Now that Thanksgiving 2017 is in the books, we actually have some time to sit back and think about all of the things that we are thankful for. For me, personally, it is about the people that I choose to have in my life.
It seems that most people would have to agree with that sentiment. It’s not about what you have, but rather who you have to share it with. One grandmother from Mesa, Arizona is the living embodiment of everything that is great in the world.
Leading up to Thanksgiving in 2016, Wanda Dench sent a text message to her grandson. What she wasn’t aware of is that her grandson had changed his phone number, so in essence she had just invited a complete stranger to come feast at her house.
That stranger was 17-year-old Jamal Hinton from Chandler, Arizona. When he received the strange text from the number he didn’t know, he was a little confused. He asked for a picture of the woman claiming to be his grandma, and when they discovered the mix-up, he still asked if “he could get a plate?”
Dench, being the caring woman that she is, obviously invited the total stranger to come and enjoy dinner, and the teenager accepted, becoming a dinner guest at her family’s table.
What was once just a random situation has now turned into a beautiful connection.
Thanksgiving is all about food, family and spending some quality time with loved ones. Whether you’re thankful for all the fortune in your life or happy to put 2017 behind you and start a new year fresh, Thanksgiving is an important time for reflection.
Many of us will sit back to think about those who will not be joining us at Thanksgiving dinner, making for a bittersweet event.
Carson Daly’s mother passed away in September at her home in Palm Desert, California after suffering from a heart attack.
“There are no words for the loss of mom. Thank u for the incredible outpouring of love. It helps. Please hug the ones you love most tonight,” he tweeted.
There are no words for the loss of mom. Thank u for the incredible outpouring of love. It helps. Please hug the ones you love most tonight.
Daly’s collegues from Today announced her passing in a statement just a day after The Voice won the 2017 Emmy for outstanding reality competition.
Matt Lauer read a statement from Daly, saying, “It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of our mother, wife, grandmother, Pattie Daly Caruso.”
“She passed away peacefully on Sunday, Sept. 17. Kiki, as she was known to her grandchildren and many others, touched so many lives with her kindness, her giant spirit and her love of life. She’ll be terribly missed by her family and the world, but her spark will shine for eternity.”
Just five weeks after his mom passed away, Daly’s stepfather, Richard Caruso, also died after battling bone cancer.
While his mother may be gone, she has not been forgotten this Thanksgiving.
The Voice and Today Show host shared a glimpse into his Thanksgiving meal that he was cooking in memory of his late mom and we can’t help but get emotional.
There are some things that make this country a spectacular sight to behold. We have monuments that stand to show our history as one of strength, beautiful natural parks that stretch across the rugged and wonderful landscape, and passionate citizens truly blessed to live in the greatest country in the world.
Another aspect of these United States that captures the spirit of its people are our traditions that we hold dear. They reflect our history as a nation and serve to bring us together in celebration.
We have many holidays that the world celebrates with us, but Thanksgiving is all our own. We take the time to gather and show thankfulness to each other and our country, and we get to eat delicious food, too!
This time of year is full of little traditions, some grand, others wacky, but all of them a part of what makes America great. So let’s take a look at how all these strange and wonderful customs have come to be!
Perhaps the most popular of all traditions are the parades that every city, town, and neighborhood seem to put together just for this one day of coming-together.
There is the historically accurate America’s Hometown Thanksgiving Parade that happens in Plymouth, the first Pilgrim settlement erected in 1620. It is a grand event, that incorporates a military flyover, floats, and people wearing the traditional Pilgrim garb. They host a series of historical reenactments from some of the most important moments in our country’s legacy.
Of course, no one can forget the Macy’s Parade. This outstanding showcase of Americanism and popular culture is a famous aspect of not only the holiday, but the country in general.
It all started in 1924 when the new Macy’s was set to open and the company wanted to celebrate with a march that used floats and live animals borrowed from the Central Park Zoo. Since then, it has become the most well-known parade in the country.
The day after Thanksgiving should probably be spent in bed, resting and digesting after seeing the in-laws and filling up on large quantities of stuffing. But many choose to brave the elements and fight their way to amazing deals at malls across the country.
Black Friday has almost become a holiday by itself, and has been made infamous by the enthusiasm some people have had for getting huge discounts on products, at the expense of their health and safety.
“The girls are inspiring,” Heather Delaney, Erin and Abby’s mom, said in a statement. “As their parents, it is very neat for Riley [Delaney, their father] and me to have a front-row seat to this and watch them overcome these incredible obstacles. We cannot wait to see what their future holds!”
When Heather was just 11 weeks pregnant, she found out that she was carrying conjoined twins.
“Riley and I already love our children more than we could possibly imagine, and that is what makes it so hard,” she wrote in March 2016 after the ultrasound.
Being joined at the head is particularly dangerous because if more than a little brain tissue is shared, the twins would die during pregnancy or in the first few days after birth.
The twin girls were born by C-section joined at the head on July 24, 2016, about 8 weeks premature. Each girl weighed only 2 pounds and 1 ounce.
That’s when doctors went to work to try and figure out how to separate the girls.
“Abby would be left with very little [of the sinus], meaning that Abby would have a much harder time and a much greater chance of death,” Heather wrote. “When you are told that sort of information, your world stops.”
The doctors were optimistic about the surgery.
“We know that children heal better and faster the younger they are, therefore our goal for Erin and Abby was separation as soon as possible with minimum number of surgeries,” reconstructive surgeon, Dr. Jesse Taylor said.
This past June when they were 10 months old, the twins underwent the rare surgery to have them separated.
With 30 people involved in the complex surgery, it ended up taking 11-hours and was only the 24th of it’s kind at the hospital.
The girls suffered complications, including brain bleeds, after the surgery and were even placed in an induced coma for a few weeks while they recovered.
“All you want to do is will your child to get better because that is all you can do,” she said.
Months after their surgery, the girls have been able to tackle life’s milestones separately. Now being able to sit up on their own, roll over, crawl and be carried separately in their parents’s arms, they are thriving.
“The girls are doing well since being separated. Both have been in rehab for about a month now and are progressing more and more each day. We have tough times but we get through and we are bound to have more. But with God all things are possible and He has such a special plan for these girls and we love watching that plan unfold,” they wrote on their Go Fund Me page.
On Thanksgiving, you can always count on sitting down around the family table with your loved ones while you over-stuff your stomach with delicious food, oh, and leftovers for days and days. But there is one other thing you can always count on during Thanksgiving, NFL football, specifically the Detroit Lions and Dallas Cowboys, and whomever they will be playing.
You might find yourself asking why does this happen every year? The simple answer is, it’s tradition.
The Detroit Lions started the tradition in 1934. That was the year that they moved from Ohio to become the Lions. They were a young team in the NFL and were having trouble filling their stadium during home games, mainly because they were trying to compete with the powerhouse Detroit Tigers of Major League Baseball.
Lions’ owner, George A. Richards, needed a marketing plan to get people’s asses in those seats. He came up with the idea of a Thanksgiving Day game, and he convinced NBC to broadcast the game on 94 stations nation wide.
To say it worked well is an understatement. They sold out there 26,000 seat stadium as the defending champs, the Chicago Bears, came to town. They even had to turn people away at the gates. Since then, the Lions have hosted a Thanksgiving Day game every year.
The Dallas Cowboys were the next to get in on this long running tradition.
Thanksgiving is less than a week away, and as we prepare the decor for our house, think about what we are going to make and go out and do the shopping, we can’t help but get excited.
Khloe Kardashian is giving her fans some inspiration for this holiday by revealing what is on the menu at her house this year.
“Are you hosting Thanksgiving this year? I am and I feel like I’ve been planning this out since last November, LOL,” she wrote.
The avid cook and kitchen organizer is in charge of the Thanksgiving menu and you can bet everyone should be excited.
While she had a great lineup of dishes last year, she was worried about one thing in particular. On her menu last year, she revealed that she was nervous about making the stuffing.
“I’ve never made stuffing before but someone asked about it, which means now I have to make it!” the reality star wrote in an entry on her website titled “What I’m Afraid to Cook.” She continues: “I just don’t really get stuffing. I mean why would I eat wet, stale bread? LOL. All of the recipes I Googled have bacon in them though so, since I don’t eat pork, I’m going to have to do some tweaks. So I don’t know how it’s going to turn out!”
Get out your wallets, because Amazon is cutting the prices of Whole Food’s inventory just in time for Thanksgiving.
The grocery store announced on Nov. 15 all customers will soon be able to purchase festive produce at a cheaper price, with Amazon Prime members receiving an even lower cost.
“Price cuts are permanent,” Brooke Buchanan, a spokeswoman for Whole Foods, said in an email to Reuters.
These holiday staples include canned pumpkin, sweet potatoes, and turkey. For example, the company is offering organic turkeys for $3.49 per pound to all customers, while Amazon Prime members will receive a discount at $2.99 a pound.
These special customers will be able to redeem their items for a cheaper price by logging onto Amazon’s website, and printing off a coupon.
However, these aren’t the only amazing deals the grocery store is gearing up to offer.
Jim McIngvale, aka, Mattress Mack is out to help his community yet again. You might remember him for his actions following Hurricane Harvey’s destruction of the city of Houston. Mack is the owner of Gallery Furniture who opened up his doors during the massive flooding after Hurricane Harvey devastated the region. People were able to seek shelter under his roof for absolutely free. He helped feed, cloth and shelter people who had lost their homes and everything else they owned.
He received national attention for his selfless gestures, and he continued even after the initial emergency was averted. He decided that he needed to do something for the first respondents who risked their lives during the disaster. Mack purchased 90 tickets to game six of the American League Championship Series so that first responders could take in a Houston Astros’s game as they worked their way towards their first World Series title.
Some people would feel that they had done enough for the people around them at this point, not Mack. He is opening his doors to the community yet again.
A homeless woman’s prayer to feed herself and her young daughters became a reality when a mother brings her leftover home-cooked meal to the park.
Last month, Kim Colvin from Birmingham, Alabama made roast beef for dinner. Colvin said that ever since her boys grew up and moved out, she’s lived alone, but is still used to preparing meals that can feed a family of 10.
So when she made roast beef with a side of vegetables and macaroni and cheese, she was left with so much food that she couldn’t eat on her own.
She was certain that she couldn’t throw away such a wholesome meal, so Colvin loaded 11 plates of food in her car and drove to a nearby park.
Old Navy is a great place to shop for the whole family. They have clothing ranging from business casual to athletic wear, from babies to adults, it’s all there!
OId Navy is also known for their great deals throughout the year. You can bet Old Navy has some of the lowest prices at all times, with rotating deals depending on the season. Their best (and most famous) deal is their $1 flip flop sale during the summer.
For one day only, you can buy your summer stash of footwear for less than $10. It’s a pretty impressive deal that everyone loves, but the major retailer has decided to add a new sale to their repertoire that is sure to get people talking.
The holiday season is upon us in full force and color, and it’s about time to get the house ready for the family and friends you are expecting for Thanksgiving dinner!
The world outside has already begun feeling a little colder and the colors are changing more and more with every passing day, so we think it is time for you to take a page from mother nature’s handbook and get started on dressing up your living space!
If you are looking for new ways to make your home feel a little more spirited this autumn season, then look no further than these cool DIY hacks that add warmth on a budget!
If you want to really bring the light into your home, then this is a really fun and simple way to add some festivity to your dining room table. Just scoop the top off of an apple and add a tea light for some fruity, fall furnishings!
This is a fantastic way to dress up anyone’s table, whether you have a tablecloth or not. Burlap runners are easily purchased on the cheap and with a few strokes of paint, you’ll find your crafting skills in hot demand!
A super awesome craft idea that you and your family can try begins with collecting a bundle of sticks and twigs and placing them in a vase in your home. Everyone can then make little leaf-notes of things they are thankful for in their lives. Definitely give this one a try!
This one is perfect for kids who love to collect the best leaves from outside! Put their findings to use with some produce from the grocery store, and with a few paper cut-outs you’ll have another turkey-lurkey for the dinner table!
Who says bling has to be expensive? Give yourself a golden treat to decorate your kitchenware with this metallic paint! It’s a really great way to spend an afternoon on these colder fall days, and it gives you something shiny to illuminate your home! Especially if you were wondering what you were going to do with all those pumpkins after Halloween.
What makes this decoration so amazing is how easy they are to make! Take your small glass candle holders and then head outside to collect as many beautiful colored leaves as you can!
When you come back inside, grab some hot chocolate and spray glue and get designing! You can match leaves and colors like the picture above, or you can mix them up for some stunning presentations!
Montana motorists were given a festive surprise when they were stopped by the Billings Police Department.
On Nov. 8, officers were tasked with pulling over drivers who had committed minor traffic violations, and then checked to see if they had any outstanding warrants.
According to the Billings Gazette, if found in the clear, the unassuming drivers would receive a written warning, along with a frozen turkey.
In an act of kindness, a local businessman had donated 20 turkeys to the police department in an effort to pay it forward. His only request was for the Thanksgiving centerpieces to be distributed in time for the holiday.
Officer Andrew Sanders told KTVH he was thrilled to be able to spread goodwill across town.
It’s official. You have less than two weeks to prepare for Thanksgiving, and by now you probably have a good idea of who is coming over for dinner, making sure the family all gathers around the table for prayer and delicious homemade food. Are you ready for it?
If not, then here are a handful of recipes that you can start on so that everything goes smoothly on turkey day!
A fantastic appetizer that is easy to pull off and will get everyone at the table hungry for more! These teeny-tiny pies don’t require much cooking and are super easy to fill. Replace the homemade dough with some tart shells and you’ll be all set to go! Just make sure you don’t fill up before the main course!
Another great way to start off the feast and will also ensure that no one is in the kitchen just “tasting” dinner before it hits the table! This dip couldn’t be easier to make and can be stored in the fridge the night before so there’s no worrying about it on the big day! Just have enough chips on hand because this dip is addictive!
This one works equally well as bite-sized starters, or as take-home jars for your friends and family members! If you’re worried about pickling don’t worry, because this just requires roasting and coating veggies in delicious sherry! These will keep for an entire month, but I highly doubt that you won’t eat them all before that!
These taste as good as they sound, and don’t they just sound amazing? While some people are skeptical of green beans, they are a really healthy choice, and of course everything is improved by bacon, and there are so many variations on spices that can be used to make these already awesome bundles and make them unique to your family gathering! Check out the recipe here for inspiration!
Is it really Thanksgiving if there isn’t a hearty soup on the table? Why not switch up the traditional butternut squash recipe with something just as seasonal? This soup is thick and if served hot will keep all the relatives toasty warm as the turkey gets ready to come out of the oven! It will take the better part of two hours to prepare, but you can make it two days before you’re ready to serve it!
If you’re already excited by these recipes then let’s dive deeper and see how you can save time by making these tasty meals that even the in-laws will love!
If you love chocolate and peanut butter, then this is the dessert for you. Easy Reese’s Turkey Bites are the perfect little mouthfuls of chocolate and peanut butter delight…plus they’re adorable! Serve them at your Thanksgiving dinner for a treat everyone will love.
Full size Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups
Mini Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups
Melt your chocolate chips and place in a ziptop bag. Cut the corner off the bag and use like a piping bag.
Use your melted chocolate to secure Reese’s Pieces around one side of your large Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup. These will be your turkey’s tail feathers.
Next, take a mini peanut butter cup and secure it to the larger one using the melted chocolate. Place it just below the row of Reese’s Pieces. This will be your turkey’s head.
Use the melted chocolate to secure two candy eyes to the smaller peanut butter cup.
Take an orange Reese’s Pieces and place melted chocolate on one of the edges of the candy. Place between the eyes. This will be your turkey’s beak.
Once the chocolate has hardened your little turkeys are ready to be gobbled up!
I love sitting down to eat Thanksgiving dinner with the rest of my family. At our average family holiday dinner, we can have anywhere from 6 (myself, my wife and kids) to 18 people eating food from our table. We have found ourselves running out of food far too early, and we have found ourselves with so many leftovers that we have no idea what to do with them all. Wouldn’t a guide explaining exactly how to plan out how much food you will need based on how many people you are expecting make things a lot easier?
Here is what you need to know.
For turkey, you should buy a turkey that has 1.5 pounds of uncooked meat per person who will be at your dinner. If you have a lot of big eaters, bump that weight up to around 2 pounds per person.
When you are talking about gravy, which is always a hot commodity at a holiday dinner, you should plan for at least a 1/2 cup of brown gold per person. Even then you may run out fairly quickly, this is just a baseline.
Another favorite on the dinner table, for mashed potatoes you should have around 1.5 uncooked medium potatoes per person. That should also leave me you with a little bit left over for the next day.
Depending on your skill level in the kitchen, the prospect of cooking Thanksgiving dinner will conjure up one of two words in your mind: family or stress.
We can guarantee you’ll be thinking of the former this year, because we’ve found 21 handy kitchen hacks that will make cooking your turkey (and everything else) a total breeze.
1. Store chopped potatoes in water
Mastering “prep” work is the easiest way to simplify your Thanksgiving cooking, You can store chopped spuds in a bowl of cold water in the fridge for hours. This trick also works for apples, or other kinds of chopped fruit.
2. Turn your stuffin’ into muffins
A worry-free way to make this Thanksgiving staple is to pack your stuffing ingredients into muffin tins. Not only will this save you some time, but it will also wow your guests.
3. Make dessert in your rice or slow cooker
When your stove and oven are all occupied, you can still make a tasty dessert ahead of time. There’s no shortage of slow cooker desserts to try, and you can even make tasty rice dishes in your cooker.
Someone in your family is bound to look like Beetle Bailey on Thanksgiving, stuck peeling a giant pile of potatoes. Make it easier on them this year by boiling them whole. Then, dunk the potatoes in ice water. That will let you peel them with just your fingers.
5. Cut biscuit dough using a wine glass
Home cooks trying to make biscuits on Thanksgiving often find they don’t have a plain, round cookie cutter. In a pinch, you can use a wine glass. Just keep flouring the rim so it won’t stick, and make sure you only push down, don’t twist the glass.
6. Cool your pie crust
When you’re making a single crust pie (as in pecan, pumpkin, any kind without a top) you should consider popping your crust in the freezer while you make the filling.
Letting the crust cool for 20 minutes to an hour relaxes the gluten in your dough, keeping it from “shrinking” as it bakes.
7. Tape your recipes to the cabinet door
Let’s be honest, counter space is at a premium today, and you don’t want to struggle to read a recipe after you’ve spilled cranberry sauce on it. Tape them up somewhere safe, where you can easily check them as you need to.
8. Make a shield for your pie crust
Here’s another handy baking tip: your crust tends to cook faster than your filling, resulting in those unsightly burnt edges. Keep your crust nice and golden brown by wrapping it in a tin foil shield.
Just make sure you cut out a space in the middle of the foil, so the rest of your pie can bake properly. Also, don’t press the foil too snugly around the crust, give it a little space.
9. Guarantee a juicy turkey
There are a few schools of thought on how to keep your turkey from drying out, but these are the most popular methods.
Soak a cheesecloth in melted butter and lay it over your turkey’s breasts as it bakes. This way the bird will soak up the butter and stay juicy.
Ice the breasts of your turkey for 15 minutes (using an ice pack or a bag of ice) before you throw it in the oven. White meat cooks a little faster than dark, but this should slow things down.
While some people celebrate their birthday with family, friends, cake, and alcohol, actor Matthew McConaughey spent his special day hand-delivering 4,500 frozen turkeys to the residents of Lawrenceburg, Kentucky.
The movie star, who has appeared in popular films including Dallas Buyers Club, The Lincoln Lawyer, and We Are Marshall is the founder of the just keep livin Foundation and the creative director for Wild Turkey bourbon.
On Nov. 4, McConaughey surprised the 250 volunteers at Wild Turkey Distillery, and gave a passionate speech, which would be later posted to Facebook.
“Thanksgiving, gratitude, we believe in our family that the more you’re thankful for, the more that you show gratification, the more that you’re gonna create in your life to be thankful for,” he said. “I think it’s kinda scientific and here’s kind of living proof of it right here this morning.”
The enthusiasm only further escalated on Saturday when unsuspecting recipients met the actor in absolute astonishment.
Thanksgiving is coming up fast, and this homemade wreath is sure to make your house stand out this holiday season. This Turkey Wreath is super cute and festive, but it’s also really simple to make. Give it a try and let us know how it turns out!
Outdoor acrylic paint (brown, yellow and black)
Styrofoam ball (turkey’s head)
Styrofoam cone (turkey’s beak)
Two small Styrofoam balls (turkey’s eyes)
Tulle (red, orange, brown and yellow)
Red foam sheet
Wrap your brown yarn around the foam wreath. Make sure to cover about 1/3 or the wreath with the yarn.
Next paint your Styrofoam cone yellow, the larger ball brown and paint two black pupils on the small Styrofoam balls.
Cut your tulle into strips into strips about 16-20 inches in length.
Tie the strips of tulle around the part of the wreath that is not covered in brown yarn.
Stick toothpicks in your Styrofoam balls and cone and stick into the yarn covered section of the wreath to form your turkey’s head, beak and eyes.
Cut the waddle for your turkey out of the red foam sheet and glue to your turkey’s head under his beak.
Your wreath is now ready to decorate your front door!
Thanksgiving is a time to celebrate with family and to eat delicious food. Turkey, mashed potatoes, sweet potato casserole, they’re all classics on practically every dinner table.
But perhaps the most beloved part of Thanksgiving dinner is the dessert, more specifically pumpkin pie. Other than apple pie, you could argue that pumpkin pie is the most iconic American dessert.
It’s the perfect way to end a big meal. It’s also good for breakfast the next morning, if you’re curious.
But one restaurant in Chicago has decided they needed to “re-vamp” the pumpkin pie. Now, I’ll admit that there are some pretty great ways to change up a classic pumpkin pie, like cheesecakes, pie bombs, and individual pies.