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Six Things Saturday

Bacon-wrapped turkey

Happy (belated) Thanksgiving! With family in town this week, I postponed the usual Friday post to spend more time with them… but it simply gave me one more thing to be thankful for! Hope you all had (or are having) a wonderful weekend with loved ones.

Here are the six little things that made my week… (What made yours?)

1. Bacon-wrapped turkey in our smoker. A beloved Thanksgiving tradition at our house.

Morning-after breakfast

2. Morning-after brunch (complete with mimosas) at our favorite breakfast joint, Starling Diner in Long Beach.

Neighborhood stroll

3. Disconnecting from the Internet, Black Friday sales, and household chores… and opting for a beautiful stroll on Friday in our neighborhood.

Double rainbow

4. Double rainbow!

Stormy sunset

5. This stormy sunset.

Thankful for many things this year

6. Family, friends, and many more things to be thankful for this year… including a very exciting project that I hope to share soon!

Linda Ly About Author

I'm a plant lover, passionate road-tripper, and cookbook author whose expert advice and bestselling books have been featured in TIME, Outside, HGTV, and Food & Wine. The No-Waste Vegetable Cookbook is my latest book. Garden Betty is where I write about modern homesteading, farm-to-table cooking, and outdoor adventuring โ€” all that encompass a life well-lived outdoors. After all, the secret to a good life is... Read more ยป

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    Lisa M.
    December 2, 2013 at 6:26 am

    What a mean comment!
    Anyway, I was wondering if you could share how you did the turkey? I know you wrapped it in bacon, but did you put any other seasonings on it and how long did you smoke it? My husband LOVES smoking and we would like to try a turkey for Christmas.
    Love all the pictures!

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      Lisa M.
      December 2, 2013 at 6:27 am

      The comment I referred to was the one from Manjit.

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    • Linda Ly
      Linda Ly
      December 2, 2013 at 2:48 pm

      LOL I know, and what a random comment at that.

      My husband first brined the turkey overnight in a half-gallon of apple cider, an orange (halved), honey, fresh sage, cinnamon sticks, and garlic. Then on the day of, he wrapped the turkey in bacon and stuffed the cavity with a generous amount of oranges, sage and garlic. The skin was rubbed with a blend of olive oil, lemon juice, salt and pepper, garlic, onion, sage, and a touch of cinnamon and honey. We had a 12-pound turkey and smoked it for 5 hours using a mix of orange wood and olive wood (both were cut from our trees). It turned out delicious!

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        Lisa M.
        December 2, 2013 at 4:01 pm

        Thanks! We will try that for our Christmas turkey!

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    Manjit
    December 2, 2013 at 3:52 am

    Ammmmmm Lynda, the dead Turkey in the smoker was once alive just like your beloved chickens.

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    • Linda Ly
      Linda Ly
      December 2, 2013 at 2:21 pm

      I certainly hope the turkey was once alive. I don’t eat fake meats, and I never said I was vegetarian. (For the record, I do eat chicken. Just not my own chickens.)

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    Luisa Chandler
    December 1, 2013 at 7:08 am

    That is your neighborhood? Lucky gal! ๐Ÿ™‚

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    • Linda Ly
      Linda Ly
      December 2, 2013 at 2:26 pm

      Sometimes it can be a bit distracting when I’m trying to get work done at home. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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