Two Hour Turkey!!!

For really real you can have a beyond yummy Thanksgiving Day Turkey cooked and ready to serve in two hours! And, I’m not talking small turkey, I’m talking big enough to feed the family turkey (22lb’s the first year I did this method)!

Time to eat!

I’ll be totally up-front that the origins of this recipe are unknown, and I am in no way taking credit for this recipe, or claiming it as my own. That’s not stopping me from sharing it though because frankly it’s brilliant! I’ve lost count of how many turkeys I’ve cooked at this point, but no matter the size (from 22lb down to 12lb) it always turns out perfect.

Just know, if you offer to cook the turkey using this method, that will become your “thing” every Thanksgiving forevermore!

Here’s what I love most about this process…it leaves me free to do whatever I want Thanksgiving morning…which mostly means watching the parade, in pj’s, with a mimosa! Not gonna lie it does feel a bit “wrong” to be relaxing all morning while everyone is posting on FB about being up early and the turkey’s in the oven, and I haven’t even started thinking about it. But, on the flip side it feels really great to sleep in and enjoy the morning!

The best part…since it only takes two hours there is no reason not to cook turkey any time of year. No need to wait for a special reason or holiday. If you like turkey this makes it way more accessible any time of year, time wise anyway.

Roasting the turkey on its side makes better use of the heat and shortens the cooking time!

Two Hour Turkey

Serves: a lot 🙂  Prep Time: 10 -15  minutes  Cook Time: 2 Hours (maybe a bit less depending on size of turkey) plus 10 minutes of resting time Heat: 400


8-20 pound turkey, completely thawed




Oil (I use Olive Oil)


Cut the “crop skin” at the neck of the neck of the bird off, and cut wings off at second joint. Also, cut off the tail.

Salt and Pepper the turkey inside and out. Sprinkle a generous amount of paprika on the turkey (I sprinkle inside as well) and massage into the bird using 1 cup of oil, coating the entire bird.

Arrange the turkey on its side in a roasting pan, on the roasting rack. Roast bird at 400 for up to 2 hours, a little more or less may be needed depending on size of turkey. 3/4 of the way through cooking remove turkey from oven and turn on to its other side. Be careful not to pierce the skin as you do not want the juices running out. (I use two kitchen towels…make sure they are not nice ones as the paprika will stain them).

As the skin darkens and becomes crispy, the meat should be checked to see if it’s done. The skin should look like a new football. Make a small cut in the thigh joint and if juices run clear the turkey is done, you can also insert a meat thermometer and when it reads 165 the turkey is done.

Let rest for 10 to 15 minutes before carving.

Serve with good company, yummy sides (for real the turkey is so easy you can get fancy with sides if you want to), and good wine!

Enjoy, and Happy Thanksgiving!

Thankful Thursday

Today I’m thankful for a few things:

So thankful for my babe and my baby!

-Perspective – seeing life through the eyes of others…hearing their story, and learning about their situation.

-Common Ground – focusing on finding what can be agreed on, finding a common ground to work from rather than argue and debate over the many, many things that can be disagreed on.

-Time – 20 minutes here or there to read a few chapters, 10 minutes for coffee in a pretty red cup, 4 hours to drive to see family, 5 days off to enjoy time with those I love, a few hours a day to enjoy being home with Sky, like the good old days (you know from 3 months ago…before school happened). Life feels so busy and so rushed, yet there is still time for small moments of slowing down and just being.

-Love – lots and lots of love in my life from family and friends, and my two main squeezes!

-Football – it’s the most wonderful (sports) time of year!

I wish you all a very Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving

Today I’m so thankful for the simple things. For being someone who’s happy with simple things like new Christmas pj’s, Friday nights home with a glass of wine watching a movie or reading a book, walks at the park, unexpected play dates with friends, 20 minutes to kill with a book and cup of tea, cuddling with Sky while we make silly faces at each other or hide under the blankets, conversations with family & friends…a few moments to remind ourselves why we love each other.

The things Sky is thankful for.

All those simple little things create little vacations in the middle of the day, week, month…time to stop and breath, re-center, re-connect, just be. No to do list, not rushing around, just being, enjoying the moment and people in the moment.

Sky’s Pre School class.

Finding simplicity in the craziness of every day life. I’m a lucky girl to be married to someone who appreciates simple moments, and to have a little girl that is just as happy walking at the park with mommy & daddy as she is going to Toys R Us and picking out a new toy.

Gobble Gobble. 

Happy Thanksgiving!


All Sky wanted for the school feast was graham crackers…that felt too simple so I make marshmallow fluff & graham cracker sandwiches. So messy, so yummy.

Adding a New Family Member!

I hope everyone enjoyed the Thanksgiving weekend! I love that we get to travel, but not to far, to visit family. It feels like more of an event that way, plus we love visiting our family. It’s a nice little vacation really. Plus, Sky loves the space to run around and the chickens. She’s all about feeding them, taking care of them, and looking for eggs!

It was very exciting to wake up to snow Saturday morning! I had to snap this pic, because next time we are over there it will be planting time and this is going to look a whole lot like a vineyard! We are so excited to help my aunt and uncle make their dreams come true!

Grandpa and Sky dancing along to Frosty the Snowman

I didn’t take a ton of pics, and hardly any food pics…we all know what cooked turkey looks like! Really I was busy cooking, visiting, and having fun. Plus my phone is super hit and miss and the camera seems to be what kills it.

This trip was a little unusual in that we were actually looking forward to the end of the trip. Not that we wished our time away, or wanted it to go faster, but we were picking up something very special on the way home!

Remember all those changes I posted about a few days ago…the ones we were not ready to share yet? Well here goes!

We added a new 4 legged family member to the mix Saturday. Mark’s sister had two dogs and needed to find a new home for one of them. We already knew Silas and Bishop got along because Bishop stayed with Amy over the summer while we upgraded his kennel. So we took the plunge and decided to see how things would work with Silas.

He is a 1 year old Catahoula Leopard Cur, traditionally used to hunt wild boar, and is the Louisiana State Dog.  You can read more about them HERE. So far Silas has been a breeze. He and Bishop are getting along great, and Sky adores him. When we can’t find him all we have to do is look in her room and he’s on her bed cuddling with her. The big “thing” we need to work out is his sleeping situation. It’s very clear he doesn’t want to be too far from us, but we have never let our dogs sleep in our room. Other than that he is falling right in line with house rules and the little leash training we have done in one full day.

 Already best buddies.

Once the leash training is a bit better I’ll start training with him so he can be my buddy on the trails. I need a bit more trail running in my life, but won’t run them alone, so he is the prefect solution!

Speaking of running, that brings us to change #2. Last week was our last run with the stroller group. I knew it was coming, but was really hoping I could get through another year, until Sky was in Pre-School Wednesday mornings. But, not only was pushing the stroller becoming harder and harder on my neck and shoulders, it was not what Sky wanted to be doing.

For months she would cry and cry on the way to the store. She just didn’t want to do it any longer. “Mommy I just want to run with you, no more stroller…no stroller Mommy please”. I waited a while to make sure it wasn’t her just having fits, but once I realized she really was done with being in the stroller I made the decision to hand the group off to a few of the regular ladies that will take great care of it.

I’m going to miss them so much. I have some good friends from that group, and I loved being part of Fleet Feet and was sad to see it all end. But, when I talked to Angela about the situation she asked if I’d be willing to slide on over to the Tuesday night group and “lead” it. I won’t really be leading anything, there are some 6 minute milers in that group, but I will be able to sweep like a pro, and make sure everyone makes it back safe. Plus, Michelle will be running with the group, so we get our Sunday Mornings and Tuesday Group Runs again! It feel so good to have my running life slowly moving back towards “normal”!

So looking forward to the first Tuesday Night group run as the coordinator tomorrow night!

Having treats with the group after Wednesday’s last stroller group run for Sky and I.

Got up and ran my fave 4 mile loop Sunday morning, and it was so cold that my hair froze! Never had that happen before. Man it felt good to run though. My pace is slow, but the run seemed to go by so fast. Before I knew it I was back at home and feeling great! I really needed to see where I was at pace wise mostly so I know what I can do with the Tuesday Night group. I have to balance doing what I need to for the group and making sure I’m being smart about getting back to running post accident. 
Big change #3 is that Mark got a temporary promotion at work! It’s good that it’s temporary because it’s not a job he wants long term, but for now (until they hire a replacement) it means he’s getting to do new things, and it’s a pay increase, so yea for us!  🙂
We have a bit more up our sleeves and I’ll share as the time is right.  🙂
A picture from our trip over to E WA.  We left after Mark got off work, so it was dark, and Sky likes to read her books on the road.  Headlamp to the rescue! 
Who’s still eating leftovers? 
We are…the wild rice and mushroom stuffing just gets better and better!

Harvest Feast and a Hair Cut

Yesterday was sort of all about Sky. It started with a special Harvest Feast at her preschool, and she got to pick which hat she wanted to wear for singing songs, and which food item she wanted me to bring.

I found out she really wanted watermelon (which explains why she’s been talking about it for weeks), but her teachers helped her settle on muffins since watermelon is not in season right now. It also explains why when another parent asked her which snack she brought she said watermelon, as she was eating the muffin I made. Thankfully someone did bring watermelon and she was all about it!

I’m not so sure Sky is going to be the sing in front of large groups type of kiddo.

She was not thrilled about any of it really. Not even the hat that she picked out!  The Christmas program in a few weeks will be interesting.

After that and tons of cuddle time, movie, and lunch it was time to go get her hair cut. It has been ages since it’s been cut. It was growing out so nicely that we waited a while to do it again. But, because those darn curls turn into a tangled rats nest every single day I knew there were probably a ton of split ends and frizzy strands that needed to go. And, Santa pictures are right around the corner!

Sky was strangely emotional about getting her hair cut. I think she was afraid it was going to hurt, or that she’d miss her hair. I’m not sure, but once I told her we were going to see Eleanor for a hair cut she was not happy. She kept asking for cuddle time and saying she didn’t need a hair cut, and was not herself. She’s not usually a worried or stressed out child, but she was all out of sorts for most of the afternoon.  

Thank goodness Eleanor at Embellish is amazing with Sky, and it probably helps that Sky knows her from our days in Stroller Fit class together. Given how anti haircut Sky was I was rather shocked that she wanted to get her hair wet in the basin. Last time Eleanor had to spray her hair with a spray bottle. I didn’t get any during or after pics because 1. Sky needed me to held her hands during the cut, and she kept asking me “what’s happening mommy…are we done”?  2. I’m having nothing but trouble with my phone and the camera keeps giving me random fatal error messages. So when it was time to get the finished product pic my phone crapped out on me. I’m bummed because Eleanor got Sky to walk the catwalk to show off the bounce in her curls.  

Given how much I use my phone for business, photography, and blogging I need to get a new one, but dang they are expensive. What happened to the days of a free phone with a 2 year contract?! It is about time though. I do factory resets every week and restart it several times a day to keep it sort of working.

Sky must like her new cut because she came home and sat on the floor in front of her mirror staring at herself, making faces, tossing her head and smiling at herself. Again, no pics of that, dumb phone.

We wrapped up the day with corn-dogs for dinner. It’s one of her favorite things, but she doesn’t get them often. I figured she earned it though after being so brave about the haircut.


I’m going to go ahead and say Happy Thanksgiving right now, because tomorrow it’s all about family. I don’t know if I’ll have a few moments or not to do my Thankful Thursday post (seems like if ever there was a day for a Thankful Thursday post it would be tomorrow!) or not. If I get up early enough I will, but I’m not willing to take time away from family to do a blog post. And, I’m more of a write my post the day of rather then write it early and schedule it to post type of blogger. So, Happy Thanksgiving, enjoy the food, family, friends, and football! I know I will be!