Friday, October 28, 2011

Foodie Fridays {Juicy Fall Off The Bone Turkey}

Since the holidays are just around the corner I thought I'd post my turkey recipe.
I've been cooking my turkey this way for years.
It's something that I've been perfecting since I was 23 years old and I cooked my first family Thanksgiving :)
Ever since then my family has always wanted our turkey cooked this way.
I don't stuff it with dressing.
And you can substitute the white cooking wine with more olive oil if you'd like.
Make sure you use the Reynolds Oven bags and follow the directions on the box for your size turkey.
Your turkey will be moist and aromatic plus very tasty.
First, here's what you'll need:

 Reynolds Turkey/Oven Bag

1 tbsp flour

2 Bunches of Cilantro

1 Medium White Onion

3-4 cloves of garlic

1/2 cup White Cooking Wine  OR you can sub. with the Non-Alcoholic Version or more olive oil

1/2 cup Pure Virgin Olive Oil

1/4  cup Kikkoman's Teriyaki with Garlic Sauce

Basting Brush

Preheat Oven to 350 degrees.

First defrost your turkey. Remove the giblets and neck. Rinse and pat dry. Set aside. Take the oven bag and put in the flour. Hold bag shut and shake the bag to distribute the flour inside it. Place it on your roasting pan ready for the turkey.

Slice up the onion. Peel the garlic.

In food processor or chopper, put in 1 bunch of cilantro, 1/4 of the onion you just chopped, 2-3 cloves of garlic and all the liquid ingredients. Pulse until it is smooth but you can still see the little cilantro leaves.

 Take your basting brush and brush generously on turkey (back and front). Stuff turkey with another bunch of cilantro, the rest of the onion and the rest of the garlic. Put turkey into oven bag and close it with the twist tie. Slice 6 one inch slits all along the top of the bag to let out steam.

Ideally I marinade my bird for a few hours before cooking, but you can just put it in the oven now.

For a 12 lb. turkey, it usually only takes about 2.5 to 3 hours. Follow the directions on the Reynolds Oven Bag chart included in the package. Do not over cook!! Do not cook overnight! It will dry out the meat.

When timer is up, put a meat thermometer thru the bird's leg and breast to see if it reads 180 degrees. Take care that the thermometer doesn't touch the bone. When it reads 180 degrees it is DONE! Take in the heavenly aroma and carve it! Serve it on a platter, and take the juice in the roasting pan/bag and spoon it over the meat to keep it juicy and fragrant. Enjoy your turkey and the accolades to come from your hungry family :)
turkey dinner

Please let me know how it turns out if and when you try it.
I would love to know if you enjoyed this recipe. I'll be posting some non-traditional recipes for dressing in the next few weeks. I love trying out new ways to spice up the holidays :) Enjoy your Halloween weekend.

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Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Thankful Thursdays {It's Not That Bad}

I read the news everyday.
I don't get the real newspaper anymore.
Don't have to.
I get it delivered to me - straight to my inbox via email and since I work for a government entity I get to read all about the local and state governments goings-ons.
Sometimes the news aren't all that great.
Sometimes I don't want to read them at all.
Do you feel that way too?
I just want to shield myself from the world and just craft :)
"But it's important to be involved", I tell myself.
Otherwise, this place, this great country of ours, would go down in flames, so to speak.
"Well, it's technically not YOUR country", the little voice in my head tells me.
Well you see, I'm an immigrant.
Yep. The dreaded "I" word.
Green card and all.
No, not an illegal ((shudder)).
But you see, I tell the little voice, this IS my country.
I'll let you in on a little secret.
Anytime we're at a public event, especially when I'm with my children, and I put my right hand over my heart, and I see them with their hands over their little hearts, singing the national anthem....I tear up. Yep. Big sap, that I am. Tears start to flow and drip down my cheeks. I try to act all non-chalant about it and quickly wipe them clean. But I get all choked up when I hear that national anthem.
It's MY national anthem dang it!

I've been living here since the age of 8.
I was 8 years old when I first said "I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, and to the Republic for which it stands..." with my heavy Spanish accent.
I was 8 years old when I learned about the American Revolution.
I was 8 years old when I first colored the coloring page of George Washington and the cherry tree.
I was 8 years old when I participated in the Abraham Lincoln pageant and learned about him being shot. And I felt sad :(
I was 8 years old when I learned about how people vote here in America through my Social Studies teacher.

And now 30 some years later, I serve MY country as a public servant, diligently, ethically, faithfully.
And I read all about the shenanigans of congress and what goes on in the public sector and shake my head.
But it's not that bad.
We still have our freedoms.
We can still write about it, right?
And isn't that wonderful?
That I can express my opinion here on my little blog and still be ok.
This is my country.
And I love it.
Please tell me I'm not the only one who cries at the National Anthem...

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Easy Do It Yourself Halloween Costumes

Halloween is just around the corner and you don't have a costume for your child yet, worst of all
the budget won't allow for a store bought one-well
have I got good news for you, here's a collection
of some super cute and easy costumes you can make yourself from things you may already have around the house.
How about this adorable paper doll costume!

Click the link above to go to the site for directions on how to make it :)

I thought this was really cute. If you don't have the fake fur, you can even use some old carpeting, a sample of carpeting from your local home improvement store or some felt!
 Scuba Diver costume

I think this scuba diver is so unique. I love it even for after  Halloween.
Mad Scientist costume


This mad scientist costume is easy and can even be done by a teen.

Zoo Keeper costume
This zookeeper costume would be way easy to make especially by tapping into all the stuffed animals your kid has (if he or she is like my kid) and could be done by either boy or girl!

Another one that could be done by either boy or girl is this adorable chef!
Chef costume

My kid is going as - what else? An army guy!

Don't forget to check back tomorrow for some more Halloween ideas. Or better yet why not follow along with Google Friend over there on the right and subscribe via email so you don't miss a single post!
I am working on some really good giveaways for the month of November that you won't want to miss :)

Monkey Business Costume Correct - Image Collection

Paper Doll Costume Correct- Image Collection
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A Family Affair And A Love For All Things Vintage

I have always, always loved decorating, crafting, photography and  collecting.
Especially collecting.
I remember as a little girl taking things out of the trash
and setting them up in the corner of our tiny two room house in Laredo, Texas.
It was quite a humble home with a tin roof and a concrete floor. We had a hand me down bunk bed, my brother and I. And no room of our own.
I always wanted a space to myself.
So one day, my grandpa gave me a cute little, white, metal, mesh table.
I took it home and set it up as a night stand. I scrounged around our tiny house and found a piece of lace in my mother's sewing basket.
I remember this like it was yesterday.
I laid it carefully across the table.
I then remembered an old yellow lamp we had in the other room. I brought over, plugged it up and placed a couple of
books next to it.
I then went outside and picked a few flowers from our front garden.
I walked to our kitchen pulled out a small glass from our cupboard and filled it half full of water.
I placed my new flower arrangement on my new bed side table.
I wish I could show you what I see in my mind.
It was beautiful!
My very first junk to treasure :)
And so my love of making something pretty out of nothing was born.
I've always loved to share what I have in my home with others. Over the years I have been collecting vintage and antiques and many times people oooh and ahhh at my furniture pieces and collections.
I thought it was about time that I shared those with the world.
And so with that
Junk Monkey Vintage Rentals was born!
We are in the process of designing the website, taking pictures of our inventory and publishing it to the web.
We are so very excited!
                                        {Vintage Bike available for rent }
{picnic basket and lots of glass bottles too}

{Vintage Chair}

In the meantime, if you know anyone in the Dallas area who would like to rent vintage treasures for an upcoming event, photoshoot or TV/movie set, send them my way.
We will work with any budget.
I'd love to share my treasures with them too.

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Thankful Thursdays {It's the Little Things}

I know this is a few days late.
But it has been one of those weeks.
In fact it has been one of those months.
With so much to do and so little time.
You know what I'm talking about.
With the kids back to school and the whole routine down pat, homework and activities and work, well there's just barely enough time for us to get home, eat, shower and sleep.
Which is why I am thankful for the little things.
Things like taking a day off from school and work and just going down to the State Fair ('cause I'm a cool mom like that)

little things like swimming lessons that my boys are finally comfortable with

little things - like my little guy finally being able to
take the training wheels off his bike and
taking to the open sidewalk and just

and cool fall nights
and cool crisp mornings
and wearing a sweater :)
These are the things that make me stop and smile
I actually sit down and watch my little guy and my big guy at the pool take to the water (even if the chlorine smell gets to me and makes my eyes water!)
I sit and watch
I look at my little guy ride up and down our street on his bike all proud-like while my daughter washes
her car on our driveway
I just sit on the porch

and take time out
It's the little things :)
How do you enjoy such moments?

Liebster Blog Award-Support New Bloggers

The Liebster Blog Award is given to up and coming bloggers who have less than 200 followers. Liebster is a German word meaning-"dear, sweet, kind, nice, good, beloved, lovely, kindly, pleasant, valued, cute, endearing, and welcome".

I was awarded this cute award by a very sweet blogger
who blogs at Lovin Life Barbie . She is a fairly new blogger who just got married!
Go by her blog and show her some love :)
I love supporting new bloggers. And I really appreciate that she thought of me to award this to and come by and comment often.
I will now pass on the love and encourage you to check out these new bloggers that I read and I now award the Lieber Blog award to:

To keep this award going and pass it along to other new deserving blogs, the recipient must now recognize five other bloggers with less than 200 followers that have really stood out in the crowd.

The rules for the Liebster Award are:

1. Thank the giver and link back to the blogger who gave it to you.

2. Reveal your top five picks and let them know by leaving a comment on their blog.

3. Copy and paste the award on your blog.

4. Have faith that your followers will spread the love too!

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Cleaning Out My Closet

At the begining of the year I
blogged about certain little projects that I needed
to complete and therefore was holding myself accountable.
Remember those?
If not, you can revisit them here>>>Projects to be done
I was supposed to have them all complete by the summer, but with me being hospitalized and all....
well I'm thinking I've got a preeety good excuse.
So without further ado
I present to you my brand, spankin' new

{ Corner Dressing Area}
Complete with Outfit Planning Station 
Boots off the floor!

The key, ladies and germs, is to throw, keep or give away anything that you haven't held in your hands in over a year.
Now, it's easier said than done, because once I started going thru all those mementos well....let's just say I didn't wanna let go (sniff sniff)
but I made three piles,
 *{throw} -for all the crap nobody in their right mind would want
*{keep} stuff I had to have with me until they pry it out of my cold, dead, hands
*{give} stuff that didn't fit, too good to throw and others could use (old purses, my husband's clothes (shhhh don't tell him, his side of the closet shrunk a good 3/4!!)
I turned to good ole where people practically fought each other (via the web) for my old crap and then they came to pick it up (hee hee).
I gave away a bag of purses
an old vcr
hubster's old shirts
my old shoes
etc, etc.
and look what I wound up with!

I can see the floor!
I can FIND things to wear :)
I carved out (well not literally) a corner
where it practically feels like a boutique
with a dressing area. I simply moved my gorgeous antique turqouise trunk (where all my children's mementos are kept), put a candlestick to hold up my hat, then I repurposed an old metal shelf where I can now store my purse for the day, scarves,etc.

And on the top shelf I put my mirror with my very own jewelry holder so I can plan out my outfits before hand right down to my accessories.
This way I'm not running around in the morning like a chicken without the head wondering where my favorite earrings are.
I even put all my belts together in one place.
And, look, how nice of me, I even put all the hubby's ties together with his belts. Now all his stuff is nice and organized too :)
My plan is to now buy some cute, all one color, storage totes so that everything is monochromatic on top as well.
The large totes, hold all our linens in the back and
my luggage holds some crafting items that are not in season.
This project took me about 8-10 hours to complete and I used things I already had on hand. I had three huge hefty trash bags where I separated my piles into.
I did NOT let my husband or kids into the room where I was doing this because sooner or later they would want the things I was tossing/giving away!
And that is NOT the point of cleaning out the closet people! sheesh!
Believe me it has happened before. So I started this project late at night on Friday around 10 p.m. and by 2 a.m. I was ready to cry when my closet looked like a tornado had hit it and I had to jump over things and stuff was all over my bedroom floor into the bathroom and out the hallway!
But I am glad I did it. Now I feel about 20 lbs lighter just by walking into my closet :)
Now, don't you want to feel that way too? Come on, you know you do.
Here's a couple of before pics before I started taking crap out of hangers and putting them in piles:

and the after:

Glass hurricane-dollar tree
I hang my earrings from this and put some of my heavier "chunkier" necklaces in it"
Elephant figurine-dollar store
I hang my fashion rings and bracelets on him :)
The picture frame jewelry organizer is one of the most viewed posts here on my blog and you can find the link on the right side bar >>
so you can see how I made it.

Much better :)
Now onto finishing up my big guy's room- can't wait to show you my knock off mirror from CB2 :)

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Friday, October 14, 2011

Junk Market {Old Red Lumberyard}

This past Saturday I had me a great time!
I love junk!
It just makes me giddy :)
I just discovered that every month our nifty little
town has a junk weekend at the Old Red Lumberyard.
It's a place right on the "other side of town" where folks gather to sell their wares.
My daughter and I decided to check it out on Saturday and we just loved looking at all the cool treasures.
Feast your eyes on all these wonderful finds!
From old chairs and frames, to old typewriters, doors and wine corks (had to get me a couple dozen of those)

Look at this vendor's treasures:
Her booth is called "Rusty Pearl"
 Love the chest decoupaged in sheet music!!!

I almost brought this framed bird home!

This vendor is called Dumpster Diva {how cute is that!}
I really want that window mirror and I just may go back and get it next time!

Look at this old piece of framed tin - isn't it to die for?

And as I walked further down the aisles I stumbled upon more treasures:

 Aren't these vintage suitcases divine?

Old Rail Road Cart Ack!!! 

It turns out that the next "market" will be the Friday and Saturday after Thanksgiving and you can bet I'm going again!
If you live anywhere near the DFW area you must come take a look and bring cash!
Because I guarantee you'll want to take some of these treasures home :)
You can find them on facebook at the Old Red Lumberyard in McKinney.

I just love discovering old 'new' things, don't you?
I'll be back soon to showcase another little hidden shop I found in the little town I work :)

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