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Turkey Day Turkey Meal – Gobble, Gobble

Amazing meal for Thanksgiving or Christmas! Everything you need in 1 post!

Under Skin Butter Rub:
1 Stick of Butter, softened
1tsp Lemon Juice
1.5T Fresh Garlic, minced
2tsp Lawrys Seasoned Salt, or more to taste (Plus, some for later sprinkling)
1tsp Paprika (Plus, some for later sprinkling)
1/2tsp Garlic Powder (Plus, some for later sprinkling)
1/2tsp Onion Powder (Plus, some for later sprinkling)
1/2tsp Pepper
1tsp Brown Sugar

Olive Oil (For last 30-1hr drizzle)

Inside Turkey:
1 Lemon HALF, stab a few times on skin
Onions, cut large

3c Chicken/Turkey Broth
1/2T Lemon Juice
1/2tsp Pepper
1tsp Fresh Garlic

Bottom of Turkey Pan:
1c Celery
2c Carrots
1 Onion
4 Potatoes, halved or Quartered

Pour Turkey Juices into a bowl, separate the fat off the top. Reserve both.
3-5T Turkey Fat (Add butter to accommodate)
Up to 5T Flour
Heat Turkey Fat/Butter stir in Flour til a rich brown roux. Stir constantly, add in:
2-3c Turkey Pan Juices (Or 2c Chicken Broth+1c Pan Juices)
1 Dried Bay Leaf
1/4tsp Sea Salt, or more to taste

Gizzard/ liver, cut up (I discard Heart)
12T Butter
Sautee above. Add in:
2/3c Carrot Sticks, chop small
2/3c Celery, cut small
1/2 Onion, chopped
Sautee Above. Add in:
1.5c Vegi Broth
3c Chicken Broth
Boil, then, simmer for 10min. Add in:
3 Boxes of Ready to Make Stuffing (Turkey)
1/4tsp Sea Salt, or more to taste

Allow Turkey to sit in Room Temp for a lil bit. Make Butter Rub (I melted Butter and added rest. Put in Freezer til it was form-able.). Roll Butter Rub into ball. Place under skin. Slightly rub around (It will melt down as it heats). Roll lil balls and place into Leg Skin, as well.
Pour Broth Mixture over Turkey. I reserved a LIL teaspoon of Butter Rub, melted some, and rubbed around turkey skin.
In Turkey Cavity, add in some Onions and 1 half of lemon (Stab with knife around skin).
Cook Turkey in Roaster at 450 for 30minutes. Then, 325 for the rest (15min per pound of Turkey).
Stuffing: Mince Liver. Cut up Turkey Neck. Put slices in Gizzard. Add Butter to pan. Saute Turkey Neck and Gizzard. Add in Liver and Vegis. Saute. Add in Broths. Bring to Boil. Then, Simmer til all’s cooked. Remove and Cool. Add to fridge until it’s time to remove juice from Turkey (Next step). Once ready, bring to boil. Remove Neck and Gizzard. Add in Stuffing Boxes. Toss, add Sea Salt. Cook/Bake to desired texture.
Last 30min, or so: I dump the Juices from the Turkey Pan (STRAIN and reserve BOTH Vegis and Juice!!!). Cover and set Vegis aside. Skim, and reserve, the fat off the top of juice. You will need 3-5T skimmed Fat and 2c Broth/Turkey Juice for Gravy. Toss rest. (Use Butter to compensate for lack of Fat, if needed).
Drizzle 1tsp Olive Oil over Turkey. Sprinkle Turkey with Lawry’s Seasonal Salt, Garlic Powder, Onion Powder, and Paprika. Place back into Roaster (I removed inner pan.). Roast at 325-400 for additional 30min to an hour.
Gravy: Add to pan, 5T skimmed Fat, add Butter to compensate. Heat, adding in 5T Flour. WHISK, continuously, until a nice brown. Add in Turkey Juices, Bay Leaf, and Sea Salt. Whisk continuously til desired thickness. Keep in mind that it thickens as it cools. Remove Bay Leaf after it sets a few minutes once completed.
Allow Turkey to rest about 30minutes, slightly uncovered.
tTt’s Mashed Potatoes: Here!
Green Bean Casserole:
Eat up… Gobble Gobble.

NOTES: For Broths, I used Cubes and Water!

Not just on Thanksgiving, Thanksgiving MeatLoaf (Turkey Meatloaf)

Thanksgiving MeatLoaf

Picture doesn’t do justice to this meal. I only took 1 photo, I was hungry! Was devoured that night.
1 box Chicken Stuffing (I crushed a little more)
2 lb. Ground Turkey Meat
1tsp Dried Ground Sage
1/4tsp Pepper
1/4tsp Garlic Powder
1/2 sm. Onion, chopped
1 Celery, minced
1/2tsp Parsley
1/2c Heavy Creamer
2 Eggs
1c Shredd. Mozzarella Cheese

1 can Cream of Chicken
1/2c Chicken Broth
2T Heavy Creamer
1/2tsp Fresh Lemon Juice
1/4tsp McCormick’s Lemon Pepper

Top with Canned Jellied Cranberry – DON’T SKIP THIS!!!

Preheat oven 350. Blend, well, all loaf ingredients. Butter Flavor Cooking Spray Pan. Form loaf. Allow to sit 10minutes. Prep Sauce while meatloaf cooks. Cook at about 350 for about 35 minutes, COVERED with foil. Remove foil, add half sauce, and bake, UNCOVERED, another 35 minutes… Or til done. Layer top with Sliced Cranberry (I usually layer entire top.). Top each serving with more sauce. YOU CAN ALSO CHOOSE to place cut up vegis around the outside of the loaf, in the pan. Carrots, potatoes, broccoli, peas, onions, etc.
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Gobble Up Soup (Turkey Dill and Sage Soup)


1/2 lb Turkey Meatballs – Or 2-3 large turkey drumsticks (Which is my fav.)
4c Water
4 Chicken Broth Cubes
2 cans CAMPBELL’S Cream of Potato *SEE NOTES
1.5c Potatoes, diced
1.5c Carrots, sliced
1c plump full Mushrooms, sliced (Optional)
1c Celery
1 small Onion, chopped
1.5c Frozen Corn, thawed
1/4 tsp Garlic Powder
1/4 tsp Fresh Cracked Pepper
1/16 tsp Sea Salt
1T Dried Dill Weed
1/2 tsp Dried Sage Powder
1/8 tsp Celery Seed

Add all to crock. Cook low 6-8 hours. If using drumsticks, remove, de-meat bones, add back to crock.
*Notes: I used generic brand cream of potato, wasn’t as tasty. You can also try 1 can cream of potato with 1 can cream of celery.

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EASY Holiday Decoration DIY



All you need is paper bags, pencil (Easier to edit), tape, red clear tape, desired image. Works for all holidays. Bunnies for Easter. Pot O Gold for Patty’s Day. Pumpkin for Halloween. Flag for 4th Stripes, stars. Etc. For Halloween, I taped paper bags to wall, set up flashlight, had my kiddos stand in front of bag, and outlined their silhouette for personalizing decor. Except daughter moved a lot so had to improvise, reason she looks like Beavis/Butthead. For pumpkin, I covered patio door, drew desired pumpkin, cut out, taped securely to window.
Cut paper bags and lay out to desired size, flat. Tape together. With pencil, draw out image. Cut accordingly. Use red tape to give color in areas desired. Ex.) Red nose, present ribbon. Hang on windows. Leave lights on at night, shut blinds. Enjoy cheap decorations.
(Yes, I realize the notes are backwards. As the hubs and kiddos pointed out… And laughed.)

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