It was a good day! Any day that you get some stuff accomplished is a good day in my book. Accomplishment #1 was the retrieval of my free turkey. I was pretty surprised to see it was a Butterball. Of all the turkeys I've cooked in my lifetime, THIS is the best brand.
Even better, it saved me some moolah to spend on fabric, or some other totally useless item. At 13.39 pounds of beautiful white meat, it would cost me $12.98 at Save Mart (that's for the cheap brand). The same turkey right now would be $26.37 at Target (also a cheap brand). It pays to shop around in this neck of the woods. Now the question becomes .... do I take a chance on smoking it or do I stick it in the oven? Either way, I'm determined to brine it this year and see if it makes a difference.