Thankful Thoughts

Well, it’s the time of the year when the weather gets cooler and the leaves turn into beautiful different colors of reds, yellows and variations of greens. Most Americans look forward to Thanksgiving Day with family and friends.

Thanksgiving for a believer is a special holiday set aside to give thanks and celebrate God our Creator for blessings and gratitude for your harvest. Thanksgiving is usually celebrated with family and special friends who gather together for prayer, fellowship and a traditional feast. The fourth Thursday in November is recognized by most people in the United States. Most Americans will serve turkey and dressing, cranberries and all the trimmings as a traditional feast.

What Thanksgiving mean to believers across the world? It is interesting to read and speak with people in others in parts of world, who may lack many resources we use every day, celebrate and give thanks for what little they do have, to go to school, in many cases rations of food, and other freedoms and also to participate in praise and worship with the threat of harm, hurt or being killed. Some of us take those freedoms for granted. For some, Thanksgiving is celebrated with fasting, prayer and communion and for others huge festivals and feasts and special religious ceremonies.

Another part of being thankful in this Thanksgiving season is the part of giving. One thing to be mindful of, especially for the believer, is to have the attitude of giving everyday throughout the year. Give out of your heart to the suffering. Also, give thanks to God for whatever is going on in your life great and not so great at any time. Well, what about a roof over your head though it may not be your dream home? What about clothes and food? What about loved ones and memories? Aren’t you thankful for the prayer, hopes and dreams of so many possibilities that can come your way?
These are some things to provoke one to think and remain prayerful and hopeful expecting God to move on your behalf. You can begin to find peace in what and why we of being thankful. Seasons change nothing last forever. We all are moving and in constant change hopefully for the better.

We all can find something, someone or some situation to be thankful. Well, if you are reading this you are alive. Thank Him for the gift of life. He gave His Son for you in the name of Love. His gives mercy.
Thessalonians 5:18; Matthew 5: 13 – 16; Colossians 3: 15 -17; Romans 8: 28 and Romans 3:21 – 26.  (Holy Bible KJV).

Help to Prevent Salmonella

The best way to thaw a frozen turkey is in its wrapper in a refrigerator according to turkey weigh in pounds on a tray or in cold water in a kitchen sink making sure the cold water stays cold! The rule of thumb is to thaw in the refrigerator per pound per hour. For instance, for every 5 pounds of turkey thaw 24 hours. Many turkeys have a label suggesting thawing times.
In preparing a cleaned and seasoned turkey, place turkey breast side up in a turkey roasting pan tucking the wings under shoulders, and add about 2 cups of water to bottom of pan. Place aluminum foil loosely over the turkey and tuck loosely around the edges of the pan set timer on oven according to roasting time instructions and temperature. Allow for the last l hour for browning of the turkey to a golden brown basting with a prepared basting glaze or melted margarine. Make sure turkey is done by checking the thermometer probe and the instructions. Most turkeys come with a thermometer and instructions times to roast unstuffed versus stuffed turkey.

Approximate Turkey Cooking Times:

4 to 8 pounds………….1-1/2 to 3-1/4 hours
8 to 12 pounds…………….2-3/4 to 3 hours
12 to 14 pounds……………3 to 3-3/4 hours
14 to 18 pounds……………3-3/4 to 4-1/4 hours
18 to 20 pounds……………4-1/4 to 4-1/2 hours
20 to 24 pounds……………4-1/2 to 5 hours

8 to 12 pounds…………….3 to 3-1/2 hours
12 to 14 pounds……………3-1/2 to 4 hours
14 to 18 pounds……………4 to 4-1/4 hours
18 to 20 pounds……………4-1/4 to 4-3/4 hours
20 to 24 pounds……………4-3/4 to 5-1/4 hours

After serving the turkey wrap any remaining portions in foil or place into sealed container and refrigerator as soon as possible to prevent bacteria and spoiling.  Ideally, this may be done right after last portion is served.

Common signs and symptoms of salmonella infection within 8 – 48 hours are as following:
Abdominal discomfort such as cramping, pain or tenderness
Muscle pain

… and Intervention:
If you believe you or a loved one has contract the Salmonella infection contact Urgent Care as soon as possible. For the young children and the elderly may need to visit Emergency Department as soon as signs and symptoms manifest.

  • Prevent dehydration by drinking 8 – 10 glasses of clear liquids a day.
  • Replace lost electrolytes with sports drinks.
  • Eat several small bland meals per day include thin soup, broths, potatoes, applesauce, low citrus fruits such as bananas.
  • Also contact the person or restaurant responsible in preparing the meal immediately.

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