From my perfect family to yours.
Just in case you have not hear tomorrow is Thanksgiving.
Is there anything more disgusting than a cold raw turkey in the early A.M.? For those of you who have never cooked the bird this is what it looks like:
The good news is turkeys are very easy to cook. You just roast them. Where most people go wrong is by not using a meat thermometer and or by cooking the bird too long and at too high of a temperature or by listening to the talking heads on the morning news. Use the Betty Crocker roasting chart. I won't tell you how many years that has worked for me. Please don't overcook your turkey.
They can be cooked rapidly at 450 or so, but the easiest way is to put it in an electronic turkey roaster or in the oven at 325 to 350 and just ignore it. I like to start with a fresh turkey, never a frozen turkey and cook it in an electric roaster because it frees up the oven and requires almost no effort on my part.
Clean up is simple too. The only challenge is finding a place to store the electric roaster but as a Realtor I can help you find a bigger home with more storage place if needed.
The FDA recommends a minimum internal temperature of 165 . . if you don't want to risk food poisoning. personally I go for up around 180 degrees.
Have a happy thanksgiving and don't stress over the turkey. Worry about the stuffing or the pies or the rolls.
Heating season officially starts on October 15th. For us it started over the weekend. It is also the time of year when we need to start winterizing.
This tip is mostly for new homeowners or for people who are new to Minnesota.
It is time to turn off the water to the outdoor faucets. Disconnect the hoses and put them away.
Easy to do:
1. Turn off the water from the inside of the house.
2. open the spigot on the outside.
What happens if you don't turn the water off? Pipes can freeze and faucets can be destroyed by ice. . . and it isnt pretty.
I don't write about blogging very often. This blog is about eight years old. Over the years people have left comments with links to web sites that no longer exist. Some businesses actively put links to their web sites all over the place because they believe that links from web sites like mine help them.
I get emails for companies asking me to remove links from my site that their employees left years ago. I honor their requests almost immediately but send a note telling them what I think of the practice of putting spam comments and links on web sites.
I have spent hours and hours removing old comments on this site that lead to broken links from businesses that are no longer in business. I am not at all surprised that they are no longer in business.
If you want a link to your business web site from this blog don't bother asking or making a comment with a link. Chances are your comment will never see the light of day. There are many ways to use web sites for marketing and lead generation but leaving links on my site is not one of them.
Some drivers have a hard time seeing the "walk" sign. They pull into the cross walk and look to their left as they signal to take a right turn. They never look or see me standing on the corner to their right getting ready to walk across the street.
I have been known to walk right up to a car or truck and start yelling. It just isn't safe to cross without making eye contact with the drivers who don't see me or that the walk light is on.
One of my clients got hit by a truck while she was on her bike trying to cross a street with the walk light on. The truck never saw her because the driver never looked to his right. She is alright, but her bike was totalled and she is pissed off and so am I.
When you pull up to an intersection and stop at the red light look to your left and to your right. If you see a light that is shaped like a man and it is all lit up that means that you can not take that right turn on red until there are no more pedestrians on the cross walk.
The weather is gorgeous this labor day weekend. lets just assume that everyone who isn't behind the wheel of a car is out walking or biking and look to the right before making that right turn on a red light.
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