Fried Turkey

About 2 weeks ago we decided to try to fry our own Turkey. My parents had bought me a turkey fryer for my birthday this year and we still hadn't used it. So Saturday night we put our turkey in a brining solution of brown sugar and salt and let it marinate for the next 24 hours.

Jim's all set to risk his life frying up a turkey. I do like the pink oven mitts.

I was a little nervous at this point, but apparently not nervous enough to actually keep the little fire extinguisher you can see in the back ground next to me. I guess I figured I would jump through the flames if there was a fire and retrieve it.

A few gallons of boiling hot oil right next to us. Are we sure this is a good idea.

There it goes, there's no turning back now.

Jim spent the next 45 minutes keeping the oil at the right temperature

It's done and time to come out of the fryer

Oh man, have you ever seen anything so beautiful in your life and the taste is unbelievable. It's so juicy and moist. I don't think I can ever go back to just a plain old turkey cooked in the oven again, I have been converted.

All I want for Christmas

She finally lost it and right before Christmas. What a perfect time of year to have your two front teeth missing. I wonder what she'll be asking Santa for.

A Griswold Christmas - Part 2

We finally got our Christmas tree decorated a few days ago( I know, that sounds really bad). I decided this year to let go of my OCD issues and let the kids decorate the tree how they wanted it. Most of the ornaments stayed close to the bottom of the tree. They tried to throw some decorations up to the top, but they didn't stick.
The garland around the tree was a great idea of mine. I decided to have the kids string popcorn and cranberries( I really need to stop coming up with ideas). They were so excited to work on it the first 30minutes, but it quickly grew old after awhile, and one by one they stopped working.

It was quit hilarious watching them decorate the tree. They had to put gloves on so they wouldn't get poked by all the needles. Every little bit you would hear someone cry out "ouch" even Jim put on his glove and coat to string the lights. Although it's been kinda fun to have a real tree this year. I think I will go back to my pre-lit fake tree next year.

Crock Pot Chicken Tacos

I don't know if it's the fact that I spent part of my childhood in California or if it's just because it tastes so darn good, but Mexican food and Tex-Mex is my favorite. I could eat it everyday. My favorite midnight snack is chips and salsa or chips and a bowl of refried beans with cheese and salsa. Jim doesn't like beans, so he says it looks like I'm eating a big bowl baby poo, but I don't care.

1 lb boneless skinless chicken breasts
1 can Chicken broth
1/2c. onions
1 tsp. garlic
2 tsp. Mexican spice mix
1 Tbsp. tomato paste

Mexican spice mix:
1/4c. paprika
2 tsp. cayenne pepper
2 Tbsp. salt
2 tsp. white pepper
2 Tbsp. black pepper
2 Tbsp. granulated garlic
2 Tbsp. chili powder
2 Tbsp. oregano

In a crock pot add your chicken and chicken broth.

Saute your onions and garlic

Add your onions and garlic to the chicken

Add your spice mix and tomato paste. Stir. Cover and cook on low for 3 hrs

Remove chicken and shred.
Place shredded chicken back into the crock pot and cook for another 45minutes
While chicken is simmering, make your taco shells.

Doesn't it look tasty

Fill your taco shells with chicken and any other topping you like. I put pretty much everything on mine, especially a good guacamole.

And this is what you end up with, an empty plate. I do have to admit, I licked the plate clean after I took this picture and then, I had three more tacos.