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Apple-Turkey Centerpiece 

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Do you spend hours camped out in the kitchen in advance of Thanksgiving dinner? This year, get the kids in on the culinary fun. While parents tend to the bird, stuffing and cranberry sauce, little ones can craft their own edible centerpiece from simple ingredients that are likely already on hand. Snacking along the way keeps kids interested in the food prep, and the final product makes a colorful decoration for the table.

materials

  • 1 large apple
  • mini marshmallows
  • dried or fresh cranberries
  • chocolate-covered raisins
  • toothpicks
  • instructions

    1. Pick one side of the apple to be the front. Stick one toothpick in this side of the apple and thread it with marshmallows, then cranberries, then a chocolate-covered cranberry to make it look like the neck, wattle and head of a turkey.
    2. Break off the tips of a toothpick for the bird's beak. Insert them at an angle into the chocolate-covered raisin head so that the ends come together in a peak.
    3. Make tail feathers for the bird by threading at least five other toothpicks with a mix of marshmallows, raisins and cranberries. Stick each of these in the back of the apple as patterned plumage.
    4. Craft scrawny legs for the bird by sticking two toothpicks in the lower front of the apple. If you're concerned with toothpick safety, add marshmallow shoes to your turkey; they might not be realistic, but they'll inspire some giggles.
    5. Display the finished bird on the dinner table as a Thanksgiving centerpiece.
    Carolyn Fox is the calendar editor at Seven Days.
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