Two weeks until Thanksgiving, can you believe that it’s here
The holidays seem to come sooner each year!
Just look at the stores with their holiday displays…
Time passes so fast, especially these days.
But there’s no time to panic, much less to worry
We’ve got checklists and tips to help you prepare in a hurry!
Here are some checklists I have used that you may find helpful:
If you recently moved into your home, you might be hosting your first family Thanksgiving. And while you focus on making sure the house is ready for the guests, you might want some help. Here are some hotlines that can help you with menu planning, portion calculations, food safety and more.
Butterball Turkey Talk-Line
Butterball Turkey Talk-Line: 1-800-BUTTERBALL
The Turkey Talk-Line is open Monday through Friday from 10 AM to 7 PM CST from now until December 21. And the best part of all: it’s open Thanksgiving day, starting at 6 AM CST!! TDD line: 1-800-TDD-3848. Bilingual help is available. Online help in Spanish and English. They also offer a FAQ list to quickly answer many popular questions.
Fleischmann’s Yeast Baker’s Help Line
Fleischmann’s Yeast Baker’s Help Line:1-800-777-4959
This helpline, for all your questions about breads and rolls, is open Monday – Friday from 9 AM – 7 PM, all year long. Online help. Check out their website for recipes and tips.
Hershey’s Consumer Hot Line
Hershey’s Consumer Hot Line: 1-800-468-1714 Let the folks at Hersheys walk you through every chocolate question you’ve ever had. Ask for recipes too! This line is open Monday – Friday from 9 AM to 4 PM EST, all year round.
King Arthur Flour Bakers Hotline
King Arthur Baker’s Hotline: 855-371-2253
Whether your bread didn’t rise, your crust crumbles, or your holiday baking is challenging you, the Baker’s Hotline will assist you with your baking questions.
Land O’Lakes Holiday Bake Line
Land O’Lakes Holiday Bake Line: 1-800-782-9606 Any and all baking questions are answered from 8 AM to 7 PM CST at Land O’Lakes from now until Christmas Eve. Online help. You can also check out their website for recipes, tips and coupons.
Libby Consumer Hot Line
Libby Consumer Hot Line: 1-800-854-0374 Stressed about your pumpkin pie? Get tips and advice, plus recipes using canned pumpkin. The line is open Monday – Friday from 8 AM – 8 PM EST, all year round.
Ocean Spray Consumer Helpline
Ocean Spray Consumer Helpline:1-800-662-3263 Learn everything you ever wanted to know about cranberries, including ideas for using leftover canned cranberry sauce. The hotline is open Monday – Friday from 9 AM – 4 PM EST, all year round. And it’s open on Thanksgiving! Online help
USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline
USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline: 1-888-674-6854
If you have questions about food safety, including storage, handling and preparation of the Thanksgiving turkey, call the USDA hotline weekdays from 9 AM to 3 PM CST. TDD line: 1-800-256-7072. The Hotline is open on Thanksgiving Day from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p. m., Eastern Time, but closed on other Federal government holidays.
And if cooking Thanksgiving Dinner is overwhelming you, and you decide to let someone else do the cooking & cleanup this year, here are some of the restaurants in our area open (call to make reservations and confirm that they are open) on Thanksgiving Day and offering a traditional Thanksgiving Dinner:
Or check Open Table for restaurants around metro Atlanta offering Thanksgiving reservations. Whether you dine in or out, enjoy your holiday and be safe.
Stay tuned for our article later this week about Thanksgiving in the Mountains.