5 ways to celebrate Thanksgiving in Birmingham besides eating turkey

Why not catch a view like this on Thanksgiving? Photo via Oak Mountain State Park on Facebook

Thanksgiving is here! While many of us will be cooking and devouring delicious food all day, if you’re looking to change things up there are several options for you in Birmingham. Read on to find out more. 

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Use Waitr for food delivery by Friday, Nov. 22 and you’ll be helping Birmingham families in need.

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Looking for ways to help Birmingham families this Thanksgiving? Use Waitr for your local restaurant meal delivery by Nov. 22 and Waitr will give back to local families in need. Use code BHAMNOW for free delivery!

Find out more about Share Thanksgiving with Waitr, including how you can nominate a family .

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Prepare for holiday travel with #protips for avoiding traffic and construction in Birmingham.

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Who wants to be stuck in traffic when you could be enjoying a Thanksgiving dinner like this? Photo via The Moellinger Family of Roebuck Springs

Maybe your 2019 holiday travel has you dashing to the airport, or maybe you’re road tripping to Grandma’s house for Thanksgiving. Either way, unexpected construction-related detours and traffic in Birmingham probably aren’t top of mind when you’re dreaming of turkey and dressing, pumpkin pie and football on the TV, right?

Thankfully, we’ve put together our best holiday travel #protips to help you get where you’re going with the least amount of hassle possible.

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3 items from Ashley Mac’s Holiday Menu we’re loving including a mouth-watering Boar’s Head Ham—Win one here!

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Don’t go to Thanksgiving dinner empty handed. Let Ashley Mac’s help make your holidays hassle free. Pick up delicious eats ahead of time, and leave the last-minute cooking for the turkeys.

See our top 3 dishes from Ashley Mac’s Holiday Menu to include in your Thanksgiving spread. Also, enter to win a Boar’s Head ham + a dozen sour cream biscuits! YUM.

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Thanksgiving recipe: Black Bottom Pumpkin Pie with local Match cocoa powder

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Black Bottom Pumpkin Pie. Photo by Terri Robertson by Bham Now

Pumpkin pie—it’s a Thanksgiving classic. This year, I’m giving mine a local twist and some extra oomph with a dark chocolate layer made with Match single origin cocoa powder, produced locally in Birmingham. 

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3 Ways You Can Make a Difference in Birmingham This Thanksgiving

Unfortunately, empty shelves are an all-too common sight at area food pantries. The good news is that you can make a difference. Photo by Greater Birmingham Ministries.

Hunger and need never take a holiday. Our efforts to offer a hand up – whether through food, monetary resources, transportation, housing, a hot meal – are always needed.

Rev. Melissa Self Patrick, East Lake United Methodist Church + Woodlawn United Methodist Church

If you’re wanting to make a difference in someone else’s life this Thanksgiving, you’ve got plenty of opportunities to do so right here in Birmingham. You can help stock area food pantries, be part of a Friendsgiving, or move your body at a Turkey Trot. 

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5 ways to plan an unforgettable holiday season—from Thanksgiving to New Year’s Eve—with Perry’s Steakhouse & Grille in Birmingham

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There’s a lot to love about the holidays, but all the planning can be … a lot. Or, you can just make plans to celebrate at Perry’s Steakhouse & Grille in Birmingham. From Thanksgiving family dinner to a hot date night for New Year’s Eve, from private parties to gift giving, Perry’s pulls it off scrumptiously.

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Try these updated recipes for all that leftover turkey

While you are gearing up for the Iron Bowl tomorrow and wondering what you’ll eat, we have a suggestion.  Turkey!  You know you have it. You know you are going to eat it.  All that leftover turkey means so many recipe possibilities!

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In my family we have a turkey-sandwich making competition on the day after Thanksgiving. We take slices of bread and pile them high with our favorite concoctions: macaroni and cheese and gravy, dressing and cranberry sauce and gravy, green-bean casserole and mashed potatoes and cheese and gravy. All with turkey right on top. And more gravy. I cannot tell a lie.  We are gravy crazy.

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Thanksgiving feast aftermath…. how to recycle your cooking oil

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The devastation is complete.

The family has eaten that 20 pound bird and everything in sight.  You’ve been cooking like a maniac for a week. You look around the kitchen and there it is… the pans of cooking oil.

What can you do about it? You know throwing it down the drain is wrong.

Very wrong.

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Archaeologists uncover proof of original Plymouth settlement, just in time for Thanksgiving Day

According to the Boston Globe, the uncovered items are believed to be a part of the first pilgrim settlement that arrived in 1620.

Photo by David Landon/UMASS
Photo by David Landon/UMASS

A team from the University of Massachusetts Boston excavated a cemetery called Burial Hill, home to the graves of several pilgrims.

They found discolored soil and calf bones under a layer of discarded items from the 17th century, and they believe the calf bones are proof of the pilgrim settlement, since Native Americans did not raise cattle in that area.

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