Disclosure: This is a sponsored post on behalf of HGTV Santa HQ and Reach Orb, but all opinions expressed here are mine.
The holiday bustle is happening. The gifts are being purchased. Everyone is moving so fast, and I am wishing that time would standstill. The kids are getting bigger. The oldest is now taller than our refrigerator; the youngest can now microwave eggs, and my daughter is borrowing my lipgloss. I look at them all, and I think about how lucky I am, and I try my best not to cry.
This weekend we embarked on our yearly tradition to see Santa. The high schooler told me this isn’t happening when he can drive. The middle child was excited and looked for a dress that matched mine, and the youngest hates to dress up, but he did find pants with green on them. The husband came along to enjoy watching our kids with me.
We drove to HGTV’s Santa HQ at Tyson’s Corner Center in the north court. We got out of the car and took a picture of where we were parked because my short term memory is broken. Then my husband grabbed my hand the same way he grabs my heart with his smile. He began to tell us jokes, and his laughter bellows throughout the mall. The kids were embarrassed, and I was glad for once I wasn’t the embarrassing parent. I laugh with him and perhaps at him, but I was joyful that this man that walked beside me is my forever.Continue reading
Every year, my family and I have a full month of Funny Elf on the Shelf ideas and I wanted to share my Elf on the Shelf Calendar of ideas with you guys! With my Funny Elf on the Shelf ideas: Calendar of Ideas you can plan out your month easily, and never run out of fun ideas for your elf to do! These ideas are easy to do, and your kids are sure to love them!
A new year is fast approaching and one thing my family always does is to write down our new years resolution ideas and display them in the house so we can always keep them in mind. My little girl is old enough to write her own resolutions this year, so I wanted to make her a special Free Printable for Kids that she could fill out and hang in her room. I thought this would be something I could share with all of you to print out and use for your kids! It’s great motivation for keeping those resolutions!
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!
Christmas Painted Pretzels are a fun and easy snack (or homemade gift!) for the holiday season! My little girl and I made these to bring in for her class Christmas Party this week, and the kids loved them! It’s the perfect balance between salty and sweet. Your kids will love to help because they get to “paint” chocolate onto the pretzel, fun right!? It’s a simple process, and you can change them for each holiday simply by changing the sprinkles! Continue reading
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 stick of Butter
Salt and Pepper
Herbs (You can use rosemary) I cheat and use Herbes De Provence (it sounds fancy and tastes great)
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.
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.
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.
• 12-pound turkey: 3 to 4 hours at 325 degrees
• 15-pound turkey: 4 to 4 ½ hours at 325 degrees
• 18-pound turkey: 4 ½ to 5 hours at 325 degrees
• 20-pound turkey: 5 to 6 hours at 325 degrees
I came up with some awesome ways to use leftovers.. Turkey Leftovers