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That’s What I Want For Christmas; The Spirit Of Giving

WARNING: THIS POST IS NOT MEANT TO FORCE YOU INTO ANYTHING OR GUILT YOU INTO DOING SOMETHING!

Most people really like getting things. Whether they are buying it for them self or getting it from someone else, people love to get things. Christmas time especially for children is when they love getting things the most.

In our economy not every kid will get something and those who love to give to help people aren’t able to give this year like they have in years past. Toys For Tots help each year but each year they get less and less. Churches and charities are able to give food to those in need but not everyone is accounted for. It’s just not possible to help everyone in need even in a great economy.

Hopefully everyone reading this has the ability to purchase things for their friends and family and anything you might need yourself. Hopefully everyone reading this has a job. This post really isn’t about what I want for Christmas. It’s what I want to give and what I would like to challenge you to give as well. I’m going to sponsor a family this year and give food and gifts to each family member.

I’m not suggesting that everyone follow in my footsteps but what I am asking is that as you write your list of all the people you need to buy for this season and what it is they want that you might consider adding at least one person that you don’t know and get something for him/her. You can donate to Toys For Tots, you can find a church or someone on your job who is helping a family and join in. You might know someone in your neighborhood who is in need of help. You could invite them to Christmas dinner. You could get gifts and leave them for a family in need and knock on the door and leave the gifts there.

It takes about three weeks for packages and letters to get to our troops in Afghanistan or Iraq. If you would like to send a package or Christmas card to a member of our armed forces in lieu of a gift or family this year, now would be the time to send it.

Whether you helped a family or person out this Thanksgiving or will help this Christmas, I can guarantee that whatever you do will come back to you tenfold. Regardless of what you do or what you are able to do, Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas.

Tomorrow Seth Winternight is guest blogging for me. His post will be about the human condition; for more information you will have to come back tomorrow! You will find his guest post to be very insightful and inspirational.For today, drop by Seth’s blog, Welcome To My Residence to read a few of his posts before tomorrow.

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Thanksgiving Turkey Done My Way

I cannot stress enough the importance of safety when frying a turkey and in the same sentence I cannot impress upon you how this will be the juiciest best tasting turkey you will ever have in your life.

fried turkeyThere a plenty of stories of people burning their house down because they were either careless or stupid while cooking the turkey. Children and pets should never be allowed even outside when a turkey is frying. Before buying the peanut oil (the oil of turkey fryers), you need to by the right amount. Place the turkey in the fryer and fill it with water until turkey is covered. Now you know how much oil to buy. Mark it off inside the fryer and never fill it above that line. Keep a fire extinguisher nearby just like you would for any charcoal barbecue. If a fire does ignite, never put water on a grease fire – NEVER!

Peanut oil is not cheap but if you want to do this right, you need to buy peanut oil. Before deciding to prepare your turkey this way make absolutely sure no one who might even remotely have a taste of turkey, is allergic to peanuts. That could ruin a Thanksgiving dinner and keep everyone in the ER for hours.

Now that the scary part is out of the way it is time to prepare the bird. Decide on what seasonings you want to use to flavor the turkey. I recommend one tablespoonful of pepper, onion and garlic powder, salt and one stick of unsalted butter. Mix the seasonings into the room temperature butter. Separate the skin from the bird with your fingers and slather the butter up under the skin of the turkey. When all the skin is coated with the seasoned butter again season the skin of the bird with salt and pepper. Throw a few sage leaves in the cavity of the bird and let it rest for at least an hour in the refrigerator before frying.

Slowly lower the turkey into the 325 degree oil. Use an oil thermometer. Fry the bird far away from the house for three minutes per pound plus and extra ten minutes after those minutes OR until the turkey breast reaches an internal temperature of 160 degrees. Remove the turkey from the oil and let sit for 15 minutes before carving. Be prepared for more compliments than you have ever received for your cooking before.

Happy early Thanksgiving.

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