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Create a Unique Thanksgiving Feast!

Thanksgiving is less than one week away! Fun, family, and food are sure to make your holiday a wonderful experience. Thanksgiving food staples are sure to be on your family’s table. Sweet potatoes, stuffing, and the oh so important turkey not only satisfy your stomach, but also your soul. This year, why not try something different with your turkey? By cooking your turkey using a non-traditional method, you can get the same comforting feelings of Thanksgiving and a delicious meal while creating exciting new memories and traditions.

Electric Smoker

Smoking your turkey will create an amazing flavor and super moist meat. Electric smokers cook food more evenly than a traditional charcoal grill. They maintain a constant temperature that’s easy to control so hot spots and flare ups are never a problem. By adding smoker flavor bisquettes, you can impart the subtle flavors of everything from apple to pecan (and even bourbon!) into your turkey. Smoking is a slow process that you will find very rewarding. Smoked turkey is so delicious that it will surely become a family tradition for years to come.

Turkey Rocket Roaster

The Turkey Rocket Roaster is another fun alternative to traditional cooking methods and is great even if you are on the go this holiday season. It is a unique chamber that acts like a dutch over, cooking your turkey quickly and evenly. It uses charcoal to heat and creates that delicious, smokey flavor, but cooks in 2/3 less time than traditional methods. You can cook a 14 pound turkey in under 2 1/2 hours. This is much less time than regular grilling. It is lightweight but heavy-duty.

No matter which method you use to prepare your Thanksgiving feast, remember to take a moment to be thankful for all that you have. This is a perfect day to let go of all the things that are wrong in your life and focus on the positive. Enjoy spending time with your loved ones, and Happy Thanksgiving!

Mistletoe or Not?


Have you ever wondered why kissing and mistletoe go hand in hand.  Why is mistletoe forgotten the rest of the year and how did it ever become the symbol for kissing?  Well, in order to understand its origin, you have to go back to ancient Scandinavia — to custom and the Norse myths: “It was also the plant of peace in Scandinavian antiquity. If enemies met by chance beneath it in a forest, they laid down their arms and maintained a truce until the next day.” This ancient Scandinavian custom led to the tradition of kissing under the mistletoe. But this tradition went hand-in-hand with one of the Norse myths, namely, the myth of Baldur. Baldur’s death and resurrection is one of the most fascinating Norse myths and stands at the beginning of the history of mistletoe as a “kissing” plant.

I wonder if it would do everyone some good if we kept it up for more than a season in our homes?  Do you think this small gesture could make the world a better place?  Would families pay attention to it?

Now, for a crazier thought.  What if it was hung in stores and office buildings and areas where hope is a foreign concept?  And as people pass under it, they could possibly be the next winner of some prize that would make kissing strangers a big enough risk to take?

I am probably a hopeless optimist that believes the human race has goodness just waiting to shine thru.  I by no means am saying there are not kind, compassionate people in this world.  I am speaking more in generalities.

So, I ask again, mistletoe or not?