Brining a Turkey


Typically I do a Cajun rub on my turkey but,after seeing Ree’s (the Pioneer Woman who I speak of as if we are on a first name basis, cause we would be if she knew me!) turkey brine I had to try it!  My MIL bought a beautiful ORGANIC bird and I thought this would be wonderful to keep it super moist and full of flavor.

I used what I had on hand and as her recipe was my inspiration I did stray a tish. If you have 3 cups of apple juice go with that or use some orange or extra water. It will be great!!

Bonus it makes your house smell yummy!!



Turkey Brine:

2 cups apple cider

1/2 cup juice from a can of mandarin oranges

1/2 cup juice from a can of pineapple

1 big handful of black peppercorns

4 cloves of fresh garlic

6-8 whole sprigs of fresh thyme

1 1/2 cup kosher salt

2 cup brown sugar

1 1/2 gallon of water (that is all my pot would hold! she uses 2)

Put it all in a HUGE pot and bring to boil. Cover, cool completely and pour over turkey.


xoxo, Mama Bird

Sweet Potato Souffle

Let me start by saying that I know that you have seen boo-koos of sweet potato casseroles over this years but, if you are like me and don’t like a bunch of “stuff” added to it you will love this! It is so freaking yummy! It makes ahead beautifully.

4 sweet potatoes, baked & skinned
1 c sugar
1 tsp vanilla
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
2 eggs, lightly beaten
1/4 c milk
1 stick butter, melted

Bake & skin potatoes; Place in large bowl, add remaining ingredients and mix with hand or stand mixer until smooth & creamy.
1 c brown sugar
1/3 c flour
1/3 c butter, melted
pecans halves
Mix sugar, flour & butter sprinkle 1/2 of mix lightly on top of potato mix. Place pecan halves on top of that and sprinkle remaining mixture on top. Bake at 350 for 25-35mins until hot & bubbly! Enjoy!!

xoxo, Mama Bird