Herbed Turkey Breast with Orange Sauce

I hope you’re not already all “turkeyed” out…even though Thanksgiving is a week away. Well even if you’re tired of turkey, dressing and sweet potatoes and the other yummy foods we stuff our faces with this time of the year, here’s a turkey recipe that’s a little different. This turkey recipe is definitely worth trying because it’s made in a crock pot and if you’ve been following me blog you know that I LOVE the crock pot!

The crock pot is currently my favorite kitchen appliance and is used pretty regularly around here. I just love how tender meat is when it comes out and the time saving aspect of putting together dinner is also a perk. This recipe is Herbed Turkey Breast with Orange Sauce and is delicious.

I love the combination of the rosemary and garlic mixture that is rubbed on the turkey breast before cooking; it pairs well with the orange sauce. Cooking the turkey slow and low for so many hours of course makes the meat very tender and juicy. Turkey is a very lean meat, especially with the skin removed, and is therefore a healthy choice for dinner. Try this recipe; I think your family will like it!

Ingredients:

  • 1 large chopped onion
  • 3 cloves minced garlic
  • 1 tsp. dried rosemary
  • 1/2 tsp. black pepper
  • 1 boneless skinless turkey breast (about 2-3 lbs)
  • 1 1/2 C. orange juice

Directions:

  1. Place onion in crockpot. Combine garlic, rosemary and pepper in a bowl and set aside.
  2. Cut slices about 3/4 of the way through the turkey at 2″ intervals. Rub garlic mixture between slices. Place turkey, cut side up, in crockpot. Pour orange juice over turkey. Cover; cook on LOW 7-8 hours
  3. Serve sliced turkey with the orange sauce.

{recipe is from Best-Loved Slow Cooker Recipes}

“Bye, Bye Fall” Photoshoot

I have somewhat of an obsession with taking photos…hardly a day goes by that I don’t take at least one photo of my little man! Before the Christmas season takes over I thought I would post a few Fall themed pictures of Preston. As you can see, he sported a monkey costume for Halloween this year.

Isn’t his shirt so perfect for fall pictures? I love the combination of orange and the grayish-green color.

The good thing about him sitting in a wagon is that he can’t run all over the place…it can be quite challenging capturing an active little boy! I’m learning some tricks though and at some point I have faith that I’ll be able to say, “Stand still please” and he’ll actually do it! (grin)

It’s about time to take the family photo for Christmas cards…need someone to take it for you? I’d be glad to! If you’re in the Metro Atlanta area and are in need of a photographer for Christmas card photos or engagement photos or maternity photos or just cute photos of your kids, contact me at AnneRains@gmail.com.

Help a Hero Win; Your Votes are Needed

At church last Sunday we learned about the Global Soap Project which was started by Derreck Kayongo. Derreck is originally from Uganda but is now an American citizen who’s striving “to put a bar of soap in the hand of every child who can’t afford it.” He got the idea for the Global Soap Project when he first came to America in the 90s; he was amazed that the hotel he stayed in was replenishing his soap every day, even though it was hardly used.

Afraid that the hotel would charge him for all that soap, he went to speak to the concierge about it. The concierge just laughed and told him that the hotel throws away the soaps not used every day. It saddened him because so many people in third world countries, such as Haiti, Uganda, Kenya and Swaziland need soap so badly.

Soap is expensive in those countries but is a vital first step in fighting off diseases. Not being able to wash your hands leads to sickness and the cost of a hospital visit is often too high a price to pay and people are dying merely because they didn’t have soap.

Derreck’s Global Soap Project is making strides to overcoming that problem. They gather barely used soap from hotels, sanitize the soap and reprocess it into new bars of soap and ship it to third world countries in need.

You can help further his project by going to CNN’s Heroes 2011 site and voting for Derreck’s project up to ten times a day from now until December 7th. The winner will be announced on December 11. Please take a moment to vote for Derreck–with only a few minutes each day, you can help make a difference in a child’s life.

VOTE NOW

FULL STORY ON DERRECK’s GLOBAL SOAP PROJECT

Cookies ‘n Cream Brownie Pie

This past weekend some friends invited us over for dinner and I brought dessert. I wanted to bake something but didn’t have much time as I’d spent the day shopping for a dress to wear to an upcoming Christmas party. So on my way home, I pulled up Pinterest on my phone and looked through my Sinfully Sweet desserts board.

That’s where I found the recipe for this yummy Cookies ‘n Cream Brownie recipe. It’s more like a brownie pie with a yummy chocolate sauce on top. I only needed to pick up a few ingredients from the grocery store and then I was on my way to making this delicious and easy dessert.

The brownies are made with Hershey’s Cookies ‘n Cream candy bars and after it bakes it’s topped with sweetened condensed milk and a layer of mini chocolate chips. So yummy and it only took about 10-15 minutes to assemble, 17 minutes in the oven and then a minute to top it with the chocolate sauce. Easy!

Okay, so here’s how you make Cookies ‘n Cream Brownie Pie:

Ingredients:

  • 6 oz (1 1/2 of King sized bars or 4 regular size candy bars) Hershey’s Cookies n’ Cream candy bars
  • 1/2 C. sugar
  • 1/2 C. butter (1 stick)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 C. flour
  • 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • pinch of salt
  • 7 oz. sweetened condensed milk
  • 3/4 C. mini chocolate chips

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degree and grease a 9″ pie plate
  2. Melt candy bars, sugar and butter over medium low heat
  3. While ingredients are melting, lightly whisk 2 eggs in a small bowl
  4. Once all is melted, turn off heat and whisk in eggs and vanilla
  5. Add the flour, baking powder and salt, mix until well combined
  6. Pour batter into pie plate and bake for about 17-20 minutes (or until fork comes out clean)
  7. After the brownies are cooked, immediately pour the sweetened condensed milk all over the brownies and add the chocolate chips
  8. Let cool and enjoy!

These brownies were equally good the next day warmed up a little and enjoyed with a cup of coffee. Mmm! You just have to try these!

{original recipe found here: Fahrenheit 350}

Fall Reflections

The baby is napping so I have a little free time; I’m sitting at my kitchen table just savoring the quiet moment. My kitchen has the sweet aroma of my caramel apple scented candle that is lit and I’m enjoying a cup of coffee while watching the golden leaves fall outside the window.

Am I the only one who feels that we are having a a particularly beautiful fall season? Maybe I just forget how gorgeous fall is, but it seems to me that the colors are more vibrant this year and they are sticking around longer than usual. I have a large oak tree in my front yard and one in my backyard and I’m really enjoying the turning of the leaves and seeing them blanket the backyard. And the maples! Oh, have you seen the beautiful red maples? There are plenty around where I live and I have been admiring them while driving by.

The beautiful earth and the changing of the seasons reminds me that God created everything and everyone. He is the Master Artist and we should praise Him for these beautiful fall colors and thank Him for our many blessings.

My preacher has been doing a prayer series and he talked about how we should be in constant communication with God throughout our day–it’s as easy as offering up “Twitter-sized prayers.” So here’s mine:

Thank you Lord for your beautiful fall colors; they remind me to slow down and enjoy the beauty of every moment.

“Sing to Him, sing praises to Him; speak of all His Wonders” 1 Chronicles 16:9

Decor Inspiration: Pirate Themed Nursery

I mentioned in my post about my son’s first birthday party that I had decorated his nursery in a pirate theme. Would you like to see a few pictures? I don’t know about you, but I just love decorating my home. The thrill of deciding how a certain room is going to look and then the hunt of finding just the right pieces to make everything come together perfectly…*sigh, it’s just plain fun for me!

It all started when I found the most adorable pirate bedding set.

Cute, right? I mean, just at look at the adorable pirates!

So, what does every good pirate have? A parrot of course! The bird cage I found at Hobby Lobby and the bird is from Oriental Trading.

And if you’re a pirate, you simply have to have a TREASURE MAP! I was thrilled when I found this hand painted treasure map on Etsy. So cute!

It’s fun to see a room come together. You can see that I painted wooden letters for his name and the curtains are a rich chocolate brown (bonus: closing the curtains and having the extra layer of the blinds really keeps out the sun =a baby that sleeps better and longer!) You can’t see it in this picture but there’s a red wooden sign above the window that reads “Red Sky at Night Sailors Delight.”

Instead of a changing table I opted for the kind that sits on top of the dresser. I found a little “treasure” chest to put on the dresser to keep all of the diaper supplies in. I liked the round mirror I found because it reminded me of a port hole on a ship–kinda “pirate-like” right? And instead of an expensive gliding rocking chair, I got a simple outdoor rocker. It works just fine for us and when we no longer need it in the nursery I can put it on the patio!

The treasure map sits on the wall above his book shelf where a pirate sword rests on top.

Of course Preston’s room looks a little different today; I had to purchase another bookshelf to hold more toys and some things have been moved around a bit. I’m trying my best to keep the accumulation of toys to a minimum but this little guy’s grandparents sure do like to spoil him!

Well, now I’m all in the mood to redecorate something…hmmm, maybe a trip to Hobby Lobby? You just never know what you will find! Have a great day.

Time to Get Organized Girls!

I hope you didn’t read the title of this post and decide not to read on! Maybe it’s just me but I think life runs more smoothly when you have an organized home with systems in place…you know, ‘everything has a place and there’s a place for everything.’ My life has been getting busier lately: chasing around a toddler 24/7, working (part time), keeping a reasonably clean house, combatting the mountain of endless laundry and putting supper on the table. Those are just the things I have to do…I still want to have time for enjoying family and friends, Bible study, running/exercise and relaxing to name a few. So that’s why I’m a big believer in having systems in place that keep you organized.

I enjoy reading and learning from others about what works for them and I’ve found a book that has been helpful to me. You may have heard of it, it’s called Totally Together: Shortcuts to an Organized Life by Stephanie O’Dea. It’s about the size of a small agenda book so it’s very handy. In the first part of the book she discusses how she cleans less and plays more using her “Daily 7 Tasks for a Highly Successful Household.” I’m not going to give them all away…you’ll just have to read it for yourself, but they are common sense things like making the beds first thing and having a 10 minute clean up before bed that the whole family participates in.

Other great information Stephanie includes is her method for decluttering a room or closet, lists of age-appropriate chores for children, tips on meal planning and how to plan ahead to avoid the stress of the busyness of the Christmas season.

The last part of the book is a week-by-week planner for the entire year and she gives specific tasks for you to complete that week to help you get more and more organized. The pages are un-dated so you can copy them and use them every year if you’d like.

The year will be over before we know it (can you even believe that?!) and my goal is to start 2012 even more organized and work towards being “totally together.”           Who’s with me?