Kids say the funniest things especially when you ask them how to make Thanksgiving dinner.
Kindergarten and first-grade students who attend Bad Dog Arts after-school program explained how they would make some of the traditional holiday dishes.
The 6-, 7- and 8-year-olds provided colorful directions and vibrant art for a holiday feast that included roast turkey, mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce and apple pie. They also offered artful breakfast ideas and meals for finicky eaters.
Those looking for some amusing holiday dinner ideas or perhaps seeking some relief from seasonal stress should enjoy these recipes straight from the mouths of babes.
CHILDREN'S THANKSGIVING RECIPES
Go kill the turkey and then take it home and start cooking it for Thanksgiving. I would add salt and pepper. If people wanted to, they could put vegetables in it. Put it in the oven, maybe 5 degrees. Cook it for 6 minutes.
Get your turkey at the farm. Put him inside the oven about 50 [degrees]. Keep it in the oven for 2 minutes.
Put stuffing inside of it. Put it the oven, really hot, like 815. Cook it for 2 minutes. It comes out brownish.
Buy some chicken that's not cooked and put it in the oven for 5 minutes or 12 minutes; it only takes 5 degrees. Don't put any spice on it. Put it on a huge plate.
Get potatoes and then peel the skin off. Put it in a glass bowl. I would set the temperature for 89 degrees and then cook it for maybe 1 hour in the oven. Put them in a big, big, big bowl and then stir it up a little bit and then it would be ready. I would put a little bacon in it.
Put potatoes in the microwave for 2 minutes. Then take them out and cut them in half. Put on salt and butter.
Get some potatoes. You peel them and then you put them in a hot pot filled with water and then you let it soften up. It takes 15 minutes or 20. Then take it out and mash it and put salt, pepper, sour cream and milk. And if you don't think it tastes right, you can add some more salt and pepper. And if you add more than enough milk, it will get too soggy.
Mix water, juice and milk. Then you add sticks and brown lollipops to make it brown. Then you stir it for 200 hours.
Get cranberries and some sugar and some other stuff. Cook it on the stove as high as it needs to so it won't burn. It is best if it is warmish, not too cold.
I would take some blueberries and put 'em in a steam pot. I think it would take 1 hour. I would add salt. Then put it on a plate and eat it.
Take them out of the package and put them in a bowl and then put them on top of the stove. Put them in boiled water; boil for 3 or 2 hours and then they are good to eat. I just pick the leaves up and eat them, then you get to the heart, which is delicious.
Buy some corn on the cob. Peel it. Cook it on the stove in a small pot. We put it in with water. Turn it to 2 minutes. Be very careful, get a drainer and let the water drain out. You want to put something on it like barbecue or hot spices.
Put them in a hot pan. Cut them up and put something sweet in. Then let it rest until it's soft soft enough so it won't hurt when you chew.
Get apples and sugar. Maybe 4 apples. Use dough. Put it in the oven with a pan underneath it. If you put it in with nothing underneath it, the bottom will get all greasy.
Spaghetti and meatballs
I don't like turkey. I think sometimes we make spaghetti. Put it in a pot at 10 degrees, for 10 minutes. Pour all the water out and then put it on the plate. We put tomato sauce on it and then we put meatballs.
Put milk and eggs and mix it. Cook it for an hour in an oven that is really hot.
Chocolate chip cookies
Put in cookie dough and chocolate chips and sugar. You mix all the ingredients. Bake it and then you put the chocolate chips in.
For breakfast for Thanksgiving. I would have yogurt and waffles with blueberries in it. Make batter with milk and then stir it up with eggs. Cook your waffles in the wafflemaker and then put syrup on it.
The art of Thanksgiving
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