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What to do with Turkey Leftovers

Do you have leftover turkey meat to use up and need some ideas?  We usually eat Thanksgiving dinner the day after but by the 3rd day we are ready for something different.  I find just about any recipe that uses cooked chicken works quite well with cooked turkey.  The recipes below are actually chicken recipes but you can just sub turkey in place of the chicken:
Turkey Enchiladas This recipe is for the enchilada sauce. Fill corn or whole wheat tortillas with chopped up turkey and cheese. Roll them up and place in a 9x13 pan (or 9x9 or 11x15 pan, depending on how many people you are feeding). Pour enchilada sauce over all, top with more cheese and bake at 350 until all is hot and bubbly and cheese has melted.
Sweet and Sour Turkey
Turkey Lasagna
Black Bean Turkey Chili
Turkey Pot Pie
Turkey Green Bean Casserole
Ranch House Turkey Casserole
And finally the last thing I do with my turkey is make Turkey Noodle Soup.  I put the turkey carcass (after I have picked off just about all the meat) into …
Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!!

Updates from the Homestead

It has been awhile since I blogged.Lots of activity going on in my home lately and my computer time takes a back seat.Tobin took a week off of work to get some more work done on our house.We replaced windows and siding a couple of years ago on one side of the house and due to many unexpected obstacles as well as expected ones he just has not been able to get back to finish the inside.Well he finally had a chance to start 2 or 3 weeks ago and began to insulate and put up the drywall.It is so much more comfortable now.He is not done with it all but is making progress.He also insulated a good deal of his shop.We burn a lot of wood keeping the shop warm while he works and keeping our house warm (without the insulation it has been a bigger job) that he felt like he really needed to get on this project so we could have a comfortable winter and maybe burn less wood, which means less work!So the extra time off work has helped him make a lot more progress.
My daughter Leanne decided she wanted …

More Pie Recipes to Share

I shared a couple of days ago about making an apple pie.I made my favorite Bosch pie crust recipe.However the recipe makes 4 crusts.So after making my apple pie I still had 3 crusts left.I had a big #10 can of peaches sitting in my pantry.So I made a peach pie.I used another crust for the top.That pie was eaten up in no time at all (1 pie, 7 people.. they go fast )..anywho.. I had some fresh cranberries in the fridge and decided for my last pie crust I would make an apple cranberry pie.This one was also gone by the next day!I may need to make another 4 crusts just so I can enjoy some more pie making.But before that I have our regular daily bread to bake (8 loaves) on my to-do list and then I want to make some cranberry bread too. We will see how the day goes! 
Peach Pie (from canned peaches)
Crystal Miller

4 cups canned peaches, drained (this can be 2 quarts home canned or 2 16oz cans, I buy the big #10 cans and just measure out what I need) – reserving 1/3 cup of the peach syrup
½ cup c…

Thanksgiving Planner

Thanksgiving Planner
Crystal Miller


3 weeks ahead of time
 Figure out how many people will you be serving and how big of a turkey you will need. To calculate this, you need to figure about 1 ½ lbs of turkey per person. So if you are feeding 8 people you would need a turkey that was about 12 pounds. I usually buy them bigger so I will have leftovers. 

Write out guest list

Plan out menu

Gather recipes

Write out grocery list

2 weeks ahead
Buy turkey (if buying frozen ones)

Make dinner rolls and freeze. I like to freeze them before baking. I shape them into rolls; lay them out on a tray and flash freeze them. On Thanksgiving Day I bring them out in the morning to defrost and rise. 

If your guests are contributing to the meal let them know what you would like them to bring.

1 Week Ahead
Clean out your fridge to make room for the added food items

IF you have not bought your turkey yet, they should be on sale this week. 

Do your grocery shopping of staple items you will need for the meal

4 to 5 Days Ahe…

Fall Pics and Baking

Fall is definitely here on the homestead!The leaves are changing and falling off the trees.We have had several days of dry and beautiful weather.I took a few pics yesterday morning to share…

Last night Sierra and I decided to bake an apple pie.She peeled apples while I made the pie crust.I used my favorite Bosch pie crust recipe.I have 3 crusts leftover so I will be making some more pies this weekend!I used my favorite apple pie recipe and Emily stopped and picked up vanilla ice cream on her way home last was yummy!But now the pie is gone.. except for one piece I managed to save for Tobin.He will enjoy his apple pie and ice cream later this morning..

What kind of fall baking has been going on in your kitchen??

This Weeks Menu


Baked chicken legs
Mashed potatoes

Salmon chowder
Dinner rolls

Homemade pizza

Bbq beef
Brown rice

Navy bean soup
Whole wheat crackers


Soft bread sticks

Chicken noodle soup
Whole wheat crackers