Eight days until Thanksgiving. Has the turkey been purchased? Remember a frozen turkey takes time to thaw. Allow one day of thawing time for every 4 pounds of turkey. A 16-pound turkey will take four days to thaw in the fridge. Don’t try to thaw by running water from the faucet over the bird; germs can accumulate with this method. Another no-no is thawing the turkey at room temperature. Whole frozen turkeys and frozen turkey breasts need to be thawed in the fridge.
Remember to check the Thanksgiving countdown list several times. Turkey Day is only two weeks away. This is the week for cleaning, ironing and some shopping. First off, decide what tablecloths, napkins, dishes and glassware to use. If the napkins and tablecloths need ironing, do it now. Also wash all the glassware and dishes and, if using, polish the silver. Now is the time to decide on decorations, place cards and perhaps a door wreath.
The countdown has begun: 22 days until Thanksgiving. Now is not the time to panic; it is the time to plan. Decide what the family is doing for Thanksgiving. Is a trip planned or is it time to kick back with the parades and have an easy meal at home? Perhaps the whole family — grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins — is coming for dinner. Deciding on plans now whittles away stress. OK, so plans are made, and you are hosting. Make a menu, then start making a list and checking and double-checking it.
Muck Rack makes it simple to find people, tweets, or articles that mention any name, keyword, company, hashtag etc. We've compiled this guide to help you make the most of your search.
Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
names, titles and bios with some suggested searches:
Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
Names (e.g. "David Pogue")
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
Muck Rack's Advanced Search allows for many boolean operators.
Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
searching Musk AND Zuckerberg or Musk + Zuckerberg.
Use the operators OR or , to broaden your search when you'd like either of
multiple terms to appear in results. (This is the default behavior of our search when no operators
are used). For example, results will contain either cake or cookie by searching cake OR cookie or cake,cookie
Use NOT or - to subtract results from your search. For
example, searching Disney will yield results about the Walt Disney Company as well as Walt Disney
World Resort. To exclude mentions of Disney World, search for Disney -World or Disney
When using one of these operators with a phrase, enclose it in quotation marks. For example, you can
find results about smartphones excluding Apple's iPhone 4S by searching smartphone -"iPhone
Exact case matching or punctuation
If you're searching for a brand name or keyword that relies on specific punctuation marks or capitalization, you can
find results that match your exact query by adding matchcase: before the keyword you're searching for, like matchcase:E*TRADE .
Use parentheses to separate multiple
boolean phrases. For example, to find journalists talking about having fun in Disney World or
Disneyland, search for ("disney world" OR disneyland) AND fun.
An asterisk can be used to search for any variation of a root word truncated by the asterisk. For example, searching for admin* will return results for administrator, administration, administer, administered, etc.
A near operator is an AND operator where you can control the distance between the words. You can vary the distance the near operation uses by adding a forward slash and number (between 0-99) such as strawberries NEAR/10 "whipped cream", which means the strawberries must exist within 10 words of "whipped cream".