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4So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. 5He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child. 6While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, 7and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.8And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night.9An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. 10But the angel said to them, "Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. 11Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord. 12This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger."
13Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,
14"Glory to God in the highest,
and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests."
15When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, "Let's go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about."
16So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger.17When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, 18and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. 19But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart. 20The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told.
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Well, not really. Just full of thoughts.
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The kids still don't know.
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I NEVER would have considered myself OCD or Type-A or any of those harsh labels that imply a person being uptight and out of control.
Until this year.
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(That "blemish" on his shoulder is a name tag that I removed.)
Tuesday, November 03, 2009
My friend Lisa hosts a blog-carnival called Tempt My Tummy Tuesday. A BUNCH of ladies post and link up with their favorite recipes, tips and even questions. Give it a look-see and then join on in!!!
The below portion was posted last year around this time. I reposted it as it is very timely. VERY. TIMELY. Did you realize that Turkey Day is 3 weeks and 2 days away. That's 23 days. That's 552 minutes. That's..... oh, never mind. You get the idea.
I LOVE this time of year. The weather is superb. And here in Texas... MAN, OH MAN! We have had over 20 inches in my neck of the woods since the very end of September. My ground is still spongy. The last 3 days have been mild and clear as a bell. It will probably mean a very warm turkey day, but I'm TIRED OF THE RAIN! I'll take mild. Maybe.
SO, let's talk turkey! Have you gotten any of your stuff yet? I have been so behind. Various things have thrown me off this year. I am having to regroup. And, I have to do it in a hurry. I need to get an inventory of my pantry, fridge and freezer. I need to get the garage fridge cleaned out and plugged in. I need to plan my menu for the day. CAN YOU BELIEVE IT? I HAVEN'T PLANNED MY MENU! Granted, it usually stays the same with a few difference each year.
What are your plans for the Thanksgiving Day? What are some things that you will be thinking of including on your menu? Come on over and share with me. I have been a bit lackadaisical in my blogging. For the 2 of you who read, I'm sorry. I HOPE to be finding new "oomph."
Keep reading! Get ready! HAPPY HOLIDAYS!!!
Turkey is one of the easiest things to fix, but so many have never done it and are a bit overwhelmed.
First off, you want to allow roughly 2 pounds per person so if you have 10 adults, you need at least a 20 pound bird...I would allow 1 pound per child. This will feed everyone well and allow leftovers which are a MUST! Keep in mind that when you look at the tag with the weight, they are including bones...you are not getting 20 pounds of meat and an adult isn't going to eat 2 pounds of it.
When you buy your turkey, it needs to be bought with enough time to thaw or defrost. (I have a former friend who would say "dethaw." Huh?)
To thaw in the fridge you need to allow 1 day per 4 pounds. So, a 20 pound turkey will need 5 days....Thanksgiving is on Thursday. Your 20 pound bird should be bought and in the fridge by Saturday! There is another way to thaw...using a cold water bath, but this is a pain in the tush. You have to change out the water every 30 minutes. It's messy and you have a mushy, gross mess if there happens to be a hole in the wrap. Also, if the bird gets TOO warm, you do run the risk of bacteria in the meat. Just buy it a week early and keep it in the fridge.
Thursday morning you need to get up EARLY (if you want your feast at lunch) and work on prepping "Tom." If you buy that 20 pound turkey, you will need to bake it 3 1/2 to 4 hours. (Until a meat thermometer, stuck in the inner thigh (don't touch the bone) reads 180.) You really don't want a "self-basting" turkey, as that tends to mask the flavor of the turkey (IMHO). At the same time, if you buy a frozen bird, it doesn't get much better than Butterball....again, IMHO.
So, unwrap your turkey, rinse inside and out.
****VERY IMPORTANT**** Remove the bag with the giblets and neck.
Pat turkey dry with paper towels. Oil the skin. (here is where opinion comes into play) You can brush with vegetable oil, spray with cooking spray or rub with butter.
Personally, I like to take a handful of softened butter (quite literally) and rub it over the breast UNDER the skin AND on top of the skin. This will keep the bird moist and will brown the skin nicely.
Sprinkle both outside AND cavity with salt and pepper. Then fill the cavity with aromatics. (I personally don't do stuffing. The thought grosses me out (it also adds baking time) I do a pan of dressing.) I fill cavity with onion, celery, thyme, garlic, maybe lemon slices. You won't eat this, but it flavors the meat mildly.
Tuck the wings under the body to prevent them from browning too much. Tie the legs together. (You want to do this as the legs loosen from the body and the skin will break. You will end up with leg bones and meat just hanging off the body....broken skin and a lot of moisture lost) Some folks say to skewer the opening...I don't because I don't stuff with a side dish.
Put turkey, breast side up, (flat portion down), in a roasting pan. You NEED something heavy-duty. If you do buy a disposable roasting pan, it will need to be put on a cookie sheet or other heavy-duty baking pan. I have placed it flat on the pan, roasted it in a bag (in the pan) and put the turkey on a rack.) I have had success with all 3, so don't freak if you don't have a turkey-bag. I will say this, a bag helps with clean-up as the juices can really stick to the pan. Just be sure to cut a vent in the bag and allow enough room for the steam to "puff up" the bag. You don't want it to touch the top of the oven. My preference is to place it on a rack.
Put the turkey into a 325 degree oven and bake for at least 5 1/2 hours (for a 20 pound turkey). The last 30 minutes to an hour, you might need to tent some foil over the breast to keep it from getting too brown and too dry. You won't do this if you use a bag.
Before taking it out, check for doneness. One easy way is to grab a leg-bone and move it back and forth. If it moves easily, it should be done...or really close to being done. I like to check the temp. I stick a meat thermometer into the inner thigh (where it is thickest...NOT touching the bone) to see if it reads "180." If yes, I remove from oven.
Final step before carving....LET THE MEAT REST FOR AT LEAST 30 MINUTES. Keep it covered with foil to retain heat. Really, this step is very necessary. ANY meat that you roast should sit out for a bit. As the meat is roasting, the juice tends to head to the surface and evaporate. While the meat is resting, the juices redistribute leading to a moist meat. If you carve too soon, a lot of the juice will run out at the first cut.
Carve, either at the table or in the kitchen. (This is what I prefer. I carve it and arrange on a platter to put in the center of the table.)
Well, there you go. I hope this was helpful. Another great help is Butterball...the company. You can go to butterball.com and they can give you MANY turkey tips. They even have a hot linethat you can call on Thanksgiving Day to help will any "uh-ohs" or other concerns you may have. This site can tell you what sized bird to buy (depending on your needs) and has many helpful hints, blogs, coupons and more. Please go over and take a look.
If you know me personally, feel free to call me. Really. I have done this before. I love it.
Let me know how you like this idea. I'm kinda pumped, myself!
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I don't multitask well. Don't get me wrong. I DO multitask. I have to. I'm a mom. But, I do not do it well. That is why I started staying home with my kids. I was not a good mommy AND teacher at the same time. That wasn't fair to ANY of my children.