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Thanksgiving Do’s and Don’ts – Four Interesting Points of View

Turkey is the Star of the Day

For the uninitiated here are some wise words about the main event – the turkey.  Take it from us…plan ahead if you are going to purchase a frozen turkey. It may take two or more days to safely thaw a turkey in your refrigerator. Be forewarned, there is a gooey, gross bag of turkey innards and neck that is usually hidden in a cavity of the turkey –this SHOULD NOT remain in the turkey while cooking. Finally, the thermometer that you buy to test the temperature of the turkey DOES NOT stay in the turkey while cooking, if you do, be prepared to throw away a turkey covered with glass shards and mercury!

Newlyweds Avoiding Family Conflict

If this is your first Thanksgiving as a newlywed couple the Huffington Post and blogger Xochitl Gonzales have some great advice to navigate the day successfully. 

DO call your Momma, and your Momma-in-law for a recipe. Every family has "classic family dishes" for Thanksgiving (or any holiday). Don't be afraid to ask for help and information on how to make the favorite dish of each of your families.

DON'T turn this into a Top Chef episode. Try your very best to not "deconstruct" anything, reinterpret anything or re-invent anything. Just do a good job cooking the classics and you will be able to do the unthinkable: please everyone.

Cheeky Mom Weighs In

Michigan blogger Colleen Stout contributed this blog to a site called Mom Spark and provides a tongue-in-cheek approach to Thanksgiving Do’s and Don’ts, including the following advice:

DO sit at the kid’s table. They’re loud, they’re rowdy, and they don’t eat their sweet potatoes.

DON’T load up your plate with Cousin Ann’s “secret recipe” until you’ve tried it. If it’s bad you’ll spend all afternoon politely choking it down.

 Pets At Thanksgiving

Confess! Sometimes you feed your pet people food. If you can’t resist the urge to share your Thanksgiving bounty Paw Curious has some good ideas on what to share and what not to share.    Visit this blog to see a list of safe foods to share and foods to avoid.

DO plan on setting aside some food before it is embellished with high fat items like butter and cheese.

DON’T share turkey skin. Most pets on commercial diets just aren’t accustomed to sudden high levels of fat. Feeding your pet turkey skin can lead to the pancreas overreacting and the very painful, dangerous condition known as pancreatitis.

Whatever your plans are for Thanksgiving, we at Cravings Gourmet Popcorn want to wish you a safe, healthy and happy holiday.  We are so grateful to count you among our friends and supporters. 

Cravings Gourmet Popcorn is located in Old Town Lansing, the hippest area of Lansing, Michigan.  Cravings Gourmet Popcorn can be purchased online and shipped to anywhere nationwide.

Photo courtesy of mroach


Posted in: Holidays

At Cravings Gourmet Popcorn, family is important to us and the month of November, particularly November 17, is a great time to celebrate family.

Sometimes the definition of family goes beyond the traditional.  Did you know that in Michigan there are over 4,000 children in the foster care system? And on any given day there are approximately 500 of those children waiting to redefine family as they wait for the opportunity to be adopted by their new forever-family.  To learn more about adopting children from the foster care system visit Michigan Adoption Resource Exchange.  There you will find the tools to find a child that might be a match for your family. 

Each year as the holiday season approaches in Lansing the courtroom of Judge Economy is transformed into a real party place as families celebrate the finalization of their adoption of children of all ages.  The about to be adopted children and in some cases their new siblings are decked out in their finest outfits for this memorable occasion. 

We celebrate these new families by encouraging them to stop by our Old Town store and receive a special gift to help the family continue the celebration – just flash your paperwork inked by the judge.  Nothing says party like popcorn!

Cravings Gourmet Popcorn is located in Old Town Lansing, the hippest area of Lansing, Michigan.  Cravings Gourmet Popcorn can be purchased online and shipped to anywhere nationwide.

Posted in: Family
Friday Night is Family Football Night

In the fall in small towns and neighborhoods across the country, attention still turns to the local high school football field.  These young men on the gridiron hold the hopes and dreams of a new generation of heroes and capture the imagination of an entire community.  Family and friends gather to watch and cheer and stomp as the young men in their prime test their skills and stamina on a game in four quarters. 

But even more is going on there.  Parents volunteer to work in the concession stand or assist in the parking lot or the ticket booth, or they just serve as chaperone to a herd of younger kids flexing their social muscles as they crawl all over, around and under the stands. The school marching band performs their best to a steady drumbeat of excitement. The cheerleading and pep squads show-off their well-rehearsed routines and occasionally break into pure unrehearsed infectious enthusiasm for their home team.  Grandmas and grandpas, aunts and uncles arrive in their sensibly warm clothes and team colors to take it all in with a show of support for their families. 

In the two hours that make up this Friday night, the part we like the best is families having fun, no computers, no electronic games, just good family fun.  That’s the team we are rooting for … give me an F…A…M…I….L…Y!  Gooooo Family!

Who’s your team? 

Cravings Gourmet Popcorn is located in Old Town, the hippest area of Lansing, Michigan. We welcome visitors to our store and our website.  Enjoy our unique naturally seasoned flavors and vintage sodas, and when you can’t come in person know that we will ship your favorites to you anywhere nationwide.

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