I have a few things to discuss before we all fill up on
turkey on this wonderful Thanksgiving! Here it goes.
I wanted to start off with a few “thanks”.
would like to thank you for reading this post. You decided to spend some
of your quality family time on Turkey Day to read it. I would do the same
would like to thank the SteepleMedia community for staying with the
website for soo long.
would like to thank TH for all his hard work. This week has really shown
me how much he really does. But I can still tell that he does more work
than I can imagine.
would like to thank the SteepleMedia trivia-ers aka the hard core trivia
fans. I wouldn’t keep the trivia bot running if it was not here for you.
would like to thank all the SteepleMedia bloggers for keeping their blogs
would like to thank all the stores in the area for starting to play
Christmas (or as I am supposed to call it “Holiday”) music 8 days before
would like to thank my family and anyone else who I have not mentioned for
everything you do for this world.
The second topic on my mind was the new product out called “Tofurky”.
Turtle Island Foods, Inc. is the creator of the popular Tofurky Vegetarian
Roast, commonly sold at natural foods stores during the Thanksgiving and
Christmas season. Also included in the company's product line is the soy-based,
100% vegan Tofurky Vegetarian Feast.
I am not trying to be mean to those who are vegetarians (my
best friend is one) but this one is directed to all the turkey lovers. How
gross does that sound? I first heard about it on Night Line. They showed how
its made and I gagged. During the commercial break after seeing that, I kissed
This third topic is for my trivia buddy’s! I have some “Turkey
Trivia” (courtesy of infoplease.com):
- At one time, the turkey and
the bald eagle were each considered as the national symbol of America. Benjamin
Franklin was one of those who argued passionately on behalf of the turkey.
felt the turkey, although "vain and silly", was a better choice
than the bald eagle, whom he felt was "a coward".
- According to the U.S.
Department of Agriculture, more than 45 million turkeys are cooked and
eaten in the U.S. at
Thanksgiving—that's one sixth of all turkeys sold in the U.S. each
year. American per capita consumption of turkeys has soared from 8.3
pounds in 1975 to 18.5 pounds last year.
- Last year, 2.7 billion pounds
of turkey was processed in the United States.
- In 1995, retail sales of
turkey reached approximately $4.4 billion. They are expected to reach $4.7
billion in 2000.
- Age is a determining factor
in taste. Old, large males are preferable to young toms (males) as tom
meat is stringy. The opposite is true for females: old hens are tougher
- A turkey under sixteen weeks
of age is called a fryer, while a young roaster is five to
seven months old.
are the only breed of poultry native to the Western
- Turkeys have great hearing,
but no external ears. They can also see in color, and have excellent
visual acuity and a wide field of vision (about 270 degrees), which makes
sneaking up on them difficult. However, turkeys have a poor sense of smell
(what's cooking?), but an excellent sense of taste.
- Domesticated turkeys cannot
fly. Wild turkeys, however, can fly for short distances at speeds up to 55
miles per hour. They can also reach speeds of 25 miles per hour on the
- Turkeys sometimes spend the
night in trees.
- Turkeys can have heart
attacks: turkeys in fields near the Air Force test areas over which the
sound barrier was broken were known to drop dead from the shock of passing
- The ballroom dance known as
the Turkey Trot was named for the short, jerky steps a turkey makes.
For those who are on a diet, or anyone else who wants to
test this theory, here is how to avoid overeating at Thanksgiving. (courtesy of
The methods used to avoid overeating at Thanksgiving will keep you healthy
throughout the year.
- STEP 1: Eat
a decent breakfast and lunch. Don't starve yourself until the big meal
- STEP 2:
Exercise before the meal; this will suppress your appetite and boost your
- STEP 3:
Drink two or three glasses of water before the feast begins.
- STEP 4:
Avoid conflict or dysfunctional family dynamics that can stress you out to
the point where you take solace in food.
- STEP 5: Eat
3/4 of the food on your plate and don't overload it.
- STEP 6:
Reduce your intake by refusing seconds.
- STEP 7:
Remember that you can always enjoy leftovers the next day.
- STEP 8:
Forgive yourself if you do overeat. One large meal is not a problem; many
large meals in a row are.
- STEP 9: Keep
a journal of what you eat. Remember that one pound is equal to 3,500
Tips & Warnings
- A 3.5 oz. serving of roasted
turkey *** has 115 calories; a 3.5 oz. piece of roasted dark meat with
skin has 221 calories; a 3.5 oz. piece of roasted dark meat without skin has
- A piece of apple pie (an 1/8
of the pie) has 347 calories; a piece of blueberry pie (an 1/8 of the pie)
has 387 calories; a piece of cherry pie (an 1/8 of the pie) has 418
- A 1/2 cup of mashed potatoes
has 111 calories.
- A 1/2 cup of bread stuffing
has 198 calories; a 1/2 cup of cornbread stuffing has 175 calories.
- A 3-oz. serving of meat,
poultry or fish is about the size of a deck of playing cards. A single
ounce of meat, poultry or fish is about the size of a matchbox. One cup of
fruit or yogurt is about the size of a baseball. Half a cup vegetables,
pasta, rice or fruit is about the size of half a baseball or tennis ball.
One medium potato is about the size of a computer mouse. One cup chopped
fresh leafy greens is about the size of four lettuce leaves.
The fifth topic is this:
gdesignr said: Steeps - speaking of voting... while I wasn't
a finalist in the Gold Rush, I am a finalist in the Jeep "Free Your
Thoughts" contest! This is really exciting for me, and I am hoping
you can help out. Please take a minute to vote for my video entry on
My video is "Directions - Michael Schlecht - GA", and is a play on
the word "Compass", spinning through images of the country, city,
beach, and mountains, while asking North? South? East? West?... I'm
really proud of how it turned out. The finalist with the most votes wins a Jeep
Compass, so please vote every day if you can. Thanks!
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Once again, thank
you for stopping by and thinking about SteepleMedia on Thanksgiving. Have a
nice Turkey Day!!