By Sheri Hopkins, Lifestyle Contributor
Hello everyone! Since Thanksgiving is right around the corner, I’m going to talk about some funny Thanksgiving things that have happened around Thanksgiving with the Wags.
We always have lots of food and desserts and have such a good time. The kids love it because I call bingo and they get to win prizes. Funny stories and laughs all day. This particular Thanksgiving, we were cleaning up and for some reason I asked if anyone wanted the turkey carcass. I had a taker, my niece, Kelly’s husband said he wanted it. So, I got it all packed up for him to take home. Keep in mind, we have our Thanksgiving the weekend before Thanksgiving Day. Their daughter has a birthday in December, and they had her a party at Chuck E. Cheese. The time would be about three weeks after we have had our family Thanksgiving and we are leaving Chuck E. Cheese and I am helping my niece, Kelly, carry stuff to her car from the birthday party. She opens the trunk and low and behold there is that turkey carcass from three weeks ago still in the trunk of her car! I mean I yelled, “that turkey carcass is still in here!!” Been in there three weeks and stinking like a dead dog. I mean who leaves a turkey carcass in the trunk of a car for three weeks? I can tell you who does, my niece Kelly and her husband at the time, Stan. She blamed him because he is the one that said he wanted it to begin with. We have laughed over that turkey carcass for years. We bring it up every year, because after dinner I always yell, “who wants the turkey carcass?”
The other story includes the same man she was married to, Stan. He decided one year to buy a turkey fryer. He thought he could make some money deep frying turkeys for people for Thanksgiving. He had a good little gig going. He would sit it up in the back yard by the picnic table and dep fry those turkeys for people. He was outside frying several one day, sitting them on the picnic table when they were done. Kelly looked out the window while he’s out there and low and behold a cat had come up and was gnawing on one of them turkeys. I mean is this not something out of Christmas Vacation or what?! If I was a guessing woman, he probably shooed the cat and wrapped that turkey up and delivered it. I can’t prove that, but wouldn’t you hate to throw out a perfectly friend turkey? That’s another story we have laughed about over through the years. My poor niece Kelly, we never cut her a break.
Next week I will have stories to tell about our Nashville trip. We had a great time, ate a lot of food, shed some tears and laughed a lot.
This week’s recipe is M & M cookie bars. You can change the color of the M & M’s and use the red and green for Christmas, the peanut butter flavor for Thanksgiving. Have a blessed and Happy Thanksgiving, we have so much to be thankful for!
M & M COOKIE BARS
1 cup unsalted butter at room temperature
1 cup light brown sugar, packed
3/4 cup granulated sugar
2 large eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup chocolate chips
1 cup M&M candies
Preheat oven to 325 degrees. In a large bowl, using mixer, cream together the butter and sugars for one minute. Add the eggs and the vanilla and mix until combined. Add the flour, baking soda and salt. Stir just until combined. Fold in the chocolate chips and the M&Ms. Save about 1/3 cup of M&Ms for the top (or you can add a 1/4 cup extra to the top.) Line a 9×13 pan with parchment paper (I couldn’t live without parchment paper) or foil. Spray with non-stick cooking spray. Put the cookie dough into the pan and press down evenly. Then place the 1/4 cup extra M&Ms all around the top. Bake for 30-35 minutes, or until the top is barely golden brown. Allow to cool completely. Slice and remove and put on your pretty platter.