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  • Thanksgiving Day: Turkey Tips

     

     

     

     

    Thanksgiving  Day is tomorrow and if you are in charge of the BIG dinner tomorrow you might need a few "Turkey Tips." Well, at Charming Chick we have just the tips you need to ensure your turkey bird is the start of the Thanksgiving Day show!!! If it's your first time cooking a turkey, or even if you just need a little refresher, this post will definitely have some information you'll appreciate. Before we talk turkey tips, we just want to let you know that in addition to all of our Black Friday Week specials we are running through Friday, we will also have some SUPER Black Friday deals going on the day after Thanksgiving. Be sure to follow us on Twitter and Facebook to hear about all of these amazing deals. In addition, if you sign up for our newsletter, you'll be one of the first people to know about specials deals and coupons. What could be better than a Black Friday deal? How about FREE Saver Shipping, just be sure to enter coupon code FREESHIPNOV at check out. This coupon code is good through 11/30/2012!!!

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Thanksgiving Day Turkey Tips:

     

    Thawing the Turkey

    Here's what the USDA has to say on their website:

    "There are three safe ways to thaw food: in the refrigerator, in cold water, and in the microwave oven. :

    The Big Thaw
    Turkeys must be kept at a safe temperature during "the big thaw." While frozen, a turkey is safe indefinitely. However, as soon as it begins to thaw, any bacteria that may have been present before freezing can begin to grow again.

    A package of frozen meat or poultry left thawing on the counter more than 2 hours is not at a safe temperature. Even though the center of the package may still be frozen, the outer layer of the food is in the "Danger Zone" between 40 and 140 °F — at a temperature where foodborne bacteria multiply rapidly.

    Safe Methods for Thawing
    Immediately after grocery store checkout, take the frozen turkey home and store it in the freezer.

    Frozen turkeys should not be left on the back porch, in the car trunk, in the basement, or any place else where temperatures cannot be constantly monitored.

    Refrigerator Thawing
    When thawing a turkey in the refrigerator:

    • Plan ahead: allow approximately 24 hours for each 4 to 5 pounds in a refrigerator set at 40 °F or below.
    • Place the turkey in a container to prevent the juices from dripping on other foods.

    Refrigerator Thawing Times
    Whole turkey:

    •  4 to 12 pounds ……  1 to 3 days
    • 12 to 16 pounds …… 3 to 4 days
    • 16 to 20 pounds …… 4 to 5 days
    • 20 to 24 pounds …… 5 to 6 days

    A thawed turkey can remain in the refrigerator for 1 or 2 days before cooking. Foods thawed in the refrigerator can be refrozen without cooking but there may be some loss of quality.

    Cold Water Thawing
    Allow about 30 minutes per pound.

    First be sure the turkey is in a leak-proof plastic bag to prevent cross-contamination and to prevent the turkey from absorbing water, resulting in a watery product.

    Submerge the wrapped turkey in cold tap water. Change the water every 30 minutes until the turkey is thawed. Cook the turkey immediately after it is thawed.

    Cold Water Thawing Times

    •  4 to 12 pounds …… 2 to 6 hours
    • 12 to 16 pounds …… 6 to 8 hours
    • 16 to 20 pounds …… 8 to 10 hours
    • 20 to 24 pounds …… 10 to 12 hours

    A turkey thawed by the cold water method should be cooked immediately. After cooking, meat from the turkey can be refrozen.

    Microwave Thawing
    Follow the microwave oven manufacturer's instruction when defrosting a turkey. Plan to cook it immediately after thawing because some areas of the food may become warm and begin to cook during microwaving. Holding partially cooked food is not recommended because any bacteria present wouldn't have been destroyed.

    A turkey thawed in the microwave must be cooked immediately."

     

    As you can see you must take extra precautions when thawing out your turkey because you sure don't want anyone to get sick. However, just because your bird isn't totally thawed today, don't worry following some of the fast thaw tips can be a great alternative, but start early so it will be done cooking in time for dinner.

     

    Cleaning Your Turkey

    This tip actually took me by surprise but it totally makes sense once it's explained. Again, the nice folks at the U.S. Department of Agriculture suggests that you do not wash your turkey before putting it in the oven. I ALWAYS Wash my poultry before cooking it, however when we turn the water on to wash our bird, yucky stuff flies everywhere. It's MUCH better to let the heat from the oven kill all of the bacteria and such. So that's one less step and keeps your kitchen free of unwanted pathogens. If the turkey or any of it's juices touch any part of your kitchen wash with hot soapy water and use disinfectant if you like. On thing that is important to mention. If you aren't washing or stuffing your turkey you might overlook the giblets that are usually in a bag tucked into the cavity. Be sure to remove them.

     

    Don't Stuff the Turkey

    My mother is an avid turkey stuffer, as was her mother and grandmother so it would seem natural that I would stuff my turkey as well. Not true. While I have eaten many a stuffed turkey and stuffing out of a turkey with absolutely no issue, I tend to agree with folks that say turkeys cook faster and more evenly when they are not stuffed. Often times the turkey is done cooking before the stuffing even has a chance to get fully cooked. Stuff if you must but roast the turkey just until the meat is done, then transfer the stuffing from the cavity to a baking dish and continue baking (or microwave it) until it registers 165°F.

     

    Cooking the Turkey

     

    For tips on how to cook a turkey for Thanksgiving Day, you should check out the Butterball website. They have all kinds of great tips and if any one knows about turkey -- it's butterball!!! http://www.butterball.com/tips-how-tos/how-tos/roast

     

    We hope you have a WONDERFUL Thanksgiving Day!!! Don't forget to stay tuned for our awesome Black Friday Deals on Twitter, Facebook or visit our website!!!

     

     

  • Mother's Day ~ Unique Gifts Mom will Adore!

    Sterling Silver Personalized Mother's Pendant
    Every Day Low Price ~ ONLY $99.00

     

    Get ready, get set, Mother's Day is coming and Charming Chick has some great gifts for Mom. This year Mother's Day is May 13th, 2012.  Be sure to follow us on PinterestTwitter and Facebook to see our newest items, receive exclusive coupon codes and hear about our latest sales. While you are at it to sign-up for our newsletter which also packed with lots of great deals and coupons.

     

    At Charming Chick we have so many wonderful gift items for any occasions and we have an exceptional selection of gift items for Mother's Day. Today we will be highlighting a few of these unique gift items that any mom would be happy to receive. If you need more inspiration visit the Mother's Day section on our website.

     

    Colorful Personalized Monogram Pashmina Scarf
    Every Day Low Price ~ ONLY $34.00 

     

    This elegant pashmina scarf looks absolutely stunning and makes a wonderful Mother's Day gift. It is available in 5 beautiful colors and it is perfect to use on a chilly day or evening. It can easily fit into a handbag  which makes it less bulky to carry when Mom is out and about. It measures 28x72 and can be worn in a variety of ways; visit How to Wear a Pashmina for step-by-step instructions and style guide.

     

     

     

    Personalized Damask iPhone Case
    Every Day Low Price ~ ONLY $21.99

     

    Moms like to make everything pretty, so naturally they would LOVE their iPhone to have a gorgeous personalized case as well. This makes a great Mother's Day gift for the tech savvy mom.  Nothing delights quite like damask, which is why our Personalized Damask iPhone Case makes the ideal iPhone accessory. Custom printed with an attractive  scroll pattern and personalized with your mom's name free of charge. With an aluminum and plastic exterior, they are the functional way to add a touch of custom pizzazz to the thing your mom carries every day! Compatible with iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S. Cases are available in Black or White. The damask pattern is available in black, pink, lime green or aqua. Can be personalized with up to 12 characters.

     

     

    Chocolate Brown Monogram Umbrella
    Every Day Low Price ~ ONLY $32.00 

     

    The last item we are featuring on the blog today is our Chocolate Brown Monogrammed Umbrella. It is stylish and makes a perfect Mother's Day gift. Your mom will be able to stay fashionable and dry! Automatic open and close feature makes opening this umbrella a breeze. Embroidered with a three letter monogram or name.

     

     

  • Wedding Planning ~ Dallas Wedding Vendors

     

    Are you newly engaged? Just started wedding planning? Looking for wedding vendors in the Dallas area that you can trust?

     

    You only get one wedding - and there are no do-overs - so you'll want to make sure you choose the right pros to capture all of the special moments and to ensure things run smoothly on your big day! Wedding planning involves pulling together an enormous amount of well thought out details -- and trusting that the logistics of those details to professionals who have your best interest at heart. At Charming Chick we know and understand this, which is why we have decided to make your decision easier by featuring 3 local Dallas vendors who you can rely on. We are confident that they will make every effort to make your day extra special!

     

    2nd Generation Video Productions -- Dallas  -- http://www.2gvp.com/

     

     

     

    Your wedding day will pass by in the blink of an eye. You will be filled with so much love, joy and excitement but it may be difficult to remember the details and you'll long to relive those moments once again. Hiring a highly skilled videographer will ensure that each loving glance, tender touch and unique moment will be documented forever. This  means that  you can share and enjoy your wedding day over and over with friends and family -- as well as your future children grandchildren, and  great-grandchildren.

     

    (Photo courtesy 2nd Generation Video)

     

     

    2nd Generation Video Productions is a family owned and operated video production company. They are recognized as one of the best in their field and have been selected Best of the Knot for the past 2 years. They were also awarded a Creative Excellence Award from their professional association. 2nd Generation is able to ensure the highest quality videos because they use only HD Cameras and can produce videos on either DVD or BluRay. They also use wireless mics to provide their clients with clear audio of the vows, readings, toasts and everything in between. Before hiring a videographer be sure to read Questions to Answer Before Selecting a Videographer and Choosing Your Video on 2nd Generation's blog. You'll also want to follow them on Facebook for up-to-date information.

     

    Another fantastic option that 2nd Generation offers their clients is the ability for friends and family to give the gift of a professionally produced top-notch wedding video. They have made it very easy by providing an online Video Bridal Registry. They provide a shopping cart and secure payment site where couples can register -- then friends and family can purchase gift cards towards the cost of the wedding video. They also provide flexible payment options to fit just about any wedding budget.

     

     

    (Photo courtesy 2nd Generation Video)

    "This business is a labor of love for our family.  We treat every couple as if they were our own children and strive to deliver a product that will become a treasured piece of family history.  We feel our work speaks for itself: feel free to view our samples at www.2gvp.com"

     

     

    Event Elements -- Dallas --  http://eventelements.com/blog/
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    When you are wedding planning it is especially smart to consider hiring a wedding planner. Your wedding is all about you and your husband-to-be. You'll want to celebrate and enjoy each other, your family and friends without having to worry if each and every detail is playing out just the way you planned. These wonderful professionals can certainly be a sanity saver but you really want to hire someone who you connect with, someone who really "gets" your vision and is especially attentive to details -- and your budget. An event planner can be involved just the day (or weekend) of, to ensure that things run smoothly and on time -- or they can be with you every step of the way as you plan and design the perfect day.

    We recommend that you contact Event Elements for your wedding planning needs. Kristyn Hall, owner of Event Elements  is professionally trained by The Dallas Wedding Planner Program. She provides very personal service and excellent attention to details. She is creative, innovative and works to make your big day especially unique and personal. She also has accounting and budget management experience, which means she can help you plan the wedding of your dreams and help you stay on track with your budget.

    Event Elements also won the 2011 Brides Choice Award from WeddingWire, so they are now in the top 5 percent of Wedding Pros nationwide. Whether you just need someone for the days leading up to your big day or a full-planner who can walk your through the entire process, Event Elements will design a package specifically to meet your needs. Follow them on Facebook and visit their blog for more information and to see gorgeous photos from weddings they have helped plan.

     

     

    Rhonda Robbins Photography -- Dallas -- http://rhondarobbins.typepad.com/   

     

    Selecting a great photographer will mean so much to you. After your" big" day has come and gone, you will pour over the pages of your wedding album time and time again to relive all of the love and joy you felt on your most wonderful day. With each click of their lens, a skilled photographer can capture all the warm  feelings, sweet moments and blissful fun that will occur on your wedding day and document it for a lifetime.

    Rhonda Robbins, of Rhonda Robbins Photography will capture all of your most special moments. She not only does an amazing job as a wedding photographer, she also does gorgeous engagement sessions, family photo shoots and more. She  is a true professional who listens to your needs. You will be delighted with the results!

    Contact Rhonda today to learn more about her photo packages. Also, be sure to follow her blog and look for her on Facebook. She has some amazing photos on both, so take some time to look around.

    Have Fun Planning Your Dallas Wedding!!!!!!

     

     

     

     

     

  • Good Luck is In Fashion ~ Horseshoe Jewelry

     

     

    The lovely Alyssa over at The Fashion Lens  just featured us on her fashion blog.  Alyssa knows a great deal when she sees one. On her wonderful fashion blog she takes a look at the hottest celeb fashion and finds affordable alternatives for the rest of us. In her post Lucky Charms she talks about the CZ Horseshoe Necklace pictured above.  Check out her post and what she had to say not only about the quality of the piece but also about our fast shipping.  For more detailed information about our shipping deadlines check out our Christmas Delivery Guarantee.

     

    Now, let's take a look at some of the other horseshoe jewelry we have here at Charming Chick.

     

     

     

    What is a lucky horseshoe necklace without the matching lucky horseshoe earrings?  These Sterling Silver CZ Horseshoe Earrings are absolutely stunning and the genuine Cubic Zirconium sparkle and dance as the light hits them. These make a fantastically affordable gift but they look like you spent a fortune on them! If you know someone who loves fashion and horseshoe jewelry these are just perfect!

     

     

     

     

    If you are looking for another a gift, this Sterling Silver Horseshoe Fashion Ring is just the thing and completes the horseshoe jewelry set! If you give all three of these beautiful jewelry pieces as gifts, the lucky lady that receives them will be absolutely thrilled.

    We have so many stylish gifts here at Charming Chick. Don't forget to follow us on Twitter and Facebook for fabulous deals and discount codes.

     

    Also, be sure to visit The Fashion Lens fashion blog for fun and affordable style tips!!!

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

  • Do You Love Deals ~ Save Money at Charming Chick

    Do you love a great deal? Would you like to receive coupon codes that you could use towards purchasing gifts, jewelry, totes, purses, wedding items, sorority jewelry and all the other wonderful items we have here at Charming Chick? Then we have great news for you! To be "in the know" you just need to do two simple things.

     

     

    1. "Like" Charming Chick on Facebook

     

    If you ""like" Charming Chick on Facebook you will hear about our newest products, receive Facebook only  discounts, and find out about all the great things going on at CharmingChick.com. If you live in the Forney, TX area you will also find out all about our in-store specials and promotions. All of our blog posts show up on Facebook as well. On our blog we work hard to provide tips, information, and facts related to fashion, jewelry, weddings, parenting and more. Would you like to see a post on a specific topic? GREAT! Comment on this post or give us a shout out on our Facebook wall and tell us what you'd like to see next.

     

     

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    If you follow Charming Chick on Twitter you can take advantage of our Twitter only coupon codes. We also try to provide helpful tips, links to our blogs post and other relevant blogs, and tell you about discount and new products that we carry at CharmingChick.com.

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