I want to start this morning by saying that I owe all of you an apology. It seems my post yesterday was offensive, and I want you to know it was unintentional. What I thought could be a fun way to take a peek and catalog this year's Halloween apparently came across as mean (as some of you mentioned in your emails). I would never advocate being mean to or shaming a child. That was NOT AT ALL my intention. I'll admit, I obviously didn't think it through carefully, and for that I do most humbly apologize.
This isn't to say, however, that every time someone disagrees with the content of a post that I will concede and retract. In this case specifically, I can see where I was walking a fine line and perhaps crossed it. I am able to take ownership of that and consider it a valuable lesson learned. I will NOT be posting any pics of best and worst.
And now, I will turn my attention to--like so many of you--making all traces of Halloween disappear as we prepare for the onslaught of holiday madness. I wait until the day after Thanksgiving to pull out the (what seems like) endless tubs of holiday décor, but if you have been to Walmart, Lowes, I don't know...ANY retailer in the last 45 days, it would seem as if we should've already been on the whole holiday thing. I totally feel sorry for Thanksgiving. Now that Halloween is over, I bet you can hear Christmas music played in these stores, serving as sort of a soundtrack to your weaving in and out of Christmas trees and lights and ornaments and yard inflatables. Dashing through the store, in a frenzied kind of way, into the season we go, only 55 more days...Sheesh.
I can't think about all of that stuff yet. My brain is just not ready. I'll enjoy these last few weeks of fall focused fun...bonfires, leaves, football throwing, cider and, finally, the BIG decision to be made in our house: whether or not to deep fry a turkey for Thanksgiving.
My husband is all about deep frying, and he swears, once I taste it, I'll never look back. BUT...I actually enjoy cooking a turkey the traditional way. I love the way it makes the house smell, and I love basting that big beautiful bird while we watch the Macy's parade. Deep frying just sounds...not as memorable and fully involved in the experience. I just can't imagine as part of the holiday tradition running into the backyard and dunking a turkey in a pot of boiling oil. It just doesn't scream Holiday Banquet to me. I could be wrong. I could be missing the boat on this entirely. After all, I have heard nothing but great things about the flavor and juiciness of a deep fried turkey. I have shot down the deep fried turkey idea for years now, but I'm rethinking it this time. Perhaps compromise is the way to go here. I'll cook a traditional bird, and he'll deep fry a breast. Yeah, that could work.
Wait, what do you think the chances are of someone being permanently scarred by the lava like oil? Or us having a major flame fed catastrophe? I'm probably overthinking it. But you know I have four kids and a dog, right?
Have any of you had deep fried turkey? And if the answer is yes, do you (or would you) still?