I’m involved with the Julie Billiart School (www.juliebilliartschool.org ), a very special place that helps kids with learning needs. A highlight of my holiday season is receiving the cookbook the school’s 2nd graders create called, “How to Cook a Turkey.” Every year, each 2nd grader writes a recipe for cooking a turkey. Their teachers create a recipe book. Their innocence and creativity always make me smile. This year, kids were cooking turkeys that ranged in size from 25 milligrams to 100 pounds. I picked out a recipe I really enjoyed, particularly step 8.
How To Cook a Turkey
- Go to a food store and get a turkey for 50 family members.
- Pop it in the oven for 350 degrees or 450 degrees for 5 or 10 minutes.
- Wait for the timer to buzz and pop it out of the oven.
- Let it cool for 5 minutes.
- Put seasoning on top of it.
- Put it on a large plate.
- Eat it with mashed potatoes. (I like chicken but we are not cooking chicken this year.)
- Eat pumpkin pie and spray a can of whipped cream in my mouth. (We’ve got dairy free whipped cream this year.)
- Drink apple cider and play after.
All of the kids’ recipes demonstrate innocence and honesty like this one. I’m thankful to receive their card and get a reminder from them of how to really slow down and enjoy the simple things in life. As you enjoy the Thanksgiving holiday, I hope you have the opportunity to think like a 2nd grader. I hope time slows down for you. I hope you get to play. Most importantly, I hope you pick up that can of whipped cream and spray it right in your mouth!