When you're used to 4-pound chickens, the prospect of a giant turkey is intimidating, to say the least. How do you know how much to buy? And what happens when dinner is tomorrow and you forgot that whole defrosting thing? Below, a cheat sheet of tips to arm yourself with.
How Much to Buy?
Figuring out how much turkey to buy can seem confusing, but it doesn't have to be. For dinner itself, registered dietician Shari Steinbach advises figuring one-pound uncooked turkey per person when buying your bird. If you want leftovers, the rule of thumb is one-and-a-half pounds per person. So, a host with eighteen guests and a future filled with turkey tetrazzini, should buy a 27-pound bird. Still confused? Let this calculator do the arithmetic for you.
Should I Buy Fresh or Frozen?
"Most people agree that there's no noticeable difference in taste between fresh and frozen turkeys," says household savings expert for Coupons.com, Jeanette Pavini, so it's just a matter of choosing the option that's
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- Sarah McColl, Shine staff | More For My Family – Mon, Nov 15, 2010 5:00 PM EST
When you're used to 4-pound chickens, the prospect of a giant turkey is intimidating, to say the least. How do you know how much to buy? And what happens when dinner is tomorrow and you forgot that whole defrosting thing? Below, a cheat sheet of tips to arm yourself with.Read More »from How to pick the right-sized bird, and other turkey questions answered
photo via Flickr user ShimelleWe're closing in on the holiday season where talking about what we're grateful for is part of the drill. And actually, we're really grateful for that. Studies show what most of us already knew to be true: that savoring the delights in your life contributes to feelings of happiness. We're grateful for the big stuff, of course, like our health and a roof over our heads. But we thought we'd kick off the season with an ode to the little joys we're counting our lucky stars for.Read More »from 15 unexpected things weâ€™re grateful for
Red holiday Starbucks cups. Even if we prefer to drink our coffee at home, there's something about the sight of those cheery cups that's just puts us in a better mood.
YouTube videos that still make us laugh. We've seen that one with the sneezing panda, like, 15 times, and still think it's criminally cute. Charlie biting his brother and Christian the Lion? They just never get old.
Half-price Halloween candy. Fun-sized Snickers and mini-packs of M&M's for cheap? We're all over that.
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- Sarah McColl, Shine staff | Work + Money – Thu, Nov 11, 2010 4:24 PM EST
Rules-y overachievers in magazines and stylishly-appointed (and edited!) cooking shows have given the impression that entertaining--major holiday or not--is the sort of endeavor best overseen by a professional staff and creative director. But you don't have to serve dinner on fine (or even matching) china to make people feel cared for and tended to. "To invite a person into your house," wrote French good time guy Brillat-Savarin, "is to take charge of his happiness for as long as he is under your roof." Keep that in mind when you start to confuse serving perfect roast turkey for dispensing happiness. Here, how to make you guests feel welcomed with open arms (and how to have a good time yourself!).Read More »from Ways to be a warm and gracious hostess that donâ€™t cost a dime
Imagine Guests Are Arriving 30 Minutes Earlier Than They Actually Are
Part of making people feel welcome is being ready when they arrive and not, you know, wearing your curlers and doing a last-minute once-over with the vacuum. Invited people over for 3 o'clock Thanksgiving dinner? Plan your
- Sarah McColl, Shine staff | More For My Family – Tue, Nov 2, 2010 2:45 PM EDT
Thanksgiving eats up the monthly food budget as quickly as Uncle Mike wolfs down the pecan pie. And it's no laughing matter. So how can you squeeze out a month of meals with what's left over in the purse? It might require a slight shift in the way we cook and eat, but think of it as a month-long experiment that ends with an extravaganza of turkey and stuffing.
You most definitely don't need to spring into a state of hysteria just because we flipped the calendar to November. Time--and grocery store savings--are on your side. We asked money-saving experts how getting a jump on our Thanksgiving shopping can save our food dollars and our sanity.Read More »from Shopping ahead for Thanksgiving staples
Make a plan
"The key to saving on groceries," says Stephanie Nelson, a.k.a. the Coupon Mom, "is taking time to plan your list and shopping strategy." The time spent planning will be paid off in savings. "Sit down and list the dishes you plan to make and the ingredients you will need to buy." Take a full inventory of your kitchen to know what you already have on hand and what you still need.
Let sales dictate the menu
"Try to only buy items on sale," advises Ellie Kay author of Living Rich for Less. "With a specific menu, you're obligated to buy the groceries on your menu." But when you buy only what's on sale, you let your family eat well and at the lowest price point possible.
Seize the day
- Sarah McColl, Shine staff | Makeover – Fri, Oct 29, 2010 5:05 PM EDT
Earlier this week, a perfect stranger sized me up and, out of nowhere, suggested I do the thing I've always wanted to do--let's say it was roller skating across the country. That moment was at once terrifying and a wonderful boost of self-esteem; if this person thinks I can do it, why don't I? Well, thanks to a career quiz in O magazine, I know exactly why. I tied evenly between fear of failure and fear of success, and burst out laughing right in the bathtub.Read More »from Poll: What would you do if you knew you couldn't fail?
Lots of us keep lists squirreled away of what we want to do with our lives. They are lists that often detail dreams that can seem too lofty or woefully mundane: we want to buy a house with a pantry, live in Paris, drive across the country, have kids, start a bakery. But we don't dare do more than write it down because if we were to voice the thing we want to do than it would be out there, acknowledged and unfulfilled. Somehow, that stings more than just keeping it to ourselves.
When it comes to setting goals and meeting them, we
The upshot to the changing office rules? You can compose a memo while standing in line at the grocery store. The downside? You can still be composing that memo at 11pm after the dinner dishes have been washed. Being able to work any and everywhere has freed many of us up to work billable hours in our pajamas and dictate letters from the drive-thru, but how and where do you draw the line to keep work from overrunning the rest of your life?Read More »from Keeping work and life in balance and in check
Size up the landscape
Look at your life right now and the roles that work, family, me-time, and recreation are all playing. What needs to change in order for you to feel more balanced? You might be craving more time with your better half or more time for yoga. Take a step back and think about whether you can meet your priorities by cutting out evening email or getting more help from your spouse at home. You might also consider whether a bigger change is in order, like a career with more flexibility. It never hurts to take a timeout in life to think
- Sarah McColl, Shine staff | Makeover – Wed, Oct 27, 2010 3:55 PM EDT
I've been in a hurried, harried flurry of stress these past few days, rushing from meetings to appointments to evening work events. I've already drafted one email to a friend apologizing for being abnormally MIA, and don't even ask what happened to the gym. As a fierce protector of my days--which have to include stuff like eating dinner with my husband while watching The West Wing reruns and attending my favorite step class--I do not like this state of things one bit. If you, too, feel like your life has turned into a whirling dervish of obligations with no time leftover for the important stuff, you've come to the right place.Read More »from 10 ways to find time in your day for what really matters
1. Identify your non-negotiables
What's been getting short-shrift that is absolutely essential to you for a meaningful life? It could be pushing aside the furniture for living room yoga once a week, talking to your best friend on the phone, or time alone with your sweetie, but be specific about what in your life are absolute, no-excuses top priority. Aim for 5
- Sarah McColl, Shine staff | Healthy Living – Mon, Oct 25, 2010 11:56 PM EDT
Hilary Duff is the latest star to admit she was, at one point, too skinny. She tells Health: "I got pretty skinny when I was between 17 and 19. I regret it because I don't think I was happy then." It's great that Duff has realized this (even if it does seem like the domain of Captain Obvious) but there are a few things we're still hung up on.
Duff credits husband, Mike Comrie, for helping her love her bod. "It really helps to have a partner that loves everything about you and makes you feel really beautiful." In our ideal feminist utopia, of course, we'd love every woman to have a hard diamond of sparkling self-esteem, regardless of what the paramours in her life say. But we'll take what we can get.
And not to parse this quote too closely, but is Duff saying she wouldn't have regretted being "pretty skinny" if she had been happy?
Which brings us to this: Even when stars start coming down to earth and admitting to the rest of us how freakishly thin they look, the conversation isRead More »from Stars regret being too skinny. We regret that we're even talking about this.
Good news for the thrifty, penny-pinched, and underpaid among us: A study from Belgium's University of Liege found that money diminishes our appreciation for life's mundane pleasures. The reasoning? Regularly enjoying extravagances that money can buy--like going out to spendy restaurants and buying all the Chanel we ever wanted--makes it harder to savor the beauty in life's little joys, like sunny days and cold beers. Here, three ways to cultivate a life with more happiness, no money necessary.Read More »from 3 science-proven ways money can't buy happiness
LOOK OUTSIDE YOUR JOB
While more content people generally report higher job satisfaction, a study from Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio, finds that loving your job won't necessarily increase your overall level of happiness. The study suggests that the secret to being happy at work is to be happy with other areas of your life, like family and friendships. Instead of working late again, how about punching out to meet your bestie for a yoga class?
Read more: How to love the job you have