Getting Into Your Holiday Head-space
Tis the season for giving thanks! Today’s the day to make thankful memories with family and friends and to get your mind into a good space for success moving into the New Year. Make ‘Happy Thanksgiving’ your mantra today and for the rest of this weekend. You’ll feel better and you’ll improve the space around yourself.
No matter what happened yesterday or what will happen tomorrow… No matter what if you’re hosting or visiting today… No matter what your plans are this weekend… If there’s one saying you need to remember on this day of thanks and appreciation, it’s this:
Don’t worry, be happy. Everything is going to be all right.Every reggae artist ever
Sure, times can be tough and for some, the future may feel bleak, but we have to remember to do our best to manifest a positive and successful atmosphere. On this day you can keep your head held high because regardless of how your day is going – you overcooked the turkey; your family members are just plain rude, late, or don’t show up for dinner; the mashed potatoes are too watery, or maybe you ran out of spirits just as Aunt Dorothy starts getting mouthy. As they say, “Sh*t Happens”. Repeat your feel-good mantra in your head or out loud if you need to, and practice radical acceptance and empathy towards yourself and those around you. You don’t worry about a thing.
Turkey Cooking Tips
Don’t overcook or undercook your turkey this year. Here are a few tips to help your turkey banquet to succeed.
- Measured from the thickest part of the thigh, when your turkey’s internal temperature hits 165 degrees, don’t worry, he’s done. Don’t have a thermometer? Look for clear juices to run from the thigh and for the legs to feel loose.
- If your turkey gets too hot and is leaning towards overcooked, don’t worry, he’ll still taste great. Carve your slices and moisten them with the stock, then serve with generous gravy and heapings of scrumptious sides.
- Your bird should rest for at least 20 minutes before touching it with a knife. Resting upwards of 60 minutes should still result in an amazing bird.
- Don’t stuff your turkey. Stuffing the turkey could result in undercooking stuff and turkey and could spread salmonella. Instead, bake your stuff or cook it stovetop. Wait until the turkey is done and use the stock to moisten your stuffing instead of water.
- Check out this list of best Thanksgiving recipes from the New York Times to bolster your feast with decadent sides and delicious desserts your patrons will ask for second and third helpings!
Wishing a happy, safe, and successful Thanksgiving day to you, your family, and your friends. May we all get together with our most loved ones this weekend, whether it’s family or a friends-giving keep those important words fresh in your mind: “Don’t worry, be happy. Everything is going to be alright.” Hold this mindset with you this weekend, throughout the holidays, and into the new year.
We are so thankful for your readership! Please have a wonderful, safe, and happy Thanksgiving!