Wednesday, November 27

It's Almost Turkey Day!

I can't believe it's almost Thanksgiving Day. And I really can't believe that Christmas will be here in four weeks. I say this every year but this year has flown! 

For the past 27 days, I've been taking part in #30DaysOfThanks over of Facebook - it's a meme where, each day, you note something you're thankful for. Some days have been silly, some serious. Most slices of my life - memories of board games we played as kids, memories of people who have touched my life in some way...traditions that are so familiar they are part of the family.

Today, in addition to my 'thankful' post over on Facebook, I'm thankful for shortcuts - I know, doesn't sound like something you should be thankful for. But, in the course of my life, I've found that in some cases shortcuts are the best options.

My dad, for example, taught me how to skip a step in Long Division by cutting off a zero (or two, depending on the numbers being used) to come to a problem solution.

My brother (shout-out, Trently!!) who taught me how to bait a hook. Not that I actually bait hooks (too messy...and I don't like to look at worms as they're dying).

And since we'll all be cooking like maniacs, the best short-cut of all: My sister-in-law (shout-out, Janell!!) taught me how to cook a turkey (upside down, thankyouverymuch) so that its the juiciest meat you've ever tasted. Seriously, people will poo-poo you and you won't be able to use that stupid turkey thermometer (but it doesn't work 95% of the time anyhow)...but your turkey will be G.O.O.D.

Okay, WordWranglers, what Turkey Day tip do you have for us? Share in the comments.


  1. Happy Thanksgiving, Wranglers and visitors! My best tip is that when your children grow up, hand over the cooking and entertaining reins. While I miss being the "holiday matriarch" sometimes, it's really liberating!

    I do want to try that upside-down turkey thing though...

  2. Great tip, Liz! I'm the Thanksgiving Queen this year (well, every year) and I love it...but one of these years it might be nice not to do all the cooking. :)

    Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!

  3. Hmmm...can't think of a thing. Happy Thanksgiving, all!!!

  4. Everyone in my family has to contribute two dishes to the meal. That way, the cooking doesn't fall on one person. I want to try the upside down turkey thing too!