Monday, November 24, 2008

Turkey Day 911

Fix It: If the bird seems undercooked, usually the breast is fully cooked while the legs need more time. Cut the breast meat off with a sharp knife and serve that. Meanwhile, put the drumsticks and thighs back in the oven at 450*F.
Fix It: Lay all the stuffing out in the thinnest layer you can on a sheet pan and put it in the oven to dry out. The thinner the layer, the faster it will dry.

Fix It:
When it comes to Brussels sprouts, brown them; don't boil them. Slice raw sprouts very thin. then brown them in a very hot pan using bacon fat or some of your turkey fat. I like to add chestnuts and lemon zest. When you brown the sprouts, they become nutty and sweet.
Fix It:
Cranberry sauce is a sweet and sour relish to complement the rich flavor of turkey. In its place, you can use whatever fruit you have on hand, whether it be frozen strawberries, canned peaches, or sliced pineapple. Process the fruit in a blender with sugar and vinegar until it is a sweet and sour combination to your liking. Your guests will think you invented a new relish!
Fix It:
You always want to have extra stock on hand to make your gravy-at least one can per two people. If your gravy is too thick, add canned chicken stock. If too thin, mix a melted tablespoon of butter with a tablespoon of flour, adding it to your gravy and bring it to a boil, whipping it. To boost flavor, add 1/2 teaspoon Kitchen Bouquet Browning & Seasoning Sauce (or more) to taste.
Fix It:
Burning is only skin deep, so carefully scrape the charred flakes off and top the pie with a big dollop of whipped cream!

Fix It:
Add unseasoned, canned, dry bread crumbs until the crumbs have absorbed all the excess water, milk, or chicken stock you had used. It works every time.
Fix It:
Bored of the second-day turkey sandwiches? For a new take on traditional Thanksgiving soup, you can make great dumplings out of leftover stuffing. Mix stuffing with 3 whole beaten eggs, then let it sit for a few minutes to absorb the moisture. Use 2 tablespoons of the stuffing mixture to form each dumpling and cook for a few minutes in a simmering broth made from other on-hand ingredients-chicken stock, onion, squash, and turkey. Top with shredded cheese once it's in the bowl and serve.

Chef and TV host Rocco DiSpirito is author of the cookbook, "Rocco Gets Real"

Friday, November 21, 2008

Friday Fill-In

  1. The last band I saw live was so long ago I can't remember who it was!

  2. What I look forward to most on Thanksgiving is the stuffing from inside the turkey.

  3. My Christmas/holiday shopping is pretty cheap this year.

  4. Thoughts of camping over Thanksgiving fill my head.

  5. I wish I could wear shorts w/o being ashamed of my legs.

  6. Bagpipes tho I love their sounds, they make me think of funerals.

  7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to salmon & crab cakes for supper, tomorrow my plans include getting the rig ready for camping and Sunday, I want to chillax!

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Thursday, November 20, 2008

#41 - OPEN

#41 - OPEN, originally uploaded by LauraBelle'.

We were sitting on the floor in the kitchen goofing off, when Emma decided she was going to stick her tounge out and wiggle around like she was break dancing or something ... Landen joined in with a wail of his own! What fun!

Unconscious Mutterings

"Rules are, there are no rules." There are no right or wrong answers. Don't limit yourself to one word responses; just say everything that pops into your head.

  1. Please stop :: whistling! It's drivin' me nuts!

  2. Move over :: ya bed hogg!

  3. Sweet as :: sugar.

  4. Bet :: combined with Lose it what happens if the first I choose!

  5. Mad about :: You was one of my favorite sit-coms.

  6. It’s over :: and done with.

  7. Intend to :: inform you of your rights ...

  8. Blame :: it all on me. I can handle it cuz I got big shoulders.

  9. Jefferson :: Airplane.

  10. Heartless :: , ruthless. 32 Although they know God's righteous decree that those who do such things deserve death, they not only continue to do these very things but also approve of those who practice them.

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Wednesday, November 19, 2008

My grandest babies!

The kids spent the night Monday and I was soooo busy trying to get dinner on the table, then clean up 'n do dishes, then baths ... *whew* ... that I forgot to take pictures! I snapped these yesterday morning and finally have sat down to load them to post here ... so, here's Landen (age 2 on Sept 24th) and Emma (age 4 Sept 27th) who are just barely 2 yrs apart in age. The older they get, the easier taking care of them, too.

Friday, November 14, 2008

Friday Fill-Ins

  1. Please feel free to help yourself.

  2. When I put perfume on my arm, I can't help sniffing it occasionally.

  3. My favorite thing to cook is taco's!

  4. Huggs 'n kisses is something I can't get enough of.

  5. That's the thing I love most about my children.

  6. Stupid drivers always makes me think to myself, what the heck?

  7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to bunco, tomorrow my plans include taking a boat ride on the lake and Sunday, I want to chillax!

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Thursday, November 13, 2008

#40 - BROWN

#40 - BROWN, originally uploaded by LauraBelle'.

Ya fill 'em up by bending their heads back, then snap 'em back in place ... then these lil guys will "poop" out a jelly belly jelly bean from under their tails when you press down on their backs ... it's a hoot!

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Friday Fill-Ins *thanks Beth!*

  1. My blueprint for success includes drawing close to God.

  2. 3 Musketeer Mint Mini's was the last candy I ate.

  3. The best facial moisturizer I've ever used is Avon's Ageless Results.

  4. Baking fruitcake bread can be good therapy.

  5. I'd like to tell you about how blessed I am to have my chubby-hubby.

  6. Loyalty is my strongest characteristic.

  7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to not having to go to bed early, tomorrow my plans include spending time with my chubby-hubby and Sunday, I want to bake a yummy desert for homegroup!

Friday, November 7, 2008

#39 - CHOICES!

#39 - CHOICES!, originally uploaded by LauraBelle'.

... humm ... shall I wear jeans, jeans, or jeans!?

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Unconscious Mutterings

"Rules are, there are no rules." There are no right or wrong answers. Don't limit yourself to one word responses; just say everything that pops into your head.

  1. In love :: holding hands, giggles, whispered words ...

  2. Be my guest :: help yourself to whatever!

  3. Number one :: You shall have no other gods before me.

  4. Swallowed whole :: and he was worried grapes would grow out his tummy ...

  5. 50 percent :: sharing half

  6. Made in :: USA

  7. Supplement :: those pills I take every morning.

  8. Right for :: you isn't neccessarily right for me.

  9. Endless :: ... Remind me of the man. What man? Man of power. What power? Power to who-do. Who-do what? Remind me of the man. What man? Man of power. What pow....

  10. Ceramic :: bull. *IE: ceramic bull, in a gift shop.

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Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Think about it ...


Just think ... if the Indians had given the Pilgrim fathers a donkey instead of a turkey ... we would all be having a piece of ass this Thanksgiving ...


Saturday, November 1, 2008

#38 - CANDY

#38 - CANDY, originally uploaded by LauraBelle'.

My poor Kody ... he'd worked so hard on getting what he wanted together to be a "Teenage Vampire" for the costume party at school, which was also an early release day. We were scheduled to work at our church's AWESOME Harvest Festival, where lot's of games are played and you can get massive amounts of candy ... but ...

Thursday night, he went to bed at just after 9pm, then awoke me at about 2:30am, saying, "Mom ... I just threw up. I need you." I got up and followed him towards the front bathroom, just before his bedroom and whispered, "Where'd you throw up at?" He "moaned" on the floor into the bathroom and in the sink ... as my feet got to the hallway, before reaching the bathroom door ... I was shocked awake, totally wide-eyed awake. Never in all my LIFE have I ever seen somebody puke the way he puked ... it was EVERYWHERE!

I kid you not ... the bottom third of the wall to the right of the bathroom door, almost half of the door itself ... the front third of the bathroom floor, the cabinets to the right of the sink, splattered all over the entire sinktop and surrounding wall ... oh - my - gosh. Know what he said after I cussed? ( Yes, you read that right, ... I said, "HOLY SH** Kody!!" ) ... he says, "... but I'm not sick Mom ... I'll be okay to go to school, really, I'll be okay!" I gave him my non-sympathic, evil, knives and daggers look and said, "Go - to - bed - now. Please go." He walked off mumbling that he was sorry but that he was okay now ...

It took me a little over an hour and much gagging to get it all cleaned up. I ended up putting some Vicks Vapor rub under my nostrils after the first twenty minutes of going through almost half a roll of paper towels. I'd read that in a book someplace or heard it on TV ... can't quite remember, but it worked. It really made a difference. Kody did wretch a couple more times, in the infamous puke bowl that follows the sick person where ever they're at.

I crawled back into bed just after 3:40am ... after apologizing to him, telling him I was sorry I was grumpy and he said it was okay ... he said he'd have been madder than I got if it'd been the other way around ... I did notice that he'd started to try to clean up using some toilet paper ... he was pretty sick.

He didn't go to school ... and at 4pm, a bit before Pen called me and I told her about all this, I took his temp ... 101.2 ... I had promised that if he'd not had a fever, I'd take him to the Harvest Festival for a lil bit ... I told him his temp and he laid back in his bed, closing his eyes and sighed, "I'm done for then." My poor Kody.

He missed all the fun, and to top it all off, some jerky kids came into the yard, taking his pumpkin that he'd bought and carved and threw it face down at the top of our driveway, busting it up. He was one sad fellow. Audrey felt so sad for him ... she took the candy she'd gotten and gave him what you see in the bowl. All on her own and it made me swell with pride that she was so thoughtful. I hugged her and thanked her and praised her for her kindness.

That was yesterday. Today, he is almost back to his old self. And I don't smell puke anymore ...