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Thanksgiving Tips and stuff
THANKSGIVING: Need A Personal Thanksgiving Dinner Coach? There's An App For That!
If you are buckling under the pressure of cooking this year's Thanksgiving dinner and don't know how you're going to pull it off, you might want to consider having a Personal Thanksgiving Dinner Coach by your side.
While you probably can't afford to have an actual person standing next to you in the kitchen -- nor would you want to -- you can get your hands on an iPhone app that teaches you, step-by-step, just what needs to be made -- and when.
The CHOW Thanksgiving Dinner Coach lets you choose from eight dishes (plus the turkey, of course), gives you a shopping list based on those choices and then tells you what to do each day leading up to Thanksgiving.
It also provides encouragement while cooking, hopefully keeping you calm in the middle of the madness.
And, best of all, it's free.
THANKSGIVING: New Thanksgiving Traditions
Chances are, your family has had the same Thanksgiving traditions for years. Maybe you wake up early to watch Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. Maybe you play touch football in the yard. And, of course, there's the big family dinner.
This year, why not try something new?
Here are some possible new Thanksgiving traditions to consider:
- Volunteer your time at a local food bank -- Volunteering can be a great family bonding time and you'll all feel better knowing that you made someone less fortunate have a great holiday.
- Create your own Christmas cards -- While the turkey's cooking, you and your family can sit down and create some great homemade greeting cards to send out to your friends and relatives.
- Celebrate your family's achievements -- After dinner, as an alternative to watching football, hold a little award ceremony and pass out "Turkey Day Awards" to celebrate the great achievements of each family member.
THANKSGIVING: Macy's Parade Facts
Thanksgiving is a holiday steeped in tradition, and right there alongside the turkey and cranberry sauce is the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.
Millions of Americans wake up in the morning and turn on the TV to watch giant floats and marching bands journey through the streets of New York City. But there are some interesting facts about the parade you may not be aware of ...
- Despite being America's most well-known Thanksgiving parade, it's actually not the oldest. That distinction belongs to Philadelphia, which began its parade four years earlier in 1920.
- The parade started using giant inflatable animal balloons in 1928. Prior to that, real animals from New York's Central Park Zoo were part of the parade.
- From 1928 until 1933, the giant helium-filled balloons were released into the sky at the end of the parade with a return address written on them. Anyone who found them would be urged to mail it back to the address. This practice was stopped after a pilot nearly crashed his plane.
- Because of World War II, there were no helium balloons used from 1942 to 1944 due to a helium shortage.
- From 1962 to 1971, NBC's coverage of the parade was hosted by Betty White and Bonanza star Lorne Greene.
- High winds have, on occasion, resulted in the intentional popping of balloons due to safety concerns. The most well-known incident occurred in 1997 when a balloon collided with a light post, which then collapsed and injured several spectators.
- The enormous balloons and floats are assembled in a warehouse in New Jersey.
- In 2003, the role of Mrs. Claus on the Santa float was actually played by actor Harvey Fierstein.
THANKSGIVING: Holiday Slacking
With Thanksgiving and a four-day weekend just around the corner, are you beginning to feel a little lazy at work? Maybe your annual turkey coma has gotten a head start? You're not alone.
According to a survey of employers, 34 percent of managers said productivity is always down during the week leading up to a major holiday.
The reason most gave is that this time of year is generally less busy, and employees tend to have more things going on outside of work, like family gatherings and parties.
Source: Dayton Business Journal
THANKSGIVING: Tools To Help You Survive Thanksgiving
Thanksgiving is a time for family and food. Unfortunately, it's also a time for stress.
If you're hoping to streamline your food preparation -- and improve your chances at putting great tasting food on the table at the end of it all -- here are some tools you should consider getting your hands on before the big day:
- Flavor Injector -- If you're worried about a dry turkey, cheat! For 20 bucks, you can get a flavor injector that allows you to squeeze butter and herbs in the layer of fat beneath the bird's skin.
- Thermometer -- Dry turkey is one problem, but an undercooked turkey is worse. Have a probe thermometer on hand to be sure the meat on the table is safe.
- Electric Knife -- If you're feeding a big clan, it might feel like you can't cut the turkey fast enough to please everyone. With an electric knife, you'll be plowing through that bird like it's made of butter and your family will be eating in no time.
- Air Mattress -- If you have relatives spending the night, make sure they have a comfortable place to sleep. Air mattresses these days are plenty comfortable -- and many come with an electric pump built right in.
- Wine Cooler -- You can take a lot of pressure off yourself and your cooking by serving lots of good wine. Wine coolers look like mini-fridges and they keep bottles at the exact right temperature.
THANKSGIVING: Thanksgiving Travel
Despite the economy being in the toilet and cash-strapped Americans looking to save money any way they can, more people will be traveling this Thanksgiving holiday.
Triple A expects 42.5 million Americans to travel more than 50 miles this year. That number is up four percent from last year.
Experts believe the number of travelers may be up this year because Americans haven't traveled the past few years.
About 90 percent of travelers plan to drive and the number of people planning to fly is up almost two percent from last year.
THE HISTORY OF THANKSGIVING BOOZE
When it comes to the history of Thanksgiving, everybody talks about the pilgrims and the Indians sitting down together and eating that big meal.
Unfortunately, the history of the pilgrims' booze is often overlooked.
Here's a bit of a history lesson to get you up to speed:
- The Pilgrims were English settlers who left the Netherlands for the New World. They stopped in Plymouth, England, for a couple of months, before continuing on.
- The Mayflower was originally a merchant ship that specialized in transporting French wine, mainly from Bordeaux. The Mayflower also had carried hemp, vinegar, brandy and herring.
- For their voyage, the Pilgrims brought with them more than 7,500 gallons of booze. They had "Canarie Sack," a type of Sherry, "Aqua Vitae," a type of hard alcohol and "fine wines."
- Since there were 102 Pilgrims on that voyage, that works out to 73.5 gallons per person. Enough booze for each settler to consume 25.7 ounces a day for an entire year. Good planning.
- And here's the kicker -- The Pilgrims actually landed at Plymouth Rock because they ran out of beer. "We could not now take time for further search ... our victuals being much spent, especially our beer ..." read one journal.
THANKSGIVING FOOD TO GET YOU IN THE MOOD
Yes, you stuff yourself silly and get sleepy ... but Thanksgiving can be a sexy time, too. Here are some foods that will help get you in the mood:
- Pumpkin Pie: The aroma of pumpkin pie increases blood flow to a man's privates by 40 percent. And it's not just the smell that does it. When consumed, pumpkin provides a healthy dose of zinc, an element necessary for healthy blood flow and testosterone production.
- Oysters: Oysters have a long-standing reputation as an aphrodisiac, and for good reason -- they contain an enormous amounts of zinc, which is oh-so-important for testosterone production (libido) in both men and women.
- Sweet Potato: The sweet potato has been said to increase the female sex drive if consumed in large amounts. Sweet potatoes are high in potassium, which helps reduce stress, as well as Vitamins A, C and iron -- all important sex drive-enhancing nutrients.
- Celery & Fennel: Celery contains androsterone -- a powerful male hormone that stimulates female arousal. Historically, it has also been used as a cure for impotence. And ladies -- while the guys chew on celery, make sure you eat some fennel. Fennel contains an estrogen-like substance called estriol that not only will boost your libido, but will also help alleviate post-dinner bloating.
- Chocolate: Not only does chocolate pump up your endorphins, it also stimulates the production of dopamine in the brain and will increase a woman's sex drive. And according to Italian researchers, women who eat chocolate regularly have a better sex life than those who deny themselves the treat.
- Red Wine: We all know it makes us feel fine, but along with decreasing your inhibitions, red wine is also rich in resveratrol, an important antioxidant. A recent study found that levels of sexual desire were higher in women who were moderate drinkers of red wine than in their counterparts who preferred other alcoholic drinks, or those who didn't drink.
And here's a one-two punch: Researchers say the scent combo that drives men WILD is pumpkin pie and lavender! The pumpkin pie drums up cozy feelings, while the lavender induces total relaxation. When combined, the two scents increase blood flow to where it counts in men by 40 percent!
Whether being responsible or just trying to avoid a repeat of last year's mass "Sorry, I had a bit too much to drink" apology e-mail, here are some tips on having fun this Thanksgiving weekend, without going overboard.
- Eat before and while you drink -- it slows the absorption of alcohol in your system.
- Set your own pace -- Avoid following someone else's lead if they have a different tolerance than you.
- Stay hydrated -- Try having a juice or soda or water in between cocktails; it'll also help you avoid the hangover.
- Don't mix -- Drugs of any kind with alcohol; it can be unpredictable and dangerous.
- Keep track -- Finish each drink before starting another.
- Set limits -- Know what your limits are ... and be conservative.
- Do not leave your drink unattended or accept a drink from someone you don't know well or trust -- Every girl knows why.
- Stick with your friends -- Don't leave them with someone they don't know. Look out for your friends, and have them look out for you.
- Have a plan and a back-up plan for getting home safely -- Designate a driver and have the taxi number handy.
- Remember that alcohol can affect your judgment -- Don't go home with strangers, sleep with someone spur of the moment, or use the phone (drunk dialing/texting is almost as dangerous as driving!)
ANNOYING PHRASES THAT SERVE NO PURPOSE
According to Asylum.com, here are worthless phrases that seem to live on ...
- "It is what it is."
- "It's all good."
- "To be honest." (Which implies everything else you say is dishonest?)
- "No offense." (Which is always followed by something offensive.)
- "Don't get me wrong."
- "With all due respect."
- "Everything happens for a reason."
- "At the end of the day."
- "Going forward."
Charles Kelly get's scratched.
BUY A LIVE TURKEY FOR THANKSGIVING
Thanksgiving is a holiday filled with traditions -- especially the meal.
There are probably foods and recipes that have been enjoyed on Thanksgiving every year for decades, starting with the turkey.
This year, consider trying something different. Consider being a man of the earth, going to a farm and buying a live turkey.
We do it with lobsters, don't we? Why not put down that deep-frozen bowling ball that you usually get at the grocery store and get back to nature.
Throughout the history of the planet -- until only very recently -- man has killed his own prey.
Why not you?
THE MOST STOLEN CARS
Most guys know the value of a great car. It just feels better to drive something hot than to drive a clunker.
But unfortunately, great cars are also often targeted by thieves, creating stress that wouldn't exist if you were driving a piece of junk.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, here are the 10 cars with the highest theft rates:
10. Mercedes-Benz CL-Class
9. Cadillac STS
8. Infiniti M
7. Chrysler 300
6. Mitsubishi Galant
5. Honda S2000
4. Dodge Charger
3. BMW M5
2. Ford Shelby GT
1. Audi S8
Taylor has a roommate
Taylor Swift is off the road from her Speak Now Tour for a few days, but she isn't taking it easy. She's been busy making a music video and tending to her new roommate -- a beautiful kitten she's named Meredith after the lead character of Grey's Anatomy.
On Wednesday, Taylor will perform on the CMA Awards, where she's up for five trophies, including Entertainer of the Year.
Keith Urban is having throat surgery later this month and will have to re-schedule almost all of his public appearances -- including his annual All for the Hall benefit concert in Nashville. Keith has developed a polyp on his vocal cords, but he's still going to perform at next week's CMA Awards. After the outpatient procedure, he'll be on total vocal rest until he get the doctors' OK.
Hillary Scott has one rule for her upcoming wedding to drummer Chris Tyrell -- no one she loves will work at her wedding. That goes for her band mates Charles Kelley and Dave Haywood. She tells us, "Charles is not singing. Dave's not playing guitar....I'm not asking anybody to do anything."
Hillary is the cover girl on the current issue of Redbook magazine.
THINGS TO DO BEFORE YOU'RE 30
Do you have a list of things you want to do while you're still relatively young? TheFrisky.com put out a list of 30 things that you should do before you're 30. Here are a few:
- Travel Europe. There's no better time to go gallivanting around foreign countries than when you have the least amount of commitments and responsibilities.
- Take Better Care. Living like a rock star when you're young sure is fun ... but it takes its toll. Take time to take care of yourself -- you'll be thankful later.
- Dye Your Hair Some Insane Color. Being young is all about doing silly things just because you can. So get crazy and dye your hair a color NOT found in nature and take some pics so you have something fun to look back on!
- Fall Head Over Heels In Love. There's no better feeling than being in love -- so dive in. Let's face it, you probably won't marry the first (or even second or third) person you fall head over heels for -- so just enjoy it while it's happening!
- Spend More Time With People Who Won't Be Around Forever. When you're young, you can't imagine a world without the older folks in your family. But no one is around forever -- and you don't want to regret not spending quality time with loved ones. So make the time count now. It'll make you happy and it will mean a lot to those you give your time to.
SPORTS HEROES WHO KNEW WHEN TO WALK AWAY
2011 was quite a ride for the St. Louis Cardinals and their veteran manager Tony La Russa.
They were huge underdogs in the later stages of the regular season -- and they came back in a big way to win the World Series. Something almost nobody in the world expected would happen.
And then, La Russa took things a step further, doing something even fewer people thought he would. He retired.
He became the first manager in Major League history to retire immediately after winning a championship.
Here's a rundown of some other, rare sports heroes who knew when to walk away:
David Robinson -- Not only one of the best players in NBA history, but considered one of the all around good guys in sports, Robinson retired in 2003 after winning his second NBA championship. He was also named the "Sportsman Of The Year" by Sports Illustrated that year.
Rocky Marciano -- It's hard to imagine going out more on top than Rocky Marciano. He retired in the 1955 as the boxing heavyweight champion of the world with a perfect career record of 49-0. Seriously. What more do you want?
REASONS GUYS PREFER BRUNETTES
While blondes get most of the attention, there are lots of men who gravitate toward brunettes. Why?
Well, there are actually lots of scientifically proven reasons that guys prefer brunettes, including:
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Tags : Topics: Entertainment_Culture, Human InterestSocial: Entertainment_Culture, Human InterestLocations: Nashville, West CoastPeople: Bill Russell, Bill Walsh, Charles Kelley, Chris Tyrell, Dave Haywood, David Robinson, Hillary Scott, John Elway, Keith Urban, Taylor Swift, Tony La Russa