I like cardboard tubes. I always have. It's the best thing about wrapping presents - the left over cardboard tubes. They make great swords. It's fun to thwack your kids in the head with them. Most of all - it's fun to speak into them. Grab a tube and talk into it. That is quality fun. If you don't see the value of speaking into a cardboard tube, you haven't done it recently. The joy of the tube has been lost to you for too long. Try it. Advanced tube play includes - blowing up balloons and attaching them to the ends of a long tube. You can then pretend it's a barbell and you're the worlds strongest person. You can use them as binoculars in your make believe world. I keep my tubes nearby all Christmas season. Whenever I need to raise my spirits - or those around me - I break out the old dependable tubes. Enjoy your tubes, they've always been there - you were just too quick to call them trash. Sometimes it's the little things right under your nose that make all the difference, and there's nothing more fun than "thwacking" your kids with a tube.
If you put the stuffing in and cook it to a safe temp, (internally 145F for more than 30 min), the rest of your bird will be over cooked. If you don't get the center of the bird that hot, you will end up with unsafe stuffing.
And you thought you had a bad meal! Judging by the Guy Fieri restaurant review of his new eatery "Guy's American Kitchen & Bar" located in New York Cities Times Square, even your bad meal would be good!
If you would like to try something new and delicious as a thanksgiving turkey alternative, let me suggest barbecue Honey Badger! They can be difficult to catch, but if you get your hands on one and are able to take it out before it takes you out - you are in for a sweet meaty treat!
I get into arguments with my husband over how long things in the fridge are still good after they have been opened. Well, sometimes, we argue over obviously "spoiled" food like the 5-week old cheese ball he is still eating on. And, the bag of lettuce that has some pretty brown speciments inside that he will pick through and still eat. Not me! I am a 72-hour girl. Pretty much I don't eat it if it's been in there for 3 days or longer. Except those things that you pretty much assume you can keep a long time and still use safely. Like ketchup, mustard, BBQ sauce. That kind of stuff.
Lets face it, the in-laws or third cousins that make cousin Eddie from Christmas Vacation look like a "smart and balanced" individual can be more than a hand full. So what are the best holiday cocktails to help you through the onslaught of "family time"? Here are some of my picks: