Wednesday, November 22, 2017

pioneer woman turkey

It seems I try a new turkey recipe every year
This year I adapted one from the Pioneer Woman
{minus the brining}

{photo credit: Pioneer Woman}

Roasted Thanksgiving Turkey

Ingredients
1 15 pound whole Turkey
1/2 cup (1 Stick) Butter, Softened
1 whole Orange zested
1 tsp Rosemary
1 teaspoon Salt
1 teaspoon Black Pepper

Instructions
Preheat oven to 275.

Pat the turkey dry and place it on a roasting rack, breast side up. Place the peeled orange in the cavity. Cross the legs and tie them together with kitchen twine. Pour a cup of water in the bottom of the roasting pan. Cover the whole pan with heavy aluminum foil, tucking it underneath the pan.  Roast for the first stage for about 10 minutes per pound (so, for a 15 pound turkey, about 2 1/2 hours)

Using a zester or vegetable peeler, shave off thin slices of orange peel and dice them very thin. Combine with butter, rosemary, salt and pepper.

After the first stage of cooking, remove the turkey from the oven and remove the foil (turkey will still be pale.) Smear the butter mixture all over the skin, in crevices, etc so that it's totally covered.


Insert a meat thermometer into the thigh, increase the oven temperature to 350, and return the turkey to the oven, basting every 30 minutes. Continue roasting the turkey until the thermometer reads 165 to 168, then remove the turkey from the oven.

Cover loosely with clean aluminum foil until you're ready to carve.

(Save the beautiful juices from the pan to make gravy)


Wednesday, November 8, 2017

porch sit

This morning we are enjoying our
morning coffee on this porch.


We look forward to a relaxing few months after . . .
a summer of moving from a house we loved for 35 years


We also look forward to reconnecting with our Florida friends
and searching out new volunteer opportunities. 


Then in the late afternoons we'll replace
our coffee with a cocktail 


and soon - hoping a few
friends and family will join us for a visit 
in sunny Venice, Florida . . .


The guest room is ready




Saturday, October 28, 2017

a milestone day

It has been a hectic month for us.
We sold a home that we had lived in for 35 years. 
It has been on the market for 3 years.


I think the reality of this process taking so long
lightened the emotional toll a bit. 
Friday was a bitter sweet day but we are ready to move on.


Our daughter summed up our feelings so well

“Congratulations!
A new family gets the beautiful house, but we get to keep the beautiful memories.  Tonight, we'll raise a glass to: babies home from the hospital, first steps, birthday parties, first day of school pictures, Thanksgivings with all the cousins, Christmas decorations, busy mornings before school, dinner with the boys on the bench, thousands of sleepovers, WoW gatherings, graduation parties, home-from-college visits, jet-lagged grandbabies, pool days, picnic parties, long porch sits, & so many more.


We couldn't have asked for a better home.”







Monday, October 16, 2017

mountains

When you live just south of 
Lake Ontario things are pretty flat
so sometimes I pretend the 
marine layer clouds are mountains



Tuesday, September 26, 2017

reboot

Almost everything will work again 
if you unplug it for a few minutes, 
including you. {ann lamott}

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

autumn

some things I love about fall




Thursday, July 27, 2017

fast food salad

Recently we bought fast food salads to 
take on two different last minute picnics.


First ones were from McDonald's ($5), second ones from Wendy's ($6.99). 
For the record, we think the McDonald’s salads were 
tastier and far fresher than the Wendy’s salads.


Do you have a favorite fast food salad?
Reader suggestions:
Christine - Subway Chopped Salad
Dayle - Chick-Fil-A
Cindy - Zaxbys house fried salad





Wednesday, July 19, 2017

america the beautiful - senior pass

America the Beautiful - National Parks
Federal Recreational Lands Senior Pass

Currently $10 but increasing to $80 on August 27, 2017
Do you have yours?


Monday, July 10, 2017

airbnb

I have a friend Airbnb-ing his way through Spain and France.
This is the latest photo he posted.
I want to be there . . .


I think I need to step up
my hosting skills at our Airbnb.


Adams House {near SUNY Brockport}



Wednesday, July 5, 2017

wine corks

Who needs toys when Grandma Mary has wine corks.
{Opal Josephine}