Simpatico: November 2011


Just the life and times of a silly girl, her dachshunds and all things Southern!

Butterflied, Dry Brined Roasted Turkey with Roasted Root Vegetable Panzanella on the Food Network

Butterflied, Dry Brined Roasted Turkey with Roasted Root Vegetable Panzanella on the Food Network

This year, with all the busy-ness of my life, I've decided that this recipe will suit me nicely. I have added some whole bay leaves under the skin for flavor as well as decorative purposes (Remember NEVER eat a bay leaf itself, just enjoy the flavor!!) I will let you know tomorrow how the family and friends enjoy it.

I am thankful to Critchfield's for butterflying my turkey as I am not fond of cutting meat of any sort! O_o

Happy Thanksgiving to all!!

Shrimp and Veggie Foil Packets

I counted it up, I'm working 3 jobs at present... OK, so I didn't count as much as cry in my pillow trying to figure out how to make a 24 hour day meaningful to my little family as well as profitable. :( Yeah, it was quite the a morning. But the evening got better when I made these little beauties.

So easy, so affordable, and so good. You'll have to try!!

*I purchased the wrong shrimp, so in my pictures you'll see Medium shrimp instead of Jumbo. My apologies. I served it with fried rice and egg rolls from Aldi.

Shrimp & Vegetables in Foil Packets
1 1/2 lb. broccoli florets
1 bag of shredded carrot matchsticks
1 bunch green onions
1 1/2 lbs 26/30 ct shrimp (peeled & deveined)
canola oil for brushing

4 t sesame oil
4 T soy sauce

Tear 5 pieces of foil into 18 inch strips. Brush each lightly with canola oil.

On each foil piece add-
1 C broccoli florets
1 C carrot matchsticks
7-8 shrimp
1 T chopped green onion
Mix sauce and pour 1 tablespoon of the mixture over each packet. Fold foil in half and seal edge by folding in 2-3 times.

Cook in 400 degree oven for 12-15 minutes or until shrimp is cooked through. Serve over steamed rice.

Sunday Drive and McDonald's

It has been so pretty lately that I cannot help myself from taking a long drive to get to know the area we've moved into. There are some great little country roads all around me. Its nice to know the layout cause one never knows when they will want to blast some rock music loud and drive off the stress or, as we did Sunday, just enjoy the day.

For the pups they got a special treat... McDonald's Ice Cream. I've never bought one for them before, but as Reed and myself have never had issues with them (we are both lactose intolerant) I thought that the pups might not have any issues as well.

Here is your Monday "Awwws" and "Squees" in dachshund vs. ice cream form:

Keep Calm and....



Just trying to get my beauty sleep...

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