Easy Turkey Brine Recipe

How to brine a turkey -the easy way! An simple Thanksgiving dinner for beginners.

Can you believe Thanksgiving is only a few days away? Crazy! We got together with some friends a few weeks ago for a little Thanksgiving feast and I decided to try out a new turkey brine recipe. It was so good! If this is your first year making a turkey, I have the perfect NO FAIL recipe for you. The turkey came out so juicy, moist and delicious!

Thanksgiving Turkey

I’ve partnered up with Wishbone as Chief Turkey Officer this Thanksgiving to show you how to brine your turkey with Wish-Bone Italian Dressing. You’re not going to believe this brine is made with only a few simple ingredients.

Easy turkey brine

This brine really is an easy and no-fail recipe! You basically just pour 2 bottles of dressing and 1 can of chicken broth over the turkey (after it’s cleaned out of course) and let it sit in the refrigerator over night.

3 ingredient turkey

Then right before I baked it I added fresh rosemary and lemon slices to give it a little extra touch.

Lemon rosemary turkey brine

I love the lemon and rosemary combo. It makes a great stove top potpourri too.

Turkey Brine Recipe

Yield: 12 to 16

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 2 1/2 - 3 hours


1 (12 to 16lb) turkey

2 bottles (16 oz) each Wish-Bone Italian

1 can (14.5oz) chicken broth

Large food-safe plastic bag or deep non-metallic container


Thaw turkey (will take about 4 days in a refrigerator or 8 hours in cold water). Remove neck and giblets from body and neck cavities, discard. Place turkey breast side down in a bag or container. Pour dressing and broth over turkey. Close bag and cover pan. Marinate in refrigerator 12 hours or overnight.

Preheat oven to 350°. Remove turkey from bag or pan and discard brine.

Place turkey in roasting pan. Add fresh rosemary and lemon if you'd like. Add 1 1/2 cups of water to the bottom of the pan. Cook for 2 1/2 to 3 hours or until meat thermometer inserted in thickest part of thigh reaches 180°. Cover turkey loosely with foil after the first 30 minutes to prevent turkey from browning.

Let turkey stand 15 minutes before carving.

Easy turkey recipe

We served this turkey with mashed potatoes and gray, rolls and green beans. For the real day we definitely go ALL out with all the sides and fix-in’s. Yum! I can’t wait!

Easy turkey brine for beginners

So there you have it. A simple and delicious recipe for a juicy turkey! Make sure to check out my turkey day Pinterest board for more recipes, tips and tricks.

This post was brought to you by Wish-Bone

20 Christmas Ideas {Link Party Features}

20 Christmas Ideas

Hello everybody! Thanks to everyone who linked up at this week’s link party!

Link party palooza every Friday on iheartnaptime.com

Abbey, from The Cards We Drew, will be helping me round up the top 20 this week and we both agree we have some super talented readers out there!!! If you’ve been featured, please make sure to grab a button below!


Today we’re featuring 20 Thanksgiving Ideas for your holiday festivities coming up!


Wooden Spool Christmas Tree Ornament from Shaken Together Life

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DIY Snowman Wreath from Meatloaf and Melodrama


Bookpage Christmas Trees from A View from the Fridge


Melting Snowman Oreo Truffles from a Pumpkin and a Princess


DIY Christmas Tree Skirt from A View from the Fridge


Stuffed Candy Cane Ornament from It All Started with Paint


Photo transfer Ornament from Lovely Etc.

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DIY Pom Pom Gift Wreath from Remodelando la Casa


Vintage Marquee JOY Sign from Maison de Pax


Clay Snowflake Ornament from Lovely Etc.

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Handprint Ornaments from The Heathered Nest

handmade rustic clay ornamentHandmade Rustic Clay Ornament from Making it in the Mountains


DIY Oversized Snowflakes Making Home Base

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DIY Twine Tree from Poofy Cheeks


DIY Drop Cloth Stocking from Cherished Bliss


Rustic Christmas Tree from Delineate Your Dwelling


Christmas Wreath from Place of my Taste


Christmas Chair Wreath from Landeelu


Vintage Style Winter Wonderland Wreath from Flamingo Toes


DIY Snowman Ornament from The Cards We Drew via Darice

Thanks to all who linked up! Be sure to stop back next Friday for another Link Party Pallooza!!

Slow cooker creamed corn

Slow cooker creamed corn with a secret ingredient to give this classic dish a twist! This recipe is so easy to make. It is also super creamy and rich and made right in the slow cooker.

Today I’ll be sharing a twist on one of my favorite Thanksgiving recipes my grandma always made, using a couple of McCormick seasonings. Creamed corn is one of those foods I’m picky about. I don’t like my corn mashed and I definitely don’t like it to taste bland. This recipe is definitely far from that. It combines all the delicious flavors making it nice and creamy with amazing flavor. If you do happen to like the mushy corn… you can mash it up a little bit with a masher. But trust me, try it this way. And yes there may be half and half, butter and cream cheese. Shh…don’t tell!  You won’t regret making this recipe. Definitely always a family favorite for the holidays.

Slow cooker creamed corn recipe -easy and delicious!

I am so looking forward to Thanksgiving. One of my favorite holidays to gather around with friends and family. Definitely so much to be grateful for this year.

Slow cooker creamed corn recipe -easy and delicious!

Slow cooker creamed corn

Yield: 8 servings

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 3 hours

Total Time: 3 hours


  • 3 (15.25 oz) corn, drained
  • 2/3 cup half and half
  • 4 Tablespoons salted butter, cubed
  • 8 ounces cream cheese, cubed
  • 1 Tablespoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon McCormick all-spice
  • 1/4 teaspoon McCormick nutmeg
  • Salt and Pepper to taste



Place the corn and half and half into the slow cooker. Then place the butter and cream cheese on top of the corn. Add the sugar, all-spice and nutmeg and cover. Cook on low for 2-3 hours. Stir and add salt and pepper before serving.

The secret ingredients I added are nutmeg and all-spice. They add a different flavor to the traditional creamed corn recipe. It’s not over powering, but adds the perfect subtle flavoring to creamed corn (which can sometimes be a little bland).

Slow cooker creamed corn recipe -easy and delicious!

This recipe is the perfect side dish for Thanksgiving because it literally takes 5 minutes to put together and then the slow cooker will do all the work for you. ;)

Slow cooker creamed corn recipe -easy and delicious!

Can’t get enough of homemade Thanksgiving flavors? Check out the McCormick website and discover your favorite Thanksgiving recipes.

So let’s hear it… what is your favorite side dish on Thanksgiving?

This post was brought to you by McCormick. For many more delicious recipes make sure to check out their website or connect with McCormick on Facebook.

Link Party Palooza #68

Welcome back to the Link Party Palooza! I hope you all had a wonderful week. Anyone have any fun plans this weekend?

I can’t wait to see your ideas and feature YOU! Check back on Sunday afternoon to see if you were featured! :D

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Make sure to check out last week’s features HERE. There are lots of crafts and table setting ideas for Thanksgiving!

20 Thanksgiving Ideas


This DIY Winter Sign from Landeelu is so cute! I love the snowflake!


Here are some favorites from I Heart Naptime this week:

Our Crazy Christmas Crafter Event ends today! View all the posts HERE.

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 Free Printable Christmas Tags

Free printable Christmas tags

Candied Pecans

Delicious candied pecans make a great snack and the perfect Christmas gift!

Let It Snow Printable

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Black and White Geometric Ornaments

Welcome to the Crazy Christmas Event! If you’re new here, join us on Facebook and Pinterest. Now let’s give Rebecca from The Crafted Sparrow a big welcome! We’re so happy to have you guest posting!

Hi there friends!  It’s Rebecca from The Crafted Sparrow sharing a fun take on handmade ornaments.  If you love to add a personal touch to your tree each year, or find fun ways to switch the theme up on a budget this project is for you.

Black and White Geometric Ornaments by The Crafted Sparrow on iheartnaptime.com

I love making handmade ornaments each year for my tree.  Year to year I have a new theme for my tree, so hand making some of the ornaments really helps to save money and add the custom look I want.  These Black & White Geometric Ornaments are some of my latest.


geometric shaped paper mache ornaments
white acrylic paint
black acrylic paint
foam paint brush
small detail paint brush
wood beads
copper spray paint (optional)
copper wire or thread (optional)

Black and White Geometric Ornaments by The Crafted Sparrow on iheartnaptime.com

Start by giving each paper mache ornament a couple coats of white acrylic paint.  Set aside and let dry.

Black and White Geometric Ornaments by The Crafted Sparrow on iheartnaptime.com

Once dry use a small detail paint brush and black acrylic paint to follow the design lines from each ornament shape.  Paint carefully to get steady lines.  Set aside to dry.

Black and White Geometric Ornaments by The Crafted Sparrow on iheartnaptime.com

I cut the original gold thread hangers that came on these paper mache ornaments since they didn’t match the theme I was going with, instead I used some copper wire I had on hand to create some new hangers.  Just hot glue them into the tops of each ornament.

Black and White Geometric Ornaments by The Crafted Sparrow on iheartnaptime.com

I also spray painted some wood beads in a couple of sizes.  These will go on top and bottom of the ornaments with some hot glue to give it a finished look.

Black and White Geometric Ornaments by The Crafted Sparrow on iheartnaptime.com

I love how easy these were to make and that I have custom ornaments for my tree without breaking the bank.

Black and White Geometric Ornaments by The Crafted Sparrow on iheartnaptime.comWant even more easy Christmas DIY Ideas?  Be sure to visit me at The Crafted Sparrow where I have tons of great ideas like this Snowflake Wall Hanging.



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