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My Favorite Brine of All Time! by The Pioneer Woman

I wanted to bring this old post to the forefront, as it’s my favorite turkey brine recipe ever, and because it’s—gulp—the week before Thanksgiving! What just happened?

We still have Halloween candy in our house. (Not sure how that’s possible.)

Be sure to read through all the instructions in the link below…but here are the highlights (in case you’re a skimmer, which I most certainly am!)

* Check your turkey label. Many frozen turkeys are injected with a sodium solution (essentially pre-brined), and it’s best if you can use a turkey that has not been pre-brined. I usually try to find a fresh turkey or an organic frozen one. (Though if you rinse thoroughly, you’ll probably be fine no matter what!)

* Add enough water to the brining bag or vessel to submerge the turkey.

* After brining, thoroughly rinse the turkey then submerge it in clean cold water for 15-20 minutes, then rinse again.

* Your turkey is gonna be magificent!

My Favorite Turkey Brine of All Time

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About Bob Lucas-Clark

Bob Lucas-Clark
I have transitioned from a successful corporate marketing career to starting a successful online business. My focus is helping people start their own online businesses. At the same time I am thrilled to have my own blog about one of my true passions: Cooking, Food & Wine. Enjoy my blog and thank you for stopping by.

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Hello friends!

One of the most satisfying hobbies I’ve taken up this year is making paper flowers.  If you follow me on Instagram, you’ll see them speckled throughout my life.  I’m playing with everything form dainty tissue paper roses to grand and sculptural magnolia flowers.  

Most recently I’m making crepe paper poinsettia flowers to decorate my Christmas tree.  Poinsettias naturally come in a surprising array of pinks, creams, and salmons that feel more fresh and have more depth and variation than the traditional red flower.  

Together with my personal paper flower guru, Suzonne Stirling, we’ve put together a crepe paper poinsettia tutorial for you.  

Here are some things to keep in mind if this is your first dip into the paper flower craft: 

•  it’s addictive- making something so beautiful from humble paper

•  like anything new, paper flower making feels foreign and daunting at times- but anything beautiful is worth working through. 

•  don’t feel like you have to buy every paper on the list below.  One or two colors for the bracts (these are what poinsettia petals are called) and two colors for the center 

•  get a friend in on this hobby too!  It’s great to share supplies and spend time doing something new together! 

Here’s how this tutorial goes: 

  • First we’ll gather our materials
  • We’ll prep our paper by speckling or striping it with alcohol ink (optional)
  • We’ll make the flower centers
  • We’ll cut, glue, wire and assemble our bracts 
  • We’ll assemble the flower
  • We’ll celebrate our new talents

Materials:

180 gram crepe paper in desired color palette* – see links just below

22 and 24-gauge, white cloth-covered floral wire

18-gauge, green cloth-covered floral wire

Sharp scissors

Aleene’s Tacky Glue

Self-adhesive floral tape in light or moss green

Wire cutters (or old scissors you don’t mind dulling)

Optional Materials:

Alcohol Ink in Watermelon for speckled paper, Watermelon and Peach Bellini or Salmon for striped paper 

Rubbing Alcohol

Alcohol Ink Blender

Small spray bottle

Plastic garbage bag

Paper towels

*Good colors for our palette – choose a few colors you like.

Continue reading Crepe Paper Poinsettia Tutorial at Joy the Baker.

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