Category Archives: Holiday Fun

What You Need To Know To Prepare a Thanksgiving Turkey

id-100475624Cooking a Thanksgiving Turkey really comes down to four easy steps.

The preparation of the Turkey starts with whether it is fresh or frozen. No one wants to wake up Thanksgiving morning to a half frozen turkey, so defrosting ahead of time is essential. According to the USDA you will need at least 1 day per 4 -5 pounds of turkey defrost in the refrigerator.

Here is a chart for thawing in the refrigerator:

4 to 12 pounds – 1-3 days
12 to 16 pounds – 3-4 days
16 to 20 pounds – 4-5 days
20 to 24 pounds – 5-6 days

There is another method you can use by submerging the wrapped turkey in cold water and changing the water out every 30 minutes.

4 to 12 pounds – 2 to 6 hours
12 to 16 pounds – 6 to 8 hours
16 to 20 pounds -8 to 10 hours
20 to 24 pounds – 10 to 12 hours

Now that you have a defrosted turkey it’s time to move onto the next steps , preparing, stuffing and flavor.

Easy Roast Turkey for Beginners for the Holidays!

Stuffing with Sausage


How To Carve A Turkey

Wishing you a very Happy Thanksgiving!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Fun Things To Do For the Family This Thanksgiving – Macy’s Parade – Games and Free Print Outs

thanksgiving-1009127_640Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade, Turkey with all the trimmings and Football, Thanksgiving is a fun filled day for the entire family and friends.

While you are getting your day ready and crossing things off your to-do list, have some fun prepared for the rest of the family.

Start the day off with the 92nd Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade November 28th, which starts at 9 a.m. and goes to 12 pm in all time zones. If you cannot be there in person, watch it from home on NBC and Verizon 360 livestream. See Macys website for more…

Have fun playing Thanksgiving Bingo! Go Here to download Bingo Cards just for Thanksgiving.

Thanksgiving table just for the kids

Make a table cloth from brown paper and size it to your table. Add drawings for the kids to color in.To draw out Turkeys, trace around your hand and in between fingers with a black marker. Make sure that the your fingers are spread out flat on the paper. Add a dot for the eye, a beak, wattle, legs and feet. You could also draw and outline of Pilgrims and Indians, pumpkins or whatever Thanksgiving theme you would like. Place a small cup with a few crayons on table in front of each chair. If you would rather have coloring pages or get ideas for drawings at each seat, go here for free pages you can print out.

Have a pumpkin hunt

No, you don’t use real pumpkins for this hunt. Most of your craft stores should have plastic mini pumpkins already to go for you. Depending on how many kids will be participating, will determine how many pumpkins you will need. You can hide them inside or outside or both. Have a number on one of the pumpkins that will lead to a big prize and numbers on random pumpkins for smaller prizes, this way everyone will win something.

Great Photo Op

Let them be a Pilgrim or Indian! Easy to do out of paper and construction paper. Get instructions for the Pilgrim Hat Here, Bonnet Here also an Indian Headdress Here and Turkey headband. Have the kids participate or make them up ahead of time. Once they have them on get a memorable photo.

Thanksgiving is a special day for family and friends. People will travel far and wide to make it home for the love of family and the Turkey Feast. Make this a safe holiday and please don’t drink and drive.

 

Happy Thanksgiving!

 

 

 

 

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4 Thanksgiving Recipes Using The Instant Pot Cooker

Kristen from Six Sisters’ Stuff over on YouTube has 4 great recipes using your Instant Pot cooker to make your Thanksgiving Dinner easier and full of flavor!

She share recipes for:
Turkey, Stuffing, Green Beans and Mashed Potatoes

She also offers cooking time and tips for each recipe. One tip is to make sure your turkey will fit in your Instant Pot cooker when picking it out.

Observance: After you cook the turkey (or turkey breast as she does) you can get that browned crispy skin by place the turkey in a pan and putting it under the oven broiler. This should just take a few minutes and keep an eye on it so it will not burn but turn brown just like you cooked it in the oven the whole time.

 

 

If you have an instant pot, you will love these recipes!

Thanks Kristen! Happy Thanksgiving!

Party Decorations and Treats Ideas DIY For Halloween

ID-10038543It’s Halloween coming up, are you ready for a party? Whether you decorate a little or for a haunted house it does not have to cost you a lot if you are creative. Even the food can be a part of the fun decorations.

It’s Halloween, are you ready for a party? Whether you decorate a little or for a haunted house it does not have to cost you a lot if you are creative. Even the food can be a part of the fun decorations.
Go over to our Pinterest Page Halloween for Party Decoration and Treats Ideas

Here are some of the pins for creating great food and decor for Halloween:

 

Chocolate Dipped Candy Corn Rice Crispy Treats
Spooky Halloween 7 Layer Dip Recipe
Mini Caramel Apples Recipe
Strawberry Ghosts
Halloween Mummy Jalapeño Poppers
Halloween Table Decorations
DIY Spider Web Ball Jars
Five Easy Halloween Games For Kids
11 Ways to Make Your House Look Haunted
34 Inspiring Halloween Party Ideas for Adults

Keep Halloween stress free and safe as you can. Visit the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) for safety tips from costumes to trick or treating. Check out  Halloween Safety Tips

Happy Halloween :}

 

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Fun and Easy Pumpkin Decorating For Halloween

ID-10038558 Have fun with the entire family by painting, adding decals and more for a funny or scary pumpkin.

Pick Your Pumpkin

Pumpkins are easy to get this time of year, whether it is a fresh found in grocery stores to farmers market. You could also opt to get a faux pumpkin and use it year after year. Check out your local craft stores for those.

Using Paint and Markers

For both the fresh pumpkin and the faux pumpkins, acrylic paint works best. Paint the entire pumpkin or just use the paint for a scary face or cartoon style. Use different size brushes and colors . You could also use markers either of the pumpkins and the best ones are Sharpies. The “Sharpie Markers”are able to stand up to the layer of wax that is on the fresh pumpkins.

Head on over to ThePumpkinLaday.com and choose from 700 Free Carving Patterns. While these can be used to draw on the pumpkin and then carve, you could also trace and then paint or use markers to make the Halloween scene. If you want to carve your pumpkin then check out The Pumpkin Lady’s page for How To Carve a Pumpkin

Skip The Paint – Go With Decals

For a fun and fast way to decorate your pumpkins, add decals and stickers. Sold in Craft stores.

Adding the Extra’s

Ribbons, hats, wigs and fuzzy accents bring out the creativity for your pumpkin. You could use yarn for hair, ribbon for bow ties and more.

Don’t want to carve free hand? Try the cookie cutter method. Check out this video below to show you how!

Wishing you a Fun and Safe Halloween

 

 

 

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Treats – Barbecue – Desserts – Party Ideas for the 4th of July

243 years ago America declared independence from Great Britain on July 4, 1776.

It is time to bring out yummy 4th of July Barbecue, Side Dishes, Salads, Desserts and decorations adorned in red white and blue to celebrate. Picnics, Party’s and heading to the beach will be on the agenda for many, ending this wonderful day with Fireworks lighting up the sky in celebration of Independence Day.

Check out our 4th of July Pinterest Board. We have delicious recipes for Bar B Que, Desserts, Side Dishes, Decoration’s and more fun.

Have a great 4th of July and remember to drink responsibly. Don’t drink and drive or let someone you know!

Happy 4th of July!

 

 

 

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Celebrating Cinco de Mayo – What Makes An Authentic Taco

Most taco’s are made with hamburger cooked up with Mexican spices and placed into a taco shell. The most popular toppings are cheese, lettuce and tomato and sour cream.

What about the authentic Mexican tacos?

Fact: Did you know that authentic Mexican Tacos do not use lettuce, tomato or cheese? These three ingredients are an American addition to the taco. This video from Food Network tells you more about the traditional taco of Mexico and shows you how they are made with the best combinations of meats, salsas and toppings.

Happy Cinco De Mayo

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St. Patrick’s Day Fun Facts and Yummy Corned Beef and Cabbage Recipe

id-100313807St. Patrick’s Day, will be celebrated this year on Sunday, March 17, 2019 by many people with delicious Corned Beef and Cabbage, green beer and wearing of the green. It is a tradition in Ireland for the people in the parades and celebrating on the side lines, to wear a lot or a small collection of green clothing. Even some with shamrock pins.

You can enjoy watching the oldest and largest St. Patrick’s Day Parade put on every year in New York City. This parade has been around since 1762 and will celebrates its 257th year. Get more information for times and broadcasts here

Just who is St. Patrick? Many sources agree his real name was Maewyn Succat. He was born in Roman Britain. When he was about sixteen he was captured by Irish raiders and taken as a slave to Ireland for 6 years. In those 6 years he worked as a herdsman, prayed daily and found strength in his faith.

As legend states, St. Patrick drove all the snakes out of Ireland. The basis of this legend is that the origin of the snake as a pagan symbol. Therefore the tale of St. Patrick driving out the snakes can really be taken as a sign of driving out paganism from Ireland. Patrick (Maewyn Succat.) died in 493 AD.

Corned Beef and Cabbage is it Irish?

Actually the traditional dinner of Corned Beef and Cabbage is not an Irish tradition but an American tradition started by Irish immigrants. The local meat in Ireland in the 1700’s was pork served with potatoes. Find out here how pork and potatoes become corned beef and cabbage and why it is the go to dinner for St. Patrick’s Day.

In 1925, “corned beef and cabbage” was voted to be the favorite dish of New York City.

We celebrate every year and usually have a big crowd. Lots of food, fun, friends and family make it all worth while to cook up a storm. Check out this Corned Beef and Cabbage Recipe Favorite with Sides

If you are celebrating, please drink responsibly. Make sure you have selected a designated driver before you party. Please Don’t Drink and Drive.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day

 

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Celebrate Mardi Gras Fat Tuesday With Gumbo Jambayala and More Recipes

Fat Tuesday or as the French say Mardi Gras is a day of feasting on fatty foods and living it up before the Christian Lenten (Lent) season and fasting.
This colorful holiday also know as Shrove Tuesday, comes with a parade of floats, lots of beads and fun in New Orleans and celebrated around the country. If you cannot be in New Orleans, then celebrate in your home with Gumbo, Jambaya, or how about a Muffuletta sandwich. There is great food and music that comes out of New Orleans and this is the day to join in the fun!

Check out these recipes…

Gumbo Recipe – When you say Gumbo you are talking Louisiana, New Orleans. It originated in Louisiana early in the 18th century according to Cajun History. Gumbo is personal, like a good stew, every home makes it with the main ingredients and some additional for their own taste and flair.
Main ingredients of gumbo are a good roux (mixing equal amounts of fat and flour to make a thick sauce), okra, vegetables (the Holy Trinity, onions, green peppers and celery) meat and seafood. The seasoning that finishes off the Gumbo is File’ powder which is a spicy herb made for Sassafras leaves that is ground down to a powder and available in most grocery stores.

Jambalaya Recipe -A Spanish and French influenced dish that has seafood, meat, vegetables and rice. A must have in this dish is sausage that has been smoked, seafood (crawfish is popular in the area as well shrimp) chicken and pork. Very flavorful with the spices added.

Shrimp Etouffee Recipe – A New Orleans classic recipe that is beloved by both Cajun and Creole cooking. It is served over rice with seafood as its star ingredient that could be crab, crawfish or shrimp. It was created in the 1950’s, but some historians say it could go back to as far as 1920.

Muffuletta Sandwich Recipe – This packed with flavor sandwich originated with Italian immigrants that came to New Orleans, using a round loaf of bread and stuffing it with olive salad on the bottom, Salami, Swiss Cheese, Ham, Mortadella, and more. This sandwich is made for a crowd or you could make them in individual sandwiches on smaller rolls.

The King Cake RecipeThe King Cake is used in some countries for celebrating the Epiphany twelve days after Christmas and up to Lent. There are a variety of recipes but the main one has spices of nutmeg, cinnamon and made with yeast. The decorations are colors that came from the Christian religion, with purple symbolizing Justice, Green symbolizing Faith and Gold symbolizing Power. They honor the three Kings (Wise Men) who visited Jesus on the Epiphany twelve days after Christmas.  These colors are used in the sugar topping that makes the frosting.
A small porcelain figurine toy or Fava beans were used for the baby that was traditionally hidden in the King Cake as a symbol to the baby Jesus.  Today luck and prosperity is the symbol of the baby to many. The person who finds the baby in their slice of cake irresponsible for throwing the next years Mardi Gras party in some countries and is a designated King or Queen for the day. The beans and porcelain figures are today replaced with plastic toy babies and some bakers are leaving the baby outside of the cake to lessen the chance of liability of someone choking or swallowing the toy.

 

 

Enjoy Mardi Gras!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Sharing the Love and Valentine’s Day Treats

id-10026227Share Valentine’s Day by volunteering in your community with co workers, family and friends. Take a little time for this day, to bake up some Valentine cookies and cakes or you could purchase store bought treats and give them out with a special tag.

Take the family or a few friends and visit a nursing home in your area. Hand out flowers (a Carnation for each person) and Valentine cards. This does not have to be expensive and it will bring so much joy. (Call ahead to find out how many flowers and cards you will need and make an appointment.)

Visit someone who is under the weather with Valentines Day treats and offer to run errands for them.

Get your family and/or friends together and celebrate with a mini tea party. Serve hot tea and cookies. Have pretty paper, glue, scissors, paper dollies available to make old fashioned valentines day cards.

Volunteer at a soup kitchen for a few hours, washing dishes or serving up a meal will be appreciated.

Don’t forget our furry friends. Lend a hand at a community animal shelter or donate pet food or both.

Have a little brother or sister? Take them for the afternoon to a Children’s Museum or a favorite spot they like.

Check out our 50 Valentine’s Day Treat Recipes on Pinterest.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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