Butterball Thanksgiving Turkey Giveaway

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I am so excited to be working with Butterball. This week I will be sharing my favorite turkey recipes from Thanksgiving past, along with some secrets to a perfect turkey bird. Thanksgiving is such a special time to give thanks for all we have, and all the wonderful family and friends in our lives. This Thanksgiving I will be thankful for my loving family and friends, the food that will be on our table, and thankful for the wonderful friends I have made through this food blog.

Many memories are made on Thanksgiving. One of my favorite memories is the last Thanksgiving that my Granny was at our home. My Granny was the most loving, beautiful woman I have ever met. I have found memories of riding in her baby blue ’59 Chevy Impala to church on Sunday mornings. I remember kicking the cob webs out of the way in the floor before getting in. I remember the old musty smell and the feel of the old baby blue rough fabric seats like it was yesterday. I remember the way I felt when she hugged me close, she was very petite, yet deceptively strong.

On that last Thanksgiving she was in our home, along with my mom and dad, and my grandmother I must have been about 11 or 12 years old. We had collard greens, sweet potatoes, roast turkey, cranberry sauce from a can, mashed potatoes and gravy, and herb dressing. My grandmother’s dressing was always too wet, but it tasted so good. For dessert, there was a frozen store bought apple pie, baked after the turkey, and eaten warm with french vanilla ice cream. Even though the dishes made at this meal were not entirely homemade, or even made like I would prepare them today, they were served with love.

Thanksgiving is not so much about perfect dishes, perfect pies, and perfect photographs, but about serving your dishes with love. Its about spending quality time with the people that are important in your life. At our house, you were either in the kitchen, or watching football with my Dad. I would go back and forth between the two of them. My father was a huge pro football fan. Our thanksgiving day was filled with the sounds of the roaring crowds from television’s volume turned so loud, it felt like you were in the stadium. I don’t know much about football, but I do love to see the Detroit Lions lose on Thanksgiving, its a tradition.

What are your favorite Thanksgiving day memories and special traditions? Share your favorite memory or special tradition below to enter for a chance to win your Thanksgiving turkey from Butterball. Butterball has provided me with 4 gift certificates for turkeys this year. Each certificate is valued at $15. There will be four winners chosen from Random.org on November 16.  I will then send the certificates out promptly so that you have plenty of time to purchase your bird.

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.