The Turkey Torch (.. and sweet & salty bark recipe)

It’s here!! Time for wearing lose pants to the dinner table! Time for family & chaos! Time to be thankful and time to be stuffed just like our beloved thanksgiving bird! 

This year the torch is being passed down to little old me! My grandmother is nearing 77 and has been cooking for our family since her children were growing up. I figured being 27 years old even though she has 4 children of her own it was time I let her know that this year she is only expected to relax. 

T and I took our little lady on Sunday & made a trip to the grocery store. We bought our first turkey as a family and the first turkey I will prepare for everyone. Yes, I have made a few small ones just for at home in the past but never a 17-pound bird for the whole crew! I must admit I was quite picky when picking one out but we found the perfect one and I was super excited. 

This year I am making a new dish that my grandmother never had and I am so excited to introduce it to our feast! The infamous green bean casserole! So delicious! Besides the casserole & the turkey we will also be over indulging in all of the fixings! Stuffing, squash, corn, rolls, cranberry sauce, potatoes, gravy and ofcourse afterwards PIE! Another thing I am adding to this years menu is a dessert to “snack”, sweet & salty chocolate bark! DELISH!!

  • Preheat oven to 325′
  • Set out one sleeve of saltine crackers 
  • Boil together 1 cup of unsalted butter & 1 cup brown sugar 
  • After brought to a boil add 1 tbsp vanilla extract & return to a boil 
  • Pour mix over crackers evenly 
  • Place into oven for 8-10 minutes 
  • Pour semi sweet chocolate chips evenly over the crackers 
  • Let sit until the chocolate starts to melt & spread evenly 
  • Pour whatever toppings you want on the crackers & chocolate (I used m&ms and pretzels crushed)
  • Refrigerate 3o minutes & then break into pieces and serve 

So as you can see I have my hands full, totally full! Did I mention that prior to having this thanksgiving dinner we will be attending a thanksgiving lunch with my fathers family. So I will not only be cooking for one family but I will be diving into a scrumptious meal with another. Yes, I will be overwhelmed perhaps. Yes, I will be stuffed and exhausted. Yes, some wine will be necessary BUT yes I will love every moment of it. 

I’m not going to lie it use to be getting together with friends the night before that was what excited me. Now, my little lady spending time with all of our amazing family is the whole enchilada & more! Off to the kitchen to prepare myself for a busy but satisfying day!

Happy thanksgiving to all !!! 

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