Saturday, November 22, 2008

Homemade turkey pot pie........mmmmmm.......mmmmmmm.......good!

I had some leftover turkey that I needed to use up so I decided to find a recipe for homemade turkey pot pie and make one today. This recipe is soooooo delicious and all made from scratch so I wanted to share it now BEFORE Thanksgiving and leftover time!

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 recipe pastry for a (10 inch) double crust pie
  • 4 tablespoons butter, divided
  • 1 small onion, minced
  • 2 stalks celery, chopped
  • 2 carrots, diced
  • 1 tablespoons dried parsley
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1cube chicken bouillon
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup of turkey drippings/broth/stock
  • 3 potatoes, peeled and cubed
  • 1 1/2 cups cubed cooked turkey
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup milk

DIRECTIONS

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Roll out bottom pie crust, press into a 10 inch pie pan, and set aside.
  2. Melt 2 tablespoons butter in a large skillet over medium heat; add the onion, celery, carrots, parsley, and salt and pepper. Cook and stir until the vegetables are soft. Stir in the bouillon/broth and water. Bring mixture to a boil. Stir in the potatoes, and cook until tender but still firm.
  3. In a medium saucepan, melt the remaining 2 tablespoons butter. Stir in the turkey and flour. Add the milk, and heat through. Stir the turkey mixture into the vegetable mixture, and cook until thickened. Cool slightly, then pour mixture into the unbaked pie shell. Roll out the top crust, and place on top of filling. Flute edges, and make 4 slits in the top crust to let out steam.
  4. Bake in the preheated oven for 15 minutes. Reduce oven temperature to 350 degrees F and continue baking for 20 minutes, or until crust is golden brown.

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OKAY Ohio State! This is it..the BIG GAME!!!!


Ohio State VERSUS Michigan! Come on Bucks.....show em what you can really do! I doubt I will be able to sit at all during the game! OR if I do it will be right in front of the television screen!! I can rarely sit back and relax to watch a game...I have to be right in it..right on top of it!!!!

let's kick some.........

Thursday, November 20, 2008

something to help stop cat hair shedding and delicious mashed potatoes without the fat!




I found my cat liked my raw virgin coconut oil...which at room temperature is actually a solid. SINCE I have been allowing him to have a small dab each day...sometimes twice a day....he is no longer shedding like he was....and in fact....his coat looks healthier and better than ever! I give him about 1/4 teaspoon each time and he loves it!



TO make virtually FAT FREE mashed potatoes....I cooked my potatoes in chicken bouillon....drain but KEEP some of that chicken broth when potatoes are done. NOW the trick for me is I mash the potatoes...adding back in some of the broth....NO BUTTER and sometimes NO milk......they are SOOOOOO good. I had always heard before about using chicken stock or broth....but the bouillon gives this a much better flavor ..probably because of the salt factor. I am not normally a big fan of salt but this makes the potatoes taste so good...and one can satisfy their urge for mashed potatoes without racking up fat content!

Deck of Me: Week 46: Plans...


Deck of Me: Week 46: Plans..., originally uploaded by racham.

Deck of Me: Week 45: Decisions...


Deck of Me: Week 45: Decisions..., originally uploaded by racham.

Deck of Me: Week 45: Decisions.....

Deck of Me: Week 44: What Scares You?

Spiders have always creeped me out!

Deck of Me Week 44: What Scares You?

Deck of Me Week 43: My Instruction Manual

Deck of Me Week 43: My Instruction Manual

Deck of Me Week 43: My Instruction Manual - What Things Would Be In It?

Deck of Me Week 42: 5 Things I Can't Live Without (minus family and essentials)

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

I cannot believe Thanksgiving is already next week!

Where has this month gone? I did all my Deck of Me cards but for some reason cannot upload them to the group page or my blog here.....but that is okay. They are on my site on Flickr....not that it really even matters. We only have a few weeks left!

I have a weird tickle happening in my throat all day today. I have set new goals for myself at work and have been meeting them. My goal was to type X number of lines per day more than usual which I now can do...and that extra money should cover what I pay out in credit card payments...which means I will have some extra money to pay out more on the debt and even save some I hope.

Christmas is right around the corner. Noah and I will probably be putting the tree up next week.....or maybe we will get a real tree this year. Not sure yet.

I watched the movie "WHY DID I GET MARRIED?" the other night..it was good.


anyway...I finished The Cat Who Had 60 Whiskers....by Lillian Jackson Braun. I have to say this book is probably the most disappointing one ever she has written. I have read ALL her books from The Cat Who series......but this was just not right. I am still unsettled by it.....and makes me wonder if someone else wrote it instead of her.

Well..off to spend time with Noah!

Sunday, November 16, 2008

It snowed off and on all day yesterday......and is spitting snow today.....

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the BUCKS WON and it was an exciting game to watch!  We have some incredible players on the team this year......they can do amazing things!  I hope some channel replays the game cause I would like to see it again!

I am thinking about getting a real tree this year for Christmas.  The tree I have is HUGE which works out well for all the ornaments I have.......but the tree is the size that was made for vaulted ceilings and lots of space.....which I do not really have here in this ranch home I currently live in.  SO it got me to thinking maybe I would think about getting a different tree.  BUT the prices are outrageous and there is nothing wrong with my tree....just a little large for the house I currently live in.  So then I thought about maybe getting a real tree.  That was all I used to ever get......were real live Christmas trees.  I have a lot to think about.  I have a feeling my cat would still be after the tree too much!

Otherwise I roasted a turkey yesterday which made the house smell like Thanksgiving.....looked at some old photos which made me too melancholy.....and then I started to get that familiar feeling I get all too often.....where I miss someone so much I physically ache and hurt......and I start thinking about family and those who are no longer here and times past......Christmases past.....holidays past.....and you get.....well......almost depressed.  Okay......you get depressed.   I love this time of year.......but realize too what makes holidays even more special....is spending it with those you love.  And when that gets altered.......even in the littlest way......it messes with the happy mix of things.

I have my Deck of Me cards to complete.  I have been doing them...just not posting them.  It seems I am about the only one staying current there and about the only one besides 1 or 2 others who even post pics of their cards anymore on the Deck of Me Flickr site.....I think I am probably irritating to some when they see nothing but MY crap plastered all over but I have no choice now because I have a few weeks to post.  I was probably better off doing it one week at a time.

Anyway....lots to do here.....I need to quit whining and get busy!