Interesting Trivia For Your Thanksgiving Dinner

Photo credit: Wikimedia Commons

Photo credit: Wikimedia Commons

Turkey Day. Thanksgiving Day. A day where you eat too much and watch plenty of football.

However your Thanksgiving looks, here are some interesting facts about this oh-so-American holiday:

  • A 15 pound turkey usually has about 70 percent white meat and 30 percent dark meat.
  • 1796 was the first year a pumpkin pie recipe appeared. It was featured in American Cookery by Amelia Simmons and was called ‘Pompkin Pudding.’
  • The annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade is a staple — it first started in the 1920’s.
  • Believe it or not…turkey has more protein than chicken or beef.
  • An estimated 254 million turkeys were raised for slaughter in the U.S. during 2012 – US Department of Agriculture
  • Food that was thought to have been present at the first Thanksgiving feast: Lobster, rabbit, chicken, fish, squashes, beans, chestnuts, hickory nuts, onions, leeks, dried fruits, maple syrup and honey, radishes, cabbage, carrots, eggs, and goat cheese.
  • This year, the beginning of Hanukkah and Thanksgiving falls on the very same day.
  • At one point in American history, the turkey and bald eagle were considered to serve as the national symbol of America. You can guess which one won…
  • Age is a determining factor in taste. Old, large males are preferable to young toms (males) as tom meat is stringy. The opposite is true for females: old hens are tougher birds.
  • Wild turkeys can run some 10 to 20 miles (16 to 32 kilometers) an hour and fly in bursts at 55 miles (89 kilometers) an hour.

Sources: WHVS.com, Chicago Now, Infoplease.com, National Geographic

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Lake of the Ozarks Forecast This Weekend

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If you’re staying with us this weekend, be sure to bring an umbrella! A slight chance of showers today and tomorrow. However, the temperatures will be nice, hitting 70 degrees tomorrow.

Looking to stay out of the rain? This is the perfect time of year to check out some of the Lake of the Ozarks’ caves. Find a list of the best local show caves on our website.

Don’t forget: The Enchanted Village of Lights at the Laurie Fairgrounds begins tomorrow. 

Book a stay with us between now and January 1st and we’ll make a $20 donation to the display in your name! Simply use the code “LIGHTS” when you book your stay!

Enchanted Village of Lights at the Lake of the Ozarks

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Looking for a festive time at the Lake of the Ozarks this winter?

You won’t want to miss the 20th Annual Enchanted Village of Lights at the fairgrounds in Laurie, Missouri!

The Enchanted Village of Lights is an awe-inspiring, drive-thru display that will be sure to brighten your holiday. The above “God Bless the USA” light display is one of the newest to be added to the spectacular show of lights.

From the City of Laurie: “Last holiday season was the best year in our history with over 4,950 vehicles and 16,110 visiting our beautiful 27 acre drive-through lighted park.  While touring the lights is free, donations are accepted.”

The display kicks off on November 17th and goes through January 1, 2014.

Book a stay with us between now and January 1st and we’ll make a $20 donation to the display in your name! Simply use the code “LIGHTS” when you book your stay!

Customer Review: Staying at Crownview

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I cannot tell you what a wonderful time we had during our stay at your beautiful lake house. Words cannot express how grateful I am that you have made the house available for others to share with they’re families. Thank you for being pet friendly as well because so many places on the lake aren’t.  I only hope it will be for rent for a very long time because we are already planning our trip for next year when our other son and his wife (who live in SC) can come with us as well.  Again, thank you from the bottom of my heart for such wonderful accommodations; It was a blissful weekend.

– Cindy R.

Thank you for the kind words, Cindy! We are SOOOO glad your family enjoyed your time at the lake 🙂

Click here for a FULL TOUR of Crownview.

And the winner is…

Thank you to EVERYONE who participated in our “That’s Our Pet” photo contest!!

ALL of the submissions had us smiling. So much cuteness to go around.

Nevertheless, there can only be one winner.

With over 1,700 votes cast, the winner of this fall’s Facebook photo contest is Laura Flores, from Kingston, Illinois. You can see her pup, Diesel, below.

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We also had four winners, who got at least 30 votes and qualified to win a $50 Pet Voucher to stay with us next year:

  • Dirk R., owner of Phineas
  • Diane J., owner of Duke
  • Nicole W., owner of Lola
  • Jazzmine M, owner of Roscoe

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Please stay tuned for future contests!! If you’re thinking about taking a vacation next week, please check out all of our properties and give us a call at 1-866-273-2169 if you have ANY questions!