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25 Halloween Costumes w/Your LBD

The easiest way to create a last-minute or inexpensive Halloween costume is to start with things you already have. I do it every year, because I get so frustrated with how expensive yet poorly-made most Halloween costumes are. I'd rather use what is already in my closet, or spend a little extra on accessories or a new dress that I can wear anytime of the year. A little black dress is the easiest way to use what you have to create a Halloween costume with a few inexpensive accessories and other accessories you probably already have in your closet.Pictured Above: Halloween Black Mesh Dress


1. Black Cat - This is the easiest way to use your little black dress on Halloween. I know it's pretty much the most generic costume in history, but for good reason - it's just so easy and affordable. It's the perfect last-minute costume for women, because you could really use any black outfit even if you don't have a little black dress. Pair it with your black flats or heels and a…

My Sweet & Savory Turkey Brine Recipe


I've made my holiday turkey many different ways, often with a different recipe each year, just for some variety, as well as my attempt at achieving the perfect roasted turkey. This year I made a brine for the first time, and I have to say I agree wholeheartedly with the pro-briners out there. I have previously been on the anti-brining side of the tracks, but after tasting the flavors infused in every part of the turkey meat, I take back every negative thing I've ever said about brining. This sweet and savory orange-spice brine added so much flavor throughout the turkey. I didn't expect the cinnamon and citrus to shine through, but it did, and the result was so delicious.

The most important ingredients in the brine are the sugar and salt with the water solution to help the turkey retain more moisture. For the flavor, you can add any number of things like orange juice, apple juice, molasses, maple syrup, sliced fruit, herbs and spices. Though I'm quite partial to my recipe below.

Ingredients
*enough to soak a 15-20 lb turkey
  • gallon of water to boil
  • gallon of ice water
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 1 sliced orange
  • 1 bunch fresh sage
  • 3 cups apple cider
  • 1 tsp nutmeg
  • 1 tsp crushed black peppercorn
  • 1/2 c salt
  • 2 tbs apple cider vinegar

Instructions

I used a a deep roasting pan to soak the turkey in the brine, though you could also use a bucket or brining bag. I started by filling the pan up with the gallon of ice water.

Then I brought all of the other ingredients to a boil. I let mine simmer for a good 15 minutes to really bring out the flavors in the orange slices, herbs, and cinnamon sticks.

Let cool then add to the ice water and place the turkey in the brine. I let it soak in the brine on one side for the day, then flipped it over before bedtime and let it continue to soak overnight. It's great if you can let it soak for 24 hours.




Rinse and pat dry before roasting. Finish off this amazing turkey recipe with my Juicy Citrus-Sage Roast Turkey recipe!



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Comments

  1. Oooh, this sounds amazing! :)

    Merry Christmas!

    -Ashley
    http://lestylorouge.com

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  2. Looks delicious! I hope you had a very Merry Christmas!

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