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John F. O'Hara

John F. O'Hara
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How to Safely Prepare a Thanksgiving Meal

November 26, 2015 1:18 am

(Family Features) One of the most memorable moments at any holiday dinner is when the turkey is brought to the table. Make sure your holiday meal is a special one by following these simple tips for preparing your turkey safely.

• Don’t unwrap a frozen turkey before thawing.

• Thaw the turkey in the refrigerator for 24 hours per 5 pounds in weight. For example, a 20-pound bird takes four days to thaw. Thaw it faster by covering with cold water in the sink and changing the water every half hour per pound of turkey.

• Refrigerate the turkey as soon as it has thawed or cook it immediately.

• Lay a tent of foil loosely over the turkey to prevent over-browning.

• Never partially cook a turkey. Always cook it completely once started.

• The turkey is done when the meat thermometer is 180 degrees Fahrenheit and the stuffing is 165 degrees Fahrenheit. If you don't have a meat thermometer, look for the red stem to go up on the pop-up timer. Press a thumb and forefinger into the thick part of the drumstick to see if it feels soft or wiggle a drumstick to see if it moves easily.

• For easier carving, let the turkey stand at room temperature for at least 20 minutes.

Source: Rhodes Bake-N-Serv

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5 Solutions for One-Room Living

November 25, 2015 1:12 am

(BPT)—The desire for small-space living—even one-room living—seems more attractive than ever. But whether you're ready to join the tiny house movement or just want to get the most out of a compact space in your home, there are simple steps you can take to make a small space look, feel and function like a larger one.

"There's no need to sacrifice great design if you live in a small space,” says Jackie Jordan, director of Color Marketing with Sherwin-Williams. “A few simple changes are all you need to make it feel bigger, more beautiful and a reflection of your personality.”

Jordan’s recommendations include:

Overhead and Underfoot – Consider using every conceivable space to please the eye—even the ceiling. "I love the idea of reflecting the shape of your dining room table with a bold accent color on the ceiling above it," says Jordan. Another idea: define a space at the floor level with an area rug beneath a couch and side table.

Lofty Ambitions – Consider creating a sleeping loft. It's not only cozy, but leaves extra living space below. A Murphy bed that folds up discretely into the wall is another space saver.

Focal Point – Find a focal point. It can make a space feel larger. Try painting a corner, such as a reading nook, in a bright, bold color for a mini-room effect. Or paint a piece of furniture or picture frame and elevate it to something special.

Creative Cabinetry – Take advantage of cabinetry with built-in storage features, from pullout racks that create added pantry space, to bathroom cabinets equipped with laundry hampers, hairdryer hooks and bins for grooming items.

Multitasking Solutions – If you're always multitasking, your furniture can do the same. Place an ottoman with a hidden storage compartment or flip-top serving tray beside a comfy chair. Move a twin bed next to the wall and add big patterned pillows to create seating space by day, and sleeping space by night. The pillows can also provide extra floor seating for entertaining.

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