Friday, November 28, 2008


Before I go too far, I wanted to share the turkey recipe that I did. It was good and moist. I did kind of freak though. It was done in 3 hours. I'm so used to roasting large turkeys...and taking 4-5 hours, that the 3 hour process was a bit disconcerting. I took the temp a few times before I was convinced that it was safe. HA HA!

So here is the recipe for:


1 14-15 pound turkey
1/4 cup minced, fresh rosemary
1/4 cup minced, fresh sage
1 apple, cut into quarters (cored)
1 rib celery, cut in half
1 onion, cut in half
1/2 cup butter, very soft

I heated my oven to 350.

First, I removed the neck and the innards for gravy. I then rinsed the turkey, inside and out, and patted dry with paper towel.

I gently loosened the skin and put my herbs (which I had combined) under the skin. (My "gentleness" wasn't gentle enough. Where it tore, I just "sewed" it together with toothpicks.)

I stuffed the bird with the apple, celery and onion. Then, I used the entire 1/2 cup butter and spread it on the entire bird.

I put it in the oven....3 hours later, it was done. I let it rest for about 1-1/2 hours. It was perfect.

SO, after dinner, we got the kitchen cleaned up. It didn't really take that long, considering how much food we had. We sat down and listened to a guitar/piano concert that my 2 oldest boys had planned. It was really good. They played 4 solos each, then ended with a duet. (Really good, considering that I didn't really have anything to do with it.)

After, we settled for some dessert and football.

My folks left about 5:30. Then the work really started. We got everything out of the attic. We got our Christmas tree out. I got all my Christmas books and my Nativities. (I collect those.) My mother gave me a new one this year....saved my hubby from having to buy the new one ;)

Of course, I have been in the holiday spirit for about 2 months now, but I haven't totally planned my Christmas....NOW it is time. On the slate are: organizing 2 parties for school, planning a cookie swap, helping with an ornament exchange, finishing up my cards, wrapping all the gifts, finishing my shopping and planning/baking all the candies and cookies that I want to do this year. I can't believe the holidays are almost over and I still have so much to do.

Hmmmmmm......I should get busy. LATER!


Rebecca Jo said...

sounds like you HAD a busy day - & you are going to have many more to come!

Anonymous said...

You didn't mention the bunco party...... I would have loved to have heard the solo and duet, did you tape it? Glad you had a wonderful Thanksgiving. Love ya!