Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Mad Over Bananas

I don't get mad over - over ripped bananas. I get baking.

Banana Bread is one of my favorites. I'm the luckiest girl ever when I make BB because Jason and Taylor don't share the same feelings. More for me!


Oh so Good (for you) Banana Bread Muffins
4 mashed overripe bananas
2 cups whole wheat white flour
1/8 cup honey
1 cup apple sauce
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla
1 tbsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 cup chopped almonds

Preheat oven to 350 degree. 

Mix all ingredients until combined.
Line cupcake pan with liners (optional). Sray liners with nonstick cooking spray.















Bake for 25 minutes.

These not only taste outstanding, they are good for you too.

Monday, November 29, 2010

The Many Faces of T-day Leftovers

For the last five days I've had at least one meal a day that contained turkey. Thanksgiving I had a wonderful dinner at Michelle's. Then the day after Thanksgiving I cooked a Thanksgiving meal (the reason why). For the remaining three days I've come up with these meals out of the leftovers. I'm happy to report there is not a piece of leftover Turkey or it's side kicks in my fridge. Mission complete.


The Classic Turkey Cranberry Sandwich 






















Biscuit
Cranberry Sauce
Mayo
Turkey



Easy Turkey Pot Pie

























To make this I chopped up half a small onion. In medium sauce pan I added the onion with a small amount of olive oil. Over medium heat cook until soft. I added half a bag of frozen mixed vegetables. Add 1 cup of milk. In a microwave safe dish melt 1/2 a tbsp of butter. Stir in 1 tsp of corn starch to melted butter. Add butter and corn starch mixture to vegetable pot. Stir until it thickens. I then added my leftover carrots and cut up cooked turkey. Transfer to a baking dish. I then took 3 Pillsbury biscuits and cut them in half. Flattening each one out and place them on top of the mixture. 

I cooked this in a preheated 350 degree oven for 14 minutes.

Turkey Salad with Cranberry Vinaigrette Dressing






















Lettuce and Turkey - I love simple.

Cranberry Dressing

1/2 cup cranberry sauce
2 Tbsp white wine vinegar
salt to taste






















Turkey Shepherd's Pie
























For this I sauteed some onions in a pan with some olive oil. I added the last of the turkey (chopped) and gravy. I then added some frozen vegetables (corn, green beans and carrots. In a separate pan I reheated the mashed potatoes with a little milk. I also had a little stuffing left over so I just added that to me potatoes. In a baking dish I added the turkey/vegetable mixture. Then I topped that with the mashed potatoes. In a preheated 350 degree I baked this for about 15 minutes.

Can you say easy?

I'm am officially done with turkey. I do not want to see, taste or hear another turkey for a very long time.  

Back to Life...

Back to Reality. That was the song I woke up to in my head. Pretty fitting, that is exactly what I'm doing.

I had a fabulous holiday break. I use to think how funny that we call holiday breaks "holiday breaks". They are far from breaks. These breaks are full of cleaning, decorating, cooking, more cleaning, hosting, running around, baking, shopping, more cleaning. I needed a break from my break. 



Not so much anymore. Maybe I'm just use to it. Maybe I look forward to them because I get a break from sitting in front of my computer working on the breakdowns and my phone ringing all day long. I appreciate the cooking, decorating, hosting, running around, shopping. Notice I didn't say cleaning. You'll never hear my say that. It's just what I needed. I'm grateful for my busy work day. But sometimes you just need a break.

Now I have the Christmas break to look forward to. Bring it on. No really, bring it on.

Breakfast

I had a bowl of granola with nuts and dates.

Off to the gym.

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Sunday Bakeday

Taylor has been asking bugging me all week to bake her some cookies. Today was her lucky day.

These little puppies are out of this world yums. I came across these while searching  for a chocolate chip and peanut butter cookie recipe. I scored because not only did I find this recipe I found a new blog to follow. Great looking recipes and a fun read. 

Source: Peas and Thank You - I've made a couple modifications (in bold).

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Balls

1/2 cup of margarine
3/4 cup peanut butter
1/2 cup brown sugar
3/4 cup powder sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp of salt
1 cup white whole wheat flour
1/2 cup white flour
3/4 cup chocolate chips

In a mixer mix the first five ingredients.



In a separate bowl combine the following four dry ingredients. 
Add the dry ingredients a little at a time to the mixture.
























Mix until dough forms.
























Add chocolate chips. Mix until combined.
Mama P says to chill for 30 minutes. I didn't and they worked just fine.
I scooped the dough using a 1/8 cup measuring cup. 
Place onto a cookie sheet.






















I baked these in a preheated 350 degree oven for 12 minutes.


















Saturday, November 27, 2010

Turkey Dinner Part II

The Menu

Turkey
Creamed Corn
Stuffing (I won't be stuffing the bird. I just don't like calling it dressing. That's for the salad)
Mashed Potatoes
Gravy
Pineapple Cranberry Sauce
Candied Carrots
Dinner Rolls

And for dessert... 
Pumpkin Pie with whipped cream

The Bird

1 cube of butter, 1 tbsp each of garlic powder, onion powder, salt and Pepper. 























I slathered the butter mixture of the turkey. The bird not Jason.

























I then placed 6 slices of bacon over the turkey.




This 12 pound turkey cooked in a preheated 350 degree oven for 4 hours. I kept the bird uncovered for the first hour. For the remaining three I covered it with foil. 

Creamed Corn

1 12oz bags of Frozen Corn 
1 cups of cream 
1/2 stick of unsalted butter
2 tsp of corn starch
1/4 cup of sugar
salt to taste


Add the corn and cream to a pot. Cook over medium heat.

















Melt the butter and add the cornstarch. Add to pot.






















Cook until until corn thickens. Add the sugar. Cook over low heat for a couple minutes.

I also make a healthier version. 

1 12oz bags of frozen corn 
1 cups of cream soy milk
1/2 stick 1 tbsp of unsalted butter earth balance margarine
2 1 tsp of corn starch
1/4 cup of sugar agave syrup or honey
salt to taste

For the Stuffing I cheated a little. Thanks for your help Mrs. Cubbison!
I just followed the directions on the box.












































Mashed Potatoes

Lots of Cream and Butter
























Gravy

Remove the turkey from the roasting pan. Using two burners (if needed) on low heat. Deglaze your pan by adding a couple cups of chicken broth. When your done scrapping all the goodness. Add some onion to flavor the sauce. Cook for 10 minutes.






















Strain the gravy into a sauce pan. Cook over medium low heat. While whisking add a couple tablespoons of cornstarch (more if needed). Continue whisking until the gravy is thickened.

Pineapple Cranberry Sauce

12 oz. bag of fresh cranberries
1/2 cup of pineapples (I use Trader Joe's frozen pineapples)
1/4 cup of Chardonnay
3/4 cup of orange juice
3/4 cup of sugar

Rinse cranberries.

















Place all the ingredients into a sauce pan.























Cook to boil, stirring occasionally. Lower heat to a simmer. Cook for 10 minutes. Remove from heat. Transfer to a bowl and let the sauce cool completely to room temperature. Keep refrigerated until ready to serve.

Candied Carrots

I made a small amount because Jason and Taylor aren't big carrot eaters. I didn't want to waste. This make four small servings.

4 large carrots - cut into large slices
2 tbsp butter
1/4 cup brown sugar
pinch of pepper
Salted water - enough to cover carrots.

Cook carrots for about 10 minutes. You don't want to over cook the carrots. 






















No mushy carrots allowed. Drain the water. Reduce the heat to low. Add the butter, brown sugar and pepper. Cook until the sugar is bubbly, about 3 minutes or so.

Pumpkin Pie - Yep I got a little help with this one too.






















Drum Roll Please...









Friday, November 26, 2010

Turkey Hangover

and you know what they say on how to cure a hangover. Have more of what caused it in the first place. Good thing I bought the fixings for our second T-day Dinner. I'll call it Thanksgiving Part II.

But first... 

Michelle and Stephani



















Taylor and Jason waiting for dinner.



















YAY! It's ready






















Michelle finally gets to sit down.

















But she's too pooped to eat.



















My plate - yum yum yum it was all so good. M can cook.



















and plenty of this.


















Taylor couldn't wait. This Turkey was not pardoned.


















Before hitting the dessert we took a game break. 





















and then dessert.



















I'm pretty sure that's not dip. But I like his thinking.




















Have not a clue what happened here. Wasn't me.




















Then all the food went to our heads.




















Mother - Daughter dance.



















We had a wonderful, eventful Thanksgiving at Michelle's.

Now off to prepare Thanksgiving Part II.