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Thanksgiving Turkey

November 21, 2012

My favorite way to prepare the turkey is by brining. For the past three years I have been using Alton Brown’s method [#1] with great success. But this year I thought I would spice it up and take a cue from Shawnda of Confection’s of a Foodie Bride and try two different methods on two seperate birds. Here’s hoping they turn out!

1. Alton Brown’s Brine 2. Sweet Tea and Citrius Brine 3. Salted Herb method

To see my entire menu for the big day: Appetizers, Side Dishes and Dessert


Today I am Thankful4 #21

November 21, 2012

Today I am thankful for…

a 2.5 day work week!

My office closes at 3pm today and then it’s time to shop, cook, eat and relax with friends and family.

Thanksgiving Side Dishes

November 20, 2012

I really think Pinterest has made my menu planning so much harder this year. There are so many amazing recipes I would love to try. With 18 adults on the guest list and 10 kids I had to make my selections.
I have narrowed it down to the following sides.

Rosemary and Black Pepper Rolls via Cook Like a Champion

Classic Stuffing via A Couple Cooks

Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Cranberries via Cookie and Kate

Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes via Martha Stewart

Autumn Chop Salad via Espress and Cream

Orange Cranberry Sauce via Real Simple

P’s grandmother is bringing the traditional green bean casserole and one of my SIL’s is bringing another side dish.

Next up… appetizers!

ps-I will post my favorite turkey recipe later. Dad and SIL are bringing dessert so that is not on me this year. If you need ideas check out this round-up.

Today I am Thankful4 #20

November 20, 2012

Today I am thankful for…


I grew up with only three cousins and they were much older than me and did not live near by.
But L is super lucky that she already has ten cousins all around her age. Not to mention one she will go to school with. Nothing beats family 🙂

Thanksgiving Appetizers

November 19, 2012

1. Warm Cranberry Walnut Brie 2. Caramelized Onion Dip 3. Stuffed Muhrooms 4. Deviled Eggs

Today I am Thankful4 #19

November 19, 2012

Today I am thankful for…

artwork made by my little artist.

It really brightens my day when L brings home a new creation from nursery school.

Today I am Thankful4 #18

November 18, 2012

Today I am thankful for…

my stepdad.

He is a wonderful man and amazing grandfather. On several occassions he has watched L by himself, by request. I told you… amazing! Happy Birthday to a wonderful father!