Thursday, November 29, 2012

Thanksgiving 2012!

Happy Thanksgiving!!!
Thanksgiving day we spent lunchtime with the Potts and Payne families. It was fantastic! The food was absolutely incredible!!! After leaving their beautiful home, we went and got some redbox movies and headed home for some snuggle time. ZZ and Daddy napped while Rocco and I watched movies. Once our movies were over, Rocco and I made Thanksgiving dinner! Then woke up Daddy to join us as we ate and then watched another movie. Such a fun, lazy, relaxing day...

Wanna know how I did my Turkey? It turned out tasting Divine!
I brined it overnight in a Lemon, Rosemary, Garlic and Slat brine. Then I rinsed the bird and patted it dry. I stuck my hand up through the back where there is a skin flap and I separated the skin from the meat. Then I covered that whole new area in a rosemary lemon butter. After that I took a meat injector and injected Apple juice concentrate through the cavity of the bird into it's meaty areas. Then I brushed the outer skin of the bird with olive oil and salted it, placed it in the oven and baked it.... HEAVEN IN MY MOUTH! Rocco even LOVED it! The lemon brine had made it so the meat got flavor throughout and stayed moist. The Apple juice gave it a slightly sweet flavor, while the rosemary butter sunk in to give it an herby flavor. I can't describe to you just how great it was, but I can tell you that I was and am really excited with how great it turned out and if there was some turkey cooking contest that day I totally would've won! lol. seriously though...

The day after thanskgiving we ate straight-up leftovers. The day after that we at Turkey Bhan Mi sandwiches! Oh my gosh! It was better than eating a rainbow! So Yummy! If you want to try something that sounds disgusting but will blow your mind with it's deliciousness, this is the thing for you. although I think it'll be better if you use chicken instead of turkey. But even with turkey it was incredible! Let me describe: Hoagie or Bagguette bread, Chicken or Turkey, Cilantro, cucumbers, pickled carrots and pickled daikon; all topped with spicy mayo! Better than you can imagine. I will share my recipes on another day in another post and you will be so happy if you try it :)

Then on the third day after Thanksgiving, we had a picnic on our backporch. ZZ had a turkey Ceasar salad, Seth had a Turkey Club Sandwich, I had a Turkey Bhan Mi sandwich, and Rocco had a PB sandwich. So fun! So yummy!

And then our leftovers were gone... :(
So sad. I guess that means I need to make another turkey! So happy... :)

Saturday, November 3, 2012

Halloween 2012!!!

So much Halloween fun!
Rocco and Zeegan LOVED making the cupcakes that Aunt Nettie sent in her surprise Halloween box! SO MUCH FUN! They really really loved making and decorating them :)

Rocco and Zeegan got REALLY excited about carving pumpkins! It was lots of fun for the whole family! Can you guess what they made? ZZ wanted a princess, Rocco wanted the bat signal.

Rocco was Batman for Halloween! He was awesome! awesome! Awesome! It was adorable! He climbed on every Rock and held out his arms like he was gonna fly. He talked in a low raspy voice to everyone and wouldn't smile without a lot of coercion (because batman doesn't smile when he's in his suit). I love my little batguy! 
Zeegan couldn't decide which princess she wanted to be for halloween, so at each different Halloween Party, she wore a different Princess dress. So cute. I love my little princess too!

At the ward Trunk-or-Treat: 

At the Library Halloween Party
Tiana: Princess and the Frog

At home: Rapunzel!

At home again: Belle! (Isn't this dress awesome! My fabulous friend Rachel made it for her and ZZ thought she'd died and gone to heaven when she opened the box!)

Out and about in the neighborhood Trick-or-Treating:

Monday, October 15, 2012

Trust Me, I'm a Dr... Pepper :)

We live less than an hour from the Dr Pepper factory. the place Dr Pepper was created! How lucky can we be?! Seriously! So one day when Seth was off work, we went and visited. Did you know Dr Pepper used to be named "Waco"? after the city it was born in... :)
After our fun tour through the factory, we got Frosty-Pepper's from the soda fountain! Blew.My.Mind! I love Dr Pepper floats and I love Dr Pepper and I love blue bell vanilla ice cream, but you haven't lived til you try FRESh Dr Pepper in a float... FAB.u.LOUS!!!