I was lucky enough to travel back to my home town in Oklahoma to spend Christmas with my family this year.
We had a wonderful time and even got a little snow!
My good friend Michael and adopted member of our family had this amazing apron custom-made for me!
It definitely got me excited to go in the kitchen and prepare our Christmas feast, which included this delicious Cranberry Glazed Turkey Breast!!
I made this dish on Thanksgiving a couple of years ago along side my Herb Crusted Turkey Breast and my Mom loved it so much that she specifically requested it for Christmas dinner!
Although you do have to brine it the night before, it’s still super simple to make and only takes about 30 minutes of actual work time to prepare the brine, rub the turkey and make the glaze!
- 8 cups water
- 1 cup white wine
- 1 cup orange juice
- ½ cup kosher salt
- ½ cup brown sugar
- 2 tbsp ginger
- 1 tbsp peppercorns
- 4 bay leaves
- 4 sprigs fresh thyme
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 1 tsp paprika
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 1 tsp black pepper
- 1 tsp onion powder
- ½ tsp cayenne pepper
- ½ tsp ground cloves
- ½ tsp oregano
- ½ tsp thyme
Ingredients (cranberry glaze)
- 12 oz cranberries
- ¼ cup chopped ginger
- 2 tsp orange zest
- ¼ cup honey
- ½ cup brown sugar
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- ¼ cup orange juice
- 1 cup water
- ¼ cup orange flavor liqueur
Combine all of the brining ingredients in a large container, then place the turkey breast in the brine and place into the refrigerator overnight.
Remove the turkey in the morning and pat dry, then brush with olive oil.
Next, combine the spice rub in a small bowl.
Rub the spices over the turkey and place in a baking dis. Roast the turkey in a 375° oven for one hour.
In the meantime, prepare the cranberry glaze by combining all of the ingredients in a saucepan over medium heat. Wait for the cranberries to begin bursting, then stir well and allow the glaze to simmer over low heat for an additional 5-10 minutes.
Strain the glaze with a mesh strainer.
Glaze the turkey breast with a basting brush using the strained cranberry glaze.
Serve the strained cranberries on the side as a cranberry sauce for guests to top their turkey with, if so desired!
Place on a platter with a sprig of thyme and a few whole cranberries for a beautifully presented dish!
This turkey is so flavorful, moist and scrumptious!
Hope everyone had a delicious, fun, happy and memorable holiday season!
♦ Gluten Free Option: This recipe is gluten-free.
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Last week I had the pleasure of working with Photographer, Drew Casey, for the first time. A fellow Okie with several mutual friends it was the perfect match for the Little Leopard Book holiday shoot!
I love the holidays, decorating for them, cooking for them and most of all… throwing parties for them!
I wanted to take pictures that incorporated all of the above to show my little leopard holiday spirit across the blog and around the LLB social media universe! Thanks to Drew for helping me accomplish just that!
*Cupcakes and Cranberry Martinis*
*Baking with Style*
*Hostess with the Mostess*
*Little Leopard Book All Dolled Up*
*Cupcake Beautification in Progress*
*Treats for my Sweets*
These holiday ornaments are so simple to make, they are a great way to show your team spirit at the holidays and get a little crafty while you’re at it!
Because of the simplicity (and lack of messy products), these are perfect to make with kids of any age. They will love having their own special ornament to put on the tree while showing off their favorite team colors!
I made two different ornaments for my two favorite teams, the Oklahoma Sooners and the OKC Thunder!
- Clear plastic ornament balls – $.49 (each)
- Colored pom-pom Balls – 15 for $1.69
- Colored small glass gems – small bag for $2.79
- Basketball (baseball or football) beads – small bag for $3.99
- Small Foam Letter Stickers – $2.99
- Small Foam Star Stickers – $1.49
1. Begin to fill the ornament with the glass gems or pom-pom balls.
2. For the pom-pom ball ornament, I layered the two different colors top/middle/bottom.
For the glass gems and basketballs, I began with one color, added the basketball beads in the middle, then added the other color on top.
3. Place the top back onto the ornament, then add the letters and stars!
Voila! 3 simples steps and your custom team ornaments are on the tree!
The great thing about these ornaments is the colors and letters can be completely customized to match middle school, high school or college colors, as well as NFL, NBA or MLB!
Happy Holidays, Thunder Up and Boomer Sooner, from the Little Leopard family to yours!
Little Leopard Book and Longaberger branch manager Muffet Bond are teaming up again to give away two of these adorable Longaberger serving trays!
There are 6 ways to enter the giveaway, do all 6, increase your chances to win by 6 times!
- “Like” Little Leopard Book on Facebook
- “Like” Muffet Bond, Independent Longaberger Manager on Facebook
- Subscribe to Little Leopard Book (enter your e-mail address to the right →)
- Subscribe to Weekly E-Mails from Longaberger Manager Muffet Bond by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org with the message “subscribe”.
- Follow Little Leopard Book on Twitter
- Follow Little Leopard Book on Pinterest
If you already do one, some, or all of the above, just comment below and let me know, I will add your name to the drawing for each of the above you do (do all 6, get your name added to the hat 6 times!)
Entries will close at 8 am (PST) on Sunday, December 1st and I will announce the winner that afternoon!
Thanks in advance to everyone who participates and happy holidays from LLB!
I wish I had one of those cute little t-shirt’s that says “My First Christmas” to wrap around the little leopard book… but I don’t… so I’ll just leave a post so she’ll be able to remember her first Christmas!
This Christmas I’ve re-confirmed 3 things about my life:
1. I have the best family in the world!
2. I love food!
3. Nothing makes me happier than when my friends and family are happy!
The greatest Christmas gift to come this year was the newest addition to my “LA Family”, one of my oldest and best friends first baby boy came into the world just in time for some turkey and mistletoe! I am so excited to welcome him to the family when I arrive back to LA!
I was blessed enough to spend Christmas in Houston with my Mom, Dad, Brother, Aunt, “FSIL” (Future Sister In Law) and 86-year-old grandma! I feel so lucky to still have a living grandparent to spend the holidays with and the highlight of my day was watching her read my blog on my Mom’s iPad!
I hope your holidays were filled with food, friends, family and fun… and remember 3 out of 4 ain’t bad
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays Bloggies!