Thanksgiving Leftover Recipes – Turkey Casserole with Sweet Potato Frosting

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Turkey Casserole with Sweet Potato Frosting

When I was looking for ways to use up our Thanksgiving leftovers last year, I remembered a chicken casserole with mashed potato topping recipe that I loved. I decided to try & recreate it with turkey. Best. Decision. Ever. I’m going to have to go recook our Thanksgiving feast so I have more leftovers to make another batch of this. It’s that good!

Slow Cooker Sweet Potatoes

Ingredients

3 cups leftover turkey, chopped
3 cups leftover corn
2 cups leftover gravy
1 teaspoon dried thyme
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
2 cups leftover sweet potatoes
1/2 cup cranberries {optional}

Directions

Place all the ingredients, except the sweet potatoes in a large bowl and mix well.

Spray a 9×13 pan with cooking spray or grease with olive oil and add turkey mixture. Top with sweet potatoes and bake at 350 for 30 minutes or until the potatoes are lightly browned.

Serve warm.

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Harvesting Vegetables in the Snow

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I woke up on the east coast this morning to a backyard {and garden} full of snow!  It.Was.Awesome.

winter garden

Harvesting vegetables from under 8 inches of snow is totally new to me.

harvesting winter vegetables in the snow

And to be totally honest, I was’t sure any of the vegetables I planted last August would be any good.

winter vegetables with snowWhat was I thinking?

carrots beets turnipsI’ll have to add roasted vegetables to the Thanksgiving menu now. Gardening in the snow, it’s awesome.

Have yourself a merry little Thanksgiving, and don’t forget to eat your veggies. :)

~Mavis

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Can You Cook a Frozen Turkey?

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When I first started hosting Thanksgiving, I had NO IDEA that it took a turkey basically half a year to thaw.  Seriously, it never occurred to me.  I’ve gotten wiser {at a much slower pace than I care to admit}, but that first Thanksgiving has always stuck with me.  If you find yourself in a similar boat–or for whatever reason, you need to thaw your turkey in a flash, here’s a couple of tips for getting it thawed and in the oven before your mother-in-law ever realizes you’ve blundered:

  1. Cook it while it is still frozen.  Yes, it can be done.  It will take quite a bit longer, but, still the job will get done.  Lower your roasting temperature a bit and get the internal temperature to 165-185 degrees.
  2. If you have a couple of days, the best method is to throw the bird into the refrigerator and forget about it.  It will take 2-5 days {at least} to thaw, so this is one of those pre-planning methods.
  3. Thaw it in ice-water.  Leaving your bird to thaw on the counter will get the job done quicker, but it will also potentially provide your guests with the opportunity to visit the emergency room with a case of food poisoning.  Immerse your turkey in ice-water that you change every 30 minutes or so until the bird has thawed will protect the bird from bacteria by keeping it just cold enough.  You can use a big cooler to do the thawing, so that you don’t take up valuable sink space.  Plan on this to take anywhere from 4 to 12 hours depending on the size of your bird.
  4. Pop out and buy a fresh turkey.  It’s going to cost you, seriously cost you, but Thanksgiving and your pride will remain intact.

Have you ever forgotten to thaw your turkey in time for the big day?  How did  you make sure the show went on?

~Mavis

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Ask Mavis – Vegan Gravy, College Care Packages, Organic Beef and More!

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ask mavisThe questions keep on rolling in and so I’m going to, once again, pretend I’m smarter than I am and attempt to answer them. Keep in mind my answers are not scientific, are my own opinion and might, in fact, confuse you more. You’ve been warned.

Of course if you are an expert on any or all of the subjects covered in these questions, pretty please, for the love of Frank, pipe up in the comments below and share your knowledge with the masses. I’ve always said my I have smartie pants readers. Now’s your chance to prove it to me. And go…

francisco mavis neighborHey Mavis, with Thanksgiving coming up I’ve been writing up a menu, but am having trouble with one item. Gravy!! My family has been vegetarian for about two years and with me not being the greatest cook out there, I like to take the easy road. I thought for sure I could just go in the store and find a pre-made vegetarian gravy on the shelves. Well, the two stores in my town didn’t have any and I ran out of time to try Whole Foods. I’m not opposed to making a vegetarian gravy, just want a good tried & true recipe. I was wondering if you could ask your friend, Francisco, what he uses for gravy. We like to eat vegan too! Love your blog and have been a daily reader for a long time!

~Lisa

You’re in luck! Francisco does have a favorite vegan gravy recipe he raves about. Check out his fav Vegan Thanksgiving Gravy recipe HERE! Although I’ve never tried it, pretty much anything Francisco loves is delish. Any of you lovely readers have any other recipes you know of?

filbert-acres-heritage-porkHi Mavis, my Hubs wants to buy a freezer this coming year. We would like to start buying half sides of grass fed organic beef and such. Any recommendations for freezers and or meat farmers? We live in the PNW as well.

~ Suzanne

As far as a freezer is concerned, we bought both of ours from Costco and have loved them. They don’t sell the ones we have there anymore, but I think looking at Costco if you have one nearby is your best bet. They typically carry high quality appliances at really great prices. Plus their return policy is pretty much unbeatable! Now onto meat farmers. I love Filbert Acres is you are looking for pork, but since you asked about beef, here are my recommendations: Stiebrs Farms and Baron Farms. Both are local to you and have great reputations!

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I was thinking you should do a tutorial on making the primitive rugs.  Please and thank you!!

~Megan

Considering it took my a good 6 months to finish this one, I’m not sure I’m the one who should be giving out tutorials! But I do plan on doing some sewing tutorials in the coming year, so I’ll add this to possible post ideas for sure.

Care-Packages-for-College-StudentsI’ve been following your site for awhile and I have to say I’m so impressed by how you’ve handled The Girl leaving for college. My son left this fall and I’m a wreck. How are you keeping it together?

~Cathy

Truthfully it was totally accidental. I got busy. Super busy. And I guess that’s the big secret. If you have no time to stop and think about how much you miss them {or time to sleep or eat!}, it helps. Another thing that really has helped me is sending The Girl a bunch of care packages. Knowing she’s getting a little bit of love mailed to her often helps a lot!

vitacost-shopping-trip1Mavis, I’m trying to eat healthier and set some good goals for feeding my family more consciously before the New Year. I guess you could say I’m setting early resolutions. You have been an inspiration to me when it comes to gardening and growing my own food to help with that, but sometimes I need to supplement with some staples I can;t grow. I prefer organics and I know you mentioned a company you order from online that you like but I can’t seem to find it. Any help?

~Ellen

First, way to go on setting goals early! I think you’re thinking of Vistacost.com. Vitacost is a great site for getting specialty and organic products shipped right to your door. Shipping is always free if you spend more than $49, so I love that about them too. I’ve always been really impressed with the quality of their products and the prices, too. Hope that helps!

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MagnoGrip Magnetic Wristband, Mattel, Dyson, KitchenAid, iPad Deal and More

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Good morning! From the east coast. ;) We woke up to a backyard full of snow this morning and I can’t wait to get out there and do some snowshoeing. WahooooO! Snow. For Thanksgiving, how cool is that?

Here are a few deals to get you started this morning, I’ll pop back online in a little bit and add some more deals, but right now, I want to go out and play.

Have a great day everyone,

Mavis

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Amazon Gold Box Deal of the Day - Today only, save up to 50% on select toys and games from Mattel and Fisher-Price, including Barbie, Monster High, Hot Wheels, BOOMco, and more.

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Available Kindle Books I think are cool…

The prices on Kindle Books can change quickly, so grab them while you can. Don’t have a Kindle? Download the kindle app on your other devices. It’s easy! :)

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  • Final Price: $142 after rebate, discounts and cash back {AWESOME!}

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Amazon has the Brother 3 or 4 Thread Serger with Easy Lay In Threading with Differential Feed on sale for $181.99 shipped! This is a fantastic deal!! I bought the same machine last year and love mine to bits.

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I suspect a few of you might be opening up your home over the next few days. Even though 99% of them will be amazing guests, you’ll occasionally house a bad egg. Take a deep breath and read up on How to Deal With Annoying House Guests. Find more cool tips and info on my Everyday Life Pinterest Board.

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Best Buy has the Apple® – iPad® mini 2 with Wi-Fi – 16GB – Silver/White available for $224.99 {reg. $299.99} or the Apple iPad mini 2 with Wi-Fi 32GB for $274.99 {reg. $349.99}.  Free shipping when you choose in store pick up! :)

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Amazon has SanDisk Memory cards, Flash Drives and other goodies on sale with savings up to 70% off.

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Amazon has the MagnoGrip Magnetic Wristband, Black available for $12.40 shipped! I have my husband one a couple of years ago and he uses it all the time. Available in red for $12.94.

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I would double or triple this recipe if you’re planning on serving it up as an appetizer for your Thanksgiving crowd. Because these Bacon Wrapped New Potatoes go FAST!  Get the recipe HERE or Pin it for Later.

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The holidays are around the corner and this DIY Vanilla Brown Sugar and Coconut Body Scrub would make an AWESOME gift for your girlfriends. Find more cool projects for the holidays on my DIY Pinterest Board.

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Joe’s New Balance Outlet has the Women’s New Balance 1210 Running shoe on sale for just $32.99 today {retail $124.99}. This is a fantastic deal if you are looking for a new pair of sneakers.

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Print a coupon good for $1.00 off 2 Kellogg’s Frosted Mini-Wheats Cereal

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Zoe’s Garden Fresh Dinner Biscuits Recipe

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Garden Fresh Dinner Biscuits

I spotted this recipe for garden fresh dinner biscuits a few weeks ago on my friend Zoë’s blog and knew immediately I wanted to make them… as soon as I had my kitchen back up and running. Well, let’s just say, there were no leftovers. Not even a crumb. My family goobled these up so quick that next time I’ll be baking a double batch for sure.

Garden Fresh Dinner Biscuits

Ingredients

2 cups all purpose flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon dried thyme
1 teaspoon dried parsley
2 tablespoons finely grated carrot
4 tablespoons cold butter
3/4 cup cold milk {I used 2 %}

Garden Fresh Dinner Biscuits

Directions

Combine the flour, baking powder, salt, dried herbs and carrots in a large bowl. Cut in the butter until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Add the milk and stir until a dough forms.

Gently roll out dough on to a lightly flowered surface and using your favorite biscuit cutter, cut out your biscuits. Place biscuits on to a parchment lined baking sheet or silpat and brush with a little bit of milk.

Bake biscuits for 10- 12 minutes at 450 degrees until lightly browned.  Serve warm.

Makes 9 -12 biscuits depending on the size of the biscuit cutter you use.

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Unconventional Honeymooners

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Where did you honeymoon?  On the beach somewhere?  Or maybe you’re still waiting to take your honeymoon, because life was just too busy and money too tight?  Not the Padget’s.  Alyssa and Heath Padget decided that before they started their lives together, they wanted to explore a world of possibilities {or at least a country of them}.  According to a feature on CNN, they decided to quit their jobs, buy an RV, and hit the road.  For seven months, they zig-zagged their way across America–hitting every single state.  They made ends meet through free-lance writing, and filmed their documentary Hourly America.  {The film documents Heath shadowing one hourly-waged job in each state.}  All of it in an effort to decide how they planned to live their lives together as a married couple.

I love this idea!!!  It seems like when you’re young and just starting out, you’re in such a hurry to “start life.”  You rush, rush, rush to get a great job that will allow you to move up quickly, buy a house, and tons of stuff to go in it.  What if we all got 7 months to figure out how we wanted to live life through experiences that didn’t commit us for a lifetime?  I totally think more people should do this–hit the road, see the country, and see what you are really made of.

What do you think oldy-weds, would you trade in your honeymoon memories for a do-over like this?

~Mavis

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How to Cook a Perfect Thanksgiving Turkey

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How to Cook a Perfect Thanksgiving Turkey

The Girl Who Thinks She’s a Bird has been cooking our Thanksgiving turkey since she was 9. Yes, NINE years young. One year she asked if she could make it, I said yes, and she has made it every Thanksgiving since. There are a few lessons to be learned here: first is if you have kids or nieces/nephews/cousins/neighbor kids around for your Thanksgiving festivities, put them to work! Even if you don’t trust them to cook the bird, there are all sorts of ways they can help.

Don’t want crazy kids running wild through your kitchen? Give them a potato peeler and sack of potatoes & have them sit outside & peel away. Second lesson here is that I’m pretty sure my daughter makes a better turkey than I ever did. Never would have known that if I didn’t give her the chance!

How to Cook a Perfect Thanksgiving Turkey

Here are some tips and tricks she uses to cook the most delicious turkey every year:

1. Make sure you allow plenty of time to thaw your turkey.  Overnight thawing just won’t work for a big bird {most turkeys really} and you’ll have a Thanksgiving disaster on your hands if you try to cook a frozen turkey! Be prepared for up to 3-4 days of thawing. Also pull the turkey out of the fridge about 2 hours before you plan to cook it.

2. The girl sometimes spreads a dry rub on the turkey consisting of a few tablespoons of salt and a little pepper all over the skin before she throws it in the fridge for a few days. All that salt soaks into the skin and makes it that much more delicious!

3. Don’t stuff your turkey. I know, I know. This goes against so many Thanksgiving traditions, but it really does complicate things. It’s hard to get the guts you’ve stuffed cooked to the correct temperature while still evenly cooking your turkey. Nothing seems to benefit from a stuffed turkey, the turkey or the stuffing, so we avoid it!

4. Don’t baste the turkey either but do spread a fatty rub all over right before you cook. She uses a mix of butter, garlic powder, more salt {I know it seems like a lot of salt but trust me it cooks off and tastes awesome} and some herbs like rosemary and/or thyme.  Rub it all over the bird & even under the skin, but don’t go too crazy with it or you’ll end up with a greasy turkey! She also will put a little broth in the bottom of the roasting pan to keep the turkey moist during cooking sometimes.

5. Cooking temp is important. Cook the turkey for the 1st 30 minutes in a 400 degree oven and then lower the cook temp to 350 for the remainder of the cooking time. Plan on about 15 minutes per pound. We use a roasting rack to allow the heat to circulate. The Girl says it cooks the turkey more evenly.

6. Buy a meat thermometer that can stay in the turkey like this one. Takes all of the guess work out of it. It will let you know when your bird is done without you having to open and close your oven a million times. If you don’t have a thermometer that can stay in the turkey, just make sure the thermometer you use reads 170 at the thickest part of the turkey before you take the bird out. Plan on a cook time of about 15 minutes per pound.

7. Let the bird sit for a few minutes before you serve it. This “resting” period not only keeps your finger tips safe from scalding turkey burns, but it also makes the turkey a bit juicier.

8. Speaking of juices, don’t throw them away. Save them and cook them into the best gravy ever!

And there you have all the tips our resident turkey cooker could think of. What are some of yours?

~Mavis

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Mavis Garden Blog – Mapping Out My 2015 Garden

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measuring for upper garden plot

On Sunday  I got the garden itch {finally} and decided to pull out the tape measure to find out just how big of a vegetable garden was possible on the upper lawn. I was surprise to find out I’ll be able to install a 10′ x 45′ rectangular plot up there. 450 square feet. Not to shabby.

garden plot before pictures

My goal is to break ground in early January and {fingers crossed} create a mini Monticello type garden. Yes, there is a lot of shade, but since I plan on growing all my tomatoes, beans and peas in pots next year, along side the house where it’s nice and sunny, I think I’ll be okay.

pine tree litter future garden gate

The side yard however is another story. See where I’m standing? I plan to straighten the path out first, then add a gate and then install a perennial flower garden along the side of the house. pine needles in garden

But the pine and cedar trees are dropping needles left and right!!! Holy cow, they won’t let up. It’s insane. So much so that I am thinking about calling the tree guy to get a bid on removing the 6 trees that line the inner path between the garden and the house. I DO LOVE A WOODED SETTING, but c’mon, I can’t be raking up 2 wheelbarrows full of brush every single week. No way man.

future blueberry plot

I will admit though, living in the middle of a forest will be great for my blueberry plants. ;) They LOVE the acidic soil and I know they’ll just thrive on the other side of yard once I get them planted. But first, I’ve got a few weeds to pull.

Keep calm and garden on, right?

~Mavis

P.S. What do you think about removing some of the pine and cedar trees? The limbs have already trimmed about 12-16 off the ground by the previous owner. But I think I need more light. And a break from raking.

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Free Kindle Books, KitchenAid Mixer, The Body Shop, Pea Coats, BlueQ Coin Purses and More

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Good morning from Lucy the puggle dog. :) :) :)

Have a great Tuesday everyone,

Mavis

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If you’ve been waiting to buy a KitchenAid Mixer… now is the time to snag one for as low as $96 after rebate, discounts and cash back from Kohls.com.

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  • Get 10% off when it is added to your cart
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  • Get $75 back in Kohl’s cash
  • Final Price: $142 after rebate, discounts and cash back {AWESOME!}

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Available Kindle Books I think are cool…

The prices on Kindle Books can change quickly, so grab them while you can. Don’t have a Kindle? Download the kindle app on your other devices. It’s easy! :)

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Jane has their Double Breasted Pea Coat on sale today for just $29.99. This.is.adorable.

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The Body Shop is offering Tote Bag stuffed full of products with $125 value, for just $30 with any $30 Purchase plus the entire Bodyshop.com site is on sale 3 For $33!!! Time to stock up baby! ;)

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Are you traveling this Thanksgiving and opting to stay with family and friends instead of snagging a hotel rooom? Here are some great tips on How to Be a Good House Guest. Find more cool tips and info on my Everyday Life Pinterest Board.

All Season Down Alternative Full Queen Comforter

My favorite deal!!! Amazon has the Chezmoi Collection White Goose Down Alternative Comforter, Full/Queen on sale for $34.99! King is $43.65 shipped! We have these on every bed in our house and LOVE them!!! It’s a great deal.

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Stuff a gift card {or some cold hard cash} in one of these adorable coin purses for an easy gift:

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Amazon has a Set of 5 of Christmas Finger Puppets for just $3.89 shipped.

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Discount Mags is offering a 1 year subscription to Weight Watchers Magazine for only $3.50 a year when you use code MAVIS at checkout. This deal will expire tonight 11/25/14 at midnight EST.

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With all the extravagant dishes this week, my recipe for Black Bean Quinoa Salad with Carrots and Cilantro is a nice healthy alternative! Get the recipe HERE or Pin it for Later.

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This Stanley 4-in-1 Pocket Screwdriver would make a nice little stocking stuffer for the Handyman or Handywoman on your list. It’s a $2.79 add on item and ships for free with any qualifying order over $25.


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