Top 10 Apps To Get You Through A Successful Thanksgiving Holiday
November 15th, 2013
Two weeks til Turkey Day! If that thought sends shivers down your spine, do we have the remedy for you. Ten of them actually, courtesy of Todd Wilms via Forbes.com. So pull out your iPads, iPhones, Galaxies and Androids, because, yes, Virginia, there is an app for that.
(By Todd Wilms via Forbes.com)
Quicker than you can say “Aunt Janet’s lumpy gravy” or “Uncle Rob’s inappropriate ethnic jokes,” Thanksgiving will be upon us. For those of us in the US, Thanksgiving is the gateway drug for the holiday season in December – a time filled with family, great joy, hypertension, and credit card debit. To help you not only survive the season, these apps can help you thrive while your non-technologically advanced family members succumb to a Tryptophanic stupor.
Damnit! How Many Days Left?
Before you know it, you will have a room full of hungry relatives or will be figuring out how many hours you have to stay before you make a hasty exit. Either way, it will be upon you before you know it. Need help for your planning? Countdown +++ is a great app not just for this event, but customizing any countdown to any activity. Need help to remember how many days you have before any activity? This is your own personal countdown clock so that you never miss a beat. Very simple to use for iPhone, iPad or Windows Phone.
How Many People Am I Cooking For?
Trying to figure out where to get an “organic, free-range, heritage, therapeutically-massaged-by-a-team-of-beautiful-therapists-flown-in-from-Sweden” Turkey? Aunt Tina on the “all yam diet?” Want to go against the grain and just make some killer Sloppy Joe’s for you and the gang while you watch football all day? You are going to need some help. These three apps will help you plate up the perfect meal for you.
Weber’s On The Grill is great for over 320 recipes on the grill plus tips and tricks to make the bird extra juicy or to craft the perfect marinade. This Android and Apple app can help you create your grocery list too.
Winner of Gizmodo’s Gold Medal for Thanksgiving apps (yes, it is an actual award – not making this up), Chow Thanksgiving Dinner Coach is the perfect Apple app to help your plan and time your ideal meal, with all the moving parts. Are you a total klutz in the kitchen? This app is for you; with simple, easy to read instructions it will (almost) literally hold your hand through the entire process.
The granddaddy of foodie apps, Epicurious Recipes and Shopping List has over 8M downloads and does it all, on just about every device except my old Walkman. With over 30,000 recipes at your disposal, I am confident someone will just say “screw the turkey, we are making killer Gouda Mac ‘n’ Cheese” this year. Great app if you choose to do the all “liquid dinner” route, as well.
Gimme A Break! No, Really, Give . . . Me . . . A . . . Break
Need to be transported to a better time and place? How about rushing you back to 1973 when A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving first came out? This Apple, Android, and Amazon app will take you right back to a simpler time when Snoopy ruled the land, and the best dinner was popcorn and buttered toast. A great interactive experience, it surpasses watching it on TV and is narrated by the original Linus.
Celebrating its 87th year, the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade 2013 will be choc-full of towering parade floats, marching bands, and saccharine sweet commentary by your “I just had my teeth whitened” guest hosts. The Android and Apple app is the only way to get behind the scenes or to experience the Elf-O-Matic. What is this Elf-O-Matic, you ask? You will just have to experience it.
Our family tradition was to stuff ourselves full of turkey and various starches, then load up in the car to go for popcorn and candy for our favorite Hollywood release. Fandango is the app for just about every device and lets you plan your 2 hour escape over the weekend. Did you know that their Family feature let’s you select movies appropriate to your age group, so you don’t take the kids to see Carrie by mistake? (I will be paying for their therapy for that one!)
Where Should I Wait In Line For Black Friday?
Do I wait it out in the Walmart parking lot, Costco, or JCPenny? Blackfriday.fm is the perfect Android and Apple app for you to know exactly the latest and greatest deals on the planet for your cold morning warriors, armed with your bravado, stale coffee, and a handful of Benjamins. I will salute you from my memory foam mattress in my footie PJs.
If I Am Going To Make It To New Year, I Need To . . .
Ok, you have made a glutton of yourself; it was a bacchanal buffet with you holding court over 7 courses of sheer foodtastic delight. Before you get out your “fat clothes” (you know you have them!), go for a long walk with – or without – your family. RunKeeper – GPS Track Running is the perfect Android or Apple app to help you find the perfect route and see how many steps it will take to burn off those pumpkin pies.
Totally stressed now? Has Aunty Anna tried to fix you up with the wrong person again? Relax Melodies: Sleep Zen Sounds and Whitenoise is the perfect app to let your cares wash away into a blur of pleasant background sounds. With 108 distinct sounds, this Apple app will have you asleep in no time and will have you forgetting the time Uncle Anthony showed you his hernia.