The message here, my friends, is to envision possibilities. These wooden turkeys were at a local craft fair. With two rows of holes where the tail feathers would be, the crafty couple who had designed and made them had placed DumDum lollipops in them. They were cute and drew my attention, but since I a) wouldn’t have small children around and b) don’t eat sugar, I pulled them out of two turkeys, gave the lollipops back and paid for the suckerless wooden birds. As you might imagine, that sparked some questions. . .
“You don’t want the suckers?” Nope. I have other ideas. In my mind, I could already imagine long and short skewers with meat, cheese cubs, vegetables.
My friend Shirley and I went to town one afternoon, threading good stuff onto our skewers, creating cute turkey day nibbles.
As you may know, I haven’t made friends with olives, only their oil, so the turkey pictured above was Shirley’s creation. In a beauty contest, I would have to acknowledge that hers would wear the crown, but I liked my taste combo better.
Reflecting afterwards, however, we will change one thing next time we make them — we will leave the last inch or so of skewer bare. It’s simply not practical to pick up a skewer that is filled all the way to its outer edge. Plus, if a person would eat the entire skewer’s worth of bites as we originally made them, they would spoil their supper and that is never our goal with appetizers.