Well, Christmas is upon us and you just might be looking for a cheap Christmas gift idea, especially since this year, things will be a little tighter for most folks financially, given the dire state of the economy, job losses, and all the rest. Not to mention the fact that time just seems to be cruising by… wasn’t it just Christmas of last year? Not only that, Christmas is two weeks away and before you know it, it will be here, while you’re still decorating, baking, and looking for the perfect gifts. All this costs money, of course, and you may find yourself running short on funds before the end of the season. Having little or no money for giving gifts this holiday season doesn’t mean you can’t give something thoughtful and nice. Read the rest of this entry »
Old Atari Video Games | Play Atari Games For That Comforting Nostalgic Feeling Especially at Christmas
Man oh man, when I think back to playing those old Atari video games when I was a kid, I get that warm nostalgic feeling of days gone by. It really hits home around this time of year, Christmas time, since my older brother and I always looked forward to getting one or two Atari video game cartridges from Santa. Of course, the big wait was in getting the actual system to begin with, and that sure was an exciting Christmas! But once that was in place, wishing for and getting the old Atari games themselves gave a warm holiday feeling that to this day gives me a comforting feeling as I look back on those fond memories. To help rekindle that feeling, as an adult now with kids of my own, I’m very much into getting many of the things I wanted as a kid, whether or not I actually had them, including old Atari video games. Read the rest of this entry »
If you want an outfit that’s versatile, elegant, and trendy, then you ought to look at black, khaki, or denim pencil skirts for just right amount of fashion sassy to put you over the top in the “oohs” and “ahhs” department at this year’s Christmas parties. If like most women you want versatility in your wardrobe, then the denim pencil skirt or one of the other varieties, will certainly give that to you. Suppose you have a limited wardrobe; if it’s well-chosen with enough variety, you can easily double the number of outfits you actually have available to you by simply making smart combinations and using appropriate accessories. The dressy or denim pencil skirt makes for an excellent anchor garment to have. Read the rest of this entry »
Dog gift baskets make the perfect gift for the dog owner on your list this Christmas. This is a unique gift that can be for the long-time dog lover or for that special someone who has just adopted a new puppy. For the new puppy owner, the dog gift basket provides all the essential items they need to properly care for their new furry member of the family. And for you as the gift giver, it shows how happy you are for them and how supportive you are of them as they take on this new responsibility and new step in their life. Read the rest of this entry »
Be sure to remember your pets - dogs, cats, birds, fish, gerbils, and so on - this holiday season with a pet Christmas stocking, or you may not hear the end of it from them! And don’t think they don’t know it’s the Christmas holiday season - I believe cats and dogs know something special is going on. So around the holiday time, they won’t let you forget they are integral members of the family. Some may even think and act like they are the one in charge of the whole household shebang! So you have to be a true pet lover and remember them at the holidays with a special gift too, treating them like any other family member. What is a good little gift? A pet Christmas stocking makes for an excellent choice, and it can be from you or from Santa himself! Read the rest of this entry »
You should go with battery operated Christmas lights this year because since the amount of money you have to pay now for electricity is pretty high and may get higher, doing away with your electrical powered Christmas lights will help ease the burden on your home’s energy bill this season. It’s no secret that the demand for electricity during the Christmas holiday season is very high compared to the rest of the year. For those relying on electric heat to keep warm during these cold months of the Christmas holiday will find the electric bill to be quite staggering during the holidays. So to help cut down on this energy usage, you should consider the battery operatied Christmas lights. Read the rest of this entry »
If you want to display the ultimate symbol that the Christmas season has arrived, you can do so with the decorated artificial Christmas wreath. I, like many folks, enjoy and prefer the idea of the lush, live, aromatic splendor you get with fresh balsam Christmas wreaths, but I don’t always have the time (or the desire to spend) to shop for one year after year. With a decorated artificial Christmas wreath, every Christmas the same wreath can be used to adorn our front door or use a table holiday centerpiece. And like artificial Christmas trees, the artificial wreath has come a long way in terms of its look and feel. Read the rest of this entry »
With another Thanksgiving all but behind us now, let the madness begin with the day after Thanksgiving sales as we turn to celebrate Black Friday! Now that you have filled yourself with turkey, stuffing, all the fixings, pumpkin pie, and turkey sandwiches, all you want to do is relax, watch some football, maybe snooze a bit. But don’t hunker down too long or you will miss out on early morning deals as you join the frenzied, sleepy-eyed crowd all out shopping look for bargains to get as many gifts as they can while they are on sale this year. Read the rest of this entry »
I can remember growing up scenes of my Mom and other relatives having discussions about Thanksgiving dinner ideas right up to the day before Thanksgiving, though most of the planning was done at least a week or two in advance. I can remember Thanksgiving Day preparations having Mom or my aunt or their cousin or whoever being completely worn out by the time everyone sat down to eat. It was an all-day eventful production starting with turkey prep as the sun rose and ending in a frenzy of serving and cleanup.
As for ideas about Thanksgiving, those childhood memories sweep back into view because I’m living them now as an adult. It’s now me having discussions with my wife and other family members about ideas for Thanksgiving day, dinner, desert, and activities. Earlier today in fact we were still talking about what we’re going to do tomorrow. Of course, the conversation turns to food.
See, the thing about being the one preparing the Thanksgiving Day feast is that you end up “mouth testing” each dish for the proper taste and seasoning, so you feel like you’re smelling and eating all day before you actually sit down to eat! In fact, at that point, the very idea Thanksgiving dinner can sometimes be a turn-off since the preparation work all but consumed you on so many levels during the day. In my case, I figured enough was enough after several years of this routine, until I discovered some excellent techniques with help reduce the all-day marathon cooking activities, stress, and fatigue, so that now all I have to worry about on Turkey Day is getting the turkey in the oven and brewing a pot of coffee after dinner.
With that, here are some tips for easy and delicious Thanksgiving dinner ideas and strategies. Granted, I realize it’s the day before the big day right now, but you may be able to use some of this in your preparation tomorrow and certainly for the upcoming Christmas holiday and Thanksgiving next year as well.
Instead of juggling all the food in your frig to make room for that 20 pound bird, try this Thanksgiving dinner idea tip from a seasoned military cook. Pick up your frozen bird at the store the day before Thanksgiving. (Be sure to order ahead of time!) Fill a large picnic style cooler with enough ice cold water to cover the bird. Close the lid. Before you go to bed, turn the turkey over. It will be ready to cook by morning. This works wonders and it’s safe.
Have you ever wondered why your turkey doesn’t cook in the time given on the directions? The reason is because of the amount of time the oven door is open as you periodically baste the bird. This Thanksgiving dinner idea is a gem. Melt a stick of butter and add seasonings. Slip your fingers between the breast and leg skin, gently separating the skin from the meat. Set the bird on end and pour the butter between the skin and meat, using your clean fingers to distribute the butter. Place the bird breast side up on a rack, cover with foil and put it in the oven. The result is that you get a bird that effectively bastes itself while cooking. No need now for you to constantly open the oven and let all that good cooking heat escape, causing the inside of the oven to cool.
Want some great do-ahead menu items to save time on Turkey day itself? These great ideas will come in super-handy for Thanksgiving dinner preparations. Think about it: Most traditional Thanksgiving pies like pumpkin, squash, apple, and pecan pies are great menu items to do in advance. Put your freezer to use - get the pies in there! Then, remove and thaw the pies the day before and bake them the night before. You can do the same for biscuits and rolls.
While your pies are baking, chop any vegetables you’ll use in your stuffing. Season and bag up in the frig until morning. Peel and cook potatoes, then bag them for mashing tomorrow. Cranberry sauce? This can be cooking while you’re chopping.
So the bottom line is this: Great Thanksgiving dinner ideas have one thing in common: Less work and a lot more Thanksgiving on Turkey Day! Do-ahead appetizers are often the most elaborate and delicious. Search for recipes online that suit your menu and tastes. Shop these ingredients a couple of weeks ahead of time and spend a Saturday making these treats. Freeze and forget until Thanksgiving. While you’re prepping the turkey, bake your appetizers.
Here’s a funny Thanksgiving video that will tickle your turkey wishbone as you finally discover the ability to truly make Thanksgiving a holiday breeze and not a day involving one pot after another of stress like it used to be!
Hope these ideas help you this year or any year for that matter! Go on and enjoy the holiday for once! Make it a real holiday instead of an agonizing “work” holiday. Because of these ideas and your putting them into action, you will have plenty of time now for greeting, visiting, and chatting with your guests and still have a magnificent meal for all to enjoy! It’s all possible with a simple yet effective set of Thanksgiving dinner ideas.
Well folks, it’s that time of year when turkey preparation is at its most popular and many people want deep fry turkey instructions because they want to learn to to deep fry a turkey. With Thanksgiving nearly upon us and Christmas right around the corner, we boldly enter this special time of year when we eat the most amount of turkey. Turkey is a traditional holiday meal main course with an equally traditional method of cooking that uses the oven, usually for many hours depending on the size of the bird. But some folks like to knock tradition off its heels every once in a while and want to try something new, even in how they prepare their turkey. One way that’s gaining traction is to deep fry the turkey. Deep fried turkey is done in a turkey deep fryer and you must be sure to read, understand, and follow the turkey fryer instructions to be completely safe while making your scrumptious Thanksgiving dinner.
When you consider your deep fry turkey instructions, remember to place safety above all other issues. For one thing, it’s a major hazard to try to fry the turkey indoors; never attempt this anywhere in your house, basement, or garage. This is a task that you must do outdoors, even if it’s cold out. Deep fry your bird indoors and you run the risk of burning down your house. Risking the loss of your home in exchange for a flavorful turkey is industrial strength stupid, to say the least! So grab your fryer and the turkey fryer instructions that came with it and head to the great outdoors. Wear appropriate clothing so you’re warm and comfortable as you prepare your deep fried turkey main course! Use those instructions to find out how to deep fry a turkey.
Now you might ask, what type of oil can I use to deep fry turkey? It depends on the flavor you’re going for, but many like peanut oil for their turkey fryers. On the other hand, if you take a more health-conscience approach, use canola oil. Be sure to refer to your turkey fryer instructions to learn more about the oils you can use. You should know how hot that oil should be before you drop the turkey in, and you have to know how to measure that heat. You can see how long your turkey fryer instructions tell you the oil should warm, but you can also get it right with a good food thermometer made to go into hot oils. And how long to deep fry a turkey? Again, it depends so be sure to check with your deep fry turkey instructions. They might even have complete deep fry turkey recipes.
As for when to insert the turkey once the oil at the right cooking temperature, reading your turkey fryer instructions should lead you to the answer. Know that you cannot just drop the bird in the pot! Super hot oil will splatter every which way putting any bystander in grave danger of getting severely burned. The key is to slowly submerse the turkey in the oil so that nothing splashes, boils over, or hurts someone. You can find some good ideas for this in your turkey fryer instructions.
And just like when you oven-roast a turkey, be sure it’s thawed before deep frying. If you need information on how to best thaw a frozen turkey, all I can say at the moment is do NOT follow the plan as shown in this funny turkey video! Thing about this is that it’s hilarious yet disturbing at the same time!
Your turkey fryer instructions are there for a reason - take them seriously to avoid injury and to achieve the best possible result, perfectly deep fried turkey. And find out from others who have done this some key tips to make it all work the right way; otherwise, you’ll have a holiday dinner disaster on your hands. And deep frying may only take up to an hour or so (much faster then conventional oven cooking), the time trade off comes after the cooking is done; it takes a long time to take the fryer down when you’re finished with it.
So if you’re adventurous, give deep frying a try with your turkey this Thanksgiving or Christmas. Just know that while it seems much easier in theory as compared to regular cooking in the oven, it actually is a bit more complicated and there more safety issues to contend with. Again, that’s where your deep fry turkey instructions come into play.