We spent the day with family and friends at someone else’s house…and that may be what I’m most thankful for this year – no cooking, no cleaning and no dishes. All I had to be responsible for was fruit. I can’t remember a recent Thanksgiving morning when I’ve had so much free time on my hands; the proof is in the fruit.If all I had to bring was fruit, then I was bringing FRUIT! Some boring fruit salad would just not do, and as I proudly set my gigantic fruit art down on the table, my teenage niece says, “God, you always have to show off.” Add an eye-roll and here’s the face to go with that comment.
LOL! Thanksgiving is about family, and OMG I’m turning into my father. Leave it to a teenager to point it out. Although I don’t think either of us are show-offs per say…over-the-top on occasion? Yep.
It a weird thing when you realize you are the person you’ve been making fun of. I was just goofing on him today with my sister because he’s walking now. To a normal person, this would consist of simply walking more. But to my father, he has to plan his whole day around his walks because each one has to be two hours long. He bought a new iPod, that I know of only because he forced my little brother to load it, but I’m betting there are more shiny, new things strapped to him too – a pedometer perhaps, at the very least, new sneakers. And his iTunes bill probably cost more than my phone bill last month.
But here I sit, the mocking woman who couldn’t just bring fruit salad. My house is littered with the evidence of past gung-ho efforts – reams of scrapbook paper, pounds of soap, shards of tile, the list goes on. Oh well, one more thing to be thankful for today – the ability to laugh at myself.
And if you’d like to make a fruit bouquet yourself, it’s actually not as difficult or ostentatious as my niece would have you believe. It’s all in the tools – cookie cutters and skewers. I cookie cut all the pieces before assembling the bouquet and kept popping the fruit in and out of the fridge to keep the pieces cool and fresh.
The base is a half a watermelon, fruit kept in tact to hold the skewers in place. As long as you cut your fruit slices thin enough to clear your cookie cutters, this is an easy project with some show-off, wow factor. Yes, Mary, you will be seeing this fruit bouquet again.