Thursday, November 28, 2013

Happy Thanksgiving Giveaway Winner!

While my time isn't as equally divided to be as present as I once was here at Eat Play Love, there is nothing that makes me happier that I still have people stop by to read my words. One never knows what I may be rambling on about, but alas you come anyway.

Happy Thanksgiving, today I am truly grateful for Eat Play Love and all the incredibly people that have been woven into my life as a result. My heart is full.

Congrats to Melissa, you have won the giveaway. I'll be in touch for your address.

Like Gretchen, we started brining years ago with Alton's recipe. Love it! Melissius at gmail dot com

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Learn To Brine A Turkey {video} and a Whole Foods Market $50 Gift Card Giveaway!

Thanksgiving is upon us! Who doesn't love a holiday full of gratitude, sitting around the table enjoying the company of the ones we love, and indulging? While some may succumb to the pressure to create a perfect meal, we tend to stick with our favorites and keep it simple, which takes the pressure off. Thanksgiving is also one of those holidays that is steeped in tradition. My tradition is hunting down 3 boxes of Bell's Poultry Seasoning (accept no substitutes) which is added to the dressing, aka stuffing. We don't actually use 3 boxes, but I always need a backup, and a backup for our backup.

About 10 years ago, Josh brined a turkey for the first time. The turkey turned out wonderfully moist, we were super impressed that we could taste subtle hints of flavors used in the brine.  Since then, there has been no turning back, a dried out flavorless turkey became a thing of the past. A brined turkey quickly became a part of our Thanksgiving tradition.

If you want to wow your guests, I suggest brining your turkey this year. Whole Foods has put together some great tips and tricks as well as a video! Whole Foods Holiday Cheat Sheet: Guide To Turkey 101. Or if you're not in the mood to cook, you can order an entire meal, or select components online from Whole Foods Market! We've ordered our Christmas Dinner before from WFM, it was just three short weeks after I gave birth, and a perfect way to celebrate without feeling overwhelmed.

Brining a Turkey 101, it's truly this simple:

Or if you prefer a video, it's 45 seconds long, bravo!

Now for the giveaway! 

To Enter:

1. A comment equals one entry, comment as much as you wish. PLEASE leave a valid email address if you comment as anonymous or do not have a link to your email. 

2. Contest will close on Wednesday, November 27, 2013 at 10pm MST. 

3. 1 Winner will be chosen by Random. Org and notified via email.  

4. Address must be provided within 24 hours or a new winner will be selected, Gift card will be shipped directly by the supplier of the giveaway.  

5. Open to US residents only. 

Disclosure: I am a Whole Foods Brand Ambassador, they have sponsored this post and the contents of the giveaway!