How much do you know about the star of our Thanksgiving Dinners? Below are 25 facts that you can use to create a tradition this Holiday in the form of a trivia game! See who can answer the most questions correctly, and they can have the one odd ball roll that is left over or first slice of pie afterwards. Let us know how many you got correct.
- Who proposed that the official United States bird be a Turkey?: Ben Franklin
- In 2012, what was the amount of turkey the average American ate? 16 pounds
- What percentage of Americans eat Turkey on Thanksgiving? 88%
- How many Turkeys are eaten on Thanksgiving? 46 million
Christmas? 22 million
Easter? 19 million
- In 2011, how many millions of pounds of turkeys were consumed in the United States? 736
- Has turkey consumption increased since 1970, if so then by how much? Yes, 104%
- How many people does the turkey industry employ in the United States? 20,000 to 25,000
- True or False: More turkey is consumed year round now than in 1970? True
- In 2012, turkey was what placed protein choice for American consumers? 4th
- Are whole turkey birds hens, toms, or both? Mostly hens
- What is the average weight of a Thanksgiving turkey? 15 pounds
- What is the heaviest turkey ever raised? 86 pounds
- What is the typical percentage of white to dark meat? 70% white, 30% dark
- Where is the wild turkey native to in the United States? Eastern Region
- Where were Turkeys domesticated? Mexico
- True or False: Tom turkeys have beards. True
- How far away can turkeys see movement? 100 yards
- How long have turkeys been around? 10 million years
- What are baby turkeys called? Poults
- Which is larger: chicken or turkey eggs? Turkey
- True or False: Hens gobble. False, only Toms do.
- A turkey has a pretty loud gobble, what is the furthest distance it can be heard? A mile away.
- Can Turkeys see in color? Yes
- can turkeys fly? Trick questions! Commercially raised turkeys cannot, and wild turkeys can.
- What month is National Turkey Lover’s Month? June
From the title you may be thinking this is going to be a great after Thanksgiving Snack, but that is not the case! Those little turkeys are great all month long! Use them at the Dinner table as gifts on Thanksgiving or bring them into school or the office as a Holiday treat to share with everyone.
M&Ms or Reese’s Pieces
Small plastic hair ties
- Place candies into center of a Tulle square, tie together with the elastic.
- Cut brown pipe cleaner into 6 inch pieces and roll to about 2 inches. Wrap an orange pipe cleaner around to form beak. Example below.
- Add eyes to the sides of your Turkey and use red pipe cleaner for the wattle underneath the chin. Yellow pipe cleaner can be used to create the legs and toes.
- Stick pipe cleaner pieces into Tulle to stick into Turkey!
The beginning of November is a great time to start to finalize your menu for Thanksgiving. There are also many offices going pot luck nights, as well as Friendsgivings. Here is a delicious recipe to bring along!
1 Large Butternut Squash, Peeled/Seeded and cut into 1-inch cubes
3 TB Olive Oil
2 TB packed Brown Sugar
1 tsp Ground Cinnamon
1 tsp Kosher Salt
1 tsp Freshly Ground Black Pepper
- Preheat oven to 425 degrees and line baking sheet with foil.
- Toss ingredients in a large bowl until thoroughly coated. Place onto baking sheet in single layer.
- Remember to rotate pan 20 minutes into baking, and check at the 35-40 minute mark to not overcook squash!
Halloween is all about the decor, the costumes, and the candy for your local trick or treaters. Enjoy some tasty, healthy alternatives so when you have some leftover candy you can freely indulge on November 1st! One of my favorite things to do this time of year is taking orange peppers and carving them to look like little jack-o-lanterns. These “pumpkins” can be perfect for stuffed peppers or containers holding some other veggie treats.
Want to use some actual pumpkins? Roast a mini pumpkin, carve out the inside and use it as a serving bowl! The seeds do not have to go to waste either. Season them as you would your favorite holiday pie for a different take on such a classic treat. You can find nine amazing seasonal recipes here: https://www.sunset.com/food-wine/holidays-occasions/healthy-halloween-recipes#halloween-pumpkin-soup
In addition to some delicious snacks, you need to make sure the house looks the part too. There are classics for every Halloween party; pumpkins, orange and black, bats, and Spider Webs! You can utilize some webbing in a different form to add to the atmosphere. All you will need for this one is some fake spiders from the Halloween Store, spider webbing, white string lights and mason jars.
Turn the lights on and put the battery pack in first, the webbing should cover it up. Lay the webbing out and place the lights inside, wrapping them up. Add the webbing into the jar. Last, but not least, place your 8 legged friends front and center! These are perfect as center pieces, additional decor through out the house, or even table accents.
Cary and Apex host a lot of annual Halloween events for all ages. If you are looking for something fun to finish out your month, we have a couple suggestions! You can check out more by heading to the town pages linked under each.
Goblin’s Groove: Friday, October 26th. Apex’s Annual event at Halle Cultural Arts Center. Costumes are not required, but strongly encouraged. There will be goodies, a costume contest, art gallery and more. All youths must be accompanied by an adult. Couples tickets are $5.00 and additional are $2.00 each. Contact the Arts Center for more!
Trick or Treat on Salem Street: Friday, October 26th is Witches on Salem and Sunday, October 28th is Businesses Treat the Kids. Bring the whole family to Salem Street the weekend of the 26th for some amazing discounts and spooky treats for everyone!
Cary’s Great Pumpkin Carve: Saturday, October 27th in Downtown you can purchase a pumpkin from our patch and decorate! Use one of the carving stations and enter your work into our carving contest.
Ghost Walk: Saturday, October 27th after you carve your pumpkin, walk on over to the Page Walker Arts & History Center to join a ghost tour. Performance of local spine chilling tales will be put on by the Cary Players.
Up until now we have shared a lot of really simple recipes for the Holiday season, this one looks like it is more complicated but it really is not that bad! A lot of it revolves around referencing the image to correctly place the pieces. Definitely something to try at your next get together. Do you already have a go-to recipe for guacamole? If so then you can pull that out and star to work on that! You could also cheat and get some pre-made and only have to worry about the decorating.
You are going to want to Freeze it if you are not planning to use it right away in order to hold the shape. Sliced olives are used to create the stitching anywhere on the face you want them, as well as some hair. Green Olives are used for the eyes. Sun dried tomatoes create the bloody scars. You can be creative in the elements you use as well! Let us know what alterations you made.
What You Need:
Dash of Salt
Garnish with blue corn chips.