I decided to do a dry brine for the turkey. Have to tell you that I believe the dry brine is the way to go. So easy and the flavor soaks all the way through the turkey meat. Lennis commented he thought this was the best turkey we'd ever had. I simply patted some herbs and a tablespoon of salt for every five pounds of bird. Allow to rest in fridge for 3 or 4 days. The salt and seasonings slowly absorb into the bird making it moist and tasty. It's a misconception to believe the salt drys the bird. It does not. Allow bird to sit for an hour at room temperature before roasting. I did a moist brine last Thanksgiving. Kind of messy and a pain. The dry brine returned better results and was simple. Have I convinced you to try a dry brine?
Tomorrow and Saturday are usually super busy at the shop. I'm headed in early to do some last minute decorating before the shoppers come in. We have a birch tree right outside the shop and I want to gather some of the wood clippings. I love the white chippy wood and the idea of decorating with the unique wood appeals to me.
You know how I love to decorate with natural. I also made a pine cone garland from the white pine cones. It's one of my favorite things. A chalkboard idea that I've been tossing back and forth with the help of some of Julie's vintage Christmas ornaments and the shop will be holiday ready.
The names were chosen for my family's gifts. Too funny, I drew the same names as we had last Christmas!
No black friday shopping for me. I've never participated in the crazy day. I'll be on the opposite end of things wrapping and packaging hand-made gifts for my customers tomorrow. I love the wrappings! What's that Christmas song, pretty paper, pretty ribbons of blue? No blue here, kraft and white our choice in wrappings.
I hope you enjoyed a relaxing and peaceful Thanksgiving.
Enjoy caring and sharing holidays.