Saturday, November 20, 2010

Pre-Thanksgiving Leftovers

I roasted a delicious 12 lb. turkey the other night, and the week before Thanksgiving, I was already contemplating the best way to use "Thanksgiving" leftovers. What I came up with was extremely simple, and though the ingredients didn't change all that much, it was just enough change to feel like it was a new meal.

Clark called it Thanksgiving Stromboli, but it had more of a pot pie taste...

1 can crescent rolls
2 Tbsp. butter, softened
1/4 tsp. poultry seasoning
leftover turkey meat, in pieces
leftover stuffing

Preheat the oven to 375. Roll out the crescent rolls on a cutting board. Press the perforations together, forming one large rectangle of crescent roll deliciousness. Spread with softened butter, and sprinkle with poultry seasoning. Cover with a single layer of turkey. Press stuffing on top of turkey. Roll the rectangle into a log starting at the short end of the dough. Slice the log into 4-6 slices and place crescent roll side up on an ungreased baking sheet. Bake for about 15 minutes, or until the crescent roll is a deep golden on top and everything is warmed through. Serve with yummy veggies (i.e. roasted brussel sprouts), and enjoy!

Thursday, November 18, 2010

In Keeping with Tradition...

I am watching my DVRed "Throwdown" where Bobby Flay is challenging Ree Drummond, the Pioneer Woman, and I am getting SO HUNGRY!!!!! Oh my heavens, their food looks amazing! Isn't it funny, though, how their recipies look so delicious, yet inevitably we will all have the same things we have had on our table year after year--delicious or not!

For example: The only person in my family who likes marshmallows on top of sweet potatoes is my dad, but year after year, we have a 9x13 dish of the casserole leaving the rest of us to scrape the marshmallows to the side... How about green bean casserole? I am lusting over the roasted brussel sprouts I see these chefs prepare, but I am pretty sure there will be cream of mushroom soup covering canned green beans wherever my hungry self lights Thanksgivng Day.

Maybe for Emma's 2nd birthday I will prepare a Thanksgiving Feast using only recipies I have never done before... ??? That could be fun! AND TASTY!!!!

PS: If you haven't received a text or seen on facebook, we are having a BOY!!!! And, boy, was he proud of the parts that make him male! As soon as the technician began the ultrasound, there he was, in all his glory! Later he was even kind enough to move his hand down to display his goods.

I didn't have a prefrence, but I am so excited to think of Emma having a brother. I just think how much I love my brother, and the special bond Emma and her little brother will have. I also feel like Clark will have his boy, and even though he says he would have been just as thrilled with a girl, I feel like he will be happy to have his mini-me. So as far as names go, we are thinking Anthony Ransom Fertitta, and he would be called Ransom. Ransom is actually my Grandma Jane's middle name, and her father got the name from Thomas E. G. Ransom, a general of the Union Army in the Civil War. Ransom in means "warrior's shield" or "deliverance, rescue" and is of English origin.

The little guy is moving right now. What a wonderful feeling!!! Emma is waking up from a 3 hour nap... Life is good! Thank you, God, for all the blessings and privileges you have given me. I pray that I will be a good steward of all you entrust to me.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

No More "Jaws Theme Song" Playing in My Head...

The surfboards are gone.

Well, they are at least on the floor in bits and pieces rather than hanging proudly as a border.

Today I chose completion over a nap, perhaps because I was embarassed when Leah came over and saw the mess, or perhaps I was challenged by what Beth Moore said last night: "Finish the work, and finish it well." While this is not the tabernacle in the wilderness, I do want this room to be a sanctuary for Emma--a place where she can find rest and come to know the love of her Savior as her mommy and daddy try to flesh it out daily. Before we moved, I purchased some of that vinyl lettering that you stick to the wall in the words of Psalm 139:14 ("I praise You, because I am wonderfully and fearfully made...") with plans to put it in the baby room. Now I'm not sure. I think I may want to put it on one of Emma's big girl room walls... As she grows from toddler to little girl to young lady, I want her to constantly be reminded that God put thought and effort into her creation, and that she is a work of art!

So, sans surfboards, it is time to choose paint and make that room beautiful for my beautiful little girl! She says she wants it to be purple... I think Clark is less intimidated by lavender than pink, so we will see...