Tips for Turkey Day! By Lori Spohn at Realty One Group Platinum

Industry Observer

Greetings clients and friends,

Here are a few suggestions, beginning two weeks before Thanksgiving, that can help you end up with a meal that’s everything you want, with far less stress. I know I need as much help as I can get! I hope these helpful tips we found online will help your holiday meal be a success!

1. Bird is the Word
As the centerpiece of the meal, the turkey is arguably dinner’s most important element. The first decision is whether to purchase a fresh or frozen turkey. If you opt for fresh, be sure to place your order in plenty of time, or your grocer may run out. If you purchase a frozen bird, allow enough time for defrosting: 1 day in the refrigerator per every 4 pounds. Then decide how to prepare your turkey. Options include, brining, frying, smoking, grilling and of course, the traditional oven-cooked turkey. No matter how you cook your turkey, be sure to have enough time for cooking, cooling and carving.

2. Hit the Grocery Store, Then Do it Again
Purchasing everything you’ll need at once is unrealistic and can make your head spin. Break the shopping up into two separate trips, the first up to two weeks before Thanksgiving. On round one, tackle all the non-perishables and tools you’ll need. The second trip can be up to two days before Thanksgiving, where you’ll purchase all your fresh ingredients.

3. The Freezer is Your Friend
Cooking, baking, roasting, sautéing…this is one meal that incorporates almost every culinary skill you have. And, it’s too much for any one person to accomplish in a single day. Luckily, many elements of your meal can be prepared ahead of time and stored in the freezer until Thanksgiving, or the day before. Pie crusts, turkey stock, and soups are perfect candidates for freezing and thawing.

4. Sharing is Caring
One issue every cook encounters is oven space. It can be difficult to get everything cooked and kept warm to be served at the same time. The best way to overcome this problem is to choose side dishes or desserts that need to be baked at the same temperature and can share oven space. Note that temperatures and bake times may need adjusting when additional items are in the oven.

5. The Big Day
This is when all of your preparation pays off. Instead of a stressful mess, your kitchen can run like a well-oiled machine. Make sure to have a list of all your dishes so that nothing you worked so hard to create ends up in the back of the refrigerator, forgotten in the oven or left cooling on the counter. Now is the time for finishing touches to desserts, heating up sides and cooking that beautiful bird. One last look to ensure that everything is handled, then enjoy.

Hopefully these tips will help you craft the Thanksgiving dinner of your dreams. Regardless of how the turkey turns out, a house full of family and friends is always enough to be thankful for. Many blessings to you and yours!

Lori Spohn Team


Serving Lane County Oregon.

As always I am here to answer any real estate questions. Plus I love referrals to family and friends!

Article is information we found online at AHS website.
Lori Spohn Team

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I hope you are enjoying the cold and rainy fall weather..... brrr!  I am looking forward to pumpkin pie and spending time with my loved ones this month.
We have quite a few events that are happening in Lane County this month. Check them out for yourself.

Monkey Bugs Holiday Open House~  Saturday November 15th from 10am to 4pm. This will be held at the Eugene Friends Church at 3495 W 18th, Eugene Oregon 97405. Get out there and do some holiday shopping before the crowds come!

Cirque Dreams Holidaz~ At the Hult Center in the Silva concert hall. November 22nd & 23rd at 7:30pm. Purchase tickets online or stop by the box office at7th and Willamette in Eugene.

Annie~ At Actors Cabaret in Eugene. This show starts November 21st and runs through December 21st. Order tickets online at

Lane County Farmers Market~ This holiday market runs from November 22nd through December 21st. Get all your holiday fruits and vegetables plus more at the Lane Events Center at 796 W 13th Ave,Eugene Oregon 97402. They are open Every Saturday from 10-5 and Sunday 11-5. 541-431-4923

Sweet Cheeks Winery 9th Anniversary & Thanksgiving Celebration~ November 28th from 12-9, Saturday 12-6, Sunday 12-6. Live music, wine tasting, plus moble food truck "Wood fired Pizza". Free entry.

Noble Thanksgiving Open House~ Held at 2 locations this year:  29210 Gimpl Hill, Eugene or 560 Commercial St, Eugene. Come enjoy the wines with your friends and family. November 28th noon to 9pm, Saturday noon to 9pm, Sunday noon to pm.


Glory Bee's Small Business Holiday Shop~ Come and browse and shop for the holiday November 29th from 10am to 2pm at 29548 B Airport Road, Eugene 97402. Free event.




As always I am here to answer your real estate questions. Or if you need a referral for some repair work for your home, I have lots of people who we work with that I would recommend. Please feel free to forward this email to your friends and family who may want to know what is happening in town.
Happy Thanksgiving if I don't see you before the holiday shows up!
Lori Spohn
Oh by the way.... I am never too busy for your referrals

Comments (1)

Mark Loewenberg
KW of the Palm Beaches - Palm Beach Gardens, FL
KW 561-214-0370

and a happy thanksgiving to you and one and all here in the rain as well!

Nov 27, 2014 09:45 AM