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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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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!

How To Stay Safe Inside During a Thunderstorm and Why You Should Avoid the Bathroom

Summer in Florida brings Thunderstorms mainly in the afternoon. We all have the good sense to seek shelter when a storm is approaching, but did you know that you still have to be safe indoors.

Florida is known for lots of lightning. It is considered the leading most lighting tending state in the country. Others are Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Oklahoma and South Carolina.

The National Weather Service warns  that if you can hear thunder, you have the potential of being struck by lightning. Once you see lightning, thunder can be heard up to 10 miles away. As soon as you see lightning, count in seconds until you hear thunder. Thunder takes about 5 seconds to travel a mile. Find a safe place and start counting, after the flash of lightning wait until you hear the thunder and divide that amount by 5 to find out how far away the lightning is.

Once you seek shelter, what can you do to protect yourself inside?

Here are some tips :

Stay off of a landline phone. The lightning could hit phone lines outside of the house and go through the wires inside the home to the phone. Do not want to be on the other end of that! Use a cell phone or a cordless phone.

Anything to do with pipes and water like, taking a bath, shower, washing dishes. Lighting likes to travel and if you have metal pipes it will travel through them sending an electrical charge on its path. Most homes today have PCV pipes, but better to be safe then sorry, wait until the storm is over.

Save your appliances and anything plugged in to an electrical outlet. If your home gets struck by lighting anything plugged in could be damaged permantley and be a pathway to harming you. When you hear a storm approaching unplug your appliances, TV and  computer to be on the safe side. Also turn off your air conditioner, that would be a big inconvenience, especially in the summer, to have to go without nice cool air for any amount of time.

In Florida a couple found out just why you should avoid the bathroom!

Toilet Explodes from Lightning Strike!

 

 

 

Stay safe and wishing you a great summer!

 

 

 

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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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Do You Have the Right Hurricane Insurance Coverage for Florida?

The past couple of years Florida has been busy with Hurricanes. We can weather the storms or get out of the way, but number one is to always be prepared for the unexpected. Have your home owners policy up to date for hurricanes ahead of time. Once there is a watch issued binding restrictions take place within the carriers and aren’t lifted until the storm passes.

2017 was a very busy Hurricane season with 4 Hurricanes being very expensive! Hurricane Harvey (Cat 4) started the ball rolling into Texas Aug. 25, 2017 and leaving extensive damage with Houston and surrounding areas flooded

On September 10th Hurricane Irma (Cat 4) came into the Florida Keys and ran her course up into Central Florida.About 5.6 million people evacuated, making this storm to cause one of the biggest evacuations ever ordered in the United States.

Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico with winds of 155 mph (Cat 4) on September 20th, 2017. This hurricane took an estimated 3,975 lives and left the island with massive destruction.

Nate made landfall around 7 p.m. CDT Oct. 7th near the mouth of the Mississippi River as a Category 1 Hurricane, then made its final landfall near Biloxi, Mississippi, just after midnight Oct. 8.

Then there was Hurricane Michael in 2018 hitting the Florida panhandle near Mexico Beach as a Category 5 doing devastating damage at an estimated $25.1 billion.

Contact us today to be sure your hurricane coverage is right for you, ask for a free quote! We can help you be prepared with your Hurricane policy’s before the storm and claims if needed after the storm has left.

We have experience with Hurricanes – Charlie, Francis and Jeanne in 2004 and Irma in 2017, all came right to our front door.

Get your questions answered. 863-453-3903 or visit our website budgetbirite.com fill out the form and we will have an agent contact you within 24 hours.

 

 

 

 

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Tips for Car and Booster Seats Requirements and Child Safety

Your precious cargo needs more then just a seat belt, but how can you be sure your child’s car seat is installed correctly? Lets face it, if you don’t have the car seat in right your putting your child’s safety in jeopardy.

Buckling up the right way on every ride is the single most important thing a family can do and before you move your vehicle, read the directions, get a friend to help, or call the manufacture of the car seat to be sure it is secure the first time out.

For maximum car seat safety, leading scientists and car safety organizations (including the American Association of Pediatrics) all recommend keeping children rear-facing in their car seats for as long as possible.

Here are some guidelines from HealthyChildren.org and always be sure to check your seats instructions to verify what you need.

See what the requirements are state by state at SafeRide4Kids

Check out Car Seats and Booster seats article that is very informative over at the NHTSA

Not only is it the law to have your child in a car seat, you want to be sure that they are safe.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Perfect for Last Minute Christmas Table Ideas

id-10021547The house is ready to go, clean and decorated for Christmas. Now for the table setting for that yummy holiday meal. It needs to be just as spectacular as the rest of the house.

Laura over at FindingHome.com has 6 Simple Christmas Table Ideas that are perfect for the last minute. She gives great tips starting with a simple tablecloth, your place setting and the extra’s that makes the table festive.

See Laura’s table idea’s here

 

Thank you Laura and Merry Christmas!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Easter Egg Hunt – Dinner Treats and Dessert Recipe Ideas

ID-100133555Easter Fun is on the way for young and old with these great ideas for Easter Egg Hunts, what to serve for Dinner and Desserts that will be sure to be delicious.

Check them out on our boards for Easter over at Pinterest.

Easter Egg Hunt Idea’s

Easter Basket Idea’s

Easter Appetizers to Dinner and Sides Idea’s

Easter Dessert Recipes

Along with all the fun, please remember the reason for Easter is because of Jesus Christ who died on the cross for our sins and rose on the third day.

Happy Easter to you and your family from ours.

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Staying Out of The Blind Spot of Semi Trucks Travel Tips

Driving down the highway with a Semi Truck or large vehicle beside you can be intimidating. Most of the time I just want to get by and find myself gripping the steering wheel and holding my breath until I have passed them. Just the other day I noticed a sign on a big semi that said if your driving next to me and can see this sign, I cannot see you. Blind spots are common with such vehicles and there are limitations for the driver of that big truck they cannot control.

Being extra cautious when driving next to or around large vehicles like a semi truck is the smart thing to do.

Tips to keeping you safe:

Get out of the blind spots.

Blind spots on most big trucks are to the right and rear of the truck. There are also blind spots on the right front corner and mid-left side.Just like the sign I saw, if you cannot see the truck driver in the truck’s mirror, then the truck driver cannot see you or your vehicle. Riding along in a truck’s blind spot could easily cause an accident, with your car getting the majority of the damage. Safest thing for you is to pass the truck and keep going.

Give them their space.

Never cut in front of a large vehicle. First they cannot react in time to change lanes or get our of your way with all the weight they are carrying. If you have to go around a truck or in front of it use your signals and make sure you can see the front of the truck well behind you when looking in your review mirror before you do.

Don’t slam on the Brakes in front of a large vehicle.

It’s bad enough if you have to slam on your brakes in front of another car and getting rear ended, but just like changing lanes for a semi, this does not happen on a dime. A truck driver needs more time to react then a small vehicle and getting rear ended by such a large truck could be fatal.

No sneaking past them.

If they are trying to make a turn and your too close get out of the way. Truck drivers have to make wide turns with such large trucks or buses, your best bet is too keep an eye out if they are coming in your direction, check your review mirror in case you have to back up or simply pull over and let them pass. With right hand turns, the driver has to swing to the left before they can go into a right turn, if at this point you want to quickly get past, you will be putting you and your vehicle at risk, because you have entered into the blind zone. The driver will not be able to see a car that is directly behind them or beside them in their blind spots.

Take the time to take extra care for you and your passengers while on the road with large trucks or buses. They are bigger then you and you will most likely to be the injured party or worse a fatality.

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