Dear Readers: Happy Thanksgiving! Many of you will be COOKING A TURKEY and will have lots of leftovers for the weekend. Here are some hints to keep your turkey day healthy and happy for family and friends:
* Are you going to stuff the turkey? A stuffed turkey takes longer to cook, and the stuffing must get to a minimum temperature of 165 F.
* Don’t fix the stuffing the night before, for food-safety sake.
* As soon as the stuffing is prepared, stuff the turkey and place it in the oven at a minimum of 325 F.
* Once the turkey is done, be sure to let it sit for about 20 minutes before you start to cut into it. This allows the juices to “settle” into the meat and will help prevent the meat from becoming dried out.
* Eat the turkey and stuffing in three to four days, or freeze the leftovers so you can have turkey and dressing in July!
* Gravy can be saved but must be reheated to boiling before serving again to prevent food poisoning or getting your family sick.
Dear Heloise: When I move (I’m a college student and move often), I go through my clothes and decide which ones I plan to donate. Then I use those clothes to wrap breakable items for the move.
When I am unpacking, I put the clothes in a pile and do not have to sort them later. This also saves on a lot of newspaper. -- Kim, via e-mail
Dear Heloise: I am a stay-at-home mother to three children, ages 8, 3 and 18 months. I am trying to get them, especially the 8-year-old, excited about chores and cleaning. I had the idea to do a housekeeping Olympics. This involves training (how to do various jobs) and competing. I am not exactly sure, though, how to set that up. Any tips you could offer would be super helpful. -- F.P., via e-mail
Sounds like you love your children and want to teach them basic life skills that everyone should know! The challenge is how to make it fun. Ask rather than assign a task. Some don’t mind sweeping; others hate it. Try to make it not a chore but part of being a member of the household. Everyone (age appropriate) can do something! -- Heloise
Dear Heloise: I love a chocolate now and again. I noticed the possibility of saving the divided small sections that separate each chocolate in a candy box. Since I have a problem keeping my earrings separated, it occurred to me that the boxes would do the trick. Some boxes have a gold lining and are real attractive. They also stack nicely. -- E.L., Springfield, Mo.
Dear Heloise: Have you ever completed a transaction, put away the payment card that you used and later forgot which one you used? Wrap the receipt around the card, and your problem is gone. -- Skippie T. in Indiana