Taking Time for Autumn Beauty


Here in North Carolina, Autumn has come almost perfectly.  I’m starting to think that Winter is fast approaching because of the brisk winds lately though.  Either way, I’ve pulled my sweaters and soup recipes out and am ready!  (Wow, I felt a little old saying “I’ve pulled my sweaters out…”.  Correct me if I’m wrong, but that’s what grandparents say, right?)  *smile*  

When our clocks changed last weekend, I didn’t quite realize the impact it would have on my drive home.  I live in a rural area, and yes, some days I have to wait for chicken to cross the road.  Dead serious….  *smile*  So, I’ve become accustomed to taking notice of things along my drive, even if as not to hit them.

For instance:

There is this small barn/cabin that I pass every night.  I approach a field of crops, see the cabin there, and almost everyday I see their American Flag flying high and proud right outside.  I have found that I look for that cabin daily, and am saddened when our flag isn’t prominently displayed for all to see.  In fact, I found that I’m quite disappointed the time has changed.  It’s pitch black when I drive home now.  *sigh*

Another sight is the lake I pass that almost always has two horses standing together beside it.  The sun will be setting, they will be huddled close, and the reflection of the trees around bounces back from off the lake.  It’s always beautiful, and it became even more beautiful when Autumn approached with its changing leaves.  

The third sight is the view below.  Every time I cross over these train tracks, I can look down them and see the most beautiful sunsets.  As the season changed, it was only then that I really started noticing the trees around the tracks.  Before, it had always been that longing to travel down the tracks and escape for a bit.  It wasn’t always about the nature around them.  Fortunately, I took the below photo a day before we flipped our clocks back.  Yes, I stopped my car on the tracks, and snapped this photo.  I am that crazy lady.  *wink*

I wanted to share this photo with you for the simple reminder to enjoy nature and everything around you.  One day, you won’t be able to look upon it daily.


Sundays with Friends: Wild Turkey in the Crock Pot


I hit my two-year Anniversary this week since TheOnyxPlate.com was started. Woohoo!  What an amazing two years it has been with new places, new foods, and wonderful people I’ve met along my journey that has only just begun.  I can’t wait to reflect further on it for you in a post coming up (you know how I get all mushy about reflections and such). But, for now, we have a special Sundays with Friends to get to…Thanksgiving themed!

My very good friend surprised me with a Sundays with Friends centered around her son’s first kill of a Wild Turkey. She was so very proud, and I don’t blame her one bit! Good parents, good kid, good hunter. *smile* You might remember her first submission when she taught us about making Salsa. If not, you can read that one by clicking here. So on to her second Sundays with Friends! Welcome back, Jen! Can’t wait for your Peanut Butter Balls post either this year…hint hint. *wink**wink*

***Sidenote: I’m always happy to feature any of you on here. I just need a recipe, a short story about the recipe, and at least one photograph pretty please. You can email it all to TheOnyxPlate@gmail.com. Frankly…I’ll take any recipes! *smiles*


In April 2012, my seven year old son and husband went turkey hunting. When they came home, my son had killed his first turkey. My son was so excited and wanted me to cook the turkey right away. I promised him that we would save it for Thanksgiving. He was happy and couldn’t wait to eat it at Thanksgiving. By him killing the turkey it saved us money from having to buy a turkey this Thanksgiving.

A week before Thanksgiving, I got a call from my mother-in-law inviting us to go out to eat on Thanksgiving. I told her that we already had plans to stay home and cook because I promised my son that I would cook his turkey.

The weekend before Thanksgiving my sister-in-law called to say that they would be able to attend our Thanksgiving gathering, and she asked if her husband could fix the turkey. I told her that was fine; however, I was still planning to cook my son’s turkey.

I was determined that I would cook this turkey regardless, which was all for my son that I love and adore.

Wild Turkey Crock Pot Recipe

  • 2 large turkey breasts
  • 1 can of cream of mushroom
  • 1 packet of onion soup mix
  • 1 small bag of baby carrots
  • 1 container of fresh sliced mushrooms
  • 1 medium white onion chopped
  • 1 ¼ cup of water
  • 1 can of turkey gravy


Clean the turkey breasts and place them in a large crock pot. Add all of the ingredients on top of the turkey, except the turkey gravy. Cook on low for 6 to 8 hours, or until done. Check the crock pot often to see if more water needs to be added. Poor turkey gravy on top once done. Enjoy!