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The holidays will be here before you know it! I don’t know about you, but my daughter is already adding requests to her Christmas list and it was hard to keep up with so I made a Christmas Gift List For Kids Printable so I would be able to keep up with what she wanted when it was time to go shopping. (Black Friday anyone?) We keep her list on our fridge so that way when she thinks of something she wants she can add it to her list, but she has to be picky because there are only 10 open slots for wishes. So I wanted to share with you the list I made, feel free to print it off and use it for your kids too!
Here is my Christmas Gift List For Kids Printable for you:
Have you always wanted to have a Coach purse? Then good news because my blogger friends and I have teamed up to give you an awesome Thanksgiving giveaway event to give you a chance to have a free Coach purse. One of you gets to win this fab Coach tote!
Make yummy Christmas cookies for the whole family. My family loves my Cranberry and White Chocolate Chip Cookies and it’s a super easy cookie recipe. I make lots of these and pack them nicely for a delicious homemade Christmas present for teachers, friends and neighbors.
Still can’t get enough of pumpkin? Well how about some delicious pumpkin bread for the holiday season. This Vanilla Pumpkin Bread Recipe is not only delicious but it looks great too, perfect for the festive season. If there’s such thing as Christmas pumpkin bread, then this recipe is it! I make several of this to give to friends and I also some ready for a quick breakfast or snack to munch on.
I was scared to cook a turkey. It always looked so hard. I always remembered people looking like they have run a race after cooking this beast. One year, I jumped in and decided I would figure it out. I hope my post how you cook a turkey will help even the newest cook roast a delicious turkey.
1) If your turkey is frozen, you will need to thaw it in the refrigerator DAYS before Thanksgiving. If you have screwed up and didn’t do this, you can put it in cold water to thaw. Make sure you keep changing the water until it is thawed. I hope you didn’t have plans as this will take a while.
2) You will actually need to wash the turkey. Just use water. Do NOT use soap.
3) Pat the turkey dry with paper towels. I can imagine my husband grabbing a dish towel so I am being specific.
Prepping and Seasoning the Turkey
4) First things first, take out everything that is in the turkey. It most likely has stuff in there. This stuff will be used in your gravy.
5) Be sure to cut a little piece of skin to allow for room for your hand to go under the skin. Make a little clip up near the neck area and on the bottom.
6) Divide the butter in half and place one half in a measuring cup for later. Cut the second half into thin squares.
7) Place the thin slices of butter under the skin of the turkey.
8) Now place the turkey in a roaster pan.
9) Brush the outside of the turkey with olive oil
10) Sprinkle a little bit of salt and pepper on the outside of the turkey.
11) To finish seasoning the turkey, sprinkle on the herb of your choice. I used Herbes De Provence
12) Place 1 cup of chicken broth at the bottom of your turkey roasting pan
13) If you like, you can place the turkey in a roasting bag. I don’t do this though it does make clean up easier. I just buy a foil roasting pan which can be tossed after the meal.
Cooking the Turkey
14) Turn your oven to 400 degrees. Once the oven has reached 400 degrees, place the turkey in the oven with foil over the turkey for 60 minutes.
15) After 60 minutes, turn the temperature down to 325 degree for the remaining cooking time
16) I set my microwave timer to go off every 30 minutes so I can go over and pour the liquid at the bottom of the pan over the turkey. This is called basting.
17) Thirty minutes before the bird should be done, remove the foil.
18) Check the turkey often to see that it reaches 180 degrees. Be sure to do this in the fattest part of the bird.
19) You can crisp the skin by melting the remaining half of the butter and painting it on the skin of the turkey.
20) Once the turkey reaches 180 degrees, turn the oven to BROIL for about 3 minutes while watching carefully to make sure you do not burn the turkey.
21) Place foil lightly over the top and let the turkey rest before serving.
22) Finally, put your perfectly cooked bird on a serving platter. Don’t forget to throw flour on your forehead and pretend this was VERY hard.