Butterball Turkey Giveaway!

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Last year I posted these pictures of my family enjoying our Thanksgiving dinner.


That’s Dave and me in the front.  We set up 2 banquet tables in the living room.  I usually cook a stuffed 26 – 28 lb Butterball turkey.  Here’s my Bread Stuffing recipe!  The recipe comes from Dave’s side of the family and it’s been in the family for years.  I usually make the mashed potatoes, gravy, mashed turnip, boiling onions, butternut squash, pumpkin pie, and cookies.  My sister-in-law Kristy brings everyone’s favorite Apple Squares! If you don’t snatch one of them up quick, you’re out of luck!  They’re the best!  We also beg my sister-in-law Diana to bring her spicy asparagus dish every year!  My mom and sisters bring a dessert and we’re all well fed for days!


Here are my two boys.  Matthew (22) on the left and Andrew (17) on the right.


Even though I’ve been cooking a large turkey for ten years, I still forget how long it needs to be cooked when it’s stuffed.  So I always refer to the Butterball Calculators and Conversions page.  I type in how many pounds of turkey (stuffed) and it gives me the correct amount of time to cook it.  I swear I use this every year and it has not failed me yet!


Look what I have for two of you!



Two of my readers will be chosen to win a coupon to save up to $15.00 on a

fresh or frozen Butterball turkey!


Not sure which turkey is right for your family?  Check out this video!


If you’d like to win a Butterball Turkey $15 Coupon, here’s what you need to do!


Mandatory Entry: Share one of your Thanksgiving traditions or tell me what Thanksgiving dishes are a must in your house.  Be sure to comment below. Don’t forget to include your email address in the designated email box in your comment.

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    Marsha in MD says

    The one item to have besides Turkey is a dish called Pink Artic Freeze. I have been making this since junior high Home Ec. class.

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    My very first year I made a turkey on my own I remembered to clean out the cavity of the bird, however I never knew the gizzards and liver were at the other end. Needless to say they got cooked (in their pouch) with the stuffed bird! I’ve learned my lesson since then :)

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    Lauren says

    Every Thanksgiving my family has to have a custard pie because that was my Grandfathers favorite kind of pie. He has been gone for about 13 years now but we still get a custard pie for him every year. Traditions make the holidays warmer!

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    Jennifer says

    The family and I wake up early Thanksgiving morning and run a 5K for charity (helps us work off all the extra calories we are about to consume) and then come home to begin cooking our feast. I always make sweet potato pie rather than pumpkin pie. It is a great time with family.

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    Jennifer says

    I love my mother in laws cranberry sauce (with grand marn and pecans) and mac and cheese. It’s a recipe I will be passing down through the years! We haven’t got the turkey for this year yet :)

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    colleen says

    Its a funny tradition, but it wasn’t meant to be….and unfortunately, it doesn’t include food! When I was little, I used to sneak out of the room and start playing the piano right as the dishes needed to be cleared and washed. No one would bother me because my parents LOVED the fact that I was playing without being asked. Now, even at 38, whenever we gather, it is still the routine, or tradition, I sit down at the piano and entertain while my sisters clear the table! It was a wonderful gig! Oh….and mom’s pumpkin pies were an ablsolute must! She’s even been asked to donate them for an auction fundraising event where they fetched $500!

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    Sharon says

    The kids insist on my chicken/cornbread dressing and I must have my sweet potato casserole. Oh …and that green casserole that everybody makes? LOVE IT!

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    We always celebrate Thanksgiving with our parents, Aunts and Uncles and cousins all together! Roasted turkey, gravy, lots of side dishes including glutenous rice (well, that’s more a Chinese thing, LOL) and my aunt’s famous custard pies are a must! :)

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    debbie says

    I have been cooking our thanksgiving dinner since I was 14. My mother was a terrible cook. I make something I call heavenly hash. It has fruit in a sweetened whipped cream. I really love thanksgiving dinners.

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    dianad says

    A must is a stuffing recipe we found in the Army Times. It’s with vorn bread, sausage and peaches. Really tasty. Thanks for the wonderful giveaway

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    Charlotte Moore says

    Nice coupons!! I follow you on email and never miss a post. We always have turkey. Had one deep fried one time, but not crazy about it.


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    Jacqueline Hoge says

    For Thanksgiving, each family member gets to have their favorite dish. These dishes will include corn pudding, green bean casserole and sweet potato casserole.
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    Our family dressing/stuffing recipe is a little different. It is a really old recipe that came from a woman who used to work in my great grandmother’s home. It calls for a mixture of ground pork sausage and ground beef, celery, onion, and sage and bread chunks. It’s delicious but not the type of dressing/stuffing most people eat. It’s a chore to make it but I’d be sad if we didn’t. I grew up eating this one :)

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    Maribeth strand says

    We eat traditional food during Yhanksgiving. But with my Italian heritage and my husband’s Norwegian heritage, we bring some of those foods together. We make potato lefse for the bread and risotto from my Italian roots. you add in aal the traditional favorites and the table runneth over.

    It’s a time for remembering Thanksgivings past and passing on those traditions. WE all gather in the kitchen because it’s the best room in the house!

    I follow you on FB and love your page.

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    Mary Beth Elderton says

    Butterball Turkeys have been a tradition in my family since I was a kid and my grandmother hosted Thanksgiving! And we love to serve it with a cornbread dressing that includes pecans (maybe that’s a southern thing.) Of course, we have Candied Yams and Heavenly Hash, too. And my grandmother’s secret recipe for Sweet Potato Pie! (She passed that on to me, and, some day, I will pass it on to my daughter and daughter-in-law.)

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    Sharon Rooney says

    A must for our Thanksgiving is Irish Soda Bread. A recipe that has been passed down for 5
    generations. The recipe has been adjusted for current times and you now don’t have to sift the flour 5 times. LOL


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    Sharon Rooney says

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    Linda Crowe says

    My sister-in-law always makes the “green stuff”. It is delicious, although I am not quite sure what is in it.

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    Cassie says

    I like to have the whole meal very traditional. Traditional recipes with nothing added. I feel like that’s what makes Thanksgiving. I’m not one to say “I think I will try stuffing with green chilis in it this year”. That is fun, but for Thanksgiving I like to stick to what always was.

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    Pat says

    We celebrate Thanksgiving with my daughter and her family, and any others who need a place to go. This year we are especially thankful for a new grandson! Sweet potato casserole is a must, as well as pumpkin pie!! This year I may also add a pumpkin trifle..

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    Andrea D. says

    We always have the stuffing recipe that my parents created together. It has been a tradition that all my family does. Thanks for the chance to enter.

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    Audrey says

    Cranberry/orange relish homemade by Mimi (my grandmother) is what I remember about Thanksgiving—–we have to have it!

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    We currently have no real traditions for Thanksgiving, other than visiting 3 different family homes for food. But this year we have our first house, so looking forward to maybe starting some.

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    We usually get away for Thanksgiving and so our tradition is to go to Cracker Barrel for Thanksgiving dinner. Not sure yet what we are doing this year, so I might need a turkey.

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    Virginia Meisner says

    A must is our traditional Corn Soup. We dry corn which we have cut of the cob in the summer. For holidays we then rehydrate it and turn it into a rich, nutty, cram and butter based soup.

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    Sue says

    My daughters (in their 30s) have to have canned cranberry sauce. This is a carryover from their childhood and definitely easy to serve!

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    Maureen says

    I must make a pumpkin crisp for both my family and for my husband’s family. Both sides like it so much it is what we have instead of pumpkin pie.

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    Sweet potato casserole is a must at our house. After we are all stuffed and sleepy, we break out board and card games and play games together as a family which often gets pretty competitive at times.

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    bonnie w says

    I want to make my aunt’s yummy sweet potato casserole with a crunchy pecan topping. Our must haves are broccoli cheese rice casserole and mashed potatoes with gravy.

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    Connie Pruitt says

    My family always want homemade noodles. My husbands side of the family always have noodles with some chicken or turkey in them. My familys side wants sweet potatoes.

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    Yowza! What a great giveaway!!! We don’t do a whole lot for Thanksgiving. We always had to switch houses each year between parents so there wasn’t a lot of consistency. But now that I’m older I always make the green bean casserole for Thanksgiving. We love it!

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    Diane Riedel says

    Our tradition is to invite those who will be alone for Thanksgiving. We like to bring everyone together to enjoy friends, family and awesome food. Family brings a dish to pass so we always have lots of food to share. Bonus, we all meet new people!

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    Stephanie says

    I always have to have a turkey! We have changed and modified the side dishes over the years depending on which side of the family we are eating with, and my sister going gluten free after discovering a wheat allergy, but we ALWAYS have a turkey. We have roasted in the oven, then deep fried, and for the past couple of years my husband has smoked it. But whatever way we prepare it, it is always on the table.
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    Your pictures are adorable, Jane! Our family doesn’t get together for holidays anymore, so it’s just Brian and I. We’ve started our own traditions by spending the day helping to serve the homeless people in our community. I usually make our Thanksgiving dinner on Friday… :)

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    Jessica says

    One of our family favorite traditions is after dinner we all gather to make “turkey” cookies. We trace our hands on paper, cut out the shape on cookie dough and bake. But the best part of the cookies is decorating them. We use edible markers and on the feathers (fingers) we write things we are thankful for, and then add color with different color frosting to make them look like turkey’s. We always have a blast making these cookies together!

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    My favorite side dish on Thanksgiving would be the Deviled Eggs. My sister makes the best deviled eggs I have ever had. I make the Pistachio Salad every year

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    Carla Grytdal says

    My family’s get together wouldn’t be complete without green bean casserole… you know the one: with canned green beans, cream of mushroom soup and deep fried onion rings? So many people feel free to tell me they find it disgusting, but we absolutely LOVE it.

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    ColleenMarie82 says

    We love Thanksgiving in our house, must have foods are Turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, greenbean casserole, and rolls.

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    Shelley C. says

    After Thanksgiving dinner my husband, kids, & any guests go out to start putting out X-mas lights & decorations. They work off lunch & I get a quiet minute & can start the dishes.

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    Linda B. says

    My homemade chicken and noodles are a must at Thanksgiving. It is the first thing my kids and grandkids say we have to have. For some, they top their mashed potatoes with the noodles instead of the gravy! :)

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    Seems like each of the kids has a favorite dish that I make, but the one thing that I always make are the yeast rolls from my mother’s recipe.

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    Jennifer Ross says

    sweet potatoe pie has become a favorite at our house, i have to make three, one for our friend, one for dinner, and one for husband to take to work in the following days and tempt everyone who has never tried such a thing.

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    Brynn Dexter says

    A must in our house is a slow cooker cream corn dish with onion and chive cream cheese, bacon and lots of other yumminess! I made it the first year we were married and have made it ever since! :)

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    Katie says

    Our tradition is getting together! Whatever is happening, we always see each other for this holiday! We also couldn’t live without Stuffing!! LOVE IT

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    Katie R says

    Our tradition is getting together! Whatever is happening, we always see each other for this holiday. I live 100 miles away from the family so when we can all get together, it is so special to me. We also couldn’t live without Stuffing!! LOVE IT

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    Kim steadman says

    Our tradition is always to have all 4 of boys home together along with my Grandbaby…I get up early and cook it all myself and love every moment of it!

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    We always go to my in-laws for Thanksgiving, and have a turkey shoot with the black powder rifles and pistols. The one must have is my husbands grandmothers green goo pudding.(pistachio pudding)

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    Cherie Porter says

    We must have cranberry sauce and stuffing as well as turkey of course. We generally eat in the afternoon and later in the evening we always make turkey, stuffing, and cranberry sauce sandwiches….yummy! I think I look forward more to the sandwiches than anything else.

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    Jessica says

    The day before Thanksgiving is pie day. I make 2-3 homemade pumpkin pies, and the occasional chocolate cream or French apple upon request. On thanksgiving day I wake up early and put in the turkey. I like to turn on the parade and listen to holiday music to stay in the spirit while making the sides. Rolls, cranberry sauce, corn, pink salad, and mashed potato casserole!

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    Michele L. says

    Since we’ve moved to our new home, Thanksgiving has been at our house. My teen daughter and I cook together for days…it’s the thing I look forward to all year. We get out my grandmother’s china, and this year I’ll be using my mother’s crystal for the first time. Sides always change, but we always have turkey and ham since my father in law has an allergy to poultry

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    Stephanie Hirsch says

    Our Thanksgiving dishes that are a must, are the turkey, sweet potato casserole, green bean casserole, homemade butter rolls, sausage apple dressing, and of course, pumpkin pie with extra creamy whipped cream!

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    Our must have dishes are the creamiest mashed potatoes in the world, the fluffiest sweet rolls and a fall apart turkey (which hopefully we will use a coupon for) 😀

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    Sandra Shull says

    Along with our traditional turkey dinner we always have Grandma’s Kahlua Pecan Yams. So yummy and buttery…I am drooling just thinking of them. They are so reminiscent of many happy family dinners when she and grandpa were still with us.

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    ewhatley says

    A long time tradition is volunteering to serve meals to the needy before we have our holiday dinner. It certainly puts any troubles you may have in perspective.

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    ALH1203 says

    We rioted one year when mom forgot the jellied cranberry sauce – it is now on my must remember to bring list so she doesn’t have to worry about it. :) My daughetr and I get up and watch the parade and switch back and forth between the parades on the commercials.

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    Brandi says

    My father in law has always made giblet gravy for our Thanksgiving dinner. I don’t know where that dish originated from, but it is always a big hit.

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    Bobbie Chappell says

    One dish that is a family tradition is my granny’s Sweet Potato Soufflé. We have it only during Thanksgiving and Christmas and we never have any leftovers. My granny is the best cook!!!

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    Kathie Wright says

    Absolute must? Turkey, stuffing, Sweet Potatoes, Noodles (homemade of course), green bean cassorole and BROCCOLI CASSOROLE!!!! I love it all!! Traditions? Going around the table and telling what we are thankful for. I know it’s an old one but we still do it!

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    Debbie says

    My Mother’s 24 hour salad with marshmallows, grapes, marishino cherries, walnuts, Cool Whip, and pinapple! A must have for me, even if I only eat a little bit, I really want it!

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    Claire Seim says

    I follow Busy Moms on FB. And I’ll follow you on twitter next.

    But one of the things I like to do with my thanksgiving turkey leftovers is to make homemade hot pocket sandwiches with the leftover turkey and some cream cheese mixed together and stuff them in Pillsbury crescent rolls.

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    Blessed5x says

    We like to give everyone construction paper leaves to write what they are thankful for. When everyone is done, we tape them to our living room mirror… showing our “Harvest of Blessings” :)

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    Laura C says

    The must side dishes at our house are stuffing, mashed potatoes, gravy, and a candied sweet potato casserole. Usually I do them all and am glad when guests bring their special dishes also. Happy Holidays!

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    Riley Peck says

    Every year, I get up and start my turkey preparations while watching the Macy’s Day parade with my family. Slowly the family & friends trickle in. I always make my mom’s bourbon sweet potatoes (a hit) and we just sit around and eat together enjoying each others company. Each year are “family” grows making holidays even more special.

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