It’s been days since your Thanksgiving dinner and that means you’ve probably had several rounds of turkey feast leftovers by now. But if you’re fridge is still full of food from your holiday feast, you’ve probably wondered exactly how long it’s safe to eat.
To simplify things and keep us from getting sick, FoodSafety.gov has put together a handy guide to consuming leftover Thanksgiving food. It all starts with getting those leftovers in the fridge within two hours of serving, so let’s hope you did that back on Thursday. It’s important not to leave food sitting out longer because as the FDA points out, “harmful bacteria grow rapidly at room temperature,” so better safe than sorry.
As for how long it’s safe to eat those leftovers after they hit the fridge, both the FDA and foodsafety.gov advise eating your Thanksgiving turkey and all the trimmings within four days, which makes your deadline for leftovers tomorrow, Tuesday, November 27th.
But that’s just a guideline and if your food starts to smell funky before then, the FDA says trash it. FDA consumer educator Marjorie Davidson advises, “A good rule to follow is, when in doubt, throw it out.”
Millions of Americans just spent the weekend reminding themselves what they are thankful for, but what truly makes life meaningful means different things to different people. Well, a new survey asked that very question and the answers may, or may not be surprising.
The Pew Research Center conducted two polls to find out what brings meaning to folks' lives. The first simply asked the open-ended question of what makes their lives feel meaningful, fulfilling or satisfying, while the second gave respondents a set of close-ended choices.
When asked what provides people with the most meaning, the most common answer was family (69%). But answers differed after that. In the open-ended question, career was the next top choice (34%), followed by money (23%), spirituality and faith (20%) and friends (19%).
- As for the close-ended choices, following family, the thing that gives people the most meaning is being outdoors (47%), followed by spending time with friends (47%), caring for pets (45%) and listening to music. (44%).
Source: Pew Research
Today is cyber Monday, which means a lot of folks will be spending money online, but not everyone who buys something today will necessarily get what they ordered. That’s because there are a lot of bad people out there who swipe packages left at front doors.
Just how bad does it get? Well, according to a study conducted last year, nearly 26 million Americans reported packages stolen from their front stoop or porch, and as you can imagine, those crimes tend to increase over the holidays.
So, what can you do to keep your packages from being swiped? Well, there are several steps you can take, and most of them are pretty simple. They include:
- As long as your boss is okay with it, have packages shipped to you at work so they aren’t left on your doorstep.
- Find friends or neighbors who are home during the day and ask them if they can receive your packages.
- Require that any package you send receive a signature so they are not left at the door.
- Ask the people you are sending packages about the safest way to get things to them.
- Use alternative pickup or delivery options, which can be found at shippers websites.
- Get home security devices, which can be clearly seen to deter thieves.
Source: CBS News
Tuesday, November 27th is Giving Tuesday and it’s basically a day to give back. It was started in 2012 as a response to all the consumerism of the holidays, especially Black Friday and Cyber Monday. The idea is to mark the beginning of the charitable season and to encourage people to give to organizations and charities that are doing good and here are a few ways you can get involved.
- Donate to your favorite nonprofit - Give to a charity that does work in line with your values, whether that’s a group that supports immigrant families or the LGBTQ community. If you’re not sure who to support, check out the #GivingTuesday site for ideas.
- Volunteer your time - If you can spare some time on Tuesday, roll up your sleeves and donate it to organizations that need hands-on help.
- Start your own fundraiser - If you have a Facebook account, let the power of social media help your favorite nonprofit. Just click “Fundraisers” on the left-hand side of the Facebook page under the Explore tab. There you’ll see options to start a fundraiser for #GivingTuesday. This year, Facebook and PayPal will match donations up to a total of $7-million.
- Share your experience on social media - If you can’t give financially, a free way to help is by boosting #GivingTuesday posts on social media. Use the hashtag #GivingTuesday and repost and retweet to show nonprofits some extra love.
- Start a charitable giving habit - It’s important to give back any time you can, not just the Tuesday after Thanksgiving, so if you’re able, sign up to donate once a month or quarterly to support your favorite charities year-round.
Now that it’s the last week in November, we’re in the heat of the holidaze now. And while you’re scrambling to get everything done this December, why not make things easier on yourself with some help around the house … from Alexa. The virtual assistant is here to help with these Amazon Alexa holiday hacks.
- Play all the holiday tunes - Nothing turns your home into a holiday wonderland like Christmas music playing 24/7 andiHeart Radio’s iHeart Santa skill makes it so easy. Just ask Alexa to open one of the free holiday-themed radio stations, some of which are even hosted by Santa.
- Set timers for all your holiday cooking - Alexa can set multiple timers with ease and you can keep them all straight by asking for specifics, like a cookie timer, or a potato timer.
- Get fed your recipes - Enable any of the hundreds of recipe skills available for Alexa and she can tell you step-by-step directions for every dish you’re making so you don’t have to use a cookbook or your phone to find them.
- Do some holiday shopping - After you enable Alexa’s voice purchasing feature, she can help by adding gifts to your Amazon Prime shopping cart. But if your kids know about it, be sure to check your cart before checking out.
- Lists, lists, and more lists - Keep everything straight this holiday season by letting Alexa help you create and add to lists. Just tell her what to add and which one to add it to, like your holiday shopping list or travel checklist, and you stay organized and hands-free.
- Get your holiday countdown fix - Enable the Christmas Countdown skill and then you or your kids can ask Alexa how many more days you have until Christmas any time you need to know.
- Play some holiday-themed trivia - Alexa knows everything and with the Winter Holiday facts skill, you can learn all kinds of interesting tidbits about Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa and more.
- Get some help with the holiday lights - Order some Alexa-compatible smart lights or smart plugs and you can ask Alexa to turn the holiday lights on and off for you, so you don’t have to crawl behind the couch or Christmas tree every time.
They say with age comes wisdom, and there’s no doubt we can all learn a lot from our elders, especially ones in our own family. Grandparents are an endless source of good (and sometimes bad) advice, and a new poll reveals some of the best advice they’ve ever offered.
The survey by Home Health Care Shoppe finds that folks learn six useful skills from their grandparents growing up, with how to be thankful being the top lesson learned (62%). Another top skill learned is how to cook (53%), followed by how to clean (41%), and how to be smart with money (40%).
As for what we appreciate most about our grandparents, their love, obviously, tops the list (71%), followed by their stories (61%), their cooking skills (55%), and their wisdom/advice (55%). As for the best advice they’ve ever given, the top ten includes:
- Don't grow up too fast.
- Don't take your family for granted
- Don't be afraid to fail or lose at anything you chose to do in life.
- If you are not 10 minutes early you're late
- To always feel my emotions and not to bottle them up inside
- Write everything down
- You can learn a lot by keeping quiet and watching
- You never get a second chance at a first impression
- Live by your words and stand by it
- If something doesn't feel right with you, then it's not right at all
Source: SWNS Digital