One of my favorite things to bake with during the winter is Cranberries! They are readily available, and oh-so-yummy! Today I am going to share one of my families favorite recipes, Cranberry Lemon Squares! This recipe is just the right amount of sweet and tart, and relatively easy to make! I love to make this for my family, and they also keep well so they make great gifts!Continue reading
Thanksgiving Side Dishes- This morning when I woke up I checked the temperature. I was super pleased to see that is was a balmy 52 degrees. After months of waking up to 80-90 degree temperatures I am SO ready for fall and she is finally here! Fall is my favorite season. I love the cooler temperatures, the changing fall leaves, and the start of the holiday season. We have just moved into our first home and I have decided that I will be hosting my first Thanksgiving this year for my family. 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
If you are looking for a great appetizer for any holiday party you will love my Bacon Wrapped Smokies with Brown Sugar! This is an easy, crowd pleasing recipe that your friends and family will be asking for again and again! I love easy recipes for the holidays, and the prep time for this recipe only takes about 15 minuets!Continue reading
My daughter begged for a huge bunch on bananas last week, with promises that she would eat every single one of them. Well, 6 days later, guess what? We had 4 very ripe bananas left, that were not going to get eaten. I hate wasting money so I had to think of something to do with them! It occurred to me that I have never tried to make banana nut bread! Now I have to admit something, I am NOT a baker. I don’t have a fancy mixer (although I do stare at them longingly in the store..) and I love my cakes from a box. When I looked up banana nut bread recipes a lot of them called for “cutting in cold butter” and other things that just weren’t going to work for me, and I got to thinking that it probably doesn’t for a lot of other people either, so I wanted to share this Super Easy Banana Nut Bread Recipe with you guys! It takes about 5 minutes of prep, and 25 minutes in the oven, that’s it!
Thanksgiving is just around the corner so let’s talk turkey! And by Turkey, I mean funny turkey crafts, snacks, and Thanksgiving recipes! Planning Thanksgiving can be stressful because it is such a big meal, and if you have a large family like mine then making sure you have plenty of food as well can be very stressful. With these Fall Round Up Turkey crafts, snacks, and recipes, not only will your table look cute but your guest will have a great time and enjoy a wonderful relaxing meal.