Smoking Turkey

May 25, 2011

A few weeks back the neighborhood decided it was time for a summer day turkey smoke. My husband loves to smoke things and the fact that we usually have a Thanksgiving turkey or two in the freezer at all times makes it rather convenient.

A week of defrosting and presto! A raw, lovely turkey just waiting for all its seasoning goodness.

After being washed and dried, I sprinkled liberally with salt and pepper:

{A word on pepper: our family really, really, really, really loves Tellicherry Peppercorns. Yes, we all know you can get the pre-ground stuff from a easy to use box in the grocery but really, does it taste good to you? Using a good peppercorn and grinding it yourself can elevate the simplest of dishes to a gourmet level – even a plate of scrambled eggs can be amazing with the right seasoning. So please, try it, I really hope you do and please leave me a comment and let me know what you thought of real pepper!}

Back to my turkey…

Drizzled with olive oil, salt and pepper and a bit of brown sugar for sweetness and carmalization. This was a last minute addition and boy was I happy I did it. It made it great!

Rub, rub, rub…

And into the smoker it goes!

I suggest you remember to truss it up BEFORE you put it in the smoker so you don’t end up doing this:

So now we waited, and while the lovely bird smoked we played!

And after a few hours, we ate!!


Toddler Work

May 24, 2011

You know what they say, “Give a man a fish and he can eat for a day. Teach a man to fish and he can eat for a lifetime.” Give a toddler a bag of cracked corn, and he can feed chickens for an hour.

Living on the Edge

May 18, 2011

I am a wild, wild woman. I like to live on the edge, take risks and live dangerously. That is why I decided to take up not one, but two (yes, TWO!) sewing projects this evening for simple, easy summery skirts for this lovely weather we’re having. Nothing makes me feel more summerish than bare knees and a lovely flowery skirt – even if it means I’m climbing the playstructures and running after the toddler in them.

The sewing was not the challenging part – no that was quite simple and easy, really – the challenge was knowing that my matching thread was limited to a teensy weeny bit. Just enough really that if I needed to rip seams and redo some stitching I knew I would not have enough to finish the projects. Not once – twice. Enough that when I ran out of bobbin on the above skirt I wound just barely enough to get the waistband finished. Just enough.

Yes, this one was a piece of cake – except for the amount of nail biting and lip chewing as I sewed to see if it would be finished. Luckily for me, this is what I was left with:

Spring Growth…

May 11, 2011

Here are a few things that are springing into life in our garden:

What’s growing in your garden?

A learning day

May 10, 2011

I had expected a lovely weekend filled with family time, art and relaxation. I had been looking forward to this Momma’s Day, it once being my second one and my little guy finally being able to hug and kiss and be a sweet little boy.

It appears that nature had different ideas than I did as I came down with a nasty stomach bug on Saturday night that continued all weekend. It continued so badly and so forcefully that on Mother’s Day husband had to take me to the doctor’s to make sure I didn’t have appendicitis.

That being said, Mother’s Day was a mess. Monday was another rough day while an exhausted Momma took care of a cranky and onry toddler who refused to behave. This Momma was so tired that she quickly ate her dinner, put the toddler to bed and hit the sack before 8pm.

But today, oh yes, today was our day. The kiddo and I went to the Oregon Zoo for the day – and a glorious day it turned out to be too.

I usually am a social creature, and most of our Zoo trips have usually been with a group of parental friends.  We chase the toddlers, we talk and laugh and share a lunch. But today’s trip was solo, just the boy and I – and I have to say it was one of the best trips I have had.

Being alone allowed me to really focus on my little boy, on his needs and actually teach him something about the animals. I was able to really bond with him, to laugh at his silliness and just be present in this experience. This was the first time we have been back to the zoo since he turned one and it was, by far, the most fun we have had. He told me where to go, what to see and what to do – and he thrived in the control of it all. He marveled at the animals, learning new names and calls for them at every stop.

And when he napped – and he did for just a brief hour – this Momma was allowed a break to sit and knit right by the tigers. A happier Momma there couldn’t be.


May 7, 2011

The little guy’s room was in dire need of new curtains. It seems that here in Oregon the summer sun sets around 9pm and makes it very difficult for a little boy to go to sleep at a decent hour. I had searched and searched at the fabric store, finding lovely fabrics but always being held back by them not being quite right.

I wanted something that not only blocked light but also would grow with him as he journeys from toddler into boy. They needed to be classic and practical, but stylish.

Luckily for me, I found a large  amount of this just sitting in his closet waiting to become something. I didn’t have to buy anything, just a little cutting, ironing and sewing and presto, curtains for my boy!

And this little gem of a rug was my latest thrift store find: an amazing play rug for my little truck loving boy. We have played trucks on it every day since I put it in his room ~ love this kid!

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