Turkey Talk Hotlines: Call, Click or Tweet for Holiday Meal Help!

Thanksgiving Turkey Helplines

Has the upcoming Thanksgiving meal created chaos in the holiday kitchen? This year, get help--online, by phone or through Twitter--with all your Thanksgiving turkey problems!

Whether you need to know about thawing times, stuffing recommendations, cooking methods or problem solving, try these resources for holiday cooking questions:

By Phone:

  • The Foster Farms Turkey Helpline is staffed 24 hours a day through November 30. Call with your questions at 800-255-7227.
  • Get turkey cooking tips and solutions from the Butterball Hot Line at 800-288-8372. Staffers answer the phone from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays through December.
  • The Honeysuckle White Consumer Affairs Office offers turkey assistance weekdays, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. CST at 800-532-5756. Office will be closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas Day.
  • Find answers to food safety questions at the U.S.D.A. Meat and Poultry Hotline, open 8 a.m to 2 p.m. EST on Thanksgiving Day, 888-674-6854

Online:

  • Check Butterball.com's Holiday Planning Guide for a wide range of cooking helps. Includes portion planners, shopping lists, cooking guidelines and leftover suggestions.
  • Get everything you need to know about your holiday turkey at Honeysuckle White's Turkey Basics site. Tips, frequently asked questions and food safety pointers.
  • Bring a gleaming bird to the table with Foster Farms Turkey Tips. Includes advice for cooking methods, carving and serving the holiday turkey.

Via Social Networking:

Fall Back: Home Preparedness Checklist for Time Change Sunday

Time Change Safety Sunday Checklist

Spring forward, Fall back: Time Change Sunday is on the way!

On Sunday, November 2, we come to the end of Daylight Saving Time in most of the United States. With an extra hour in the day--and winter on the way--it's time for a seasonal safety check!

As you circle the house, resetting clocks to Standard Time, make time for this short safety checklist from sister site, Organized Home. It'll see you into the winter from a safe--and organized--home:

Fall Back: Home Preparedness Checklist for Time Change Sunday

BOO-tiful Gift In A Jar: Halloween M&M Cookies!

BOO printables

Looking for a quick and easy Halloween craft gift? Check out this BOO-tiful gift in a jar from Living Locurto blog: Halloween M&M Cookies!

This layered Mason jar gift shows off Halloween-colored M&M candies to spooky perfection! It would be a great addition to a Halloween BOO basket!

The free printable includes the recipe, cover circle and gift tag to make it easy to assemble your own spooky Halloween treat.

Halloween M&M Cookies Gift Tags

Halloween Cookies in a Jar: Free BOO-ing Printables!

BOO printables

Ready for more Halloween fun in a jar? Decorate your Halloween Cookies in a Jar with free printable labels for "Monster Munchies" or "Vampire Treats" ... for a delightfully ghoulish craft gift.

Using a basic recipe for M&M Cookies in a Jar, this tutorial offers step-by-step instructions to make a Halloween version of this Mason jar gift.

A spooky plus: printable gift tags and recipe instruction tags! You'll be ready to BOO the neighbors in style!

Tutorial: Halloween Cookies in a Jar

Candy Corn Cookies: Easy Halloween Treat

Candy Corn Cookies

It's a sweet--and easy--Halloween treat: Candy Corn Cookies!

Shaped like the familiar Autumn candy, this recipe from BettyCrocker.com uses packaged sugar cookie mix and innovative shaping to cut time in the kitchen.

Dividing the dough into thirds, you'll tint two portions in holiday colors and combine them with an uncolored vanilla layer.

Surprise! There's no rolling required! Instead, the dough layers are stacked in a loaf pan, chilled, then cut to shape. They're as easy to make as slice-and-bake.

Black Cat Halloween Boo Printables

Halloween BOO Printables

Will your family surprise neighbors or co-workers with a Halloween BOO this year?

Create a BOO of a different--and pretty--stripe with the free printable template offered by blogger Cindy from the SkipToMyLou blog.

Her "pumpkin all dressed up" BOO container wins the creative cake--and she shares the fun with a printable Black Cat BOO template and instructions for a BOO tag. Good job!

Ready? Set? BOO!

How To Start The BOO In Your Neighborhood

Haunted Gingerbread House: Patterns, Instructions and Inspiration from the Web

haunted gingerbread house

Will you bake a haunted gingerbread house this Halloween?

Whether you're a gingerbread house novice or a seasoned pro, the Web has recipes, patterns, templates and ideas galore to inspire your spooky creation.

Try these links for fantastic, fearsome Halloween gingerbread creations from the Web:

Make a Haunted Gingerbread House

Haunted Gingerbread House

Gingerbread Haunted Mansion

Haunted Mansion (includes recipe and templates)

Ready to try baking a gingerbread house for the first time? Find a complete guide here:

Build A Gingerbread House (.PDF format)

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