How to Brine a Turkey for Thanksgiving: 3 Basic Steps

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Yesterday as I was chauffering my kids around town to various events – I caught a segment on NPR where Alton Brown (Host of Iron Chef America) proceeded to tell Melissa Block (Turkey traditionalist) that she was doing her turkey all wrong.

First of all – I love Alton Brown – he’s nerdy and adorable in a crush-worthy high-school science teacher kind of way.  Secondly – I was NOT having any of his guff about turkey traditionalists being wrong.  Don’t baste my turkey?  My grandmother would be ashamed of me!

But somehow, by the end of the episode – he had convinced me to skip my traditional methods for once and try brining my turkey this year. (He’s so darn cuddly and convincing!)  It’s true – I’ve never been  completely wowed with my turkey on Thanksgiving – and according to Alton,

“….you should be wowed. You should be like, oh, my dear Lord, wow, that’s turkey.”

So okay – I want a WOW Turkey.  Show me how to brine Alton!  I’ve spent the last couple days watching YouTube videos about brining a turkey and reading articles on the science of brining – now I’m ready to jump in.

Here are the 3 Basic Steps I’ve learned after researching how to brine a turkey:

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Christmas Day 2015: List of Stores Open

 

 

Wondering what stores are open on Christmas Day?  If you need to run out on Christmas day to grab something your choices are limited.  Below is a list of stores open on Christmas Day 2015.  If you were hoping to run out to Walmart, Target, Toys “R” Us, or Best Buy®they are all closed today but you can still shop online! Please make sure to verify with your local store, as there may be regional variations!

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Have a Safe & Happy 4th of July!

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We hope everyone has a wonderful day celebrating the 4th of July! 

Thank you to those who have served and continue to serve, we don’t want to ever take our freedom for granted.  We are a blessed nation.

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”
— Thomas Jefferson

Crockpot Barbecue Recipe (Perfect for Derby Day!)

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I posted this Crockpot Barbecue recipe a few months back – but I wanted to remind you guys to get out and enjoy this beautiful weather and this dinner makes that super-easy!  My recipe uses a pork roast – but you can switch out chicken breasts or thighs for scrumptious results too :) (I’m using chicken tonight)

Also check out Kasey’s yummy Crockpot Chicken with Homemade Barbecue Sauce

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5 Ingredient Super Easy Homemade English Muffin Bread

Recipe adapted from One Good Thing By Jillee
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I saw this recipe for homemade English Muffin Bread a couple of months ago on Money Saving Mom and wanted to try it. I haven’t made homemade bread in years, since this recipe looked so easy I thought it would be the perfect to try, especially since my kiddos wanted to help. Recipe adapted from One Good Thing By Jillee. [Read more...]

Homemade Easy Cinnamon Rolls! YUMMY!

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Here is a fabulous recipe for homemade easy cinnamon rolls that I orgionally posted on  Father’s Day.  My kids have requested that we have cinnamon rolls this year on Christmas morning, in addition to my mom’s sausage strata casserole. So, it looks like we’ll have both this year.  I especially love that I can make this recipe the night before and pop in the oven in the morning.  I saw the recipe online at Kevin & Amanda, however I made a couple of adaptions.
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Frugal Fall Table Decorations

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Don’t forget to {pin it} for later!

Recently, my friend Judy posted this beautiful fall centerpiece on her facebook page. Don’t y’all just love it? I’ve been looking for ideas for fall table decorations. I just had to ask how she made it so I could share. I thought she did an amazing job! Meet Judy and check out her awesome step-by-step tutorial how to create this beautiful fall centerpiece.  [Read more...]