Butterball Thanksgiving Turkey Giveaway

For last year’s Butterball giveaway I shared with you my fond Thanksgiving day memories, and asked you to do the same. This year, I want to talk about the funnier and sillier moments in out Thanksgiving memories.

For me, Thanksgivings were always very happy, yet pretty serious too. Traditions were followed, arguments were heated over silly things, like stuffing (more to come on that topic), and the football game was loud, very loud. Things changed when I met my husband though. My parents were much older than his, and very traditional. His parents were much younger, and complete opposites from mine.

The first Thanksgiving I spent with his family wasn’t that different from the ones I had spent with my family, except for the fact his father didn’t eat meat. His slightly demented Sicilian grandmother said some odd things at the table, but because of her age, and because she’s Italian, it was just endearing. The dinner was cooked perfectly by my mother-in-law, and his sweet little sister was too adorable for words. The familiar roar from the football game blaring on the television made me feel right at home.

Things really changed though for the first Thanksgiving that I spent with his family after his parents had divorced. It was a Thanksgiving I will never forget. My mother-in-law’s new husband had the best intentions for the holiday. He wanted to impress his new wife, and since he had no kids of his own, he was doing everything to win us kids over. He took it upon himself to make the whole Thanksgiving day meal. He made the turkey, gravy, mashed potatoes, dressing, hash brown casserole and green bean casserole. He even made the rolls and a pie. Although his intentions were good, the turkey was extra dry, the gravy was lumpy, the potatoes were extra runny, the dressing was burnt on the bottom, the casseroles were tasteless, and the rolls were over-done and very dry. The pie was terrible, and if it hadn’t been for the ice cream that was bought to go along with the pie, none of us would even have enjoyed dessert.

As we sat down to the most terrible dinner, made by such a loving man wanting to impress us so much, we were faced with a dilemma. How do we get rid of this food, without hurting his feelings, and not have to eat that much of it. Then without a spoken word, it all became very clear to us silly girls. We all looked at each other, and without speaking started something completely crazy, a food fight. We were careful to only dirty ourselves and not spill anything on the furniture or floor as we ran out of the house screaming with the food. My mother-in law’s new husband was completely surprised and in shock. He didn’t have a clue what was going on around him. As he watched us kids run in the yard, chasing each other with Thanksgiving dishes, he couldn’t believe his eyes. My mother-in-law explained that we did this every year, and it was a tradition that we wanted to surprise him with. Of course, we had never done anything so silly, but we were merely smart enough to turn a disaster of a dinner into something fun. She ran out after us in the yard and took part in the fun too.

I would love to hear about your silly Thanksgiving moments. Have you ever turned a Thanksgiving disaster into something fun? Or have you or a family member had a Thanksgiving blooper? Butterball has been gracious enough to offer 2 of our readers a free turkey gift certificates again this year. The certificates are valued at $15. For a chance to win one of the certificates, please leave a comment in the comment sections below sharing your favorite Thanksgiving fun and silly memory.

Remember that the Butterball Turkey Talk-Line lady is also available to answer your Thanksgiving meal questions, share ways to save or to gobble up any turkey-day cooking myths. Their number is 1-800-BUTTERBALL.

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  35 Responses to “Butterball Thanksgiving Turkey Giveaway”

  1. Karl — November 3, 2010 @ 5:13 pm

    I don’t have anything as wild, Angie, as your food fight, but two years ago I had an inspiration for a new turkey recipe and, with some collaboration from my twitter friends, @brajit and @SlyFox226, developed a to-die-for, Thai-inspired variation on fried turkey. LOL! I don’t know if trying a new recipe is everyone’s idea of silly Thanksgiving fun, but it works for me!

    I cooked it twice last Thanksgiving, once for a work potluck and once for dinner for my son and friends. Here’s a picture of the dinner for my son:

    Thai-spiced fried turkey with dipping sauce, Potatoes William, and veggie:


    The recipe is here:


    Turkeys went on sale today at $4.99 each (limit 1) at two local grocery stores. LOL! I’m making trips to both stores until the freezer is full so I can cook this all year round!

  2. Mark Guillory — November 3, 2010 @ 5:39 pm


  3. Karl Ray — November 3, 2010 @ 8:43 pm

    [email protected] Butterball Thanksgiving Turkey Giveaway http://bt.io/GGLx

  4. Vicki — November 3, 2010 @ 8:48 pm

    I too don’t have a wild turkey surprise, However, as a single mom, I was always grateful when blessed with a turkey. I would invite other single moms over for dinner and our kiddos would make homemade costumes and dress up like indians and pilgrims. My daughter has carried the tradition on with her own little ones…fun to see their Thanksgiving pics each year with the wee ones adorned in their homemade costumes. Some things are just too precious to put into words.

  5. Mags — November 3, 2010 @ 8:54 pm

    I can still remember my first Thanksgiving with hubby. Some type of pressed turkey roll, canned gravy, instant mashed potatoes, stove top stuffing and a frozen pumpkin pie…. and I was so proud of myself! Thankfully I’ve come a little ways in 32 years but I’ll always remember that very first Thanksgiving when we were only married two weeks.

  6. redkathy — November 4, 2010 @ 2:47 am

    No food fights here. One year my brother and his wife insisted they would visit from SC and supply Thanksgiving dinner. They shopped there and drove all that food down here. If that wasn’t silly enough, my sister in law insisted on preparing the meal. while plating she the told my brother not to eat the turkey skin, there was too many carbs and fat in it. She piled his plate with dark meat, stuffing, two kinds of potatoes, and rolls…. think that piece of skin made a difference? We all had a good laugh when we saw his plate!

    I have family coming this year, intended on a small gathering. I just found out the number rose by 5 or 6, so much for small 🙂

  7. BrevilleJE900 — November 4, 2010 @ 7:03 am

    We don’t have Thanksgivings here but our Christmas celebrations are the best, almost all kinds of reunions are being held and so many variety of food, it’s the best!

  8. Lora — November 4, 2010 @ 7:14 am

    A couple of years ago my family had one of those Thanksgivings where everything went wrong. Cupcakes didn’t rise (they were from a box mix, still don’t know how that happened), the trial of a new frosting recipe turned out to be awful, one of our meat items was rancid (I’ve learned from the experience that if meat smells funny when you take it out of the package either return to the store or trash it – no amount of cooking time will make it un-rancid!), the person making the devilled eggs added milk hoping to make them fluffy but wound up making egg-yellow-soup, we were lazy with the stuffing and used a cheap store box brand that was like celery-flavored cardboard. Basically all we had left was turkey, and thankfully it was a big, beautiful turkey! We just had turkey sandwiches and called it a day. We laughed and laughed about all of our disasters, and then laughed some more. Sometimes life gives you situations where you can either laugh or cry, I’d much lather laugh!

  9. Carole — November 4, 2010 @ 3:44 pm

    Oh, gosh, one year I had just purchased a Weber kettle and was an inexperienced griller. I thought it would be fun to roast the turkey in the grill. My only problem was that I only used a handful of coals. (This was before I was taught by my Dad how to build a proper charcoal fire.) That poor turkey was in the Weber kettle for the whole day and it still never cooked completely. 😐 LOL Everyone ate all of the sides and the dessert instead of turkey that year.

    By the way, I like your T-giving themed header.

  10. Carole — November 4, 2010 @ 3:44 pm

    I tweeted your giveaway: http://twitter.com/cspod/status/29695255312

    Thanks for hosting it.

  11. Foodierama — November 4, 2010 @ 4:31 pm

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  12. marocmama — November 4, 2010 @ 4:36 pm

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  13. Ron — November 4, 2010 @ 4:55 pm

    I have a comercial size wood burning brick oven that I cook our Thanksgiving feast in every year. I like to get the oven very hot to cook pizzas night before then close it up so the oven will still have a lot of residual heat to cook the turkey the next day. My Turkey Day disaster took place a few years ago when I was first experimenting with cooking the big bird in the wood oven. As I mentioned, I got the oven very hot while cooking pizza the night before and after the pizzas were all cooked, I thought that I would add a few extra logs to the fire prior to closing it up for the night. I thought that the extra fuel would have the oven at the perfect temperature on Thanksgiving morning. Well, I was up early the next morning and went out in the backyard to check on the oven and I let out a gasp! My beautiful new brick oven looked fine but the 3/4 inch steel door was missing the hand carved decorative wooden front and handles. The extreme heat of the oven had heated the steel on the door so hot that all that was left was a pile of ashes and some metal parts at the entry to my oven. I guess I must have let out quite a gasp because my wife came running as soon as she heard me, thinking that coyotes had shredded the turkeys, only to find me staring up at my big oven with my jaw dropped and a tear in my eye. I didn’t let this ruin the day. I couldn’t, we had 40+ guest coming over! I quickly gathered up the metal parts and fashioned a temporary door front and handles out of some scrap wood. As it turned out, the Turkey turned out amazing and we all had a good story to talk about too!

  14. Cheryl F. {The Lucky Ladybug} — November 4, 2010 @ 6:07 pm

    I really don’t have any Thanksgiving fun and silly memories, but I’d love to enter the giveaway. My father was a minister and our holidays were always solemn occasions. Plus he died around Thanksgiving and it made future holidays reminiscent and a bit unbearable. *Thanks* for the giveaway!

  15. Cheryl F. {The Lucky Ladybug} — November 4, 2010 @ 6:09 pm

    Tweeted the giveaway

  16. Cheryl F. {The Lucky Ladybug} — November 4, 2010 @ 6:09 pm

    Shared the giveaway on Facebook

  17. Katherine — November 4, 2010 @ 7:44 pm

    When my Uncle was serving in Iraq one Thanksgiving, we set his place setting anyway and placed a yellow ribbon and an American flag on his plate. This reminded us all of how thankful we are for our brave troops serving to protect us. God Bless America!

    katherinedibello (at) gmail (dot) com

  18. Cowin Myundies — November 4, 2010 @ 8:03 pm

    [email protected] Butterball Thanksgiving Turkey Giveaway http://bt.io/GGfz

  19. Aubrey Fick — November 4, 2010 @ 11:25 pm

    My funniest memory of Thanksgiving is when my husband and I celebrated our first Thanksgiving together and attempted to make our first turkey. Didn’t turn out so wonderfully, but a great memory of our early years.

  20. Patricia — November 5, 2010 @ 1:11 am

    No really funny stories, but one year my son asked about an hour before dinner if he could bring 2 friends who’d had to work that day and had just gotten off. Really a nice thing for him to do, especially since he knew I would have plenty of food.

  21. Michelle — November 5, 2010 @ 6:28 pm

    The first year I cooked for Thanksgiving, I forgot to take the giblets and neck out of the turkey. Turns out that my mom did the very same thing during her first Thanksgiving dinner too. 🙂

  22. Barb — November 5, 2010 @ 11:05 pm

    I don’t have a silly story, but I’m grateful to have been invited to dinner by a friend when I lived far away from my family.

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  23. B G — November 6, 2010 @ 2:59 am

    [email protected] Butterball Thanksgiving Turkey Giveaway http://bt.io/GH34

  24. Amy Brewer — November 7, 2010 @ 12:49 am

    I remember my first Thanksgiving dinner I made for my own family..I tried to make Homemade Noodles and made 3 batches up and threw them away. I called my mom and was crying telling her I couldn’t do it. She asked me why I threw the 3 batches away and I told her because the doughs were yellow…She tried not to laugh but she did. I told her it wasn’t funny and I couldn’t cook and she said that sometimes they are yellow and people like them that color. She said that I should not of thrown it away and I should of called her first. Lesson learned that if you have never made something and you think it is wrong it just might not be..

  25. Kath — November 7, 2010 @ 9:26 am

    One of our families favorite Thanksgiving stories is about my Mom and Dad’s first Thanksgiving as newlyweds in Anchorage. They invited another young couple for dinner, and my Mom and her friend proceeded to cook their first turkey dinner. They stuffed as much dressing as they could possibly get into the turkey, not knowing that it was supposed to be loosely stuffed. The turkey exploded in the oven. Mom always laughed when she told the story about how she and her friend were “laughing their heads off” as they scraped the turkey and dressing off the oven walls. She said it was just like an episode of “I Love Lucy”.

  26. shelly aka allysmama — November 7, 2010 @ 4:25 pm

    Shhh…you can’t tell anyone…a few years ago, I had cooked a turkey and was putting it on the platter to serve. I lost the grip on it and it fell on the kitchen floor. I grabbed it off the floor , washed it off in the sink and put it back on the roasting pan. I used the baster to coat it again and left it in the oven for a few more minutes…I was so glad no one saw it fall. The only other meat I had to prepare was hotdogs…and carving a Thanksgiving hotdog does not have a good ring to it!

  27. shelly aka allysmama — November 7, 2010 @ 4:31 pm
  28. shelly aka allysmama — November 7, 2010 @ 4:34 pm

    posted on facebook

  29. Shelly Leatham — November 7, 2010 @ 9:27 pm

    [email protected] Butterball Thanksgiving Turkey Giveaway http://bt.io/GHRf

  30. Christine — November 10, 2010 @ 6:32 pm

    This Thanksgiving is the first without my husband who committed suicide recently. He was a Vietnam vet who dealt with extreme PTSD since the war. He was in one of his war modes when he became very combative, drained our bank account, trashed our house, and took all my jewelry including my diamond wedding ring. He had no life insurance, only lots of bills. He was not in his right mind because of a PTSD flashback. Our family has struggled with all the bills he left behind. We loved him and are happy he is no longer struggling with PTSD. Holidays were very hard for our family because he felt he should not have been so lucky to survive war. He felt all the other men who were killed in combat should have been saved and not him. He will be missed and we will struggle through all the bills, but it won’t be the same without him.

    • BrevilleJE900 — November 11, 2010 @ 5:37 am

      That’s sad, they give their lives for the country and they don’t have it anymore even if they survive the war. Live on, there’s still lots of reason to have a happy life and many reasons to be thankful in Thanksgiving Day.

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  32. June L — November 4, 2012 @ 11:34 pm

    Ha. Nice on the food fight.

    Thanksgiving with my husbands family was always funny to me because it is always a an adventure making and keeping enough stuffing for the dinner. My husband is a stuffing fiend and his young cousin takes after him. With the family getting bigger we are having to make even more stuffing. So every year has some form of stuffing related laughing.

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