Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Over the weekend, many... many hours were spent listening to or watching just about every single football game known to man. Things kicked off Thursday night with NFL football, and the play-by-play drama that is Fantasy Football. Friday evening we listened in to the Humboldt game as they took on Boone. There were lots of touchdowns and several turnovers, so even though Uncle T wasn't playing, it was still exciting to listen in over the airwaves! Humboldt won the game, and we look forward to hopefully watching him back on the field this coming Friday.

Saturday morning, C got up earlier than expected due to the construction crew across the street starting in bright and early...on the weekend...and ended up waking papa T up for game day. I'm not sure if there is anything sweeter than a wake up call from C, who immediately snuggled down in between T & I, rolled himself into the perfect snuggle spot, put his thumb in his mouth and started in with his signature 'guy-guy-guys'...a.k.a. the sound he makes when he's tired and sucking his thumb. I reminded T that if he just rewound a few years back, at 8:00a.m., he would have already been up for a few hours tailgating. This got him moving, and he went and stocked up on our favorite bloody mary ingredients in no time.

C has moved on from the crinkle face this month, and has now perfected the scowl, or 'Say What??' face. The look on his face in these pictures just cracks me up, and T made it even more funny by trying to imitate. Boys...

As far as tailgate food for game day, I went in the direction of Thanksgiving dinner, and put some Pinterest inspiration to work and tried slow cooking a turkey. In case you were wondering, it turned out pretty amazing (recipe below). I also whipped up these deliciouis creamy garlic mashed potatoes, a quick box of stovetop, a green bean casserole, and a pumpkin pie. Fall food at it's finest!

The Hawks beat the Cyclones at Jack Trice, and everyone in our house celebrated. It was a fun game to watch, and the perfect day for a little at-home Hawkeye family photo shoot! GO HAWKS!

SLOW COOKER TURKEY | Yield: 1 turkey | Total Time: 8-10hrs


1 8.5 lb turkey, thawed
1 can low sodium chicken broth
3 Tbsp olive oil
3 cloves garlic, minced
2 Tbsp lemon juice
Italian seasoning
Salt & Pepper


Pour one can low sodium chicken broth in a slow cooker. Add turkey. Drizzle with olive oil. Season to taste with salt, pepper, garlic, and Italian seasonings. Add lemon juice and garlic to cavity. Cover and set slow cooker to LOW for 8-10 hours or until internal temp reaches 165 degrees. 

NOTE: I turned on my slow cooker around midnight the night before for an early tailgate, and the turkey was done by 8 a.m. I kept it on warm until we were ready to eat, and it did not dry out at all. It DID get warmer than the required 165 degrees, since I didn't check it until almost 9am, but with all of the extra juices, it did NOT get dried out in the slightest. #Winning

How was your weekend?

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