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What To Do With Leftover Turkey

December 13, 2012 - Author: Amy

If you still have turkey leftover from Thanksgiving in your fridge… Probably shouldn’t eat it.

But!  If you have leftover turkey in your freezer, or plan to have a turkey at Christmas, D made a delicious dish that was a welcome change from leftover turkey sanniches.

(Poorly adapted from here)

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Spicy Turkey Soup, y’all.

  • 8 cups chicken broth
  • 4ish cups turkey (shredded)
  • 1 can chopped tomatoes
  • 1 can hominy
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 2 anaheim chiles
  • 2 ancho chiles
  • salt to taste

Whatever you want on top – we just went with cilantro and lime juice.

D also made tortilla strips by cutting up corn tortillas, drizzling them in olive oil, bake, then toss in salt and garlic salt.

The lump of greenish stuff is sour cream mixed with salsa verde.  And it was fantastic.

We ate it and then this happened.

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And also this.

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Gosh, those two.

25 Comments - Categories: Critters, Eats, Junior

We’re Ready!

November 21, 2012 - Author: Amy

Thanksgiving is tomorrow.  The bird is thawed, everyone (except me) has their dishes assigned to them, and I’ve got the house as ready as it’s going to get.

That’s right!  My dining room chairs are done!  We won’t all be sitting Indian style on the floor this year.  I know my 82 year old grandma will thank me.  However, they aren’t exactly ready to show yet because our electric sander blew up, then the replacement one broke, so I got the last one painted by the skin of my teeth last night and it’s still drying.

I spiffed up the front porch to greet my turkey eaters.

 And made a happy little vignette in the entrance.

If you come over later for leftover turkey sandwiches, I’d appreciate it if you would pretend not to notice the wonky candle on the right.  Either we have a ghost harboring a beef with candles, or that one is suicidal.  It fell to it’s almost death, but we revived it enough to attend Thanksgiving.  Wonkily.

And that brings us to the much agonized over dining room table.

A shredded piece of burlap and a hand-me-down pumpkin table runner.  And that’s the toolbox out of the carpenter’s chest that’s in the powder room.

I filled it with fakey leaf garland and cinnamon scented pine cones.  (Oh ho ho.. I spy a couple blue chairs.)

I picked up five glass, uh, hurricane things, five bags of pinto beans, and some tea lights from the dollar store. 

Mom lent me the little turkey tea light holders on the ends, and Junior gathered the pinecones that are scattered on each side when we were in Colorado.

And I must say, I am rather pleased with my $11 Thanksgiving table.

Are you all ready to go?  Tables set?  Wonky candles lit?

Hope everyone has a very happy Thanksgiving!

24 Comments - Categories: Home Goods

Turkey Table

November 14, 2012 - Author: Amy

My grandma came over for a visit recently, and brought some pumpkin doughnuts to share with us. 

Me:  Want some coffee?

Her: Yep!

Me: OK, I’ll go get D.

True story.  I’m rather inept in the kitchen, so imagine my dismay at hosting Thanksgiving.  The safest bet is to leave D in charge of the turkey, and just make all our guests bring everything else.  Brilliant hostess plan, no?

So instead of worrying about the noms, I’ve been focusing on making sure the house is pretty.  With all of my one dining room chairs.  Of course, Pinterest is a constant source of inspeeeratiun.

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But unfortunately for me, everyone just sort of jumps from Halloween to Christmas now so I didn’t find anything Thanksgiving-y on my shopping excursion.

I did, however, end up with a load of Christmas stuff at 50% off.  Thanks, Hobby Lobby!

But it looks like I’ll be left to my own devices this Thanksgiving, and have started on the table just a little bit.

D: Are those… sticks?

Me: It’s driftwood and it’s classy!

I’ve obviously got some tweaking to do.  Got any good ideas?  Shoot them my way!

25 Comments - Categories: Home Goods

I’m Baaaack!

November 12, 2012 - Author: Amy

Did you even know I was gone?  I was in Colorado, yo!

I had a work conference, but took my boys with me to play.

Through the week, we stayed at The Broadmoor in Colorado Springs.  Absolutely gorgeous.  This is the view from our room.

We lucked out with the weather and on the first day took Jr to one of my favorite spots on the planet – Garden of the Gods.

The next day was a full day of work for me, but D took Jr to the zoo.

That night we swam.  (BELLEH!!!)

On Friday, I was done by noon and this is the sight that greeted me when I got back to the room.

Let’s zoom in.

Bahahahaa!!

After that, we headed straight for the mountains, where my family has a cozy cabin they are nice enough to let us stay in.

It’s on a creek.

With a bridge.

And we had a great time.  :)

On the drive home, one of us (not me) had the brilliant idea of hosting Thanksgiving.  In 10 days.  I currently have one dining room chair.  And I’ve never made a turkey.  BUT, it’s the first big holiday in the new house, and all the family that is coming is bringing something delicious, plus D informed me he’ll be in charge of the turkey.  He was looking up recipes last night, the likes of which induced curse words about how amazing this turkey is going to be.  Apparently we are in for a real treat!  ;)

And now I’m off to find some tablescape inspiration.  (Have you ever watched Sweet Genius?  I cannot say “inspiration” without hearing him… “inspeeeeraaatiun”.)

29 Comments - Categories: D (Also known as Tex and Hubbylovepunkinpants), Family, Junior

Belated Thanks

November 28, 2011 - Author: Amy

First of all, a very happy and belated Thanksgiving to all of you from my little turkey!

And his furry, four-legged, flying brother turkey.

I know that some day soon, Junior will no longer allow me to dress him up in occasion-themed onesies with matching hats, so I’m getting my fill now.  Toby got a sassy red bandana to wear, but he chewed it off of himself in short order.

But back to being Thankful. 

You ever have “one of those days”? 

Not the bad kind where it starts off by Junior pooing all the way through his clean new outfit while Toby is chewing through a bottle forgotten after breakfast, and you trip going up the stairs while sprinting for your phone that is ringing because D forgot his wallet or keys or head or something equally important, and that’s after you overslept and just realized you don’t have any clean work appropriate clothing.

I don’t mean one of those.

I mean one where you’re just driving down the road on a chilly, gray day, thinking about how delicious your Pepsi is while you sing off key at the top of your lungs to your newest favorite song and think you sound exactly like Adele while your heart beats so full at the thought of picking up your little boy and spending the evening at home with your ever-doting husband that you feel like you might choke on the joy.

One of THOSE.

I love those.

So I expressed my delight in the same way any technologically savvy girl would – by updating my Facebook status.  (But NOT while driving, mom.)

“I feel very blessed today.  And excited!”

Because that’s what I felt!  Blessed beyond measure and just rip-roaring excited about life and what it has yet to bring.

And you know what’s funny?  The response I got was not just a few arbitrary “likes”, as I might have expected.  I had several people ask me if I was ok… What had happened… what was I so excited about??  I even had a few text messages come in and say, No, really… what’s up?? 

Hahaha… Perhaps I need to make a point of being outwardly thankful more often? 

Because I think about it all the time.  I really do.  In fact, I’m one of those freaks who counts my blessings so often and hold on to them so tightly that I begin to get nervous and look to the sky to watch for the other shoe that must be about to drop. 

D accuses me of worrying too much.  And he’s probably right.  So I’m working on it.  My logical brain tells me that worrying won’t prevent bad things from happening, so I’m making an effort to live in the moment, and be thankful for every single one of them.

Because if I’m spending my time worrying, than I’m not spending it well.

And I might have missed Junior’s introduction to crack.  (read: pumpkin pie and cool whip)

And nothing is worth missing something as fun as that.  :)

Hope you all had a wonderful, worry-free, and thankFULL Thanksgiving!

14 Comments - Categories: Uncategorized