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Morgan, Geoff, Little Tank, Babes, & Theo Bear



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Updated: 2017-12-27T07:31:27.495-07:00

 



Crock Pot Turkey Breast

2017-12-26T13:54:00.996-07:00

My extended family is now large enough that I worry about a turkey (even a big one) feeding everyone. So I've started crock potting a turkey breast. It is easy and shockingly delicious.  The first time I did it I just through the turkey in, the second time I did a quick brine and used the flavors I love from our traditional turkey...it was even better.  

Dry Brine
  • Remove neck and giblets from the turkey.
  • Combine coarse kosher salt, black pepper, lemon zest and rub over turkey and inside cavity.  Put turkey, thyme, rosemary, sage, garlic cloves, and lemon quarters in a plastic bag for 1-3 days. 
  • Turn over every day (or every 12 hours if only brining for one day).

Crockpot:
  • Sear all sides of turkey in olive oil until browned (2-3 minutes each side)
  • Move turkey into crockpot, add chopped onions, celery, rosemary, thyme, and one cup apple juice...add the olive oil and browned bits from searing the turkey as well.
  • Cook on high for one hour, cook on low for 4 more hours or until insta-read thermometer pops.
This was so easy and yummy I think I will add it to our roast/brisket rotation for big family dinners.  If you crockpot the potatoes and have other people bring a few sides, it comes together even easier.




Cinnamon Rolls

2017-12-26T13:38:17.317-07:00

I have struggled with cinnamon roll recipes for years...literally...years.  I could never get the dough right. At the end of the day, we still enjoyed what turned into cinnamon scones or cinnamon cookies. But still, I wanted to make a legit cinnamon roll! Enter Ree Drummond's cinnamon roll recipe, it is seriously no fail and amazingly delicious.  I made a couple of small adjustments to the filling and icing, but don't touch the dough recipe, it is perfection.

Dough:
1/2 quart milk (she calls for whole but I usually just have 2% on hand)
1/2 cup vegetable oil (I have used butter, but the vegetable oil turned out better)
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 package (2 1/4 teaspoons) dry yeast
4 1/2 cups flour
1/2 heaping teaspoon baking powder
1/2 scant teaspoon baking soda
1 1/2 teaspoons salt

  • Scald milk, oil, sugar - then let stand for one hour until warm
  • Add yeast, let sit for one minute to activate
  • Add 4 cups flour
  • Let rise for one hour
  • Add 1/2 cup flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
  • Dough can be used immediately or put in fridge up to 3 days.


Filling:
1 cup butter, melted
1-2 tablespoons cinnamon
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar

  • Roll out dough to a large rectangle (30 x 10 ish)
  • Pour butter over dough (I usually have enough left over to put in baking dishes)
  • Sprinkle sugars and cinnamon on top of dough
  • Roll up and cut. This usually makes enough for a 9x13 pan and 8x8 pan
  • Place rolls in baking dishes and let rise for 20 minutes (cover bottom of pans with melted butter)
  • Bake at 375 for 15 - 18 minutes (until browned on top)


Icing:
1 pound confectioners' sugar
1/3 cup milk
3 tablespoons butter, melted
1 teaspoon almond extract
Dash of salt

  • Mix it all together - I've used just about every consistency of icing. Whether it is very thick or thin, it always works and is a huge crowd pleaser.
  • Frost/ice while rolls are still warm.



Theo - 52 Weeks

2017-03-16T22:26:14.246-06:00

(Taken at Dead Horse Point, Utah)



Theo - 51 Weeks

2017-03-16T21:53:50.708-06:00





Theo - 50 Weeks

2017-03-16T21:53:23.827-06:00





Theo - 49 Weeks

2017-03-16T22:02:52.620-06:00





Theo - 48 Weeks

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Theo - 47 Weeks

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Theo - 46 Weeks

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Theo - 45 Weeks

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Theo - 44 Weeks

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Theo - 43 Weeks

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Theo - 42 Weeks

2017-03-16T22:08:27.149-06:00





Theo - 41 Weeks

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Theo - 40 Weeks

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Theo - 39 Weeks

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Theo - 38 Weeks

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Theo - 37 Weeks

2017-03-16T21:31:31.369-06:00





Theo - 36 Weeks

2017-03-16T21:30:56.910-06:00





Theo - 35 Weeks

2017-03-16T22:25:31.858-06:00

(Taken in Bear Lake, Utah)



Theo - 34 Weeks

2017-03-16T22:24:52.063-06:00

(Taken in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho)






Theo - 33 Weeks

2017-03-16T21:29:20.355-06:00





Theo - 32 Weeks

2017-03-16T20:35:00.175-06:00





Tiny Tots

2017-03-16T22:44:51.455-06:00

Tiny Tots and Alex have a complicated relationship.  Last fall, she spent most of the games on the playground.  But who could blame her, she had just turned three, the late afternoon games were a terrible time to try to control a kid who still napped, and she could see three different playgrounds from the field.  During the spring, she spent only half the time trying to escape.  Unfortunately, several of her teammates were just like her, so there was usually just one or two kids from her team playing at any given time.

She did figure it out during a few games and even scored once, but mostly she just circled the bunch of players with the ball...sort of like a shark...but never actually attacking to get the ball.  Funny enough, she loved practice and always participated and remained focused during the drills.  Hopefully we will have better luck with focus during the actual games next fall.