretty from any angle
around the table.
Place the collage on the Thanksgiving table as a
conversation piece, and voila! They'll be done just about the time the feast
is. And you'll give thanks that the kids were out of the kitchen and not
underfoot while you were putting on the finishing touches.