Jackie's Forget Me Nots

No vase can overflow if you never fill it up.

My neighbor gave me a Turkey a few days ago. I wasn’t planning on doing any cooking because it is a lot of work, so instead of wasting a good Turkey I decided to cook it for Christmas even though I am spending it alone this year.

My boyfriend of 10 years passed away two weeks ago, and I am content to be by myself with memories of him, that is all. I’m not in a very festive mood and probably wouldn’t enjoy myself if I was away from the nest anyway. Christmas will never be the same without him. He was my rock and shining star, and I miss him terribly.

I brined and stuffed my turkey and put a cheesecloth soaked in butter and wine on top before putting it into the oven, just like Martha Stewart. This may be the 3rd time I ever roasted my own turkey for Christmas. I did exactly as the video instructed and it turned out superbly magnificent!

Right. On to the Turkey. I stuffed it according to Martha Stewart’s recipe as well. But doesn’t it look nice? I mean cmon. I know it will be juicy because that is what the brining is for.

I stuck the bird in a solution of water, salt, sugar, star anise, cinnamon sticks, rosemary, thyme and whatever else I could think of that would be good and left it for 24 hours in the fridge.

This morning I prepared the stuffing and the turkey for roasting. I should have taken pictures as I went along but I forgot. The cheesecloth looks exactly like what you see in the video link. It came out of the oven around 2:30 pm so I will let the turkey rest for the same amount of time while I make the gravy.

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I only wish Phil were here to share it with. I still can’t believe he’s gone.

qphaveamerrylittlechristmas

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