Celebrating Family and Food This Thanksgiving with Butterball + Giveaway

By Shannon Gurnee
In Food
November 19, 2016


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One of my favorite times of the year is Thanksgiving. There are so many great things that happen around this time of year. First off, we celebrate my oldest son’s birthday around Thanksgiving. He was actually born the day after Thanksgiving! I always said it was something in the turkey that did it…something good!

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On Thanksgiving, we also celebrate the anniversary of when my husband, Frank, proposed to me and asked me to be his wife. Every Thanksgiving, we go around the room and share what we’re thankful for. A few years ago, he decided to change it up a little and asked me to be his wife. He had already talked to my dad about asking me, but nobody had any idea when it was going to happen, so it was a surprise to everyone!

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Thanksgiving is also a time we get together with our family and friends and celebrate what we are thankful. Plus, it’s a time to eat a LOT of good food! Butterball Turkeys have always played an important role in our Thanksgiving celebrations – starting when I was a kid. I remember waking up on Thanksgiving Day at my mom’s house and tearing up bread for homemade stuffing. It was always a big to-do when it came to stuffing the turkey and finally getting it in the oven. While preparing the turkey, we’d still be in our jammies and enjoy some hot chocolate while watching the Macy’s Day Parade. Even though our Thanksgivings now are a little different, the same idea with family and food are celebrated. And Butterball Turkeys are still our go-to turkeys for the big Thanksgiving dinner!

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Butterball Turkeys always seem to be more tender, juicy and flavorful. I honestly don’t know if I could have any other turkey on Thanksgiving other than a Butterball turkey! I also love how helpful Butterball is when it comes to preparing your turkey for Thanksgiving! In fact, did you know that not only will Butterball be continuing to support with social media, updated website videos, and in-person answers on their phone line, but they’ll also be taking their support one step further with 24/7 texting for the first time! How awesome is that??!!!

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Butterball is There for us on Thanksgiving Day!

In an age of immediacy, cooks want the support they need at the touch of a button, whether it’s advice, watching a how-to video, searching on their phone in-store or looking for extra help while in the kitchen. This year, Butterball® is taking their support to a new level, offering for the first time the ability to text cooking questions to experts at the ButterballTurkey Talk-Line® from Nov.17-24 by texting 844-877-3456. In addition, Butterball has curated content so must-have information is available in new and exciting ways on Butterball.com – top questions answered, videos, etc.

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“It’s been more than 35 years and cooks still have the same turkey questions – where to buy, how to thaw, is my turkey done – but what has changed is the way they want to get the information,” said Sue Smith, co-director of the Butterball Turkey Talk-Line. “So to support cook’s evolving needs we’re not only continuing to support with social media, updated website videos with top tips and in-person answers at 1-800-BUTTERBALL, but we’re taking our support one step further by offering 24/7 texting for the first time.”

“Butterball On Demand” – Streaming holiday meal help

With an overflow of information, technology and advice from social media foodies, holiday cooks need dependable support from knowledgeable experts who can instantly address their specific holiday cooking needs. Although the Butterball Turkey Talk-Line experts have heard every turkey question possible, experts are making it easier to get cooking help this Thanksgiving by offering the ability to text cooking questions for the first time. Additionally, new video tips will help with all of your Thanksgiving needs.

  • Week-long 24/7 Text Help: With nearly one in three first time cooks saying they’d text the Butterball Turkey Talk-Line for cooking help[1], it only makes sense that Talk-Line experts will expand their support by offering, for the first time, the ability to text in their cooking questions. Therefore, Butterball will offer 24/7 text help from Nov.17–24, with experts available to answer any cooking questions. The service will support consumers looking for how-to tips, cooking support and any other turkey needs consumers might have, at the click of a button. Text help will be available 24/7 by texting 844-877-3456. 
  • How-To Videos: The Butterball Turkey Talk-Line experts have been answering turkey questions for more than 30 years and have helped almost 50 million cooks. Now their expert knowledge is available at your fingertips day or night with fun and helpful video tips for those preparing holiday meals, available at Butterball.com or YouTube.
  • Website and Mobile App: Whether you have years of experience or it’s your first time cooking the turkey, Butterball.com and the Butterball Cookbook Plus App have all the answers for your needs. Between coupon savings, trusted recipes, how-to-videos with step-by-step details and key tips for success, everything you need is easily accessible.

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Expert Advice Anytime, Anywhere: The help doesn’t stop there. The Butterball Turkey Talk-Line has evolved how they help cooks and are able to provide expert advice anytime, anywhere.

  • Facebook and Twitter: Help is available through the Butterball Facebook and Twitter pages with tips, special savings and more.
  • Pinterest: Find Thanksgiving recipe inspiration for your holiday celebration on the Butterball Pinterest page.
  • Instagram: Follow Butterball on Instagram to get a behind-the-scenes look, recipe development for our Thanksgiving meal and more.
  • Live Chats: Engage with turkey experts through Live Chats on Butterball.com during November and December and receive real-time suggestions and advice.
  • Email: Email Butterball using this form and receive helpful tips right to your inbox.
  • 1-800-BUTTERBALL (1-800-288-8372): Turkey Talk-Line experts will be available this season starting Nov.1through Dec.24, 2016, to answer questions and assist all Thanksgiving cooks.

About the Butterball Turkey Talk-Line

One of the first national, toll-free consumer help lines, the Turkey Talk-Line has helped almost 50 million consumers since its first season in November 1981. Each November and December, professionally trained turkey experts assist more than 4 million cooks through the Turkey Talk-Line, Butterball.com, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Live Chats and emails in the United States and Canada. With more than 50 staff members, the Turkey Talk-Line has the resources to answer questions from either English- or Spanish-speaking callers, as well as respond to questions via email.

About Butterball

Headquartered in Garner, N.C., Butterball is the largest producer of turkey products in the U.S. – producing more than 1 billion pounds of turkey each year. For more than 60 years, the company has provided foodservice and retail products to customers and consumers around the world. As an industry leader in quality, food safety and animal well-being, the company employs numerous processes to ensure the health of flocks and implements recognized prevention measures to exceed food safety standards. Butterball products are currently distributed throughout the U.S. and in more than 45 countries. Butterballoperates seven processing plants located in North Carolina, Arkansas, Illinois and Missouri.

For consumer questions or information, please visit Butterball.com or call 1-800-BUTTERBALL (1-800-288-8372). Visit ButterballCorp.com for corporate information about the company.


2 lucky winners will each win a $20 gift check to purchase a Butterball turkey for their Thanksgiving dinner!!

How does Butterball make your Thanksgivings memorable?

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Shannon Gurnee is the author of Redhead Mom formerly "The Mommy-Files", a national blog with a loyal following. She has a Bachelor's Degree in Marriage, Family, and Human Development with a Minor in Business Management. Shannon and her husband, Frank, have a large family with 6 awesome kids and love living on the Central Coast near San Luis Obispo, California, as well as traveling around the world. A full-time Social Media and Professional Blogger, Shannon also serves as a National Brand Ambassador for many well-known companies. Her blog focuses on motherhood, family fun activities, traveling, fashion, beauty, technology, wedding ideas and recipes while providing professional opinions on products, performances, restaurants, and a variety of businesses.

86 Responses to “Celebrating Family and Food This Thanksgiving with Butterball + Giveaway”

  1. James Robert says:

    I have a memory when my grandfather dropped roasting pan after taking the turkey out. We lost all the juice for the gravy and he felt terrible. We assured him, the dinner would be fine without it and although he felt bad, we had a terrific dinner together as a family. It wasn’t about the gravy, it was about us being together as a family.

  2. shelly peterson says:

    I remember always wanting to help my grandmother cook for the holidays, those were special moments with her.

  3. pamela j says:

    The year I left the turkey in the oven and fell asleep- We had the driest turkey ever-but no one said anything!

  4. Julie Wood says:

    My special memory is when I had my daughter and she was only 3 months old, and my husband had to work on Thanksgiving. I was sad about it, but at the last minute his boss called up and said that he did not have to work and to have a nice Thanksgiving and gave us a big Turkey basket. I was so thrilled to have my husband home that Thanksgiving.

  5. susan smoaks says:

    My first thanksgiving with my husband was the most special thanksgiving ever. we were young and poor but we were happy.

  6. Sue Farrell says:

    I have a great memory of cooking a HUGE almost 30 pound turkey for a bunch of my husband’s army buddies when he was stationed in Alaska.

  7. Elena says:

    The special memory I have is cooking Thanksgiving food with my grandma

  8. Ellie Wright says:

    My oldest son was born November 16, 1982. So that was the most special Thanksgiving. It was special because it was the first time my husband’s family met his son.

  9. Charlene S. says:

    All Thanksgivings are special to me. My kids help make the desserts and set the table. Hubby helps with the side dishes and carving the bird 🙂

  10. Laurajj says:

    Oh I remember years ago…just a few days before thanksgiving, my niece was born way to early and weighed only 1 pound 9 ounces. We spent Thanksgiving at the hospital that year….with our families new precious little blessing! Today she is a healthy almost 9 year old!

  11. Mary Gardner says:

    The most special memory I have of Thanksgiving is the last one spent with my grandmother. I didn’t know at the time that it would be the last but now it is a very special memory.

  12. vickie couturier says:

    having all my dads 8 brothers and sisters and their familes all meet at my grandpas house for a huge celebration,,they are all gone now

  13. Susan Smith says:

    I remember a Thanksgiving 11 years ago. We all knew if would be my MIL’s last Thanksgiving with us as she had cancer and wasn’t expected to live much longer. We spend the whole day with her as she shared funny stories of the family. She passed away a couple of weeks later but I still remember that Thanksgiving with her.

  14. ellen beck says:

    Lots of memories but a nice one is when we went to our Grandmothers cross country for Thanksgiving. We never got to see them except maybe in the summer when the weather was nicer. The smell of everything cooking and the HUGE table with all n the relatives was so nice.

  15. Lorena Keech says:

    We are all about turkey now. But when I was a child, our family went through some financial straits. So my grandpa and uncles took my dad hunting and for Thanksgiving, we enjoyed their contribution of pheasant and quail. I can still remember a big group of us around the table enjoying a huge meal with plenty of food thanks to family.

  16. Austin Baroudi says:

    I can’t think of just one special memory. The whole family gets together every year and it’s always so much fun!

  17. sarah k says:

    Being with family and making Thanksgiving dinner together.

  18. tracey johnson says:

    The kids cooking the Thanksgiving dinner. It was soo funny. I would hear them say “you go ask mom”. lol

  19. Natalie says:

    I will always remember Thanksgiving 5 years ago when my brother announced he was engaged!

  20. Julie Lundstrom says:

    I love my Mom’s cooking. She makes the best stuffing so every year I look forward to her cooking the Thanksgiving dinner. I also love to get together with the family and watch football.

  21. Cindy Merrill says:

    A Very special Thanksgiving day memory was when my cats ( Fred and Ginger had their first Thanksgiving with us- they were still skittish because I had recently adopted them, BUT, the aroma of roasting Turkey coaxed them out of hiding. Both cats had a slice of roasted Turkey for dinner.

  22. Barbara Montag says:

    I remember the first turkey I made.
    Forgot to take the insides out!
    We still joke about it every Thanksgiving.
    thank you

  23. Jackie says:

    When we were kids, we would go to my grandmother’s house for Thanksgiving. She always had a kids’ table…and at each place setting was a foil covered chocolate turkey.

  24. Sharon Rooney says:

    I always remember my grandparents coming over my house on Thanksgiving Eve and helping my Mom get the turkey and stuffing ready for Thanksgiving Day.

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  26. Peggy Damon says:

    Special memory I have is looking forward to my mom’s Thanksgiving meal, she always made it the best. Now she doesn’t cook, it’s my turn!

  27. Desiree Glaze says:

    At my college job, we woke up and met to play flag football every Thanksgiving at 5am. It was tons of fun.

  28. Seyma Shabbir says:

    My favorite is when my dad was stationed in Germany and we would invite other soldiers who were single/without family to our house for Thanksgiving!

  29. Stephanie Phelps says:

    My most special memory is the last Thanksgiving I had with my grandmother and my mom. We got together and cooked and laughed and just had the best time.

  30. Angela Hendricks says:

    A special memory I have from Thanksgiving would be going to my uncle’s house for Thanksgiving when I was little. I would always get to watch the Macy’s Day Parade while lunch was being prepared. It was so much fun!

  31. Nicole Sender says:

    I remember having great family gatherings at Thanksgiving with delicious food and fun!

  32. Elizabeth Ray says:

    The year we had a storm and the power went out throughout the county. We finally found a seafood restaurant with it’s own generator. I cooked the turkey the next day.

  33. Leela says:

    Sharing our first Thanksgiving together with my husband.

  34. Kristen says:

    I remember the year one of my cousins came to the family dinner after having not been able to come the previous few years, and we were all so happy to see him!

  35. joe gersch says:

    ,y memory was going to my gandparents and eating with my cousins at the kids table

  36. KENNETH OHL says:

    my favorite memory is when my grandmother was alive and she had these big spreads of food and all the relatives over it was wonderful miss her a lot

  37. Amy Pratt says:

    My favorite memory is spending the holiday with my sister in Colorado. It was beautiful scenery along with beautiful people.

  38. kim hardy says:

    My special memories are when my children were small and the whole family was together for the holidays

  39. Ann Fantom says:

    My favorite Thanksgiving memory is going to my grandmother’s house and all my aunts, uncles and cousins were there along with my great grandparents.

    This was a long time ago!

  40. My mom would always get the turkey ready and then make all the little kids stand around it and throw it a kiss before it went in the oven. I was always so cute. All the grandkids would be there- it was a big family tradition for them to spend the night and eat pizza the night before Thanksgiving. They’d have a slumber party in the living room.

  41. Margaret Smith says:

    My favorite memory of Thanksgiving is when we were kids, my Mom would cook for our family, but for my Aunts, Uncles and cousins. We’d have a house full of people and Mom would cook 2 turkeys to feed everyone. With having a house full of guests, my brother and I would have a blast, especially with our cousins.

  42. Keeley Sullivan says:

    My favorite memories are when I was growing up and spending time at grandma’s house helping her cook. Now I do the same with my kids. Lots of family time and teaching them at the same time.

  43. Ashley C says:

    My memories are similar to yours! I remember always watching the macy’s parade and helping my mom cook! I haven’t been able to watch the parade in a long time, but I am hoping to this year once again.

  44. Cynthia C says:

    I remember how nervous I was to cook my first Thanksgiving dinner.

  45. Erica B. says:

    My daughter’s first thanksgiving was my favorite.

  46. sandra says:

    playing apples to apples with my family

  47. Julia Barnes says:

    My uncle gave all of the kids a disposable camera one year to take pictures with for Thanksgiving. He didn’t think that if you hand a 3 year old the only pictures you get will be butts. It was hysterical!

  48. Jill Rivera says:

    My special Thanksgiving is a couple years ago. My son favorite holiday is Thanksgiving. He moved out and was coming home for his first Thanksgiving homecoming.

  49. Eloise Carlson says:

    My memories are when I was a kid spending Thanksgiving at my Grandmother’s house with all of our family. My grandmother was such a wonderful cook, making most of the food herself with so much love and care. Spending time around the table, talking and laughing, those were special memories that I will always cherish. Thanks so very much for the chance!


  50. nickie says:

    I remember making cranberry with my mother the first time

  51. Danielle says:

    Having my grandmother over to my house where I got to cook for her.

  52. Helen Swarts says:

    As far back as I can remember, I’ve cooked a butterball turkey, big or small, the aroma of it cooking just seemed to bring everyone together in the kitchen, having friends and family to share it is what Thanksgiving day is all about.

  53. Stephanie Larison says:

    Last Thanksgiving was great with both sides of the family there with all the kids. The first time we’ve all been together!

  54. Peter G says:

    We made pinecone center pieces for Thanksgiving. They were so pretty.

  55. Leigh Anne Borders says:

    My favorite memory was the last one I got to spend with my grandfather. He was always such a fun man that loved football. We would go out and play flag football every year. He has since passed and although I can;t see him anymore, we always sense his presence on Thanksgiving.

  56. McKim says:

    When my son was going to a tech school here in town, a lot of his friends were from out of state and unable to make the trip home for Thanksgiving. We invited several of them over for dinner. Was quite a fun and boisterous meal!

  57. Monique Rizzo says:

    Playing pin the tail on the turkey when I was a kid.
    Thank you for the giveaway!! Happy Holidays.


    One Thanksgiving I invited a couple of friends and one of my sisters over. I took the turkey out of the oven and set it on the counter to be carved. My friend started to carve the turkey but wasn’t getting any white meat. We soon discovered the turkey was upside down!

  59. Brenda Elsner says:

    My favorite memory is when we would all gather around grandma’s table for our Thanksgiving feast. It was always a great time since we all were together.

  60. Jennifer Reed says:

    I enjoyed last Thanksgiving when we hosted my inlaws and had a relaxing enjoyable day eating, visiting, and watching parades and football.

  61. heather s says:

    We had a group of relatives come up and visit us. We hadn’t seen them in many years so it was so much fun getting caught up on their lives. We cooked together and just had fun. I will never forget it.

  62. Nannypanpan says:

    The year. Sister drank too much and quaked like a duck

  63. Carolyn Daley says:

    One of the most memorable Thanksgiving was the year my nephew was born. We had five generations to celebrate Thanksgiving with ranging from my great grandma down to my nephew. We even took a special five generation photo with my nephew wearing the cutest little turkey outfit for the holiday. My great grandma passed away about two weeks before Thanksgiving the following year so it was truly special to have this opportunity.

  64. Laurie Emerson says:

    My special memory is the first Thanksgiving after we lost our mom. My dad wanted us to have the best Thanksgiving we could have so he decided to make it all on his own. The mashed potatoes were lumpy, the turkey was so overdone it was too dry to eat and the vegetables and rolls were burned. To me the fact that he made it for us made it the best Thanksgiving dinner I have ever had.

  65. Susan Chester says:

    Every Thanksgiving is special to me because it is the only day of the year that all my brothers and sisters get together. We all play games and catch up on each others lives.

  66. Amy Deeter says:

    Flying on my first plane ride to Texas to have Thanksgiving with my aunt and uncle

  67. Allison Laughlin says:

    I always remember my dad carving the turkey – no one does it like him!! <3

  68. Donna says:

    My favorite memory is being at the “kid” table with my cousins – my cousin Mark was so funny….it was great.

  69. Trisha Burgess says:

    My best most special was the last one when my father was alive. We had all the family over and he even invited a couple random strangers who had no where to go. It was the best time.

  70. Amy W. says:

    One Thanksgiving I had to make dinner myself and my kids still tease me to this day about the sweet potato’s that I used Christmas colored marshmallows on. Needless to say they didn’t turn out that well.

  71. Jessica Ruggiero says:

    I have many great memories of going to my grandmothers house for Thanksgiving

  72. DENISE W says:

    My favorite memory is joining my family at my grandparents’ home for Thanksgiving dinner all throughout my childhood. My cousins were all there and we would place black olives on our fingers and bite them off one by one. Black olives have been a must at my Thanksgiving dinners ever since.

  73. Denise L says:

    When I was younger we always had Thanksgiving at my dad’s parents’ house. We’d walk in and the house smelled so wonderful. My grandma would squeeze me so hard I thought my bones would break. After dinner, we all went outside and played an epic family football game. We still talk about those games 🙂

  74. My special memory is my Mom, before she passed on, making a fantastic Thanksgiving spread for my family and my cousins.

  75. Marty says:

    The Thanksgiving my parents declared that they were tired of turkey and were going to serve exotic ethnic food (it was the 1970’s.) Everyone was so mad at missing traditional food that they NEVER did that again 🙂

  76. Peggy Rydzewski says:

    Going to my grandmas house. the smells.. the laughter.. I miss her.

  77. gigi says:

    spending time with my family and enjoying the delicious taste of a moist, tasty and golden brown turkey!

  78. MARIA SIMON says:

    i have a huge family and I love getting together with them all every year. it is so memorable and we all feel so blessed

  79. Richard Hicks says:

    I remember going to Grandmas and having such a great time with my cousins and family

  80. Trisha McKee says:

    It was the Thanksgiving after my mom passed. I was not sure hwo i was going to get through holidays, let alone make new traditions. But i had a young daughter that was counting on me. And my aunt who had lost her sister and best friend was devastated. I told her we needed her, so she came to spend Thanksgiving with us. We watched movies, played cards, and then worked on prepping the food and suddenly, my aunt started singing and dancing around the kitchen. It was such a light hearted ,fun moment, and i realized we would be okay. Seven years later, my aunt is coming to spend the holiday again. We have the movies, the cards and the food.

  81. Christian Alejandro says:

    My niece enjoying her third thanksgiving was a great one since she learned all about it.

  82. BRIAN E. says:

    My favorite memory is that my Mom always enlisted me to peel / chop vegetables, since the time I could wield a knife, to help her prepare the Thanksgiving dinner.

  83. All the cousins used to go and pick up the pecans in Grandma’s back yard after Thanksgiving lunch!

  84. Sand says:

    For me, it was when my grandmother was still alive and all the great memorirs with her.

  85. Sarah L says:

    I remember one Thanksgiving when all my cousins and aunts & uncles were there. Lots of fun playing with my cousins.
    Thanks for the contest.

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