Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Butterball Cookbook Plus App + Turkey Giveaway

How is it possible that Thanksgiving is next week? Since we are getting close to finishing our major renovations on our new house, we will be having Thanksgiving here! As with most of you, Thanksgiving includes a big juicy Butterball Turkey at our house.  This year they have a new Butterball Cookbook Plus app that offers gold standard recipes and advice to make your Thanksgiving flawless.

This will be the first year where the Turkey is my responsibility and I'm so thankful that I have Butterball behind me with recipes and advice to make my Thanksgiving Golden.  Here are a few of my tips to make Thanksgiving less stressful.

Plan Ahead - Don't wait until the day before to decide the menu.  Go get your turkey about a week or two early to make sure you have plenty of time to thaw it.

Ask For Help - Thanksgiving is a family event around  here.  Each person brings a dish or the ingredients for it to cook at our house.  Thankfully our new house has plenty of counter space and double ovens so there can be several cooks in the kitchen.  My mom, aunts, and kids laugh and make lasting memories while preparing our dishes.

Don't Forget The Camera - These are memories that you're not going to want to forget.  Take candid shots of your family spending quality time together.  Unfortunately, you never know where life will have each of you next year.

Check Out The Sales - Grocery stores have awesome sales during the weeks leading up to Thanksgiving.  Pair those with coupons and you'll have an amazing Thanksgiving even on a budget.  Last week I picked up chocolate chips, cream of mushroom, canned beans, and other goodies all for next to nothing!

Let The Kids Help - Kids will remember helping in the kitchen during the holidays forever.  You can't take these fun memories away.  Even the smallest children can hold a measuring cup or stir something.

Bake And Prepare Ahead -  Many desserts can be prepared the day before and you can also mix some ingredients ahead of time so that all you have to do is pop it in the oven!

Visit Butterball for more information and to download the new Butterball Cookbook Plus App.



Win It
Butterball sent me coupons for free turkeys, but the package just got here.  We also do a turkey at Christmas, so hopefully the winner will use it even after Thanksgiving.  One of my readers will get a gift voucher for a FREE Butterball Turkey!

If for some reason the rafflecopter form isn't showing up, leave a comment below with a tip to make Thanksgiving picture perfect.

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This was not a paid post and honest opinions were used. The opinions are solely my own and may vary from others. Thank you to the company and/or pr agency who supplied the product for review and giveaway.

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111 comments:

Jingle said...

My tip: Remember why you are really doing it... it's not about perfections, it's about family. Enjoy them! :)

LStewart said...

I cook my turkey overnight the night before Thanksgiving so the oven is free for the other baking delicacies during the day on Thanksgiving.

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kellyr78 said...

I let my kids help decorate the place settings
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ChicagoBearsDown said...

Brining makes for a delicious bird but recently we've been cooking it breast side down for extreme moistness with little effort.

EliB123 said...

Thaw a frozen turkey in refrigerator 4 days before Thanksgiving. (Elis B.)

Jen said...

Picture perfect Thanksgiving is just having all of our family together enjoying each other's company. singnsk8(at)hotmail(dot)com

Erica Wyatt said...

Do as much a head of time as you can

Mami2jcn said...

Have the relatives pitch in!

Gaitha said...

My tip is to do whatever my mother in law tells me ;) ggp42304 at gmail dot com

Tanya M. said...

Pre-planning, making lots of lists, and spending time with great family and friends!!

debijackson said...

my tip is make ahead and do homemade pumpkin pie debbie jackson
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Julie Lynn Bickham said...

I cook my Turkey in the Reynolds bag..omg talk about juicy and tender!

VickeC said...

my tip would be make as much in advance as possible an not have a lot to do on that day,most of it is cooked or prepared to save time an stress

Christy said...

Have Thanksgiving at someone else's house. Ha Ha

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Julie said...

we cook the ham and Turkey overnight and start first thing in the am with lots of help getting the rest ready...it works for us if we split food chores

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Anonymous said...

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Not over cooking the turkey and make great gravy.

countrychicchronicles.com said...

Prepare as much as possible the night before

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carole said...

do a lot of prep work the night before

Kelley F said...

Plan ahead and start early.

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ellen b said...

I let my husband cook the turkey - he does a great job. I love to get prepared the day before with anything I can do.

Wild N Mild $$$ said...

Prepare what you can early as possible.
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Danielle Royalegacy said...

Prepare food early, that can be prepared early.

mummytotwoboys said...

My tip to make everything perfect is prepare as far in advance as you can, use disposable baking trays and try to remain calm.

Beverly said...

I used to let my kids fold the dinner napkins and make place cards or leave little notes on everyone's plate of what they are thankful from that particular person
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Natalie Finch said...

I put lots of celery, carrots, and sliced apples in the pan with the turkey. They help steam and flavor it.

Nanbon44 said...

Butterball Turkey is a tradition in our family, both for Thanksgiving and Christmas...

BeckyM said...

Don't stress! Have everyone bring a dish so you don't have to do everything!
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Robyn said...

My best memories of a "Picture perfect" thanksgiving include everyone in the family sharing what they are thankful for around the table, right before we dig in and eat!

1955nurse said...

I make a large pan of dressing the day before, so all we have to do is warm it in the oven after the turkey is done! And sometimes we fry the turkey, which is great because it doesn't take very long AND the men cook it outside!!!(HollyC) Thanks for the chance...

Peggy Damon said...

using the slow cooker for some things helps out A LOT! I used it last year for my candied yams so I had the oven free for other things

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Christa @ Little BGCG said...

Having your entire family there!

Jenny said...

Surround yourself with family, but also remember you can't make them ALL happy all of the time! ;)

c.l. caudle said...

relax and enjoy the day food doesn't have to be perfect to be good

s said...

Rub butter over it.

Ingrid said...

I cook my turkey in an oven bag the night before. By the time my family and extended family arrive, the house smells of holiday cooking, including my homemade from scratch yeast rolls.

GoldenOrchard said...

We use Thanksgiving as a time to relax. We cook the turkey either the night before for early in the morning then we watch our favorite Christmas movies on t.v. all day

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tjaklitsch said...

I write down EVERYTHING and label all my empty serving dishes so I'm not scrambling at the last minute and I know what goes where.

Laura J

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jakiesmom said...

put mayo on your turkey to get crisp perfect skin

Anonymous said...

sherryeg (at) aol (dot) com: I try to make ahead of time what can be made. The less we have to worry about on Turkey Day!

Rusthawk said...

Relax! (and prep as much as you are able to ahead of time)

carol roberts said...

not overcooking the turkey that would make mine perfect

Crissy Durst said...

my tip is to not get to adventurous, esp. if family and guests are coming. Plan ahead so you know exactly what you are making and doing.

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Anonymous said...

The perfect Thanksgiving is being around family and hoping everyone gets along. And the fooood!

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sarah buki said...

best thing you can do is plan ahead!!!

one frugal lady said...

stay calm! relax- everything will work out- or we will all laugh about it later!
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Randi S said...

I think to make Thanksgiving picture perfect, my tip is to laugh. Stoic pictures aren't fun at all. :)
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AStarrA said...

To just relax and try not to stress out, to me its about being with family and having a good time.

Angela said...

Have everyone pitch in!
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itsme said...

if someone offers to help..take the help...take all the help you can get!

Anonymous said...

i always remember to not try to do it all myself. even tho i'm pretty possesive in the kitchen, a dinner this large cant be tackled by one person!


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Jackie said...

Remember to have fun with family and friends!

deb c said...

Make as many things ahead as you can so you won't be over whelmed or rushed.

wigget said...

get a little dressy

Adrianne B said...

Haircuts on Monday or Tuesday of Thanksgiving week

April @ PolkaDots n' PinkySwears said...

Do as much as possible in the days before so that you hardly have any prep work, only cooking on the day of!! So much easier!!

Anonymous said...

Do most of the food prep work the night before

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Ken Ohl said...

Start things very early in the morning

shawn said...

My Tip, Be Thankful and Eat at your Parents- but Bring desert!!!

Katie said...

Buy everything you will need for thanksgiving ahead of time before the stores start getting crowded and have your whole family help you make the dinner, don't do it all by yourself

katy said...

Bake the stuffing in a separate pan. Bake the pies the night before Thanksgiving. Double check that you have all the ingredients for dinner. Ask for help.
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Rosemary Ford said...

I get everything but turkey done day before then early morning of turkey day cook in cooking bag

Michelle Dehowy said...

Turn your cell phones off, actually communicate with the people in front of you.

Fawn said...

My tip is to do most of your prep the day before so you aren't stuck in the kitchen all day on Thanksgiving.
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Super Blogger Girl! said...

wine.

jessica said...

plan ahead! write out a schedule :)

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Heather! said...

A SCHEDULE!! I write down every dish I plan to serve, every ingredient I need, and make a schedule of when to put the dish together and then when to put it in the oven. I found out the hard way that I'd have no room in the oven on the day, so I make a few things the morning of or even the day before.

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rookieabh said...

Everyone should help out with getting dinner ready

Kayla said...

Remember that time with friends is most important - not always the food!

Brenda Ryefield said...

breathe and enjoy the time together - bryefield@gmail.com

Cindy Merrill said...

My tip for a perfect Thanksgiving is to be sure you have at least one special dessert or side dish that's been in your family for generations- or look for an historical cookbook to give you ideas,ie "Saltwater Foodways" by Sandra Oliver is a great source for special recipes.
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Anonymous said...

Get plenty of helping hands in the kitchen so you can all enjoy the day.

Diana C
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luckynordberg said...

Don't stress. Buy what you can premade.
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Chris Alejandro said...

The important thing is to avoid getting overwhelmed. The whole point of a holiday is to have fun and spend time with fam. Enjoy it! Lieutcrunch27 (at) gmail (dot) com

melmorgan4 said...

Preparation, preparation, preparation. I try not to stress out or get overwhelmed by having the "perfect" holiday. I make sure I remember what and who are important, and the rest takes care of itself.

Emilie said...

My tip is to not baste the turkey because the juices don't get in past the skin anyway and it is best not to keep opening the oven door. I also start out with a foil tent on the bird for the first 1 1/2 hrs. :) babylovingmama at gmail dot com

Denise L said...

Do as much advance prep as possible and don't open that oven while the turkey's cooking!

Anonymous said...

prep with list!
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Jan Messali said...

For me, it's all about advanced planning. I make a menu and grocery list and notes about what I can prep each day for a week or so before Thanksgiving.

Tamara B. said...

I like to use gourds, pumpkins and pine cones to decorate the table with. I always start my planning weeks ahead so I am not so stressed out the day of Thanksgiving

Marti Parks said...

I don't think anything can make it perfect, but it come pretty close if the whole family can be there.

*Mirage* said...

My tip is don't worry about perfect, just enjoy it. It's hard to enjoy it when you're stressing out about everything being perfect.

marcia goss said...

I prepare as much food as I can the day before. Also, don't worry so much! The dinner doesn't have to be perfect. Just enjoy your family.
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Jennifer T. said...

Have low expectations...haha!
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nightowl said...

I do as much of the prep work ahead of time and I try to remember it's about the family being together, not perfection.
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Cassie said...

The thing that makes it perfect is just having the family all together and enjoying that time together.

tannawings said...

One way to make it picture perfect is to plan ahead and if things dont go quite right- take it in stride :)

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CJ'SMOMMY*KIMBERLY said...

I WANT TURKEY NOW~!

myfolly said...

A picture perfect Thanksgiving is making sure you don't try to do everything on that day, you want to enjoy time with your family with no stress.

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Terri said...

My tip is to keep your menu simple, prepare as many food items that you can the day before (antipasto platter, baked ziti, pies, side dishes, whole cranberries, etc.), roast the turkey on Thanksgiving Day, and let family members help too!

Gianna said...

Desserts the day before and everything timed the day after.

Amanda said...

Do what you can the day before so you aren't rushing around on Thanksgiving day to get everything done at once!
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Amy W. said...

My best tip would be to stay calm and enjoy yourself. Try not to stress.

Cher said...

Get what you can done the night before.

Jill H said...

Prepare as much as you can ahead of time so you have more time to spend with your guests.

Anonymous said...

I make our Thanksgiving picture perfect by staying out of the kitchen. :) franke4_us@yahoo.com

lmurley2000 said...

i try to plan days ahead what i going to do when and what i need to do it with, i make one big list and follow it

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To make my Thanksgiving picture perfect it has to involve a good ol flag football game in the back yard with the whole family, My papaw saying the prayer before we all eat, and all of the little kids making crafts in the livngroom while the adult enjoy a nice glass of wine! :)

Kim said...

have no expectations!! hahaha! SERIOUSLY

coriwestphal said...

Make lists! Plan what you need and when to start it so you don't have any surprises on the special day!

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Christine Jessamine said...

my best tip is to prepare all the sides in advance to cut down on time later on so you dont have to rush for a perfect thanksgiving

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corey1971 said...

I make everyone help! (Corey Olomon)

clynsg said...

Include the kids in the preparations--Thanksgiving should be fun as well as a feast.

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~*~lilshuga2001~*~ said...

Have Family bring a dish! :)

Carmen Nuland said...

Do as much as you can ahead of time - cook the turkey and reheat in a roaster with some broth; cook mashed potatoes and reheat in a crockpot, etc.

♡♥♬ Louis ♬♥♡ said...

many dishes can be prepped and cooked in advance that you don't overdo on Thanksgiving
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MomLovesDeals said...

Getting all the family together at one place!

Katie | FashionFrugality.com said...

I think the tip to making thanksgiving picture perfect is not stressing! Relax and everything will be fine! :)

dispatcher_kristy said...

Prep ahead and don't stress

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