Simple Things

May 11, 2009 at 9:12 am 11 comments

There are a few small things in life that bring so much joy. Like warm towels. Or the smell of crayons. Or a cold beer on a hot Texas day. A hot bubble bath with a glass of wine. Seeing someone that cut you off get a ticket. Dark chocolate. Clean sheets. Three day weekends. Hmm… okay apparently there are more than “a few” things. There are a lot.


One of my absolute favorite things is mail. Not junk mail. Not letters from the Travis County Court. But real mail. Hand addressed, in non-legal sized envelopes. When I was in high school and my friend Rachel went to college, she used to send some of the best mail. Of course it helped that her handwriting was identical to Tahoma. But I even love getting mail from people who have handwriting identical to my dog. There is something so exciting about seeing that envelope or package… all mysterious… just calling your name. Am I right?


I was blog browsing the other day. I was reading through a blog I like but hadn’t visited in a couple weeks. You can check out her blog on your own but I wanted to tell you a bit about what I found. She’s hosting this thing called a Spring Swap. (At this point, all males can close their browser. I assure you that you’ll have no interest in this. Actually, if you don’t have a blog you may not care either. Actually, if you aren’t me you may not care. Whatever. I like it. Moving on…) You send her an email with your info and she’ll give you a partner on May 14. Then you’ll mail your partner 4 of your favorite spring time items.  So they get mail. And you get mail. How fun! I’m going to be brainstorming to come up with something fun!


Click here for details!


While we are on the topic of “the most wonderful things in life”…


At the risk of sounding like a porker, let me say this. One of my favorite things in the whole wide world is turkey skin. Oh my gracious! I love the smell of turkey. I love a big beautiful bird sitting there on the counter, covered in crispy skin, just dying to be eaten (no pun intended). Seriously. Oh dear. Excuse me a minute, I’ve drooled all over the keyboard. The problem is this. Uncle Joe doesn’t allow people to eat turkey skin. He says that removing the skin dries out the turkey. It’s possible. But if you are cutting the turkey in 5 seconds anyways, what difference does it make? But there is no reasoning with Uncle Joe. He’s from New York. If you reach for the turkey, he’ll wave his electric knife at you. So then I’m left weighing the pros and cons… Do I just go for it? Sure, I may lose a finger… but won’t it be worth it?


I, Captain Random, made a turkey on Saturday. Yes, a big 12.6 pound turkey. No, you aren’t mistaken. You are right. It’s May. I cooked a turkey in May. Why? Oh well that’s easy. Kroger gave us a free turkey in November but (try to follow this) my sister-in-law’s boyfriend’s mom already bought our Thanksgiving turkey. So it’s been sitting in our giant freezer. I knew I’d be home all day on Saturday so I thought it would be a good time to cook it. So I did. And then I cut it up. I bagged it (some slices for sandwiches, some pieces for soups and casseroles) and put it back in the freezer. Fantastic huh? You know what the best part of it is? I got to eat all the turkey skin I wanted. And boy did I. I ate and I ate. And just as I was feeling sick, I ate some more. Because I know not to look a gift turkey in the mouth. I so badly wanted to eat too much and then have the “I’ll just die if I ever eat a morsel of turkey skin ever again” feeling. But I didn’t. I think I did the opposite.


I tasted the freedom. The freedom of peeling back that turkey skin without the fear or a knife chopping off my hand. And I’ve developed a new plan. The Hursts will now cook turkeys year-round. We will buy them on sale and freeze the cooked meat. We’ll eat turkey sandwiches for lunch and used chopped turkey instead of chopped chicken in casseroles. And I will eat turkey skin as I please. And that, my friends, is pure brilliance!

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11 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Jimbo  |  May 11, 2009 at 11:29 am

    FANTASTIC entry today Chelsea! I laughed, I cried, I got hungry…cannot be topped.

    Oh, as for the mail-exchange thing–it’s a great idea. Sarah just designed some new stationery for us because we got this crazy idea that we should write real notes and thank you cards at least twice a week. So, as soon as it arrives from the printer, we will be doing our part to keep the USPS functioning.

    Enjoy the turkey skin…(we will see you guys in 11 days!)

  • 2. Mom  |  May 11, 2009 at 11:54 am

    Joe needs to read this!! Great blog! Made me sooo hungry though!

  • 3. Lindsay  |  May 11, 2009 at 11:55 am

    this isnt’ lindsay but I needed to change the address back to her name (I”m on her computer) and apparently it doesn’t change back unless you submit an entry….

  • 4. The Husband  |  May 11, 2009 at 1:28 pm

    I would just like to say that the only way you can keep 3 turkeys a year is if you have a gigantic freezer to keep them in… Like a freezer your wife wants to throw away but you hold on to it because you know, in the end, that it’s the right decision.

  • 5. Jimbo  |  May 11, 2009 at 1:32 pm

    I want a big freezer to put in our garage so badly! I’d like to be able to buy about 100 lbs of meat and poultry at one time and then just have it for the rest of the year.

  • 6. Matt  |  May 11, 2009 at 7:11 pm

    chopped turkey
    toasted croissant
    a little bit of mayonnaise
    cheese (optional)

    my lunch of choice

  • 7. Rachel  |  May 11, 2009 at 9:21 pm

    Is it narcissistic that I get a smile and it makes my day whenever I read my name in your blog? 🙂

  • 8. John O.  |  May 12, 2009 at 1:02 am

    I do love getting mail. I look forward to checking my mail every day, Especially being over here in Germany!

    I’ll try to write you guys a letter soon in the hopes that we will get one back.

    BTW You really should have your own column in a newspaper. Your writing is fantastic. I love reading your blog!

  • 9. Chelsea Hurst  |  May 12, 2009 at 10:40 am

    Jim – You can find fairly cheap freezers, Check CraigsList. Our freezer is stocked! It’s such a great feeling!

    Rachel – If that makes you narcissistic, I’m in big trouble. I write about myself every day!

    John – Thank you! And yes, we’ll write you a letter! You just have to send me an example of exactly how to address the envelope. I don’t know how foreign mail works!

  • 10. Lyndsey  |  September 16, 2009 at 2:59 pm

    Have you been cooking turkeys year round and eating the skin?

  • 11. The Calm After The Storm «  |  November 23, 2009 at 9:52 am

    […] on. I made some King Ranch Chicken with some turkey I had in the freezer from many moons ago when I made my first turkey. So King Ranch Turkey, really. I have no idea if it’ll be good, it’s in 4 9×9 pans […]

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