Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Thanksgiving by Numbers

I found these Thanksgiving statistics from to be interesting

Thanksgiving Holiday StatisticsData
  • Total number of Turkeys that are consumed on Thanksgiving Day  51,000,000
  • Total U.S. spending on Thanksgiving dinner food $2,375,000,000
  • Average household spending on Thanksgiving dinner $54.18
  • Average household spending on Thanksgiving weekend $302
  • Number of families that will travel for Thanksgiving 39,000,000
  • Number of places in the U.S. named Plymouth 37
  • Average cost per pound of Turkey $1.15

Thanksgiving Related Food StatisticsData
  • Average number of Turkeys raised in the U.S. each year 248 million
  • Annual consumption of turkey by the average American 16 pounds
  • Annual tons of green beans produced 656,340 tons
  • Pounds of sweet potatoes produced annually 2.4 billion pounds
  • Value of all pumpkins produced annually $117 million
  • Pounds of cherries produced annually 266 million pounds
  • Barrels of cranberry produced annually 7.5 million barrels
  • Total value of turkeys produced in the U.S. annually $4.37 billion

Monday, November 25, 2013

DIY Thanksgiving Pinecone Wreath

For some reason this past year I have been into holiday wreaths. I really prefer simple wreaths. I was thinking of a Thanksgiving wreath that I could make or buy depending on if I found something that I really liked. I looked and looked and finally saw one online that was a simple all pinecone one. I had every intention of going to the park and picking up pinecones. Growing up I remember seeing pine trees everywhere, but now living in the downtown Houston area I rarely see pine trees in our neighborhood area. I was at Hobby Lobby picking up some crafting supplies and happened to see bags of pinecones for 80% off, so I ended up buying two bags for $2 each (which saved me time) and I bought the wreath form there as well and had a 40% off coupon, so it ended up being just a little over $2 for it. 

It was extremely simple to make. Literally all I did was hot glue the pinecones onto the wreath. It smells good because the bag of pinecones had cinnamon sticks in it as well. 

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Ways to "Green" Your Thanksgiving

There are plenty of things you can do this Thanksgiving season to make it a “green” one.
  • When shopping for food bring a reusable bag
  • Plan meals ahead of time so you don't over buy
  • Try to buy local, seasonal and organic food 
  • Shop at farmers markets and support local shops. Houston has a ton of great places to pick up local foods. Some of my favorites are The French Bakery, Revival Market and House of Pies
  • Try to buy items that do not have a whole lot of packaging
  • Stay at home with family
  • If you're hosting Thanksgiving, ask guests to bring their own to go containers
  • Don’t use paper plates and plastic utensils. Break out the china, silverware, cloth napkins, etc.
  • Try to buy turkeys grown without hormones and antibiotics
  • Recycle your glass, plastic and aluminum foil
  • Recycle the turkey fat
  • Donate leftovers to a shelter
  • Compost your scraps
  • VOLUNTEER at a local shelter
  • Make your own decorations, reuse the ones you have or buy some from a resale shop

Monday, November 11, 2013

Happy Veterans Day!

I know this is coming so late tonight, but Happy Veterans Day! Thank you to all the men and women who have served for our country, we couldn't be more appreciative. 

My grandfather, father, father in law and cousin have all served in the past.