Butterball Thanksgiving Turkey Giveaway


Contest is closed, thanks to everyone that entered! Winners are comment #’s 7 – Petal, 22- Lori, 64 – Lauren and 64 – Petunia.  I have sent you all emails, be sure to replay soon so I can get your turkey certificates mailed out ASAP!

This is a quick one day giveaway, ending tomorrow at 4pm EST. I am making it very quick so the winners can get their checks in time for Thanksgiving.

I have partnered up with my favorite turkey brand Butterball again this year. We’re giving away 4 turkeys to 4 lucky readers. The certificates are good for $15 on any fresh or frozen whole Butterball turkey.

I also wanted to share with you my top tips for Thanksgiving, and hopefully you can share your best tips too in the comments section below.

So here’s a quick list of my top tips for a Happy Family Thanksgiving:

1. Always go with recipes you have made before and love — never try anything new, no matter how good it looks.
2. Try and make as much food the day or night before as possible — this will cut down your time in the kitchen and make it a ore enjoyable day for yourself
3. Have lots of snacks available all day — everyone’s going to smell your great food and be so hungry — be prepared by having a cheese ball, cheese and meat tray or veggie platter with different dips available.
4. Make sure to buy plenty of wine or beer so that you don’t run out.
5. Have crafts, coloring pages or a kitchen project ready for the kids — this will keep them busy during the day.

What are your best tips for a Happy Thanksgiving?

Just leave a comment below with a Thanksgiving tip or a Thanksgiving tradition your family does to make the holiday special for a chance to win one of 4 Butterball Thanksgiving Turkey Gift Certificates.

Giveaway ends tomorrow at 4pm EST. Winner’s will be contacted by email and have 24 hours to get back to me, or a new winner will be drawn.

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  72 Responses to “Butterball Thanksgiving Turkey Giveaway”

  1. JulieD — November 17, 2011 @ 1:13 pm

    We make an effort to try to get as many of us together at Thanksgiving time. This year we’re doing a sibling retreat and I’m so excited!

  2. Sam Allen — November 17, 2011 @ 1:14 pm

    I already follow eclectic recipes on fb

  3. Caroline — November 17, 2011 @ 1:14 pm

    I spent my first Thanksgiving away from my family last year to be with my husbands family. I was scared at first (we had only been married 4 months) that it wouldn’t be as special as the many holidays I had shared with my closely-knit side of the family. Just a few minutes into dinner, we each started sharing what we had been grateful for that year. I bawled like a baby, realizing that they were such and amazing family that had welcomed me with open arms. I will be ever thankful for that Thanksgiving tradition!

  4. Sam Allen — November 17, 2011 @ 1:16 pm

    following Eclectic on twitter

  5. Chris Alkire — November 17, 2011 @ 1:17 pm

    Buy the groceries you will need to work with the left overs ahead of time.

  6. Sam Allen — November 17, 2011 @ 1:17 pm

    We have 25-35 that get together each year!! We place a paper table cloth on a table and everyone writes what they are thankful for!! Then the next year we pull it out and read what we were thankful for for last year…and start a new one!!!

  7. Petal Ruch — November 17, 2011 @ 1:19 pm

    I bake about 6-8 pies together with my 5 kids the day before Thanksgiving, and we have so much fun together in the kitchen! It’s a great way to teach your kids how to prepare all of their favorite holiday foods, so that they can carry on that tradition with their own families later!

  8. claudia lamascolo — November 17, 2011 @ 1:50 pm

    I already follow you but going to tweet the heck of this one!

  9. Sarah — November 17, 2011 @ 1:54 pm

    Family! I could have chicken nuggets for Thanksgiving and be happy as long as I am with my family there!

  10. Allison — November 17, 2011 @ 2:29 pm

    A tradition in my family, started long ago when my dad was a child, is to play BINGO during the day while we wait for dinner to cook. Everyone brings a few fun, small wrapped gifts that say on them “boy”, “girl”, etc “grandma” (those are usually paper towels!, and then if you get a bingo, you get to pick a prize!

    This tradition as kept on for years and next to the meal, is the part of thanksgiving we look most forward too!

  11. Jenny @ Practically Perfect... — November 17, 2011 @ 2:46 pm

    Invest in a turkey roaster so you can save on oven space!

  12. Rachel deBerardinis — November 17, 2011 @ 3:52 pm

    We usually have two thanksgivings. One on thanksgiving with the extended family and another on Friday or Saturday with just my mom, dad, and brother so that we have leftovers for the rest of the week!

  13. Cynthia — November 17, 2011 @ 3:54 pm

    My absolutely favorite tip ever….place a cutting board on a rimmed cookie sheet then transfer the prepared turkey to the board. As you carve the turkey, the cookie sheet will catch the juices/drippings and keep your counter clean.

  14. Chaz — November 17, 2011 @ 4:08 pm

    Every year I go to my nephew’s house in Mass (I’m in RI). Everyone comes including the dogs. I almost didn’t make it this year because I just had surgery for lung cancer. I’ll be out of the hospital on 11/23, I sure do love turkey. Hint: always let the bird rest about 20 minutes before starting to carve it up.

  15. Carmen — November 17, 2011 @ 4:27 pm

    If your family likes to sit around and talk long after the meal is over, buy extra buns. Then when it’s 4-5 hours later and people suddenly realize they could eat again, you can dig out the leftover turkey for sandwiches. We combine that with a few of the leftover sides, and you have a good (small) meal.

  16. Patricia Pinkston — November 17, 2011 @ 4:32 pm

    I cook my turkey in a brown paper bag. Always brown and moist, and NO BASTING!

  17. Patricia Pinkston — November 17, 2011 @ 4:32 pm

    I “Like” you on Facebook.

  18. Patricia Pinkston — November 17, 2011 @ 4:33 pm

    I’m an email subscriber.

  19. julie g — November 17, 2011 @ 4:50 pm

    The whole family gets together and we bake dinner together while listening to Christmas carols.

  20. Cheryl R — November 17, 2011 @ 4:50 pm

    Make as much in advance as possible. Crockpots are great for holding things like mashed potatoes and stuffing.

  21. Lori D — November 17, 2011 @ 6:13 pm

    I do all of the cooking for our family and extended family ( Lots of men and just 2 women!) and the thing I try to remember is RELAX! Nobody cares if you have dusted, weeded or painted your nails etc…everyone is there to eat and be with the people they love.

  22. Lori D — November 17, 2011 @ 6:14 pm

    I subscribed to the mailing list…

  23. Lori D — November 17, 2011 @ 6:14 pm

    and tweeted too…

  24. Lori D — November 17, 2011 @ 6:15 pm

    already “liked” on Facebook- that’s how I learned about the turkey giveaway! Thanks!

  25. Jessie C. — November 17, 2011 @ 7:06 pm

    One of our Thanksgiving tradition is to have a get together dinner. Always a lot of fun !

  26. Jessie C. — November 17, 2011 @ 7:06 pm

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  28. Tai Ballard — November 17, 2011 @ 7:29 pm

    Don’t stress the small things. Relax and enjoy your family. It doesn’t have to be perfect:)

  29. Tai Ballard — November 17, 2011 @ 7:34 pm

    Don’t stress over small things. Everything doesn’t have to be perfect. Relax and enjoy your f family:)

  30. finding pam — November 17, 2011 @ 7:49 pm

    My grandmother died three days before Thanksgiving. My mother had no idea how to cook a turkey, nor did my sister or I know how to. My job was always cutting up the vegetables for the dressing. We lived with my grandmother and she was frugal. She never wasted anything so we knew we needed to cook that meal. Our grief was so overwhelming, but I remember that we managed to cook it.

    It’s a day I will never forget. I feel a special closeness this time of year with my grandmother. Years later, it was my turn to cook the family turkey. I remember talking to myself about grandmother. I felt like she was standing besides me guiding me and helping me make my dressing. It was the best meal ever.

  31. Lynn Attison — November 17, 2011 @ 8:47 pm

    In 2009 I had a catastrophic health event that left me a multiple amputee. So I need easy for roasting my bird. I found a marvelous V-rack that is easy to take in and out of the oven. And I roast my turkey breast down most of its cook time. I only take it out and with assistance, place it breast up, the last half hour or so to allow browning.
    Thank you for a chance to win. We can’t afford a bird this year. It would mean a lot!

  32. Janice H. — November 17, 2011 @ 9:20 pm

    In addition to having crafts for the kids, we plan a family craft project for anyone not interested in football………..we make Christmas ornaments, handmade gift tags and other Christmas related stuff. Kinda makes the bridge from Thanksgiving to Christmas without shopping!! Any suggestions for this year??

  33. Cathy W — November 18, 2011 @ 12:34 am

    One Thanksgiving tradition we had, was my grandmother making her divinity candy. We could usually get her to make it at Christmas time as well. She’s been gone for a while now and I’m trying to pick up the slack, but doubt mine will ever be as good as hers was.

  34. Cathy W — November 18, 2011 @ 12:35 am

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  36. Cathy W — November 18, 2011 @ 12:37 am

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  37. Lisa S — November 18, 2011 @ 12:53 am

    We always play games and watch football with as much family as we can pack in.

  38. Lisa S — November 18, 2011 @ 12:53 am

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  39. Lauren Garrett — November 18, 2011 @ 12:56 am

    All of the family goes to my Grandmothers house and everyone spends the whole day and night there. The next day we decorate for Christmas and shop!!!

  40. Lauren Garrett — November 18, 2011 @ 12:57 am

    I follow via twitter (lala8491)

  41. Lauren Garrett — November 18, 2011 @ 12:57 am

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  42. deanna hanson — November 18, 2011 @ 1:08 am

    are new tradition is going two thanksgiving dinners on thanksgiving one at my parents house and one at his sisters house. so we are full come the end of the day.

  43. odessa frey — November 18, 2011 @ 1:47 am

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  45. odessa frey — November 18, 2011 @ 1:49 am

    We all have our set dishes, our signature dishes so to speak that we each provide on Thanksgiving. That way not one person gets stuck with all the work, and everyone gets to enjoy it, and we all are fantastic at our special dishes. 🙂

  46. Jane George — November 18, 2011 @ 8:14 am

    I am 68 and every year that I can remember we always removed and cleaned the “wishbone” from usually a Butterball Turkey, the bone is let dry and my brother and I were then allowed to each grab an end, make a wish and pull the “wishbone” apart, largest piece was the winner and that wish would be granted. Now its the grandchildren who are wishing.

  47. Alina — November 18, 2011 @ 8:47 am

    Already follow you on FB 🙂

  48. Alina — November 18, 2011 @ 8:48 am

    One tradition we’ve always had since I could walk and talk is to bake pies with my grandmother. It’s the best time of the holiday for me! It’s special time we share while everyone else is making noise in the other room watching tv or chatting.

  49. Sean C — November 18, 2011 @ 8:49 am

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  50. Sean C — November 18, 2011 @ 8:50 am

    Tip – cover the wings and thighs of the bird with aluminum foil towards the end so that they won’t overcook while allowing the breast to cook a tad longer. This always works for me!

  51. Tami D. — November 18, 2011 @ 8:54 am

    We always start our holidays with a special seasonal cocktail in a pretty glass. This year will be a cranberry and pear belini.

  52. Lisa Evanoff — November 18, 2011 @ 9:03 am

    I make my famous sausage stuffing as a tradition each year….

  53. Lisa Evanoff — November 18, 2011 @ 9:04 am

    Followed you on facebook

  54. Laurie Newberry — November 18, 2011 @ 9:06 am

    My best tip for Thanksgiving Day is do what you can ahead of time and just relax and enjoy the day. The food will always turn out fine and if it doesn’t, you’ll have a story to laugh about for years to follow. One year, I had to work on Thanksgiving. When I got home I checked the turkey because my husband complained it kept falling over. Well, he had placed the turkey in the roaster upside down and he had tried using kitchen utensils to keep it propped up. Tasted great and we laughed like idiots.

  55. Cindy Wallace — November 18, 2011 @ 9:44 am

    I like to get as much done ahead of time as possible, and I always have plenty of food for hungry people to eat while they await dinner. Our staples are homemade cheddar/bleu/cream cheese ball, homemade crackers, LOTS of olives (for me), and homemade candy (if I’ve had time to make it). Several varieties of cheese are put out, and I usually have several bowls of seasoned, roasted nuts (usually pecans).

  56. Heather — November 18, 2011 @ 9:45 am

    Going to the football game…. having an awesome meal and taking a nap 🙂

  57. Shannon — November 18, 2011 @ 10:37 am

    My best Thanksgiving tip (Christmas too really) is to focus on th food you just have to have. No more cooking certain dishes because one person likes them or you’re “supposed” to have them. We have our turkey, potatoes and stuffing, plus two favorite sides, rolls and desserts. With just the four of us, I’m not going to go crazy trying to cook everything!

  58. Shannon — November 18, 2011 @ 10:38 am

    I already follow you on FB. 🙂

  59. Shannon — November 18, 2011 @ 10:39 am

    And on Twitter too.

  60. Diana — November 18, 2011 @ 10:50 am

    I have many great recipes that I stick with year after year. My family knows what to expect and wouldn’t go anywhere else for fear of their Thanksgiving dinner being a disapointment. The only thing I did try different last year is I brined my turkey for the first time. It turned out awesome! Hope everyone has a wonderful Thanksgiving with your friends and family.

  61. Dawn M — November 18, 2011 @ 11:18 am

    Our tradition for Thangsgiving is that everyone in the house is responsible for a dish…even the kids (with assistance). It makes the dinner more enjoyable because everyone has made the dinner possible. And helps me so I dont have to do ALL the work.

  62. Dawn M — November 18, 2011 @ 11:19 am

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  65. Petunia A — November 18, 2011 @ 11:21 am

    I always make the side dishes the day before Thanksgiving. I can then take the dishes from frig to microwave and warm right before the dinner. It simplifies the celebration and I can enjoy the day to have much of the work already done.

  66. Petunia A — November 18, 2011 @ 11:22 am

    I follow you on facebook.

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  68. Stefani — November 18, 2011 @ 1:30 pm

    We spend Thanksgiving with my immediate family, my grandparents, and my aunt/cousins. Every household is responsible for a few dishes, that way, there’s not too much work for one person!

  69. Stefani — November 18, 2011 @ 1:31 pm

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  71. Jennifer — November 18, 2011 @ 3:48 pm

    Thanks for the chance! Happy Turkey Dat 🙂

  72. Jennifer — November 18, 2011 @ 3:48 pm

    I mean…Happy Turkey DAY!!! 🙂

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