Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Healthy Oven Roasted Turkey…

SOMETHING NEW!!!!!…yeah trying my hand at photographing food

This is really the only thing I can cook consistently well. Oven roasted turkey stuffed with veggies=) I took pictures this time just for the fun of it…I think I could really get into cooking if I would take pictures every time!

We make this when we want turkey meat for lunches, casual dinner etc. ready in the freezer. Having a big family it’s a great way to have it handy for whatever=) We do use the traditional stuffing when cooking a turkey for the holidays.

Here’s the recipe

(add more or less depending on your own personal opinion =)

One turkey, approx. 15 lb.

Juice of one lemon

Salt and pepper

Olive Oil or melted butter

One medium yellow onion, peeled and quartered

Tops and bottoms of a bunch of celery

Two carrots, washed and sliced

Four potatoes, washed and quartered


Sprigs of fresh rosemary, thyme.

IMG_3907-002I hand juiced this lemon to put over the veggies so that the vegetables will hold their taste…and color

IMG_3910-002All the ingredients washed and cut up in a bowl

IMG_3921-002Here he is! All thawed out, washed and ready to be stuffed.

IMG_3923-002You just can’t cook a turkey without these seasonings…and yes I’ve accidently tried=P


IMG_3936-002Parsley…I picked it fresh moments before out of my sisters herb garden

IMG_3945-002With the olive oil, seasonings and lemon juice added…



All stuffed in the roasting pan. I add some olive oil to the top of him and sprinkle with salt and black pepper.

(I add extra veggie because without a shadow of doubt this is my favorite way to eat veggies…they are so good, with that turkey flavor.)

I added a quart of water under him (to keep him moist) and covered him with foil. And that’s it!

I put him in the pre-heated oven to cook over night at a low heat (250 degrees) The house smelled wonderful the next morning. It should be done by the next morning.

The next evening, for dinner we will normally have turkey meat with these roasted veggies on the side. We’ll make gravy from the dripping  (the water I add help so we have a lot, my mom refrigerates the extra for gravy another day)

  Add some biscuits and to this and here you have it~an easy meal.

The rest of the turkey meat will be frozen and bagged for easy accessibility another day.

I would have taken some “after pictures” but mom had already cut into him for lunches.


Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Where Did the Quiet Go?

Our lives are surrounded by so much commotion and noise, are we ever truly quiet for very long?

When was the last time you sat and enjoyed a sunset?…when was the last time you watched an animal in silence go about it’s daily life?…when was the last time you took a long walk in the woods, just you and nature?

These photographs I think depicts all those things in life that make you (at least they make me) want to slow down so that you don’t miss anything beautiful.

We let life get so out of control occasionally and forget to sit back and just be quiet and enjoy the truly lovely parts of God’s creation.

IMG_3636-001This one reminds me of all the westerns I watched growing up…but of course it would have to be in black and white=)


Monday, July 22, 2013

‘50’s Square Dance

My brother called for a ‘50’s themed square dance last night. It was like entering into another era…one that my grandparents lived in.

These people have a great time pulling out their old clothes and dressing up. I can’t believe these clothes were once in style…poodle skirts, bandana’s, rolled up jeans, and saddle shoes. It was like stepping into the movie “Grease”. (Except the part of everyone one being way older)

Even the table decorations were thoughtfully put together. Bubble gum, records, mega phones and pom-poms. Elvis was even there!…wait that was a poster=)


Wednesday, July 17, 2013

The Smallest Guy in the Pasture

This is the newest addition to the farm where I board my horse. He doesn’t have a name yet…that’s my job…and its complicated! I’m sure the perfect name will come, but until then he’s just referred to as “the colt”.
All of his siblings have seen the race track, and I’m sure he will too.
He was born in Northern Indiana. He was already three months old when he was brought back so he’s pretty wild. His muzzle is beginning to darken, I wonder what color he will be when he’s grown. For now it’s a mystery…

Showing off his picture perfect self=)Picture perfect!
I hope you enjoyed these as much as I did taking them…there’s nothing better in the world, to me, then to be surrounded by horses. Especially the little ones.

Until next time…..

Wednesday, July 10, 2013


     Hannah...loved the yellow and black. I really like these colors on her. She has a lovely smile=) Keep on being you Hannah!

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