Friday, November 27, 2009

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 a large stock pot and cover with water.  I add a chopped onion for flavor and some salt.  Bring to a boil and let it cook for a couple of hours.  Strain out the turkey bones and remove any meat that is left.  Pour turkey broth back into stock pot and add the meat bits.  Bring to a boil and add noodles.  Taste and season with a little salt and pepper and/or a little chicken broth powder if needed.  Serve with some homemade dinner rolls and a salad. 

Thursday, November 19, 2009

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 to paint her room.  I guess she was inspired by Sierra’s room painting and wanted to do something different in her room.  So she and I started painting.  She chose the colors red and tan.  We started by painting two walls tan.  That went well. It took two coats of paint.  Then we started the red walls… boy, I guess since in the past I mostly painted white walls I had no idea how much was involved in painting red!  In hindsight I should have started with a dark brown primer.  But we just started painting over the white.  It took 4 coats of paint! That was 2 gallons of paint.  We just painted the last coat on Tuesday.  I am sure if I really wanted a primo job done I could do one more.. but no way..  I am done with red! LOL..  we still need to paint the window and door frames (thankfully those will both be tan!).  Well.. lesson learned, but I have to say I love the color combo!  We will soon be painting our living room and sunroom and I am going to paint them a tan color (think coffee with lots of cream!   LOL)..  I love how warm and comfortable it makes a room look.     

During this painting experience Leanne also had a week long house sitting job so the painting came to a near stop.  I have been battling bursitis in my elbow so I really needed her help to finish the job.  In the meantime I have been trying to get my house ready for Richard and Doneza when they arrive at the beginning of December.  We need to move Emily out of her room and into Leanne’s room and clean and prepare Em’s room for Doneza.  She and Richard will be staying with us until they get married and get their own place. So my other great hindsight was “why did I start this paint job now when I had so many other things going on?!” .. LOL..  But I know we will get it together here very soon.   

This last weekend my daughter Emily had a friend from Idaho here to visit us. That made for a busy weekend too.. but I have to say I really love young people in my home.  Lots of energy an excitement and that is enjoyable to be around.   

Lots of busyness made for little computer time for me! But I have managed to stay on top of the rest of the household chores and keep my kids focused on school work.  With everything going on and their excitement about Richard it has been a bit of a challenge.  We will take a break next week however and turn our attention to Thanksgiving.   

After that it is wedding planning.  Richard and Doneza want to get married asap once they get here.  She has 90 days on her VISA to get married and then there is lots more paperwork for them after that.  So the sooner we start the better.  That does not leave me much time to put this together.  Due to the lack of time for planning Richard asked her what were two of the most important things she wanted for the wedding.  Her answer was, “ Us (meaning her and Richard) and other people”..  aww.. how sweet is that!  I know we can do a bit more than that!  But I love her easy going way and simple sweetness.      

Today my plan is to stay home and get laundry done, school work done and do some cooking and baking.  The weather here has been windy and rainy like crazy.  So baking seems to just make the whole house seem warmer and homey..    Last week I made big batch of hot cocoa mix and that made my kids happy.  That is one thing they always look forward to this time of year.. mom’s hot cocoa mix!  Makes school time that much more enjoyable when you can have a warm cup of cocoa to sip on while you work.   

That is all for now, and blogging may be hit and miss as time allows…   Hope you all have a great Thursday on your homesteads! 

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

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 cane juice crystals (or white sugar)
pinch of salt
2T whole wheat pastry flour
½ t cinnamon
2T butter
1T lemon juice
2 pie crusts (one for the bottom and one for the top) See my favorite pie crust recipe here

In a large sauce pan combine reserved peach syrup, sugar, cinnamon, and salt well.  Bring to a boil over medium heat and cook until mixture becomes very thick and bubbly.  Remove from heat.  Add butter and stir until butter melts.  Add lemon juice and stir.  Add drained peaches and mix well. 

Put mixture into pie crust.  Rolls out the top crust and lay on top.  Cut vent holes with a knife on the top of the crust. Bake at 400 for 40 to 45 minutes.  Enjoy warm with some vanilla ice cream!  Delicious!!  

Apple Cranberry Pie
Crystal Miller 

4 cups peeled and sliced apples
2 cups fresh or frozen cranberries
½ cup cane juice crystals (or white sugar)
¼ cup Sucanat (or brown sugar)
¼ cup whole wheat pastry flour
½ t cinnamon
Single 9 inch whole wheat pie crust 

½ cup whole wheat pastry flour
1/3 cup sucanat (or brown sugar)
¼ t cinnamon
¼ cup soft, room temperature butter

In a large bowl combine apples, cranberries, cane juice crystals, sucanat, pastry flour and cinnamon.  Toss gently so all the fruit is nicely coated with the dry ingredients.  Put this mixture into a 9 inch pie crust.   

Turn oven to 375.  While oven heats up make topping:  Combine all topping ingredients in a bowl with a fork, a pastry blender or your clean hands.  Spread the topping over the top of the pie.   

Bake at  375 for 45 to 50 minutes (until the apples are fork tender).  All to cook a bit and serve warm with vanilla ice cream or whip cream.   

Hope you enjoy! 

Friday, November 6, 2009

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 Ahead

If your turkey is frozen you need to put it into the fridge to defrost now.  A turkey will take anywhere from 2 to 6 days to defrost depending on its size (figure one day for every 5 pounds of weight). 


Buy any fresh and perishable items you will need


Make cranberry sauce and refrigerate


Make salad dressings and refrigerate


3 Days Ahead

Clean your house


Get out and ‘good’ dishes or bigger serving dishes and get them washed


2 Days Ahead

Wash table linens


Get out your roasting pans, thermometer, turkey baster and make sure they are clean and ready to go


Wash and chop up veggies for stuffing and side dishes and put in refrigerator


Make pie crusts, roll them out, and put in pie plates. Cover each one with plastic wrap and put in fridge


1 Day Ahead

If you are making mashed potatoes for the crockpot you can make those up now and store in fridge. Tomorrow you take them out and put in the crockpot on low in the morning.


Make stuffing and refrigerate. If you are stuffing your turkey do not do that now, wait until right before you put the turkey in the oven


Assemble side dishes


Assemble any jello type salads


In the evening pull out your turkey, clean it and make sure it has defrosted and put back in fridge. Remove giblets and refrigerate


Set the table in the evening if desired


Assemble and bake pies


Thanksgiving Day

Put some Christmas music on (this is our little tradition ~smile~)


Stuff turkey and put in oven at appropriate time (or if you have a roaster oven you can bake the turkey in there leaving your oven for heating up side dishes and baking dinner rolls)


Put the giblets in water with a little salt and let those simmer. You can use the broth for gravy and the cooked and chopped giblets can also be added to the gravy


Pull out dinner rolls and let them defrost and rise


Set the table if you did not do this yesterday. Add a nice centerpiece to the table


Put the mashed potatoes in the crockpot


If you have a second crockpot you can put the stuffing in there to warm (if you are not stuffing your turkey. I always stuff the turkey and have leftover stuffing in a second crockpot)


When the turkey has finished cooking, pull it out


Put the side dishes in the oven to bake (if you did not bake the turkey in a roaster oven)


Bake dinner rolls


While the side dishes are heating up and rolls are baking, make gravy


Take a deep breath


Light some candles


Freshen up


Greet your guests


Enjoy your meal and give lots of thanks the Lord for his blessings and bounty in your life


Thursday, November 5, 2009

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 night..  it 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??



Sunday, November 1, 2009

This Weeks Menu




Mashed potatoes









Bbq beef




Whole wheat crackers










Whole wheat crackers