5:22 | November 21, 2017

THANKSGIVING 2017

Food

Don’t want to ring-a-ding-ding my own bell or anything, but I killed it.

This vlog is all about how to cook Thanksgiving dinner, in 8 minutes! Well, the video is 8 minutes… dinner will take you all day to cook lol. But that is the point! Thanksgiving is a journey. You will laugh, you will cry, you will also probably get drunk. It’s a beautiful thing. 🍷

While vlogging my Thanksgiving dinner this weekend, I may or may not have endured some battle scars in the form of burns, cuts, and scrapes. This as due to simultaneously trying to film + cook…

BUT IT WAS SO WORTH IT. 👊🏻

The menu includes: The World’s Best Citrus Herb Turkey, Smashed Potatoes, Roasted Root Veggies, Not-Your-Basic-Gravy, and Cranberry Sauce.

I purposely didn’t make stuffing or dessert because I have about 10 other dinners to go to this week, and those are hella dangerous items. I will eat it all. ALL.

So, this is a “healthy Thanksgiving.”

The “healthy” is in quotations, as you will see how much butter and cream goes in to this whole situation shortly 😂

Hope you enjoy! Please subscribe and like my youtube channel if you do 💞

 

World Best Citrus Herb Turkey

If you can, try and buy organic and free-range turkeys. I do my best to support small farms whenever I eat meat, because the mass meat market is brutal and ethically raised animals is where it’s at. J

Kkkk doing this.

Please Google how long and at what tempt to cook your bird, and defrosting instructions if necessary. It is sooooo different per size of bird, and depending on what your oven is like. I can’t have that kind of responsibility weighing on my shoulders. LOL. So I am basically just telling you how to season + general cooking strategy that worked out VERY well for me.

I’m telling you, this is straight up the best turkey recipe ever. My friend made this for me a few years ago, and I added a few twists to it, and below is the magic that that is.

OBSESSED.

KKKKKK NOW STARTING!

 

The turkey

– Remove the giblets and whatever else is inside (sometimes they put plastic stuff there)

– Cook those as you may, I choose to not cook them cuz I can’t deal

To stuff the turkey

(You may need to adjust based on how large your bird is. Ours was small, 8 lbs)

– 1 lemon
– 1 lime
– 1 orange
– 8-10 garlic cloves
– White onion, quartered
– Rosemary + thyme + marjoram other spice mix
– Salt + pepper

For the pan:

– Chicken stock in the pan, just an inch or so
– A few glugs of white cooking wine
– Extra rosemary, thyme, and marjoram
+ whatever extra citrus slices/onion/garlic couldn’t fit inside your turkey

On top of the turkey

– 1 stick butter, melted
– ½ lemon zest
– Whole lemon juice
– Pepper

Wash and slice up everything that goes inside the turkey. Place the fruits and onion on the bottom of the cavity and everything else at the top. Don’t be shy, fill that beauty until it is STUFFED!! Anything you can’t fit in, put in the bottom of the pan. Add your chicken stock + wine to the base of the pan.

In a medium bowl, melt your stick of butter and add the lemon zest, juice, and pepper. Mix together and pour lovingly over your turkey baby. Add extra pepper on the turkey after and if the butter was unsalted, add a bit more salt too.

Now it’s ready to go in the oven.

No matter the size of the turkey, broil at 400 degrees for the first 30 mins.

Remove from oven, put a tent on the turkey. It’s really important that the tent is sealed, and no moisture can leak out. We want the turkey to bake in all those citrus juices.

Cook at 325 for however many hours you need for your turkey to be done.

For the last 10 mins, broil at 500 to make sure the top is nice and browned. Let sit for 5 – 10 mins before eating.

Oh my godddddddd yesssssss.

Roast Root Veggies

Ingreds

– Beets
– Carrot
– Onion
– Garlic cloves
– Sweet Potato
– Yam
– Lemon, sliced
– Fresh Italian parsley, roughly chopped
– Extra virgin olive oil
– Salt + pepper
– Garlic powder

For full instructions, visit my original post on this recipe: http://www.skinnybelle.com/roasted-root-veggies/

**Please note: if you put the veggies on the lower shelf below the turkey, they will take WAY LONGER than 60 mins to cook. If the turkey can be side by side with the veggies, do that.

Smashed Potatoes

Garlic Oil (this is actual crack)

– 10 – 15 cloves of garlic
– 1 cup extra virgin olive oil

Start the garlic oil first. In a small saucepan on medium-low heat, heat up the oil and garlic til it fizzles. Be careful the garlic doesn’t start to brown or get hard.. that means it is done too soon. Let it cook for about 40 mins til totally soft.

Set aside, and just let it chill in it’s pan.

Smashed Potatoes

I can’t say enough good things about this. This recipe was inspired by Chrissy Teigen! AKA it’s amaze-balls.

– 2.5 lbs of baby red potatoes
– 1 stick of butter (4 oz)
– ½ cup heavy cream
– ½ tsp freshly ground black pepper
– 2 tablespoons chopped chives + more for serving

Put your potatoes and water in a large pot, bring to a boil and simmer until soft (easily stab-able with a fork) about 25 mins.

In a separate pan, combine your heavy cream, melted butter, and pepper

Once the potatoes are cooked, mash them enough so you have a chunky and not totally smooth texture. Don’t mash them to smithereens. Not good. We want some skin to stay in tact.

Add the heavy cream and butter mixtures to the smashed potatoes, and fold it in. Also add about 1/2 cup of the oil your garlic was cooking in and ALL the garlic cloves. Add the chopped chives. Try not to die it’s so good.

Cranberry Sauce

THIS IS THE BEST.

I AM A GOD.

UR WELCOME.

(All modesty is now gone. Sorry not sorry ;). )

– 3/4 cup white sugar
– 1 cup water
– 4 cups fresh cranberries
– 2 teaspoons orange zest
– 1 teaspoon nutmeg
– 3 tbsp orange juice

Combine water and sugar in a pot. Dissolve sugar. Add the cranberries in, heat at medium-low and simmer til cranberries start to pop. Add orange juice, orange zest, and nutmeg. Simmer on medium low heat and let reduce.

Remove from heat… done!

Not-Your-Basic Gravy

This is a gravy like no other. It will be a lighter citrusy gravey. It’s different, and it’s fabulous. U will luv.

– 1/4 cup butter
– 1/4 cup flour
– 4 cups turkey drippings (aka the chicken broth + wine + drippings in your pan)
– Salt and freshly ground black pepper
– 2 tbsp heavy cream

Melt butter in a pot. Slowly whisk in flour. Add the turkey drippings, reduce to a simmer for 10 – 15 mins.

 

Alright you animals, ENJOY!!!

 

xoxoxo,

 

8:15 | November 17, 2017

WHAT’S IN MY KITCHEN

Food

Me in my natural habitat. The kitchen.

For today’s post, I bring you into my kitchen and share 10 food items that I alwaysss have stocked in my fridge! 🍴

Not only did I let my freak flag fly throughout the entire video 🎏 (there were so many f-bombs I had to stop editing them out because it was too much lol) but I also shared the specific reasons why I love the food items shown so much. 🍉

Food + nutrition have always been a huuuuuuge thing for me. I need to be healthy 80% of the time so the other 20% I can eat nachos + In-N-Out + pizza… etc etc etc. For real though. 🍕 80% of the time my body is a temple and 20% I just straight #YOLO.

Because, life is too short not to eat the burger, fries, milkshake, and cake too. 🍔🍟🍰

#realtalk 😂

If you want to know some of my fave foods to eat in that 80% of the time I am being healthy, check out this vid!

❤️ 💛 💚 💙 💜

Here are links to all the food items I mention in the video:

Organic Quinoa

Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Nature’s Path Heritage Flakes Cereal

Siggi’s Icelandic Yogurt

La Croix Water

Mary’s Crackers

Challenge Butter

Adams Peanut Butter

Barista Blend Almond Milk

 

 

xoxoxoxoooooo,

 

12:16 | November 16, 2017

PODCAST: HOW TO STAY FIT

Lifestyle

Jeans: Parker Smith // Jacket: Bernardo

What a weeeeeek.

Wait, it’s only Wednesday. 😂 Hahah omg.

It was a battle and a half getting this podcast recorded. My friggin recording thingy (that’s the technical term) broke halfway through the episode and it took foreverrrrrrr to fix. By that I mean it took a day. But I am impatient so in my brain that is foreverrrrr. 😉 A bit of a rage-enducing delay on my end… but all is well as the show has FINALLY aired! 🎉

This is the first ever Skinny Belle – The Podcast episode all about fitness. And how to keep that bod rockin’.

V important.

 

Using an iPhone?

💪🏻 CLICK HERE TO LISTEN TO ‘HOW TO STAY FIT – 4 SIMPLE TIPS!!’ 💪🏻

 

Using an Android?

🌟 CLICK HERE FOR SKINNY BELLE – THE PODCAST ON SOUNDCLOUD! 🌟

 

What’s in this episode?

First, I share all the details of my lifelong fitness journey. And when I say ‘share’, perhaps I mean ‘over-share’. hahaha. #truestory. Really didn’t leave any detail out when it comes to highs and lows of my personal fitness.

Yes, we got into the fat college years. The shame. 😂

Point being, I go over all my learning experiences from this fitness journey and oh-so-smoothly transition into talking about my top tips to stay fit that I employ in my day-to-day life. 💪🏻

One topic discussed is how accomplishment fuels accomlishment. This is a big one for me, and I mentioned a book that really helped me called “The Power of Habit” which is a great book on why we do what we do. The author goes into why we build habits, and how we can change them to be more productive habits. A fabbity fab read for me, so check it out if you’re into that.

In my “How to Stay Fit – 4 Simple Tips!” podcast episode, I shared strategies to stay motivated in your fitness that are super practical and easy to use every day! 💯

Check out the episode, either on iTunes or Soundcloud, and let me know what you think! 💞

 

xoxoxo,

 

9:21 | November 13, 2017

💋KYLIE JENNER💋 VELVET LIQUID LIPSTICK REVIEW 😱

Beauty

Uhhhhh so this stuff is actually really good 😅

Okay today I tried out Kylie Jenner’s Velvet Liquid Lipstick in the shade, ‘Surprise Me‘ for the very first time. 😄

Have to say, Kylie knows her shit when it comes to making your lips look HUUGEEEE. Which I am all about these days. 💋

In this video I unbox the Kylie Jenner Velvet Liquid Lipstick (as it arrived), give my first thoughts, and final buy or run-for-the-hills review!

*Hint: I actually freakin’ loved the velvet lipsticks. It went on so easy, and made my lips look luscious AF.

Okay, if you want to hear my wholeeee review, click here to visit the Skinny Belle Youtube channel! 😘

 

xoxo,

 

2:56 | November 10, 2017

PODCAST: ADULTING IS HARD – A MILLENNIAL’S PERSPECTIVE

Lifestyle

Jeans: Parker Smith (made locally in LA, I am OBSESSED!💞)

Woop woop! Another Skinny Belle – The Podcast episode is now live!

This one is all about Adulting. The struggles of being a less adulty adult, in the big bad world out there. I think a lot of you will relate to some of the things I talk about in this episode, namely: how the f do you do your taxes, going to the lady-doctor, pervy random dudes, car insurance issues, and so much more ridiculousness.

 

⭐️CLICK HERE TO LISTEN TO “ADULTING IS HARD – A MILLENNIAL’S PERSPECTIVE⭐️

 

Basically I talk for 25 minutes about all the struggles I’ve had with adulting. From one hilarious story to the next, this is a very “millennial” post. 😂

Check it out, and if you like the show, please subscribe and rate Skinny Belle – The Podcast ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ on iTunes! 🙏🏻

**Android friends, here is the link for Soundcloud.

 

xoxox,