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Turkey and Stuffing Casserole

I have lost my original recipe, but I'll keep hunting for it! From what I can cull from online and my memory:

Leftover Turkey and Stuffing Casserole

Leftover stuffing
1 can cream of chicken soup
1 c. milk
2 c. leftover turkey or ham
Onion and peas (or leftover veggies)
Salt & pepper to taste

Melt the butter and use it to turn the stuffing into a "shell" lining a casserole dish.

In a bowl, mix 1 can cream of chicken soup, 1 cup of milk, chicken or turkey, a little onion and peas (since I normally use up the veggies in a Shepherd's Pie, I use about two cups of frozen peas), salt and pepper to taste. Spoon onto stuffing "shell" and bake at 350 degrees for approximately 30 minutes.

I do like to add onions or garlic, but I perfer mine browned before I add them. That is just a personal preference, I'm picky about texture!

This, is probably very bad for you, but tastes WONDERFUL!

Leftover Thanksgiving Shepherd's Pie

I have so much studying to do before the semester ends, but I needed a break, so I thought I'd post my favorite way to use up leftover Thanksgiving food!

Leftover Thanksgiving Shepherd's Pie

2 cups turkey, ham or other diced leftover meat
1 large onion, finely chopped (adjust onion and veggie amounts if you have onion in the veggies)
2 tablespoons tomato paste (the kind in the tube is best)
2 tablespoons flour
1 to 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
Coarse salt and ground pepper
2 cups Mixed leftover veggies (or 10 oz frozen peas)
4 cups leftover mashed potatoes (or, if they go first, like they do at our house, use flavored instant--the rest of the meal has lots of flavor, so any blandness will be covered up)

Shepherd's Pie:

Add a little oil to the pan, and the diced onion (if using), a little salt will help draw out the moisture and carmelize them. Stir in tomato paste (the tube kind has the most flavor, but since most of your leftovers will already have lots of flavor, canned is probably fine for this). Add flour; cook, stirring, 2 minutes.

Add Worcestershire sauce, 1-2 cups water, and meat. Season with 2 teaspoons salt and ¼ teaspoon pepper. Simmer until thickened, stirring occasionally, about 10 minutes. Stir in veggies, cook 1 minute. Divide among two 9-inch glass pie dishes. Spread potatoes over pies; use a fork to make peaks. Bake on a baking sheet until tops are browned, 25 to 30 minutes. Cool slightly; serve.

This is very tasty (we love Shepherd's Pie at my house!), and it's not too bad for you! It will taste different every single time you cook it up, but that's part of the fun!

What I want to say...

The only way I could afford china for myself was to look for something on Craig's list.  I picked something that would match my kitchen, all of which is from hand-me-downs you gave me (that I didn't ask for, but accepted graciously).  But the one thing I've actually ASKED for, that I really want, you refuse.
You know I wanted that china, I asked you for it when I got married and you told me I'd get it when you are dead.
I don't want it when you are dead.  I want it now, so my family can add to the memories I already have of it.  If you wait to give it to me when you are dead, I don't want it because we will have made memories on the stuff I had to buy for myself.


So, I'm an accountant...

The essential thing about accountants, is that we like to track things, we like things to be right (the first time), and we like double checks of our work, because everyone is human and no one is perfect.

So, we do these little things called, "Account Reconciliations."  These are not cross word puzzles or fill-in-the blank games where you fill in the numbers that make the totals right.

The ENTIRE point of them is to highlight any possible areas for correction or concern.

It's a bit frustrating when you keep finding problems that should have been caught on the reconciliation....and they were done...but there are never any errors, and never any corrections...EVER.

No one is that perfect, as evidenced by my findings...I've so got to finish my degree so I can leave this mad house!

My rant...

 When my mom got married she got china for herself, her mom and my dad's mom.  When they passed away, she got their sets back.
Now she has 24 settings of china and the serving pieces, which she promised my sister & I could share when we got married.  Now she has decided to pack it away in west Texas, where she has already sent her silver (Craig's mom gave me his grandmother's silver plate, which means I'm less worried about the silver).
It really pisses me off that I gave three baby showers, and they were all on paper plates, when I could have had nice china.  I'd like to have romantic dinners with my husband on nice china.  I'd like to have Thanksgiving dinner and create family memories on china, rather than only have "Christmas" dishes (which she did give us, why she won't part with the other is beyond me).
My husband doesn't care, and I get that, but I do.  I'd like to have nice things....and because she had always promised them to me I didn't register for them, and now it's too late.  It's something I want, and I'm going to get it, even if I have to buy it for myself.  If I have to buy it for myself, my family will create new memories with it, and I won't care about getting her dishes, even when she is dead, which makes me a little sad.
What makes the maddest is that my mother truly seems to think that her kids would stop spending time with her if she didn't have stuff that we want.  My sister and I just think, "Didn't you raise us better than that?"  She doesn't seem to really know or understand us.  Just because we disagree politically, she seems to think we lack a moral compass and any values.  I say, we think exactly the way she taught us...for ourselves...she's just forgotten that.
So, I've picked out my own pattern.  I found a nice set on Craig's List, and I've asked my husband to get it for me for our anniversary.  Then I'll match the pieces.  If, in the meantime, she coughs up the set I really want, I'll be happier than ever, and resell the set on Craig's List!

Vegas, baby!

Well, I spent four days in Vegas, and had some fun, but I'd like to go again with my friends, rather than my mom!

1.  The air is DRY (it's the desert), so my skin turned to paper, I'll bring flax oil pills next time (slathering lotion didn't help).

2.  The air is DRY (it's the desert), so my contacts dried up...it felt like bits of paper in my eyes...so I got more tired (keeping your eyes shut makes you sleepy...).  Next time I'll bring the extra strength cleaner and an extra pair so they can soak 24 hours before I put them back in.  And eye drops...

3.  In order to drink, but not spend much money, we went downtown to Freemont street, and we took the monorail and bus.  I'll get a bus schedule next time...we seemed to hit the bus stops right after the last bus had left, and spent 20 minutes waiting!

4.  I'll wear good shoes for walking...all the time.  Night one we were going to dinner at the Venetian, so I dressed up and wore heels...HIGH heels.  Then we decided to walk the strip...my calves got quite a workout going up and down little hills and tramping all over in 4 inch heels...I'm just lucky they were comfortable heels and my while my feet hurt while walking, I didn't get any blisters.

5.  I'll gamble more, but I'll go during a down time.  We actually had the most fun playing blackjack at a table, but I'm sure they wanted real gamblers (we were betting $5), so they made things as difficult as possible.  We liked our dealer, so they switched her.  We were winning (SMALL amounts)...our new dealer ignored most of what we said...I think her JOB is to empty a table...my sister called her "Butterface."  

As in, "she had a great body, but her face...."

I was a bit surprised there weren't any street preachers...frankly it was less decadent than Bourbon street, except maybe for the giant billboards of half naked girls...and the "sex" sellers were more glamorous.  Freemont street reminded me a lot of New Orleans!

But they are really pretty smart..

So my mom sent me a forwarded political email today.

What I don't understand about my parents is why they believe everything they receive via email or hear from Rush Limbaugh.

I mean, they are intelligent people.  My dad is an attorney, and my mom has a masters in social work.  If I said, "If it's in the paper, it must be true, they wouldn't let them print anything that wasn't true."  They'd laugh at me.

Yet, if it's disseminated via email from a friend, or heard from Rush Limbaugh, it must be true.  Without question, never checking.  They had me in a panic over something they heard on Rush Limbaugh and my house, until I checked it and found it wasn't true!  There is always some grain of truth, probably so Limbaugh can say, "Well, that's what's next, just wait and see!"

The email they sent today had at least one error that I traced in thirty seconds.  Which makes it a pretty sure bet that the email was full of more errors.

My mother and I are speaking again, we just aren't talking about her faux paus from last month.  I'm wondering if she'll still do it.  I'll have to ask my dad, if she decides it was a mistake, she'll NEVER admit it.  Because of that, I am not sending out the scathing email I composed, my sister said there wasn't any point.  I have added the text of my reply, but not the original email.

I'm glad I'm a libertarian.  I don't like democrats because they are so anxious to spend my money, but aren't willing to pay any themselves (witness the multitude of tax evasion problems found when Obama was trying to fill cabinet posts, etc).  I don't like republicans because they no longer believe in small government, but also believe in government to put forward their social ideals (hello, isn't that why they always criticized the democrats for doing?).

As a libertarian, and I suppose, as an accountant, I approach everything with an amount of skepticism, which means I doubt and I question.  Something more folks need to be doing.

I would just like to point out that there is at LEAST one error in the email, which makes me doubt the veracity of the rest as well:

Daschle says, "Health care reform will not be pain free. Seniors should be more accepting of the conditions that come with age instead of treating them," while  former Colorado Governor Dick Lamm says seniors have "a duty to die."

The quote from Dick Lamm is from a speech he gave in the 1980's, whether or not it's appropriate, it is unrelated to today's debate.


So, President Carter made some very ill timed remarks.

I'm not saying that people are not racist, because there are still plenty of racists around.  I was surprised by the number of racist emails I received after Obama was elected.

However, to say that the primary reason Obama is having trouble, or that people are disagreeing with him is because they are racist is wrong.

That may cause some people to stop commenting, and others to stop listening.


Which, my husband says, was the point., and he may be right.


100_0023, originally uploaded by angelasaban.

Playing with our new camera...

Just wanting to see how it shows up in the blog!



Not sure how I feel about the couple who chooses to stay married, but pursues relationships outside of marriage.  To me, that defeats the entire purpose of marriage, and sets a horrible example for their children.

The rest of the piece I found interesting.

I posted this yesterday on the message boards we keep for our friends.

Surprisingly little comment, other than to say that if people want to have an "open" relationship, then they have that right.

I disagree, especially if they have children.

I'm very liberal, and happy for two consenting adults who want to get married to do so.  However, if you want to me MARRIED, it is a commitment between two people.  Otherwise, why bother?  If you're just going to do what you want, and agree that you are married, there isn't a commitment involved.  In addition, I wouldn't want to marry (or have my kid marry) someone who was so cavalier about marriage.

It is serious, it should be FOREVER.  I cried all the way through my wedding...it was serious to me...it wasn't something I could just change my mind about the next day!

Marriage should be a safe haven, a place that you are with someone you trust completely, and (especially in this day and age) your partner is sleeping around, with or without your consent, you no longer have a safe haven!