Thankful Thursday

Today I’m thankful that Mark takes on projects, like Gingerbread Houses with Sky.

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She’s been wanting to do one for a few years now, and for whatever reason I’m just not that into them. I guess I don’t see the point, and I don’t really enjoy making messes, so it’s not been a priority.

However, Sky has been asking and asking, and Mark picked one up for her and then spent several evenings working on it with her, for which I’m very thankful!

Gingerbread house Christmas tradition complete!

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)!

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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.

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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

Ingredients: 

8-20 pound turkey, completely thawed

Salt

Pepper

Paprika

Oil (I use Olive Oil)

Directions:

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

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Today I’m thankful for the beautiful place we call home. I love that we are only a few hours from the ocean or mountain depending on which way we feel like driving. The PNW is beautiful (even with gray sky’s and rain now and then).

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I’m super thankful that our house is located close to several parks and some amazing views, and that we have easy access to green spaces and outdoor activities. My heart is happiest when enjoying the outdoors, and I’m thankful it’s easy for me to do so weekly!

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Thankful Thursday

Today I’m thankful for a Team Yeatman Fall adventure.

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We took Sky to her first corn maze! It was my first non-scary one, and let me tell you I enjoy the kid friendly corn maze much more than the scary one with clowns and chain saws jumping out at you!

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There were 8 trivia questions to answer and let me tell you it was a challenge navigating all the circular paths and dead ends to find all 8. But, Team Yeatman worked together and made it out!

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I don’t know why we waited 7 years to do a corn maze with Sky, but we had a blast. New Fall tradition!

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I’m always so thankful when we can do stuff just the 3 of us and have fun. Having friends join in is great as well, I’m just happy we enjoy being Team Yeatman, and can just be us and still have so much fun.

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What are you thankful for?

Randomness

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Sea lion under a restaurant in Astoria. 

Just sharing some of the random pics I have from summer activities.

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Sky Unicorn!

 

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Driving Ms. Sky

Our October has been so nice it sort of feels like summer is just now ending. Today starts a stretch of rainy weather. There’s been a chill in the air in the mornings and evenings as well.

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Human Foosball at Chambers Bay Kite Festival.

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Winter is coming! I’m ready though…I wasn’t that into it last year, the weather/holidays/snow, but this year I’m feeling it and ready to embrace the Winter months and all they bring.

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Sky was invited to cheer with Clover Park Cheer team during a football game…so much fun! She taught her friends the cheer and they learned it so well that they all got to participate. Nicest group of girls and they made Sky feel so welcome and part of the team!
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Home project helpers…not so much, but they are cute. 🙂

 

Thankful Thursday

Today I’m thankful for a seriously fun weekend with friends!

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Fall colors…so pretty down in the valley. Not a bad camp view at all!

Last weekend Michelle and I headed to White River Amphitheater for the Luke Bryan concert, and it was so perfect! The weather, the hamburgers we ate while tailgating, the wine, the trucker hat I got, our seats (reserved lawn seating is so worth the $, as would be reserved parking…next time I’ll get the parking as well!), and the concert.

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From concert to camping!

Loved everything about Luke’s show! So much fun! Last time he was here Sky was a baby and I was newly out of a job so I’ve been waiting a very long time to catch him and am thankful I got to see him this time around.

From the concert we headed to our friends camping property. The guys took the trailers, dogs, and kids up ahead of Michelle and I, and since the amphitheater is already about half way to the property we figured it would be a pretty easy drive after the concert to camp. Sadly we were not prepared for a two hour wait just to get out of the lot, and then to be detoured the opposite direction we needed to be driving. Made for a very late night arrival to camp. But it was worth it for a weekend of camping!

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Using the winch on the truck to do the hard work.

Seriously can’t believe how perfect the weather was for mid October! Bonus, the burn ban was lifted so we were able to burn through a huge pile of branches and limbs. The girls had a blast on the zip line and building up their fort in the woods. Bonus, was the harvest fest at Suncadia. The kiddos had fun and the adults enjoyed drinks and corn hole (girls won!).

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Burn baby burn!

I’m just so thankful to have good friends to have good times with. Last weekend felt like a mini vacation! And, the sun has stuck around, this week has been lovely!

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Re-hydrating their skin after camping!

What are you thankful for?

Thankful Thursday

Today I’m thankful for a girl and her dog. I’m pretty sure Sky drives Ruthy crazy with her over the top displays of affection. But, Ruthy takes it all in stride (until she retreats to her crate).

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For the most part, it’s mutual love and playing together. While I’m not always as patient with Ruthy as I could/should be I am thankful she’s part of the family, and that she’s so good with Sky. Sky adores her and those two run the house, literally running through the house!

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