Cooking the day away…

So Sunday I decided to have a mini cooking extravaganza aka Thanksgiving for just Matt and I! Yes yes I am glutton for punishment, after over 3 hours in the kitchen I was poop! To start I did make those Pumpkin Pie Pop-Tart cupcakes and the batter was divine……….

Please don’t pay attention to my silly paper plates but I already ran the dishwasher once and we all know how much I loathe doing that. I chopped up the pop-tarts to put in the batter and to place on top to decorate with!

I just pushed each one into the dough………

I will say this… these are not going to be a favorite dessert of mine, I mean they are good and my dad LOVED them but between you and me I am not sure if I would make them again?!?! To make them for yourself click HERE for the recipe!

So you know what? I brined my first turkey. Here is what I did I read alot of recipes by different Food Network chefs and then for the whole meal I combined things I learned to make the dinner!
In this brine I boiled water, tons of salt, Thyme, Sage, peppercorns and lemons when the salt dissolved I let it cool before sticking the turkey in!

I let the Turkey hang out over night and did I see a difference? Yes, this turkey breast was the juiciest turkey Matt and I have had! Who knew?

I then threw in some root veggies, onions, garlic and Turkey stock to the bottom of the roaster! I also rubbed her down with butter, salt, pepper and thyme! You want any Turkey to be 170′ inside when done so I cooked her on 350 for 2 hours checking periodically with a meat thermometer! (It was a 5lb breast)

I made twice baked sweet potatoes…..after roasting the potatoes I scooped out the middle, mashed it with butter, maple syrup then placed it back in and topped with marshmallows. I only had big ones so I cut em up! Then bake for 10 minutes!

Yumm………… bean casserole (Matt’s favorite), sweet potatoes and my homemade gravy was to die for! And to make it easier on me I used stove top stuffing and by added fresh herbs and Parmesan it gave it a home cooked feel! It was all soo good!

My bird!!!!!!!!! Yes 5lb was the smallest I could find at the store!

Funny how 3 hours of slaving away and then in 5minutes we are done?! Would I do it again next year? Sure, never say never!

If anyone wants more specific recipes leave me a comment and include your email address!


  1. Lindsay
    November 22, 2010 / 8:43 pm

    looks delicious 🙂

  2. Becky
    November 22, 2010 / 8:55 pm

    That looks delish! And who knew brining would make it that much better. I'm coming to your house for dinner next year…hehehe.

  3. Ashley
    November 22, 2010 / 9:23 pm

    Email me exactly what you did for the Turkey, I have never made one, but have always wanted to try!!! We love turkey and if I knew how to make one, maybe I'd have one more than just once a year at Thanksgiving! Looks yummy!

  4. I do take two!!
    November 22, 2010 / 10:02 pm

    YUM-O…next year I'm bringin me and the kids over! HA!! 🙂 Green bean casserole is Aub's favorite too! 🙂

  5. Caroline
    November 23, 2010 / 2:02 am

    That looks so delicious – all of it! A friend of mine introduced me to brining about a year ago – my life hasn't been the same since. Your green been casserole looks phenomenal, I'm seriously drooling over here 🙂 The cupcakes look super cute too! Too bad they didn't turn out as well as you'd hoped, but at least they're really pretty!

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