Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Cranberry Apple Turkey Brine Recipe

If you have never brined a turkey before, you have to start. We have been brining our turkey's for years now and the process gives you a moist tasty turkey every time. Here is how to make a apple cranberry turkey brine that is perfect for Thanksgiving or Christmas.
*This recipe is for a very small turkey so if you are cooking an average to large sized bird you need to double this recipe. When I am done brining and getting the bird ready for the oven I still prepare us usual but you do not need to salt it as the salt in the brine will give you such good flavor. I rub mine with butter and sprinkle generously with sage and pepper.

Cranberry Apple Turkey Brine

  • 1 quart water
  • 2 cups apple cranberry juice
  • 1 apple cut up
  • 3 large sprigs rosemary
  • small bunch fresh hyme
  • 4 bay leaves
  • 1/2 cup fresh cranberries
  • 1/2 cup kosher salt
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon peppercorns
  • 2 oranges sliced
Cooking Directions
  1. Place the water and salt in large stock pot, bring to simmer. Add all the other ingredients and simmer on low for half hour. Set aside and let completely cool. Place uncooked turkey in brining bag and pour in brine. Seal and set in large pan and place back in refrigerator until time to prepare and cook turkey as normal. Make sure to turn turkey over a few times during the brining period at least 24 hours if you can.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving Thoughts

I am sitting here putting my feet up an hour and half before my hubby's family is coming over for dinner so we can visit with an out of town cousin. The house is ready and we are getting pizza so I just need to clean up a bit and make myself presentable. I am goofing off here and relaxing for a bit.
I wanted to wish everyone a Happy and Safe Thanksgiving. I took this picture of our little sign and knew it would be a perfect card for you all. So here is my Thanksgiving greetings.

I am so thankful for such a good life. This is a perfect week to focus on our blessings don't you think? This year my daughter's job as a hospice nurse, constantly reminds me and smacks me in the head when I start to feel a bit down about the small stuff. It really reminds me of the BIG stuff.

Our week will be simple and I have finished my shopping. Yay!! The market was already crazy busy and I saw a few rude people but I just smiled and remained patient. What is the point of being annoyed and rude too. Dear rude people, don't come out and spoil the hustle and bustle of our preparation for a holiday that is supposed to have us being thankful not RUDE!

The older I get, the less I seem to be able to tolerate the crowds so next year I will shop early Monday morning before Thanksgiving.

Blessings to you all and safe travels and wonderful times with your family and friends. 

Monday, November 24, 2014

Growing Winter Rye Grass for Your Chickens

If you are raising backyard chickens, I have a great winter forage source for you, winter rye.
Every fall I seed my back lawn with winter rye grass seed and it takes off quickly providing a food source for my chickens.
Rye grass is high in nutritive value and tolerates chickens grazing on it. Every morning when I open the coop, I let the girls out for some green grass munching. Even long after my St. Augustine lawn dies back from colder temps, the rye stays green and gives the chickens a constant source of greens through the winter. If you live in an area where it snows, I imagine you could grow it in trays. Once it is eaten down it will rapidly grow back if the trays were rotated.


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