Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Seven Bucks and a Leftover Turkey

It's amazing what a simple seven buck string of lights - and a turkey - will do for my attitude.

Sunday evening, I was tired. And cranky because I felt that I hadn't expended enough energy to warrant feeling tired. Y'all know the feeling, I'm sure.

After cleaning out the pantry and freezer, (meaning John had been cleaning out the pantry and freezer), we decided to cook the extra turkey that had been hanging out in our freezer since last Thanksgiving. After a few days of thawing in the fridge and then soaking in a brine solution, John put the twenty-plus pound bird in his smoker.

By diner time, as my grumpiness was hitting it's zenith, the turkey was ready to be eaten and the sun was setting.

We sat outside and savored the smoky and juicy turkey under my patio lights in the cool evening. Presto chango - attitude reversal. Ahhhh.

No, we didn't polish off a whole turkey ourselves, even though it was so tasty that we considered trying it. Instead, we carved it up, divided the meat and put it into several storage bags, and popped them into our newly-cleaned freezer.

I don't know if it was the L-tryptophans from the turkey or just the result of a pleasant evening spent in great company, but I went to bed smiling.

Life is good.


annie said...

What a great job your hubby did with the lights. You look like you're ready for fiesta night....margaritas will be mandatory!

Julia Oleinik said...

I can see that great minds think alike when margaritas are involved.......

Unknown said...

Life is absolutely good, if you keep positive thoughts and emotions. =) The turkey looks really succulent. I would have loved to try it. LOL! Kidding aside, I think you did a fantastic job with the lights. It's Chinese-inspired, isn't it? I've seen lights like these from one of those Chinese holiday decorations. Their playful color will help keep you at a lighter mood, I hope.

Allison Shallenberger