Friday, November 18, 2011

Turkey Trivia Answers

Alright folks, here are the answers. Now go impress someone at your Thanksgiving feast with your amazing knowledge ;)

1. How fast can a wild turkey run?
25 miles per hour
2. A mature turkey has how many feathers?
3500 ...or so... :)
3. How many million pounds of turkey are consumed during Thanksgiving each year?
525 million pounds
4. What state produced the most turkey?
North Carolina
And last of all...
5. Can a turkey fly?
Wild turkeys CAN fly, but only short distances. Domestic turkeys canNOT fly. 

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Thursday, November 17, 2011

Dinner Tonight: Spaghetti

Okay class, its time for the spelling bee.
Can anyone tell me what S-P-A-G-H-E-T-T-I spells?
Spaghetti? Um, nooo. Any other guesses?
Yes, that's right S-P-A-G-H-E-T-T-I spells EASY!
Great job and thank you!

During September I bottled tomatoes one day. It made a huge mess, was exhausting, etc, etc, etc... And then my tomato plants had the nerve to produce MORE tomatoes! How rude of them! Okay, okay, I was actually ecstatic with the abundant production of my four plants. But after making a huge mess one day, I couldn't justify making the mess over and over and over for just a few tomatoes at a time. So.... I froze them! Yep, I froze tomatoes. Have any of you ever tried this? I got the idea from good old Martha but changed the baking temp and time a little. Basically, you halve the tomatoes, arrange them on a oven-safe cooling rack and bake them at a low temperature for a long time to dry them. I am sure you could also just use a food dehydrator. I did mine at 250 degrees for about 2 hours. I also sprinkled them with salt, pepper and Italian seasoning - ready for spaghetti sauce! Once they are dried out (they still remain fairly mushy), throw them in freezer zip-loc bags and into the freezer! It worked out perfect for preserving my small batches of late tomatoes.

I used some of my frozen goodies tonight for dinner. Check it out! (They will take a little longer to cook than regular bottled tomatoes - they are frozen, people!) Add tomato sauce and you have yourself a meal!!! Have I ever mentioned how MUCH I LOVE EASY???

(Here's my un-attended sauce 15 minutes later. Perfectly lovely and easy. All on its own!)

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Turkey Trivia

The biggest FOOD holiday of the year is almost here! And to help us out with our Thanksgiving table conversation, here are a few fun facts about the big bird of the day! Actually, here are the questions. Any one know the answers??? Answers coming later this week!

Test your Turkey Knowledge!

1. How fast can a wild turkey run?
2. A mature turkey has how many feathers?
3. How many million pounds of turkey are consumed during Thanksgiving each year?
4. What state produced the most turkey?
And last of all...
5. Can a turkey fly?

Dinner Tonight: Stuffed Beef Round

Its 9:30 in the a.m. and my dinner for tonight is taken care of! Wo-hoo! Oh the wonders of a good crock pot!!!

This recipe is something that my mom makes every once in a while. And after this morning, I understand why. Its fairly labor intensive. So does it fall under the easy category? No. But its really fancy and (hopefully) will be delicious!

Stuffed Beef Round

2 large beef round steaks

1 c cheddar cheese, grated
1/2 c chopped onion
3/4 c chopped celery

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Back in the Saddle Again

I have been quite the slacker about meal planning over the past few weeks. Subsequently, dinner has not been much to write home about. However, today I rectified the situation and I am now back with the program - two full weeks of meals planned and shopped for! Yesterday I started filling out my 'meal marker board' but only got Monday and Wednesday filled in. Please refer to Exhibit 1.1 to see Flint's contributions to the cause.

Exhibit 1.1: As seen here, Husband would like (undefined) food on Tuesday, strictly dessert (pardon the spelling) on Thursday and tacos on Friday. Very helpful.

Oh grief... I love that kid. He is truly hilarious.

PS: No, I am not feeding my husband drugs on Wednesday. "Sweet Pot." would be short for Roasted Sweet Potatoes :)

Wednesday, November 2, 2011


Oh, November!
I love November!
Thanksgiving is everywhere and Christmas is waiting in the wings.

Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays. I mean, who could not love all that food??? :) My Thanksgiving favorites include mashed potatoes, coconut cream pie, green beans w/ bacon and french onions, and most of all, honey baked ham. Yum! My mouth is watering....

But more than the food, I love the emphasis on gratitude. I have memories of large family gatherings, where everyone present, even the small child, took a turn expressing what they were most grateful for.