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Archive for November, 2008

Recipe of the Week-LEFTOVERS!

Here’s some guidelines on storing those leftovers.

Any perishable food should not stand at room temperature for longer than 2 hours. So within 2 hours of roasting, the poultry meat should be removed from the carcass and put away in the refrigerator or freezer. If desired, slice, cube or cut the meat into strips. Leftover poultry parts or pieces can be packaged without being cut up. Meat and leftover poultry casseroles can be refrigerated for 3 to 4 days, stuffing for up to 3 days and gravy for 2 days. Stuffing can be frozen for 1 to 2 months, and meat and casseroles for up to 6 months. Homemade gravy does not freeze well.

What to do with all that leftover turkey!! Here’s a little something different.

Curried Turkey

Ingredients:

2 cups milk
2 chicken bouillon cubes
2 cups diced peeled apples
1 cup chopped onion
1/4 cup vegetable oil
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons curry powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1 tablespoon lemon juice
4 cups diced cooked turkey
Hot cooked rice

1) In a small saucepan, heat the milk and bouillon, stirring until bouillon is dissolved. Set aside.

2) In a large saucepan, saute apples and onion in oil until tender. Stir in the flour, curry powder, salt and pepper until blended. Gradually add milk mixture and lemon juice. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened. Add turkey; heat through. Serve over rice.

Yield: 6 servings.

NUTRITION FACTS: 1 cup (calculated without rice) equals 338 calories, 17 g fat (4 g saturated fat), 82 mg cholesterol, 675 mg sodium, 15 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 31 g protein.

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What are You Thankful For?

Of course, you know that I am not sitting in front of my computer this morning typing out a blog. I wrote this days and days ago. I hope everyone is having a great Thanksgiving. If you are reading this instead of sitting in the living room watching your family members swear at the referees of the NFL football game on the TV or listening to them snore after eating too much turkey… shame on you! Get off the damn computer! Come back tomorrow and tell me what your reasons for being thankful are … Here are mine…

One of the things I am thankful for is a friend who is WAY more organized than me. She, Cam, came up with writing out a weeks worth of posts prior to the week they are to be posted. A genius idea. For a while I was just posting everyday about things that were going on. Then nothing happened and I didn’t know what to do. I was lost in blogger limbo. I am also thankful for just having her in my life for so many other reasons that I don’t even know where to begin.

Cam is not the only friend who I am thankful for. I am thankful to still have Jeep Chick in my life. We “lost” each other for a few years. Yes, I said years. She was living her life, I was living my life. Then our lives came together again. She might say it’s saa-weet. I would agree. She helped me through some stuff and she was always there when I needed her. I hope I can be there for her.

I am also thankful for my family. My husband is the greatest man, like ever. He works so hard to take care of his family. The kids are there to test every ounce of patience that I have, but I am so very glad they are in my life.

Additionally, I am thankful for the things people usually overlook. Sunlight, moonlight, stars, the wind, the Earth, clean water, trees, dirt, freedom of speech, the right to bear arms, the right to choose, democracy, waking up this morning…

Thankfulness also comes in odd places… like toe socks, Milk Duds, Starbucks’ Peppermint White Chocolate Mocha, Ramen noodles, flannel sheets and stuff like that…

Whatever you are doing today, take a moment to be…
thankful

That Color Code Test

Last Wednesday, Cam posted about the Hartman Color Code Personality Test. I found this whole test fairly interesting so I thought I’d give it a shot too. See what color my personality is.

Congratulations, you are a white.

white: 45.79%

Whites (Motive: Peace)

Whites are motivated by Peace. They seek independence and require kindness. They resist confrontation at all costs. To them, feeling good is more important than being good. They are typically quiet by nature, process things very deeply and objectively with great clarity. Of all the colors, whites are the best listeners. They respect people who are direct but recoil from perceived hostility or verbal battle.

Whites need their “alone time” and refuse to be controlled by others. Whites want to do things their own way and in their own time. They ask little of others and resent others demanding much of them. Whites are much stronger than people think, but are not often seen for their strength because they don’t easily reveal their feelings. Whites are even-tempered, diplomatic, and the voice of reason; but can also be indecisive, un-expressive, and silently stubborn. When you deal with a WHITE, be kind, accept and support their individuality, and look for non-verbal clues to understand their feelings.

Your personality profile indicates that you have significant portions of other colors in your overall makeup that help shape your unique personality style.

I have to disagree with the whole “even-tempered” portion of this response… I am so far from even-tempered…

Go Green

Inner… Uh… "Chi"???

So I’m sitting here at the bus stop at 2:32PM on Tuesday afternoon, the18th. No, the kids don’t get out of school early or anything. No, I wasn’t just bored sitting around the house.

For starters, I jacked up my computer. I don’t have any idea what I did either. My kids computer (aka my old computer) had a multi-card reader on it so I decided that I was going to take it from their computer and put it on mine. No problem, it’s an easy process. Just unplug from one and plug it into the other. Well, that’s what I did, but I plugged it into the wrong spot. I didn’t notice that it was plugged in wrong at first. No horrible problems when I turned my computer back on. Except that my mouse wasn’t working. I tried a different mouse. Still nothing. I turned it back off using the keyboard to navigate around the desktop. I then discovered that I had plugged in the card reader wrong so I fixed it. Turned the computer back on. No mouse movement. AND no keyboard. But the card reader was finally working. I thought I could get along with out the mouse for a little while until I could take the computer to have it looked at about the mouse. Well, now I can’t even shut it down properly. I just have to pull the plug. For you guys that know me, me without internet = crazy lady. So I called and groveled to my mom to borrow her laptop. She sensed how desperate I was becoming and obliged me. Thanks Mom!

Now back to why I am sitting at the bus stop more than an hour before the bus comes. I park on the side of the road in a spot just big enough for my car in the middle of nowhere on the county line to pick my kids up off the bus. ( Wow that’s a huge sentence right there) Last week, there was some girl parked in my spot in the morning! How dare she!! I had to squeeze my car in between a mailbox and a concrete marker that says “Valve” on it. Who the hell does she think she is?! She didn’t put her kids on the bus too so I was left wondering what in the world she was doing there at 6:30 in the morning. She was obviously waiting for someone because she kept looking out her window. She wasn’t there that afternoon so I thought well, maybe she was just meeting someone. The weekend came and went and on Monday morning… no girl in my spot. Joy of joys. Monday afternoon, however, she was back again. Parked all catawampus IN MY SPOT! WTF? So I again had to squeeze in – Make room ! Make room! No kids got off the bus to get in her car… Sooooo…. I am here early to see if she comes today. I’m trying to see what time she gets here so I can leave a little early and beat her here.

Yes, I know…it’s just a piece of grass on the side of the road, but it’s my piece of grass and I’ve been parking on it for two years. Get your own piece of grass on the side of the road some where else “parking spot stealing girl”.

-Fin-

UPDATED: I wrote this early and posted it late, but I wanted to post that I finally found out why she was there. She is putting her kids on a different bus going to a different school. I know this is a trivial thing. I know that I shouldn’t be irritated by the whole thing, but I am. I’ve been parking there to meet the bus for about two years. When I first started going there to meet the bus, there was a different woman also meeting the bus there. She parked at the end of the road, just out of the way of traffic. I DID NOT start parking where she was parking. I found somewhere else to park. Because that was the polite thing to do. Not just take it upon myself to park my car, truck, SUV in the exact same spot that she did. I am trying to take Cam‘s advise and remember that I am moving in just a couple of months and then I won’t have to deal with it… so I’m searching for my inner whatever to keep me from being irritated over something that I shouldn’t be irritated over….

Yes, It’s True…

I am apparently completely in love with a fictional character. I am also completely embarrassed by this. I don’t want to be classified along with all those teenyboppers. That’s what my Dad would call them… teenyboppers.

Gypsy (Cam) and I went to the movies yesterday to see “Twilight”. There were several cars in the parking lot, but I wasn’t scared. There was a small line at the box office window, but I wasn’t upset. I purchased our tickets ONLINE. That’s right, none of that sold-out business for us. I was kind of worried because Cam hasn’t read any of the books at all, I’ve read all of them. In fact, I read them all in about a month. I bought one every week, then proceeded to read each one in only 2 to 3 days. I guess it’s an understatement to say that I found them interesting.

The movie experience went well with only minor irritations. Firstly, there was the girl who, as I stood up to take off my coat, decided she wanted to sit in the aisle we were in and just walked up to me then walked right in front of me with her cell phone attached to her ear. Did she say excuse me? No. Did I? You are damn right. Then, after she finished her conversation, said, “I’m so sorry. I was talking to my boyfriend.” Um… who cares? Say excuse me. That’s what I wanted to say, but I didn’t. I just nodded and Cam said, “It’s ok.” No one says excuse me anymore. It seems everyone feels entitled to just do whatever. I pointed out to Cam after that when anyone else came down our aisle… every single one of them said excuse me or pardon me. Let me clarify that these were older, not like gray hair or anything, but not teenagers or 20-somethings, that said the excuse me’s. The first girl was younger. Hence cell phone attached to ear socket. Any way…. the only other flub-ub was the lady who answered her cell phone. In the middle of the movie. TWICE. Oh no she diiidn’t, you say? Oh yes, she did.

I was glad that Cam did indeed enjoy the movie. The whole series is a little “sappy, teenage lovestory-esqe”, but I love it anyway.

I left the movie theater wondering where I could get myself an Edward and how soon could I take my husband to see the movie and point out to him the imaginary mans’ most attractive features….

Fun Friday Results Show…

It was Fun Friday and I forgot my camera! I know, what was I thinking… ahhhh! So… I let Cam do all the hard work. Check out our day right here.

See you next week for another installment of “The Adventures of Peas and Carrots” or “Peas and Carrots Steamed”…. da dum….da dum….