Tuesday 151201

For time:
50 Wall Balls 20#(14#)
1 Rope Climb
40 Wall Balls 20#(14#)
2 Rope Climbs
30 Wall Balls 20#(14#)
3 Rope Climbs
20 Wall Balls 20#(14#)
4 Rope Climbs
10 Wall Balls 20#(14#)
5 Rope Climbs

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The peanut gallery being quiet after harassing one of the trainers.

The peanut gallery being quiet after harassing one of the trainers.

I’ll  be the first to admit that I probably consumed more desserts this weekend than I should have.  Between all the amazing snacks I was given, plus the ones I made or bought, my intake levels were significantly higher than normal. I’ll be looking for some extra help and workouts this week to get back to my normal fighting weight.  With a planned diet and a few of these tips from the Poliquin Group, I should be able to raise my metabolic rate by 25%

#1 Train with weights.  Well this one will be easy given we use weights in a high percentage of our workouts.  Weights help build lean muscle and also elevates post workout energy expenditures much better than consistent cardio workouts due to the amount of stress it puts on the body.

#2 Sprints and sprint interval training.  Basically you work as hard as you can for a period of time, take a break and then do it again and again.  This type of training hurts while you’re doing it, but the results in the post workout period are so great that it’s worth the pain.

#3 Include Protein in all your meals.  Eating protein is filling so it means eating less and it helps to preserve muscles. Protein causes the body to use 25% of the calories provided from protein to digest and absorb the amino acids.  

#4 Do a Single Maximal Effort Sprint Workout.  There are days when an hour long class or workout sounds like the last thing we want to do.  That’s okay, we can achieve great results with a single all out sprint workout.  2 minutes is all you need.   Run at an all out effort or as close to it as you can for 2 minutes.  The results will be worth it.  2 minutes at an all out pace can raise fat burning 38 percent!  

These and many other great tips to increase metabolic rate can be found at the Polquin Group website or by clicking HERE.  There are so many great articles on the site so if you have an interest in health and fitness related topics, be sure and check their site often.  

Monday 151130

20 Minutes to establish a heavy complex of:
1 Hang Power Clean (above the knee)
1 Hang Power Clean ( below the knee)
1 Shoulder to overhead

then 5 rounds for quality
3 Below the knee hang power cleans @ 60% of complex
1 Shoulder to overhead

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Peter earning his Turkey

Peter earning his Turkey

As you’ve probably heard Verve is hosting a competition on December 12th.  The competition called “It Takes a Team Challenge” will be raising money for Sarah Devito and her battle against cancer.  Every dollar we raise will be donated to Sarah.  We’ve have amazing support from our vendors and community.  

We will be needing volunteers to help out throughout the day.  We will need help in every aspect of the competition. We’ve set up a Google Sheet for people interested in volunteering.  Once we have a list of people willing to help out we will start allocating jobs to people.  If you’re interested in helping out, please click HERE and fill out the columns. Don’t worry about the last column as we aren’t quite sure what positions we will have yet and won’t know until the competition gets closer.  

We are thankful for everyone that has helped out so far and we know that a number of you have told us you’d like to help out so now’s your chance to fill out your information.  We will contact you in the days leading up to the competition.  Be sure and mark the times you are available so we can best put you with position that fits your schedule. 

Body Fat Testing coming to Verve on Thursday December 3rd.  Spots are filling up so if you’re interested be sure and click the link below to sign up and secure your spot.  

Click here to sign up for a time. Click here to see what the testing process looks like.

Sunday 151129

Every 2 minutes for 20 minutes
30 Double unders
Row 15(10) Calories

Score = total rounds completed RX

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Amy K - one smart lady!!

Amy K – one smart lady!!

This probably goes without saying but, we have some smart cookies that go to Verve.  Some of these smart cookies like to share their smartness via personal/business blogs.  I want to highlight some of these awesome people.

AMY KWELLER – As a Registered Dietitian, I have a professional relationship with pears. But as someone who loves great food, I also have a personal relationship with pears! So there is no better way to spend my time than blogging about this lovely fruit. I will blog about pears from farm to table; healthy living, cooking, and recipes; the therapeutic benefits of pears and a wholesome diet; and how pears can fit into your lifestyle. I have a background in clinical and community nutrition, and teaching others how to lead healthy, fulfilling lives is my goal and passion – so send me your questions. My hope is that everyone who visits this site will find something that lingers long after the browser closes, and I expect that will be a deeper love of pears!

Take some time to check out her blog, THE PEAR DISH HERE!!


Saturday 151128

5 rounds, each round for time, of:
20 Pull-ups
30 Push-ups
40 Ab mat sit ups

Rest 3 minutes between rounds

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Lillie, Meghan, and their judge are all just hanging out, watching some wall balls go down.

Lillie, Meghan, and their judge are all just hanging out, watching some wall balls go down.


*Get ready to get dunked!! Rosanne is bringing the Body Fat Test truck to Verve all day on Thursday December 3rd. What does that mean? It means if you have been curious as to what your body fat percent is recently, this is the best opportunity to find out. You will be asked to hold your breath under water for the measurement to take place. The truck will be parked in front of Verve, here are a couple of things to keep in mind:

· Bring a swimsuit & towel
· Plan on getting wet (hair too!)
· Water is warm, 90-99 degrees
· Appointments are only 15 minutes long
· Unfortunately they cannot test pregnant women
· The cost for a first time test is $49. Retests are $35 (We will be planning a follow up apportionment in a few months)
· They accept Cash, Checks and Credit

Click here to sign up for a time. Click here to see what the testing process looks like.

*Sunday December 6th Josh Wrede at Til Death Tattoos will be hosting the DeVito Strong Tattoo Fundraiser. Pick from a selection of set designs and get inked for $100 by one of Denver’s best. All proceeds go to the DeVito Strong Fund. For more details click here.

*Saturday December 12th Verve is hosting it’s first competition!! The “It Takes A Team Challenge” is an all day team competition. All 32 teams sold out within 27 hours. For more details about the event, click here.

If you are interested in volunteering, please click here and sign up. Specific jobs will be assigned at a later date.

Still want to compete but missed out before the teams sold out? Matt Chan has a team but it’s missing two additional male teammates. He is raffling off those spots. Simply click here to go to the raffle site. Each $10 donation made equals 1 raffle entry. There is no limit to the number of times you may enter the raffle, donate $100, that’s 10 entries into the raffle. The raffle will close December 4th. Names will be drawn and announced December 8th. 

*Christmas and New Years are quickly approaching. We will have abbreviated schedules surrounding the holidays, please check MBO for all class times. 


Friday 151127

Everyday Warrior #4
7 Minute AMRAP: Increasing Reps
2 Ground to overhead 115#(75#)
4 Alternating pistols
4 Ground to overhead 115#(75#)
8 Alternating pistols


See full workout details here

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Last Friday's Everyday Warrior warriors battling it out last Friday.

Last Friday’s Everyday Warrior warriors battling it out.

DON’T CHEW GUM!! – Anna Mattson

WHAT?? I love minty fresh breath.  I love gnawing my stress away while freshening my breath on a piece of Wrigley.  How can chewing gum be bad for me?  After a recent visit to the dentist, I was informed of the many issues that can arise from the constant chewing and I was dumbstruck.  I spent some time researching if they were lying to me, and alas, they were not.  Here is an article I found supporting my dentists’ warnings.  Who would have thought chewing gum could lead to tight hips? See the article in its entirety here

#1 – Increase in Suprailiac Bodyfat

Regardless whether the chewing gum is sugar-free or not, it will affect your blood sugar levels and hormones such as insulin and cortisol, which in turn regulate blood sugar.

Why does that happen?

The sweet taste is crucial. What emerges is a neurochemical reaction. If we taste something sweet our brain responds to it by telling the body that sugar is on its way to the stomach, intestines and afterwards to the blood. To taste sugar has less impact than actually eating it but in my experience it´s not insignificant. From an empirical standpoint it´s enough to taste something sweet to slow down the progress in fat loss, especially the bodyfat on your hips, which according to BioPrint correlates with blood sugar management.

#2 – Activation of Digestive Tract

The sweet taste and the chewing will stimulate the flow of saliva. This is the first step of our digestive system. Stimulating digestion has an effect on our autonomic nervous system. It lowers the sympathetic nervous system and activates the parasympathetic nervous system, which means it shuts down the system and relaxes us.

Like the standby mode on our computers. Everyone knows the energy hole following a larger and/or highcarb lunch. Relaxation is important, especially in the evening but during the day, before and during workouts it decreases performance.

#3 – Decrease of Hip Mobility and Decrease in Power Output of Posterior Chain (MIND BLOWN)

The constant chewing causes adhesions and tension in the jaw muscles, especially in the Masseter, Pterygoids and Temporalis. Besides attention and concentration deficits, adhesions and tension in these muscles can also lead to decreased physical performance.

Dr. George Goodheart, an American chiropractor who defined the field of “Applied Kinesiology” more than 50 years ago, discovered a neurological link between muscle performances of the jaw and hip muscles, ie. the more tension in the jaw area, the more tension in the hip area because the nervous system controls these two areas partially coupled together. In strength training and with all sports in which running and sprinting play major roles, the hip muscles – especially the posterior chain – are crucial.

Constant gum chewing can therefore lead to a loss of hip mobility and a reduced power output of the Posterior Chain – which increases the potential for injuries and makes you slower.

#3 – Reduction of Sleep Quality

Tension in the jaw muscles is inversely correlated with sleep quality. Excessively chewing gum can even lead to and/or facilitate Bruxism, which is the clenching of the teeth other than in chewing and is associated with forceful grinding or rubbing the teeth together, mainly during sleep. Bruxism is one of the most common sleep disorders.

From experience, releasing the jaw muscles can increase sleep quality. Not chewing gum is an easy way to keep the jaw looser and ensure great sleep.


  • Yoga at 11am on Sunday with Kacey
  • If you are not competing in the IT TAKES A TEAM CHALLENGE, you can still be involved.  Follow THIS LINK to a sign-up sheet if you are able to volunteer!  Thank you in advance because it takes a team.
  • Please note the abbreviated schedule tomorrow!
  • Body Fat testing truck will be HERE Thursday, December 3rd. Sign up here

Thursday 151126

Partner “Holleyman”
40 Rounds for time:
5 Wallballs
3 Strict handstand push-ups
1 Power clean, 225#(155#)

*One partner works at a time. Partner will complete a full round and then switch.

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Just a few of the many Verve athletes that competed at the Turkey Challenge last weekend.

Just a few of the many Verve athletes that competed at the Turkey Challenge last weekend.


Happy Thanksgiving!!!

For several years now it has been in my weekly regiment to do Thursday’s post. Which means for several years I have found myself doing the post on Thanksgiving day. And over the years I have shared with you the things that I am most thankful for, here are a few throwbacks. . . since it is also #TBT.

In 2013 I was thankful for:

I am thankful for my orthopedic surgeon and my physical therapist. I am grateful they understood what activities I was passionate about and provided their care accordingly. I am grateful I am physically capable of doing all the activities I love and then some without pain.

I am thankful I was blessed with sweet, sweet dance moves. I am grateful I am often moved by the music and feel compelled to bust them out for all to enjoy.

I am thankful for James P. Whitmire esq. He can always be counted on to read the WOD blog and leave a comment. The jury is out as to whether or not I am always thankful for his comments, but it is always nice to know the blog is read.

In 2014 I was thankful for:

I am thankful for my work husband Eric Clancy for taking on this big challenge of being business owners with me. I truly don’t think I would have said yes to it without him.

I am thankful for my massage therapist Jason Thompson of MyaTherapy. He is the best at what he does. He keeps my muscles and joints healthy, and he relaxes my mind after I deal with Clancy all day.

And, again, just like last year, I am thankful for a Verve member that I feel I can very consistently count on to read and comment on every blog. It’s always nice to know someone is listening. Thanks James “O.G.” Whitmire, even if I’m pretty sure half the time you don’t know what you are talking about.

What am I thankful for in 2015?

The things that I’m thankful for don’t seem to change much over the years. I am always thankful for the love and support of my family, my boyfriend, and my furry child. But this year, after officially ringing in 1 full year as a co-owner at Verve, I have 3 people I am beyond words, incredibly thankful for:

Anna is one of the most caring, compassionate people I know. It goes into everything that she does. On top of that she is . . . on top of it, like always. She is offering help, she is thinking ahead, she is getting it done. Thank you for helping make my job easier.

Danni is the most heartfelt, genuine, and least selfish person I know. Which, coincidentally, pops up everyday in the work that she does. She is the first to ask “how are you?”, she is the first to ask “do you need anything?”. She constantly puts others before herself, and as a result, she too makes my job even easier.

Clancy is not the most compassionate, caring, heartfelt person I know. But I couldn’t do what I do everyday without him. Clancy is a hard worker, who gets things done when they need to be done, he doesn’t wait on anyone. I’m thankful for our partnership. Plus, whether or not he will admit it, I know he likes me a little bit because I’m the only girl he has seen cry and he didn’t run away. He third makes my job the easiest.

And, as all good things must come to an end, so does James Whitmire’s run of being on my most thankful list. Don’t get me wrong, I’m still thankful for the loud mouth, back talking lawyer, however a new Verve member has taken over the title of person I am most thankful for reading our blogs and letting Verve know whats up from time to time. I’m thankful for Drew Corbett, mostly because he assures me it is completely appropriate to refer to one’s mouth as a pie-hole.

Enough about me, how about the rest of Verve’s trainers, what are they thankful for?

“It sounds sappy, but I don’t care. I’m thankful to have a job that I GET to go to, not a job I HAVE to go to. Seriously, I love that my work can be my happy place, and I’m surrounded by so many people that I genuinely care about. Even Clancy.” -Danni

“I’m grateful for the rivers being full this past summer and El Niño. ” -Patrick

“I am thankful for deodorant, pizza, and the people in my life (past and present) who have led to me to where I am on this exact day!” -Anna

“I’m thankful for all the people that have supported me on my journey from place to place, which inevitably landed me in Denver, doing the thing I love the most.” -Paul

“I am grateful for all the verve peeps and trainers who have held, rocked, walked, etc. my babies so I can work out. Even Clancy has reinserted a pacifier here and there! It takes a village to lose the muffin top ;).” -Beth

“Friends, family, mentors supportive co-workers and the freedom to live my life as I please.” -Dan

“I am thankful for hugs, my mom’s chocolate chip cookies, the challenges in my life that have helped mold me into the person I am today, and for all the ordinary moments in my life that turn into something special.” -Ali

“All the crazy humans in my life who make it perfectly hilarious, gorgeous, and mine.” -Maddie

“I am thankful for the Orthopedic Surgeons statewide and for the owners of Verve who are too busy with other stuff to think about firing me.” -Zink

“I am grateful for all my friends and family near and far, that I’m able to pursue my new dream, and of course tacos, nachos and booze!” -Robyn

“I’m thankful that after 12 years of higher education, pharmacy school is almost over….and also for booze for helping me get this far.” -Nate

“Pete..that is it..and most times not even him. Actually, there are two other people in my life I’m super thankful for, my amazing, hard working, partner Courtney and my brother from another mother Paul. If I don’t see them or talk to them at least once per day I feel lost. I’m thankful for whatever alchemy brought them both into my life.” -Eric

“I’m grateful for my kids and an amazing wife. In addition, I’m thankful that she lets me hang-out with all you crazy folk at Verve.” -Jay

“I’m thankful for my supportive family, also pizza, ice cream (I think just carbs in general), and for having a job.” -Ryan


**Alright folks, now it’s your turn. Let us know what you are thankful for this year in the comments.



Wednesday 151125

Every 3 minutes for 21 minutes:
20 Jumping lunges, bear hugging a medball, 20#(14#)
100 Meter sprint

*Score = slowest time to complete the the 20 lunges and sprint

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A helpful guide to Thanksgiving dining.

A helpful guide to Thanksgiving dining.


Ahhh yes, the holiday season is upon us. The season of work parties, family get togethers, homemade desserts, endless bottles of wine, and a varietable buffet of appetizers. It’s the time of year we love because it brings families together but unfortunately it’s a time of year many of us hate because we fear our inability to say no, our inability to show minor restraint, and our inability to consume in moderation. Here are actual things I’ve heard people say in the past few weeks leading into the holiday season:

“I’m going to stop worrying about my diet. Why? Because it’s the holidays, I already know I can’t keep up with it.”

“I guess we’ll see how my body (speaking about it’s physique) holds up through the holidays.”

And my recent personal favorite, the Facebook call out after announcing the Body Fat Test would be coming to Verve on December 3rd. . .

“The week after Thanksgiving- brutal.”

Brutal? Really? I’m about to lay a truth bomb on you all right now. . . if you have spent a considerable amount of time paying attention to what you put in your pie hole throughout the year, on top of which you come to Verve consistently to get your daily WOD on, what can you possibly think you can do to your body in one evening of consumption that it will all suddenly be undone?

I’m going to drop an additional truth bomb on you. . . stop using the holidays as an excuse. Yes, there will be parties, yes there will be desserts and adult beverages. . . but those things will not be placed in front of your face 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, for the next 4 weeks. We are talking about single meals in a day. We can all make plans throughout the rest of the day that set us up for success when we get to the party and want to throw down at the open bar and buffet. Knowing that we may have a fairly hefty, unhealthy meal in the evening doesn’t mean we should just throw caution to the wind and eat with reckless abandon the whole day.  There is no need to say to one’s self “screw it, it’s the holidays.” Unless of course you want to. Maybe “the holidays” is your CrossFit Games. Maybe this is what you have been training for all year. If that’s the case, godspeed my friend, and may the force and all delicious pastries, be with you. 

But if you are one of those people that says “screw it” but come January 3rd you hate yourself, you hate your body, and you utter one of my favorite phrases of all time. . .”Alright, now I’m gonna get back on it”, how about you just stay on it. . . don’t leave it. As I said earlier, if you already pay attention to what you eat and you workout constantly, staying as close to on track as possible won’t leave you with nearly as much damage control at the end of this time of year. You don’t need total restraint, a minor to moderate amount of restraint will still leave you in pretty good shape. Here are a few tips/ thoughts:

1) Don’t skip meals. Your body is a machine that must be fueled throughout the day. If you were driving a car and knew you were about to take it on a long haul, would you stop putting gas in it until that time? It needs to run to get you through all the minor trips along the way. So eat, throughout the day, just as you would any other day. Don’t show up to the family dinner starving because you wanted to “save” all your calories for the big meal. It doesn’t work like that.

2) Since you are going to eat throughout the day, the best things to eat are lean proteins. I think we all know that when we get to the party all we want to shove in our faces are all the sweet, delicious, scrumptious carbs. Which carbs? All of them. The alcoholic kind, the mashed kind, the baked kind. . . no one is walking to the dinner table wondering where that delicious side of lean chicken breast is, we want the dinner rolls. So focus on those wonderful protein choices earlier in the day. 

3) Drink plenty of water. In general many of us have a feeling of being hungry when in actuality it’s really us being dehydrated. It helps you feel full and helps with the hang over, so drink up.

4) It would be easy to say those cliche tips like, “keep your hands full so you won’t be able to grab food”, “stay an arm’s length away from munchies”, “eat before you get to the party”, “bring your own healthier food”. . . yada, yada, yada. But none of that is fun and the reason we work so hard to be healthy throughout the year is to allow room for fun. So have fun. . . but keep the fun to one meal a day. Or to one day of the week. Try to avoid the mindset of “screw it”. You work hard, don’t give up so easily. It’s only food. 

Now go forth and enjoy the holidays. 


Tuesday 151124

Run 400 Meters
21 Thrusters 75#(55#)
Run 400 Meters
15 Thrusters75#(55#)
Run 400 Meters
9 Thrusters 75#(55#)

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Leslie getting her ring row on. Does she owe me burpees this week though?

Leslie getting her ring row on. Does she owe me burpees this week though?

Schedule Update:  Starting tonight and running until we decide what will replace Hot Dogs and Cupcakes at the 5 PM hour, Skillz Class will have two offerings on Tuesday night only,  5 PM and 6 PM.  This will ONLY be on Tuesday night and will feature Dan’s gymnastics programming.  We’ve had a great turnout for his Tuesday class so hopefully offering 2 classes will result in less people in each class so Dan can have more time to work with you all more closely.  Please sign up for the class that fits your schedule best and please come to the class you sign up for!

With the new year fast approaching and many of us going to be making some changes in our lives, whether, professional, life, or gym related I figured a little inspiration wouldn’t hurt as we move towards making these changes.  From ZenHabits.net, “Change Your Story to Change Your Life” by LEO BABAUTA

Whenever we undertake a new change in our lives — whether it’s starting a new job or business, or changing a new habit — we tell ourselves a story about it.

We’re the hero of our story. Unfortunately, it’s not usually a very good story — it involves the hero not believing he or she can do it, wanting to give up and give in to the easy route.

Imagine if the great stories of all time went along the lines of our stories:

Harry Potter doesn’t fight Voldemort because it’s too hard and anyway, he just wants to play games and go on Reddit.
Odysseus decides not to make the journey home because he knows himself — he’s just going to give up, and anyway, isn’t the siren’s call of Facebook/Instagram too strong?
Don Quixote never ventures out for adventure on his brave steed Rocinante, because he doesn’t think he can do it, and instead stays home with his books of romance.
Frodo heads back to the Shire, because he believes he doesn’t have enough discipline to stick with something very long.
These would be horrible stories, wouldn’t they? Who would root for these dudes?

The story we tell ourselves goes along these lines. They’re different for each of us, but if we’re not succeeding at something, it’s quite probably because we are telling ourselves the wrong story.

So what can we do if our story is working against us?

Change the damn story. Create a song to sing about yourself as the epic hero of your dreams. Sing this song daily, and be proud of it. Go after the dream, fight the forces of distraction and dullness and self-doubt, rise up to be your best self. You are the writer of your story, the composer of your song, and every moment is a chance to rewrite it, a new draft ready to be crafted into something better.

The above is taken from a larger story that is worth the read.  Click the title and check out some of his other great writings while you’re on the site.  

Remember we have an abridged schedule this week and only a few classes on Thanksgiving.  

Body fat testing coming to Verve.  Click here to sign up for a time. Click here to see what the testing process looks like.

Monday 151123

20 Minutes to work to a heavy complex of:
1 Push press
1 Push jerk
1 Split Jerk

Every minute on the minute for 5 minutes
3 Push jerks @ 50% of complex
5 Strict knees to elbows

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Aries working through thrusters during Everyday Warrior workout #3

Aries working through thrusters during Everyday Warrior workout #3

With the holidays right around the corner be sure and double check the schedule as we will have an abridged schedule for a lot of the coming weeks.  We are open 365 days a year so we’ll make sure to offer classes everyday so you have a chance to come in and  get your fitness on.

We are going to take a break from Hot Dogs and Cupcakes.  The attendance has been way down.  We are going to start a new program in the new year.  The program will have an Olympic lift focus and we are going to design the program in house.  We are developing a template for the program now and it will be ready to go by the new year. Right now the tentative schedule will be Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday at 5 pm.  There will be plenty of squatting so we’ll have a plan in place to make sure our squatting isn’t lacking.

A big thank you to everyone that came out to support all our teams and individuals that participated in the MBS Turkey Challenge over the weekend.  The competition continues to get bigger and bigger and we at Verve continue to participate in larger masses each year.   

As discussed above our schedule is abridged this week.  Weds, Thursday, and Friday we will have less class offerings due to Thanksgiving.  Thanksgiving we only have two classes so be sure to sign up and come at the time you signed up for.  It’s a lot  better to eat a bunch of good food after you had your butt handed to you by a good workout.  

Sunday 151122

For time:
Power cleans 135#(95#)
Ring Dips

Compare to:  140626

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Jay getting ready to lift some HEAVY weight at the Turkey Challenge at MBS. We will be there again tomorrow if you are looking for something to do!!

Jay getting ready to lift some HEAVY weight at the Turkey Challenge at MBS. We will be there again tomorrow if you are looking for something to do!!

Please grab a kleenex before you read this recipe to clean up all of the drool! See recipe in its entirety here



  • 12 to 14 pound turkey
  • 1 onion, coarsely chopped
  • 2 medium carrots, sliced
  • 1 head garlic, halved horizontally
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 1 pound sliced bacon
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 4 cups turkey stock, preferably homemade


  1. Place a large sheet of parchment paper on a work surface. Arrange half of the bacon in strips, side to side to form a square. To form a lattice, working from the left side of the square, fold back every other strip of bacon the width of a slice. Lay a new slice of bacon over the unfolded strips and return the folded bacon to the original position.
  2. Continue weaving the remaining bacon in the same manner, until you have a woven square. Slide the parchment onto a baking sheet and transfer to the freezer for 10 minutes, until the bacon is firm.
  3. Place the turkey on a cutting board and tie the legs together.
  4. Remove the bacon from the freezer and working quickly, carefully lift it from the parchment. Arrange the bacon square so that the 4 corners are at the neck, the cavity and both wings. Tuck the bacon around the bird, covering the breast and legs. Season with pepper.
  5. Place the turkey onto a roasting rack set in a roasting pan and scatter the vegetables, neck and giblets all around. Add 3 cups of water to the pan. Loosely cover the turkey with foil and roast for 1 ½ hours, adding water to keep the vegetables moist. Remove the foil and roast until in instant-read thermometer inserted in the thigh registers 165°, about 1 ½ hours longer.
  6. Carefully transfer the turkey to a cutting board while you make the gravy. Strain the pan juices into a heat-proof cup and spoon 4 tablespoons of the fat into a large saucepan. Discard the remaining fat. Whisk the flour into the fat and cook over moderately high heat until bubbling and nutty, about 4 minutes. Add the turkey stock and defatted pan juices and bring to a boil. Simmer over moderate heat until thickened, about 10 minutes. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  7. Carve the turkey and serve with the gravy.