Tuesday, November 22, 2011

I Hate Thanksgiving Clean-Up!! (and my go-to turkey recipe)

Sheer brilliance, you say? Of course it is, unless you're one of those sticklers who sit there and count up the minutes (hours) it took me to wrap this rack and pan. But you know what? When you're scrubbing the caramelized crap off of your turkey rack and pan, I'll be three glasses of wine ahead of you.... in my lazy boy recliner. Hell yeah.


(Edited post-Thanksgiving to remember how I made it this year. Easiest ever and most moist turkey to date)

325 degrees. Washed and patted turkey dry. Rubbed with canola oil and seasoned with Montreal Steak Seasoning. Place turkey in oven and dumped 2 1/2 quarts of chicken broth into bottom of the pan and added a stick of butter. Roasted for one hour and then started basting turkey and turning pan around every half hour until turkey was nicely browned on top. Covered just the top loosely and continued to baste/bake until turkey was done.

Friday, November 11, 2011

11/11/11 = 33 Years Of Marriage

Happy Anniversary Dave. I love you (even more than my wine.)

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

For Your Consideration (Volume 1)

If you occasionally need to dole out an insult, it's OK to call your dog a "son-of-a-bitch." It's not only reaffirming that he does indeed have a mother, it's a way of calming your nerves after you've tripped over his toys which he always places right in front of the stove. EVERY. DANG. DAY.

What am I eating these days? Do you really want to know? Because it looks like this:

I'm back on the South Beach diet and have lost 13 pounds in one month. I am slowly incorporating grains back into my menu at this point and I find that when I stay away from wheat and oats, I'm more able to control my hunger. This particular recipe uses barley and can be found here. I made a few changes, like subbing turkey breast for ground beef and I didn't use zucchini, but I think you'll be able to get the general idea. And for those of you who remember that I'm not a fruit lover, you might be pleased to find out that I'm forming a new attitude by selecting fruits that aren't so sweet..... blackberries, blueberries, Granny Smith apples, etc.

ELEVEN months today. Anyone remember what happened to me? You'll get extra credit and a huge HUG if you remember.

And last, but certainly not least, a few photos of the buster boy, Gavin. Not flattering at all, but it's all part of the journal journey, right?




And some sweet Halloween pictures just to let you know he's still Grandma's little pumpkin.