Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Recipes from YUM

Some fall recipes I made recently, even though it is not fall

BAKED WINTER SQUASH- You can still get squash in the spring around here, particularly butternut and spaghetti. We love all squash!

Here is an easy way to prepare any squash.

Preheat oven to 400. place squash, cut sides up, on baking sheet with 1/4 c water on bottom. Bake about 40 minutes.
Add 1 tbs butter and 1 tbs honey to the center of each squash half and bake ten minutes more, until soft.


1 PACKAGE frozen raspberries
3/4 c sugar
1 orange
1 cin stick
3 whole eggs
2 TBS milk
4 OZ cream cheese, softened
8 slices bread

place rasperries, sugar, zest from orange, juice, and cin stick in a saucepan. bRING to boil and then reduce to simmer, cook until thickened, about 20-25 min. Remove from heat and cool.
Gently fold this into cream cheese.
Fill two pieces of bread with this mixture to make a sandwhich.
Heat a griddle and melt butter.
In a pie plate, add eggs,milk, juice, cinnamon and mix. Dip sandwhiches in in to soak.  pLACE on griddle and cook on each time until browned.
Sprinkle wiht powder sugar if desired.

WILD MUSHROOM RAGOUT- A good, easy, different thing to do with mushrooms.

1 garlic clove
fresh rosemary
2 c mixed wild mushrooms
1/4 tsp salt
1 TBS lemon juice
1 TBS heavy cream

Melt butter with garlic and rosemary in skillet. Add SHROOMS aand cook for 8-10 min. until they are golden brown. Season with salt and pepper. Add cream e.
and lemon juice
cook 2 more minutes until cream is absorbed.

What to do with a Turkey

 I made a roast turkey last week and was very pleased with how I used it. We ate the turkey one day, then I used leftovers to make a pot pie, and also a curry turkey salad. And I made some delicious gravy.

THE TURKEY- Usually, i just use a turkey bag and follow those directions. The turkey always turns out moist.

THE GRAVY- After roasting the turkey, keep all the juices in the bottom of the roaster (if you are using a turkey bag, you just pour it out into the pan)
Place the roasting pan on burners on top of the stove, medium heat. Scrape the pan to release any good bits off the bottom. Simmer, then add 4 TBS butter til melted.
Add 1/3 c flour and whisk continously for 1 minute.
Heat up four cups of turkey or chicken stock, and add to the pan, whisking for about 5-10 minutes until thick.
Season to taste.

FOR FUTURE RECIPES: Shred 2 cups of turkey for pot pie. Chop 2 cups for curry salad.

POT PIE- This was easy and delicious.

1 stick butter divided
2 carrots diced
1 TBS thyme, fresh, minced
salt and pepper
3/4 c frozen peas
2 c shredded leftover roast turkey
1/4 c flour
1 3/4 milk
store bought pie dough
1 egg lightly beaten

Preheat oven to 425.
Place 1/4 c butter into saute pan and melt over med high heat. Saute carrotts for 4-6 min. Add some onion power, if you like. I don't use real onion in recipes because Holly doesnt like them, so I often use powder instead.
Add Thyme, salt and pepper
Fold in peas, continue to saute for 5 min.
Remove from heat, toss in a large bowl. Add turkey to the large bowl. Mix.

In Med saucepan, melt 1/4 c butter. Sprinkle flour over butter and whisk 3-4 minutes. Pour milk into this mixture and continue to whisk. Season with salt and pepper
, continue whisking 4-5 minute more until thickened. Remove from heat and fold into turkey-veg mixture.

You can make the pie different ways. I poured the turkey mixture into a casserole and covered with pie crust. I cut slits in the crust and brushed with an egg wash.

Bake at 425 for 30-35 minutes or until golden brown.


1/2 C MAYO
1/4 C dry white wine
1/4 c chutney
3 TBS curry powder (i actually use a little less)
2 cups cooked turkey (can use chicken also)

stir ins--golden raisins
             red onion, chopped
             chopped toasted pecans
flour tortillas or wraps

In a bowl, combine the salad ingredients(the first five) and chill for an hour.
In order to please my picky family, I allow each child to chose stir-ins. I love them all! MIX A portion of the salad with whatever stir ins you please. Place this in a wrap, add some lettuce if desired, roll and enjoy!!

And that's what you can do with a turkey!!! Three delicious meals .


Monday, May 21, 2012

The Long Way Home

Now this was a good book. It was about four woman who decided to embark on a road trip. They were new friends, not having known eachother long. I loved the characters. They were real people, with real problems. Jazzy was the one with psychic powers. Her abilities were very endearing and believable to me. She received a few signs from beyond the grave, which changed the course of the trip a little. All four women had issues to be worked out on the trip, and all four had their lives changed a little. It was a nice read, I enjoyed sharing the journey with these women. I look forward reading this author's other work. She has a few other novels that look interesting to me.
Hmmm...what to read next???

A Matter of Honor

Sometimes, I like a good page-turner. A book with something happening on every page. I have read most of Dan Brown's books, and find them to be entertaining reads, especially when traveling. So I selected this book based on the good reviews it received on Amazon.
I hated it. I could care less what happened to the lead character. I could not muster up any interest in the plot. The characters were very flat....there was no drama attached to the plotline, really, just action. I kept looking at the bottom of my Kindle, the part where it tells me how long I have left to go. That is not a good sign.
Now that I am done, i don't believe I will read this author again. He has a million books out there, but this one was a waste of my time.

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Blue Straggler- Kathy Lynn Harris

This is another first-time author, and I really can't wait to read what's next!!
I loved this book.
It's just a story of a girl going through some big slump in her life. She takes off on a whim after losing her job, and meets new, interesting characters in a small, faraway town.
The characters are all just people in a town, folks I think I know. They seem so real to me. They all are described as real people, there are no ''imperfect beauties" or perfect people. They are all every day folks.
The main character actually thinks how I think...sarcastic, funny. I loved the real humor of this book. Not stuff meant to be funny, just the funny things that happen in every day life.
I can relate to Bailey so much. She screws up and then makes fun of herself for it, even if she's regretful. She has a best freind who is in love with her. She drinks to much on a few occasions and can even get a little slutty. But this is not how she wants to be, and she struggles to make something more of herself. She also has a family with imperfect, but good, members, just like any family I know!!! The ''golden child'' brother really hit home!!!
I loved this adventure. I will most likely read it again.

On the Island- Tracey Garvis Graves

I started reading a lot recently, mostly since I joined Planet Fitness and ride the stationery bike. It is so relaxing for me. I do about 45 minutes on the bike and just read. Work up a sweat, too!
This is the first book I chose to read.
The book can be divided into two parts...the island part and the post-rescue part. I love the island part. The heroine ends up stranded on a dessert island for three years with her teenage student. I love the characters, how they interact with eachother, how they manage to survive, how they end up depending on eachother and loving eachother. It all makes sense.
The most interesting thing about the romance is that these two would NEVER, in a million years, be with eachother in the real world. Too big a difference in age and level of maturity. But on the island, they were the only two people in the world. All other factors did not matter.
The couple get rescued, and the story continues on how the couple deals with going back to a normal life. I was not as happy with this part, but it was still a great read. The boy, TJ, is so much more mature than other twenty-year-olds, which makes sense because of all he had been through in his life. Anna has issues with being thirteen years older, noticing how young girls gape when they see him with her.
I wish there was more attention paid to how they adjust to life in general after the island episode.
Some things did not make sense....the lawsuit, why Anna couldn't get a job. But all in all, i liked it and I really cared what happened.
THis is a first-time author. I look forward to reading her next book...I believe one is coming out in the fall.

My Scraps and More May challenges

My Scraps and More also has monthly challenges. I have done one of these....the stash challenge. I used three different ribbons on this page. Two of them paper ribbon, and a little thin ribbon for my flower.

My Scraps and More challege 2, sketch

This is the sketch for challenge 2...Pretty in Pink

Challenge 3 was to use tearing on your page, which I did here on this Aquatica map. I love to include park maps on my pages! What a great souvenir.

Challenge 7- use a group of flowers. I used many flowers from Mambi on this page


Challenge 13 is a bingo challenge. My squares were lace, border punch, ribbon and 2 pattern papers. And here is my page, of hte lovely Miranda on the sea carousel.

And that's it for now! I am working on another sketch right now. Almost done with SeaWorld pages!

My Scraps and More

Here are a few pages for the MOther's day crop and My scraps and more....

challenge 1- was to use the acronym "Mother" when picking items for your page! I did this one of me and the girls eating at Denny's before our Florida vacation. This is, after all, where the vacation all began!

I used:

Orange paper
Handwritten journaling
Eating Utensils
Round shapes


I did this cute one for two challenges.
The color challenge at Color Me Scrappy,
and the May sketch challenge at Ces't Magnifique.

Wednesday, May 16, 2012


Here are some I did for the Calendar Girls challenge at Two Peas.

TOUCH is a scraplift from my Bookmarks page. I need to locate the original..

 Underwater Viewing is a lift....
 Are We There Yet is for teh card challenge....use border punches on your page. I love the new Creative Memories Border System. I used the Picket Fence insert here.
 And the Perfect Vacation is for the stash challenge, use kits! I used a Mambi kit for this one.

Things on the cat front

Things are not good.
I got rid of all the kittens from the last litter...all are in good homes. Kiki went back to her home.
I have Shy Guy, my adult male.
I now have Ruby and her four kittens. They are all so adorable.....I will have to post photos later.
Then some tiny 2-week old kittens were found in a garage. We are trying to get Ruby to nurse them. She does it sometimes, but she also lets them starve sometimes. I tried to supplement them with a bottle today, to no avail. I am afraid these kittens might die.
There are no alternatives, however. We don't have enough foster care people to take care of everything. My theory is, they were going to die without us. Now they still may die, but they have a chance. Come on Ruby!!