Here are two great Thanksgiving treats to serve before dinner. At our house as with most homes celebrating Thanksgiving, is all about food and we have lots of cookies, candy and fruit on the table, not to mention pumpkin and apple pie. Making this fruit turkey tray will certainly make the table’s centerpiece and the turkey cheeseball is something I just have to make. Sometimes I have a lot of trouble trying to figure out which I want more, cheese or chocolate.

I also remember sitting in front of the TV on Sunday’s watching NFL football with the family and those cheese balls and crackers were always on the coffee table in front of us. Perhaps that is where my fondness for cheese began.

So much has changed this Covid 2020 Thanksgiving and I know football certainly has not to mention all the restrictions now in place.  Still I know we have so much to be thankful for!

One thing I do have to be careful of is adding nuts to any food on the table since we  have a few with nut allergies.  While delicious on a cheeseball we won’t be having any on our goodies.   No, I didn’t say “who are nuts”, I said, “allergic to nuts” although some who show up do fit into that category. I mean who wants to be normal, anyway?  Where’s the fun in that?

All kidding aside, Thanksgiving Day is all about being thankful for our blessings and how God brought the Pilgrims to America so that we could worship with freedom. It is also a great time of fellowship with family and friends and food is at the center of that time. I am thankful for all of it!

What other food creations are you adding to your day on Thanksgiving, besides pumpkin pie, turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing and gravy?

What you’ll need for the Turkey Cheeseball:

  • Cheeseball
  • Candy Eyes
  • Slim Jim
  • Pretzel Sticks
  • Whoppers (optional)
  • Candy Corn
  • Chocolate Melts (to attach things)

For the Turkey Fruit Tray:

(substitution fruit also works!)

  • Mandarins
  • Kiwi
  • Strawberries
  • Boysenberries or Blueberries
  • Cheddar Cheese or Hard cheese
  • Pear (use parts for beak and feet, too)
  • Grapes

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