Wednesday, February 21, 2007

A Turkey and a Fortune!

I'm stopping by to post a little something this morning while I wait to wake Allison up for school. I might be back tonight with another post. I'm not sure. We'll see.

My first thought that I wanted to share is turkey. Since my sister was here over the weekend, I decided to make a traditional turkey dinner. Truth be told is that it was taking up too much room in my freezer and I wanted the space. I also wanted to "suck & seal" (click on the link to see what I'm talking about) the turkey in portions and freeze it for turkey soup and turkey pot pie. So this was the perfect time to cook my 19 pound bird. I had so much turkey that I sent a big pan of it with her to my parent's house (she was going there next.) Anyway, I had been doing a lot of reading on how if you cook the turkey upside or breast down in the roaster that the white meat will be juicier. Of course, I would have to test that theory. So, here is the before picture of my upside down turkey. Sorry, I forgot to take a picture of it when it was done. I guess I was just too excited to see if the method worked. I would have say that I agree that it is moister. In fact, if I do say so myself, the turkey was delish! YUM! However, there is a couple of things that I want to caution you about if you try this method. First, that little pop-up thing they put in the bird that is supposed to pop up when it is done will be upside down so you can't rely on it. Once I took the turkey out from the roaster, I found that mine didn't even pop up. I found this turkey cooking calculator online from Butterball. It will calculate how long you should cook your turkey. Second, be sure you cook your turkey to at least an internal temperature of 180 degrees. I suggest using a food thermometer. They are inexpensive and you can pick them up at any kitchen or restaurant supply store. You will want to test the turkey in the thickest part of the breast and the innermost part of the thigh and wing.

My second thought is that my 5 1/2 daughter, Allison is amazing. I know, I know, we all think our child is amazing and we all are right. Last night Curtis, Allison and I went out for Chinese food and at the end of our meal, we always do the fortune cookies. We usually make up fortunes but we found that we really can't do that anymore. I said mine said that "Allison is Mommy's little girl" since Curtis and I always battle on whose little girl she is. Allison immediately said "No, it doesn't! Let me see it! My name isn't anywhere on there!" LOL! Too funny! She then opened hers and tried to sound out the words. They are just learning to read but she is so good at sounding out everything...from the cans in the pantry to the street signs she sees while we are driving. She will even debate on how a word is pronounced if it doesn't follow what she has learned in school. They say that English is the hardest language to learn because there are so many exceptions to the rules. I am seeing this through Allison. Anyway, here is her fortune and she was able to sound out all the words except "wealth" and "are." I was amazed that she got the word "friends" but she blended it beautifully. That's my girl! The sad thing is that Curtis and I will not be able to spell things to each other for much longer. She is just too good and so eager to learn everything new. By the way, how about her fortune? I love it! It is what I believe and my friends are so important to me! Hey, maybe I see a blog entry of "my friends" in the future. I'll have to give that some thought!

Gotta go wake the amazing one!

Have Fun!

“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go.”
~Dr. Seuss

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1 comment:

Susan said...

Amen to that fortune!!! because we sure don't have any monetary wealth!!! LOL :)


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