Butterball Invites You to Share Your Throwback Turkey Memories this Thanksgiving over on their Facebook page
Thanksgiving is fast approaching, as is the other major holiday. Don't worry I will not speak of it until later this week. :-) I dont' know about you, but to me I feel after the kids head back to school in September and summer comes to an end, that the fall/winter months and holidays creep up on us too quickly. Halloween hadn't even passed and stores were already clearing shelves and aisles to make room for Christmas decorations. Oops, sorry...said I wouldn't mention this. :-) You would think they would give us a little breather or build the excitement of the holidays instead of making us feel rushed to get through them.
I, for one, love this time of year. Not just because of the festive feel of the holidays and the food (we can't forget about the delicious bounty of food we consume between November and December), but also because we get to gather with family and friends - some we haven't seen for a long time -- and sit down to enjoy a meal and great conversation.
Since I married and purchased a home here in CT, I have been in charge of Thanksgiving dinner. My mom handles Christmas dinner now that I have the girls. It wasn't until I started hosting Thanksgiving that I found out how much time gees into planning the menu, preparing and cooking the dishes and then cleaning up. My mom made it look like a breeze all those years, even though I later found out she stressed just like I do. But, in the end it is worth it at this time of year gets everyone around the table. And, when you have great food, you have wonderful memories and stories to share.
Do you have a memorable Thanksgiving that stands out? One Thanksgiving that I hold dear to me is when my paternal grandmother came for dinner and shared her secret recipe for her ever popular turkey stuffing. I remember learning during her stay the difference between stuffing and dressing. It is called stuffing when you cook it in the bird; and, it is called dressing when you bake it in a baking dish in the oven. Who knew? I also called it stuffing. Heck, either way, my Nana's stuffing was out of this world amazing and the one side dish I looked forward to every Thanksgiving and Christmas.
Prior to my Nana coming to dinner and sharing her recipe with me, my mom and other relatives tried hard to get her to share this recipe. She said she was saving it to pass down to me when the time was right. And, when I returned from college my freshman year, the time was right. With everyone cleared out of my mom's kitchen, my Italian grandmother shared her secret stuffing recipe with me.
If you have an Italian grandmother, then you know they don't do measurements like teaspoon or tablespoon. Instead, they go a pinch here, a handful here, etc. Try writing down a recipe this way. But, she took the time to show me how to feel the ingredients so I would know how much to put in. And, seasoning with salt and pepper was key. I will admit that it took me a few years to truly master the recipe and have it tasting as close as I could get it to my Nana's stuffing...she made it with love and it always tasted like tender loving care went into her food...something I can never duplicate.
Last year's Butterball turkey roasted to perfection!!!
And, now 10+ years later, I will be rolling up my sleeves and sharing my Nana's stuffing recipe with my two girls. While they may be young now, I know that in time they will hone their kitchen skills and add their own touch of love to this recipe as they continue to share it with upcoming generations.
Do you have a special recipe that has been passed down in your family or that is a must at every Thanksgiving? I would love to hear about it, so be sure to share below. And, as we gear up to stuff ourselves silly with turkey and all the fixings, I wanted to take this time to thank all my loyal readers, new and old, that have followed my blog since I have began back in 2008. What started as a way to share my thoughts on baby products has shifted to a lifestyle blog where I can share personal stories and photos of my family with fun reviews and giveaways mixed in.
As a way of saying thanks and to help make planning your upcoming Thanksgiving meal, I want to offer two lucky Inspired by Savannah readers the opportunity to win a $20 Butterball check to use towards their upcoming Thanksgiving turkey and fixings purchases. I also want to thank the folks at Butterball for sending along these checks for the third straight year.
Before I share the Butterball checks giveaway, I wanted to make sure you had the link to the Butterball website, which is chock full of recipes that will give your inspiration as you put the finishing touches on your holiday menu, as well as How To's on prepping, cooking and serving up your bird. You find all this and more, including the ever popular life saving Butterball 800 number for Turkey Day blunders over at http://www.butterball.com/.
And, now on to the giveaway!!!!
Want a chance to win one of two $20 Butterball checks to use towards your upcoming turkey purchase? Complete the entries on the Rafflecopter form below for your chance now. Good luck!
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