Monday, October 31, 2011

Happy Halloween

Allrecipes Marketing Team
Respecting the Bird!
Every Halloween Allrecipes throws a party at the office. Each team dresses up and the group with the most creative costume gets a happy hour to celebrate. This year, there were some pretty fun costumes including Allrecipes' creative team who won the prize with their "Ride the Duck Tourists" costumes, the brand marketing team who went as "Respect the Bird" of course, the retention marketing team who went as part of the royal wedding party and Allrecipes' president Lisa Sharples who went as a taco (she always does food costumes - last year it was a lobster)!

Employees bring kids in and we always have a ton of fun decorating the office and enjoying the delicious home-made treats everyone cooks up.

We thoroughly enjoyed the Halloween festivities and are still snacking on leftovers from the big party...but we're all looking forward to tomorrow when Respect the Bird really kicks off. We can't wait to tell the world...November is here and Thanksgiving is going to be awesome this year! So enjoy the spooky last day of October...and when tomorrow comes, help us make some noise by posting to your Facebook page and Twitter feed, and sharing your thoughts here on the blog in the comments section. And if you haven't yet...tomorrow would be a great day to take the pledge!!

Happy Halloween and safe trick-or-treating tonight!

-Respect the Bird team

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Too Early for Christmas Songs??

After perusing the internet for other Respect the Bird supporters, we found this video and had to post it. Though we know some of our younger/female community members are thrilled that Justin Bieber released a Christmas single, we think Justin should have waited a month to put it out and aparently so does this guy...


What do you think...is it too early for Christmas songs?

Monday, October 24, 2011

Respect the Jack-O'-Lantern!

Is it possible for Halloween jack-o’-lanterns and Christmas tree lights to be sitting side-by-side on store shelves? Alas, it's true. So how about giving Halloween some respect? Resolve to let this week be only about spooks, goblins, wacky witches, and ghastly ghosts. Let kids help put pumpkins on doorsteps, hang up fluttering bats and scary spiders, and pull fake cobwebs around doorways and windows. Raid closets and the dress-up box to create costumes from clothes you already have. Homemade is best, or trade costumes with other families.

Get a head start this year on creating a super spooky homemade Halloween by checking out the easy ideas in Respectthebird.com’s downloadable Halloween cookbook. You’ll also find more than 320 Halloween recipes for treats to tempt hungry ghosts and zombies. You can even stir up some homemade Halloween face paint to really scare up some fun. Download these nifty pumpkin carving templates and plan a pumpkin carving party.

What are you doing to make sure this week is all about Halloween? Trick or treat! Share your ideas!

Check out a fun video from our friends at Allrecipes.co.uk!


And here are some fun recipes to spook out your friends.
Find a whole collection here!

Spooky Witches Fingers

Eye Of Newt

Witches Brew

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Nobody says it better than you!

It takes a village to raise a child, but it also takes a village to launch a new idea. This Thanksgiving, Respect the Bird! Take the pledge! Click here to be counted. To really get inspired, read these selected comments posted last year on Doug Matthew’s Respect the Bird blog. Read them all here! Do they give you ideas? What will you do in November to Respect the Bird? Share your thoughts!

“Why would anyone want to skip from Halloween to Christmas!?! Thanksgiving is the best-great food great people (u only HAVE 2 invite those u like lol) & no gift-giving frenzy. I totally ‘respect the bird.’”
                                                                                                                                                                -- leahbear64

“Amen! Well said! I think ‘Respect the Bird!’ should be a Thanksgiving motto!”
                                                                                                                                                                -- Patricia
“Oh, I couldn't agree more. No Christmas in my house till after Thanksgiving. The day after, anyway, then hubby works off the big dinner putting up the outdoor lights, lol!! Thanks for a fun blog!”
                                                                                                                                                                -- Jammin’ Bread

“Hey, Doug, I totally agree. Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday and my whole family still gathers at my mom's house! All 42 of us!!!!! We love the stories as my Nana tells them all in great detail. We love all the kids running around and the teens huddled in a corner trying to be cool, the guys watching football and the dames of the brood play Phase 10!! Then it's time for dessert and my great aunts come over for coffee so what's another 5 people? The more the merrier!!! I LOVE TURKEY DAY!!!!! RESPECT THE BIRD!”
                                                                                                                                                                                -- dragonfly22

“Exactly, Doug! Around here, there was Christmas merchandise on display right next to the Halloween decorations and poor Thanksgiving was just lost in the shuffle. RESPECT THE BIRD! It also gets me how people rush to get the Christmas decorations down before New Year's Day because ‘Christmas is over’ but Christmas only began on December 25 and isn't over until January 5 is it? Great blog!”
                                                                                                                                                                                -- mimosa
“I'm totally on board with you Doug. This weekend I went to my son’s home and he was playing Christmas music!!!!! This of course gave my daughter that lives with me license to play it too! HA.....NOT WHILE I'M IN THE HOUSE!! Then, my neighbor decked his house out in lights! Give me a break! For me, Thanksgiving is truly my most favorite of all the holidays and the official kick off starts on Friday. Lights are hung the first weekend of Dec. and a tree cut sometime around the 7th. I'm not a scrooge either, but I can only enjoy one holiday at a time.”
                                                                                                                                                                                -- Avon

“You nailed it Doug. I so enjoy Thanksgiving because life is still simple for a couple of days. Then it goes downhill into $$$ land. AND my house turns into Kris Kringle and Anna Lee land the day after. I so look forward to January when I double the size of my home by taking the decorations down. Happy Thanksgiving, Doug, to you and your family. Enjoy!”
                                                                                                                                                -- Dog Fish Head aka Fabius

“Haha! Thanks for the chuckle! I'm no scrooge either but when people in the neighborhood have already hung and had their Christmas lights on three weeks before Thanksgiving it's a little crazy!”
                                                                                                                                                                                -- jennkl

 “I love your blog! I was ranting (only way to describe it) about decorated houses today. Respect the bird! Put me down for a T Shirt. Mary C could totally turn the economy around with one shirt—LOL”
                                                                                                                                                                                -- supernana

“AMEN, Doug, AMEN! My poor husband cringed in embarrassment when I actually threw a temper tantrum in the local Costco when they had Christmas decor for sale on July 4th. THE 4TH OF JULY, folks! No, no, no! Take time to RESPECT THE BIRD!! And I want to buy about two dozen of those t-shirts. RESPECT THE BIRD! :)”
                                                                                                                                                                -- SKYEYES

 “Hola Doug.... aqui...tu correccion... ‘Respeto el p├írajo!’ :) GREAT blog and I whole-heartedly agree....I dig out my Christmas spirit with my Christmas decorations AFTER December 15th... ;)”
                                                                                                                                                                                -- Gitano

“Hi Doug, loved your blog. I love Thanksgiving. It’s my favorite holiday. I was sad this year when the workers were taking the Halloween candy down on one side and on the other side of the aisle they were putting up Christmas stuff :( I went out yesterday to get some towels and such Thanksgiving-related, none to be found! I will admit though that I love Christmas music and I start playing it when I bake the second week of November. Heehee. Can't help myself. But I always feel like I'm breaking the rules. I'm proud of my radio station, not one Christmas song has been played yet! Respect the Bird!!! Happy Thanksgiving!”

“Respect the bird, indeed! The bird has helped me weed out potential husbands twice in my life. One boyfriend brought me 'home for Thanksgiving' to what I SWEAR was the North Pole, it was so tricked out with Christmas decorations. The second was the family who spent more time devouring the newspaper for black Friday deals than they did on the meal itself. Neither of them had me to kiss by New Year’s Eve lol. I'm SO buying one of those shirts, & I'm glad they come in turkey brown! I hope you all have safe travels this year & tell the turkey to buckle up!”
                                                                                                                                                                                -- Megasuss

-- Respectthebird.com and its Thanksgiving loving community

Monday, October 17, 2011

How Respect the Bird Started

Why Did I Write “Respect the Bird”?
By Doug Matthews

Yes, I might be getting older, and the world IS spinning faster, and there are a gazillion ads in November shouting about how to get a jump on holiday shopping or holiday anything, but it was more than that. I was just plain fed up. Thanksgiving had vanished. Lost in a black hole between Halloween and Christmas merchandise. Whirled into that smoothie of holiday sales promotions and commercials. It was time to speak out: Respect the Bird!!! So I did

For me, there is a time and place for everything, and I feel Thanksgiving belongs AFTER Halloween. And Christmas doesn’t begin until the Friday AFTER Thanksgiving—or, even better—the Monday after Thanksgiving weekend. It’s that simple. There aren't many retailers that feel the same way, but kudos to those, like Nordstrom, who do! 

Without getting sentimental, Thanksgiving is one holiday that makes us stop and pay attention to what’s important in life: family, friends, abundant food, and our communities. For the Pilgrims who first celebrated Thanksgiving in 1621, it was about giving thanks for the fall harvest and sheer survival. After all, only 53 of 102 in the original group sailing on the Mayflower made it through their first year in America! Most of us don’t have to worry about survival, but it doesn’t hurt to take time out and be thankful for what we have. Of course, I love to cook (and eat) too.

When I wrote the post last November, I thought it may resonate with some, but I had no idea so many people felt the same way. Respect the Bird took off! Lots of people left comments with the post, which was a thrill for me. I’m still grateful. This year, we’re expanding the idea even further. It’s a grassroots community effort you and your family can join. Spread the word! Take the pledge to Respect the Bird! (Every click will be counted so we know how many of you feel this way.) Let everyone know what you’ll do to Respect the Bird on the Facebook page.

Right now I’m planning a spectacular Halloween costume and treats my kids will love. But come November 1st, I will be getting out my turkey tie with little turkeys walking all over a navy background. I'll start planning my meal and thinking about the family time while attempting to ignore the media and mall frenzy that will begin for holiday deals. I have three words for all of them. Respect the Bird! And I hope you do too!


Wednesday, October 12, 2011

What does Thanksgiving mean to you? Does it matter as a holiday? It did to Doug Matthews. In November 2010, he spoke out. He was upset. He wrote a post November 15, 2010, on his Allrecipes blog, Swampy’s Kitchen titled Respect the Bird!!! He said it was time to stop treating Thanksgiving as an afterthought and restore this November holiday to its rightful status. Enough already of the pre-Christmas shopping frenzy!

Doug wasn’t alone. Hundreds of you in Allrecipes’ community agreed it was time to “Respect the Bird!” and take back Thanksgiving. Doug’s blog post was the #1 blog on Allrecipes from the time he posted it, through the end of the Thanksgiving season.

If you’re feeling like Doug, take the pledge this year and join Allrecipes’ Respect the Bird campaign. Click the pledge button on this page and add your vote to Respect the Bird! From now until November 25, Allrecipes is all about Respect the Bird! Forget over-the-top spending and shopping till you drop. Thanksgiving is—or should be—about the big things in life: Being thankful for friends, family, food, and things we already have. If you agree, make the pledge to Respect the Bird!

Allrecipes will do its part to spread the word about Respect the Bird and to help restore Thanksgiving, an essential American holiday, to its rightful place of respect. You’ll find Respect the Bird activities here on Respectthebird.com, but also here: Respectthebird.com, Facebook, and Twitter (@respectthebird). You CAN create a meaningful Thanksgiving experience that goes beyond meal planning and cooking! How does that sound? What ideas do you have to Respect the Bird? Share them here!

- Respectthebird.com and its Thanksgiving loving community