Sunday, November 30, 2008

Tired of Turkey?

Tired of Turkey? I cooked a 22lb turkey this year and thankfully due to a full house and my insistence that family take at least half of the left overs I did not end up with a ton of leftover turkey or ham :-)

But none the less I had just enough for this super easy recipe for those of you who are done with turkey sandwiches or just plain ol' reheated turkey. Anyone up for some turkey pot pie?

3 small to medium potatoes (peeled, chopped and boiled)
1-1 1/2 cups of fresh or frozen peas and carrots (carrots sliced or chopped)
1 can cream of chicken or cream of mushroom soup
two pie crusts (I make mine from scratch but you can cheat and buy the rolled dough ones)
Of course left over turkey (or chicken)

*I generally don't cook from a recipes so the above are estimations and can be adjusted to suit your taste.

In a bowl combine the soup, potatoes (already cooked), peas, carrots and turkey. Season the mixture to taste. I personally prefer some kosher salt and ground black pepper but on occasion I will experiment so have fun with it :-)
Lay one pie crust in the bottom of a pie pan. Pour in your pie filling and then cover with second crust. Don't forget to cut slits for venting. Bake at 425 for 30-45 minutes depending on your oven and crusts. I find that I have to cook mine longer due the the homemade crust.

Anyway, it's like a meal all in one and even my kids eat this! Not to mention they like to roll out the dough and mix stuff so you can get everyone involved in this one simple dish :-)

Saturday, November 8, 2008

That Ship Has Sailed

Election 2008 has come and gone thank goodness! I have watched more CNN in the past month than Desperate Housewives over the past four years! Now that things are settling down (I use that loosely) I find myself blown away at the number of people who completely missed the boat regarding the enormity of what took place on November 4, 2008.

I am trying very hard to keep an open mind and understand everyone's views but honestly I am just not getting it. I can't stifle my laughter when I read things like "The country is going to Hell in a hand basket" or "We are really in for it now." I want to ask the people who say and write this "Where have you been for the past eight years?!?" Idiots. I am not even into politics but we are on the brink of economic collapse, our military is depleted leaving us vulnerable to attack, unemployment is on the rise and people are just now worried! Good grief.

Quite frankly I don't care about the groans and gripes anymore. I realized that those people are officially in the minority and whether they like it or not, change is here. I am grateful. I loved telling my boys that yes, they can in fact be and do whatever they want to do. I loved that this election once again showed me the truth about where I come from and while I accept my fate as the black sheep of my family, it is a fate that I openly and proudly embrace as I am thankful that I am nothing like my paternal family. I love the renewed motivation to continue helping people and making a difference in my country. I find my faith stronger and a realization that despite our current struggles I and my family are truly blessed.

It has been a wonderful and exciting week and while some people choose to sit around and complain, I am joining the rest of our country and sailing on the winds of change. It looks to be an incredible journey!