Thanksgiving Finds…

I LOVE Thanksgiving and have hosted it for past 17 years…So much goes into it…I love to plan my menu and decide where everyone is sitting and then work on our game of What we are “Thankful” for?…

How it works is quite simple…

Everyone writes on a piece of paper what they are Thankful for, every piece  of paper has to be cut in the same size squares so nobody knows…I have some sneaky family members Haha… Then we go around the table and have every person draw a piece of paper we take turns reading out loud and everyone will try and  guess who wrote it…It’s really fun and its a nice family tradition to help us all better understand what everyone is Thankful for… FAMILY is always a big one…


So I was surfing the net to find some fun things for Thanksgiving this year…


I came across this…I thought it was too cute so I have to share…I found it on


So Fun  Right…Check out all of her other ideas for this…

Then I found this from Sally’s Baking

Looks Delish and I can’t wait to make this…Make sure you have a big glass Jug similar to this… Be sure to add a sign that says “Adult Drink”  So the kiddos don’t take any haha


If you don’t have one of these so many stores carry them…Marshalls, TJMaxx, Khols, Macys… They run about $24 the fancy ones are a lot more…

Honeycrisp-Apple-Sangria-Recipe-a-great-cocktail-for-the-fall-season Looks Yummy Right? When you think of Fall/Thanksgiving you think of cinnamon,apples,red wine (At least I do)…OH MY! perfect combo… Head over to

I don’t know abut you but my kids Love,Love sweet potatoes with Marshmallows on top…This year I found a recipe in Country Living magazine and I am going to make it because it’s a little twist on the norm… Maple Meringue Sweet Potatoes OH MY GOODNESSSSS!



The Key to an AWESOME memorable Thanksgiving is the Bird,Right?  I only buy Bell and Evans I am all about feeding my family quality food that has the most minimal processing and no hormones  and always antibiotic free and for so many other reasons that I won’t bore you with… The key I have found to make a truly stay moist and memorable is First Flip it and have breast down NEVER up…The reason the breast has the most meat and sits in the juices during the entire cooking process when breast is up it tends to dry out because the juices are leaving it…I Have NEVER brined my turkey I find it to be a waste of time…Invest in a good Six pack of stout beer…Guinness is my favorite because it creates a Caramelization on the bird…Plus the smell that it will bring throughout you house…You be saying “AHHHHHHHHHH”


So Tips:  Take out bag of yuckiness in bird like the Neck etc…If you make a good gravy then you know to save it… Then you pour a small amount of Guinness or other stout on the bottom of your roasting pan…Then flip your bird and lay it breast down, Now it’s time to stuff the bird…I love the Gluten Free Stuffing at Trader Joes, two boxes fills my 23 pounder…I give it a little kick though by adding Sausage,Apples and chestnuts and of course a little Stout…


Now it’s time to pour a Stout and 1/2 over the bird…NO Butter or anything else…If you want to season I use dried provencal herbs… Cook on 350 for first hour then reduce to 325 and cook for 51/2 hours…Keep in mind that’s for a 23 lb bird…


That’s it, it will be juicy and oh so good…Keep in mind the alcohol  in the beer cooks off so make sure to have plenty chilled along with the sangria I shared and some amazing wines…ENJOY! Have any comments or questions please share below…


Happy Thanksgiving from The Polke Family to yours…

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Backyard chickens are becoming the next craze…I thought long and hard about this venture and decided with my family that we were going to get baby chicks raise them the eventually have fresh eggs everyday. Our adventure began when we first started looking into Chicken Coops getting familiar with what we needed to keep them safe etc…Predators were our biggest concern, Coyotes,Raccoons,Fox and so on. I did my research and came across this amazing company online called I fell in love with the styles they have to offer.  I chose the 4×6 coop here is why:

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So My Son Jack fell in love with the Rhode Island Red (Rosie),My daughter Isabelle Buff Orpington(Nellie), My other Daughter picked two a Silkie and Easter Egger(April),my Husband wanted a Australorp(Shadie) and I got a Colombian Wyandotte(Nola)  the order is Placed and the chicks arrive to our post office first thing in the morning…



A few days in and we lost our Silkie…I knew they weren’t good with travel that’s why I let Madeline pick too just in case and with a mothers instinct THANK GOODNESS I did…


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After a long summer of these chicks growing in their brooder box it was time to get them in their new home. Isabelle’s chick decided to fly over the top of the coop without us knowing and was taken in the night…Very sad but things are now on the up and up…More chicks are in our future


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