Monthly Archives: November 2010

November 24, 2010

Thanksgiving Leftover Makeover Recipe Ideas

beef shephards pie

While you are out getting your last minute Thanksgiving meal ingredients, you might want to pick up a few ingredients to enhance your leftovers. We love Thanksgiving leftovers- but after a day, they can get boring. Here are a few recipe ideas to make Thanksgiving Leftover Makeovers.

Use leftover mashed potatoes to make Shephard’s Pie. This is a quick and easy recipe; especially with already made mashed potatoes!

Do you have a mound of leftover Turkey? Turn that plain turkey into Turkey Tetrazini, Turkey Enchiladas or White Chili.

Sweet Potatoes make a great side for Espresso Bourbon Steaks. If you have breakfast on your mind, Sweet Potato Waffles are so good! Leftover sweet potato casserole is perfect for waffles.

Leftover cranberry sauce can be used for a yummy cranberry balsamic sauce for beef tenderloin.

What are your ideas for Thanksgiving Leftover Makeovers?

November 24, 2010

Working Mom What’s for Dinner: Strawberry Crepes

This week we are relying on the cooking of others either my sister who could give Martha Stewart a run for her money or restaurants. We are at the mercy of whatever place we find based on the equation if 2 out of 3 are upset then stop and eat. We hope to survive a 14 hour road trip with our three kids. This should be fun or crazy. We have made it to our old stomping grounds Gainesville, Florida. We stopped last night here because this is where Mat and I met. We haven’t been back to Gainesville since so it was on the way to our final destination and at 2:30 AM last night when all three kids were wide awake in the car we decided to stop and take a walk around in the morning. Then we will finish the last 2 hours of our trip hopefully landing at my sister’s house or our hotel for a nap.

Here is one of my favorite recipes from college because in college anytime is breakfast time!

Strawberry Crepes

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • Strawberries
  • 1/2 cup of sugar
  • 1 lemon
  • dash of powder sugar or whip cream (you can even fill them with 1 cup of cottage cheese per four crepes)
  1. In a mixing bowl, whisk together the flour and the eggs. Gradually add in the milk and water, stirring to combine. Add the salt and butter; beat until smooth.
  2. Heat a lightly oiled griddle or frying pan over medium high heat. Pour or scoop the batter onto the griddle, using approximately 1/4 cup for each crepe. Tilt the pan with a circular motion so that the batter coats the surface evenly.
  3. Cook the crepe for about 2 minutes, until the bottom is light brown. Loosen with a spatula, turn and cook the other side. Serve hot.

In a Sauce pan on low combine the cut strawberries, a couple squirts of lemon juice and 1/2 cup of sugar. I heat them until the sugar coats the berries. I  then place the strawberries in the crepe. Finally, I top them with powdered sugar or whip cream. I often added Nutella because everything is better with Nutella.

Happy Thanksgiving!

November 20, 2010

Saving on Holiday Travel

airplaneAre you traveling this Holiday season? Hopefully you already have your travel reservations! If not, start researching now. Bing released a travel forecast this week and overall domestic airfare costs are down 7% from last years Holiday travel. Now to take advantage of that savings, you will need to be flexible with your travel dates. It looks like a Wednesday to Sunday trip will be your best bet if flying.

If you are looking for future flights, Bing has travel prediction ability! Just search for the trip you want and you should see a prediction of whether you should buy now or wait for the price to drop. I love that feature!

Don’t forget that alternative travel can be good too. Look into taking the Train or Bus- especially with the TSA fiasco that is currently happening. No matter where you travel, make sure to pack your own snacks!

November 14, 2010

Ask a wife of a Frugal Guy

So the truth is my husband is the frugal one. This has always been the case. I am only frugal so I can buy other things that we couldn’t afford if I paid full price for our groceries. I spent all Thursday trying to find my husband who spent all day going from one company to the next taking advantage of all the Veteran’s Day Specials. This is his favorite holiday of the year. I figured he earned the sandwich at Subway, coffee and Dunkin Doughnuts, Onion from Outback, Free car wash from Clean Machine and he even won coupons for free clothes. I have to say I am amazed at all he accomplished in the spirit of free. He did start his day early so he could also work his full shift and go to the gym. I did have to convince him that going to Applebees for a free meals was not in the cards. I wanted to thank all the business that support the military. I know that freedom isn’t free and I am glad that the men and women who served our country felt appreciated.

November 9, 2010

Crab & Asparagus Soup Recipe


I am the only one in my immediate family that likes asparagus. I usually can’t eat the whole bunch before it goes bad. This week I decided to try to make asparagus soup. A deli down the road from me makes Crab & Asparagus soup that is really tasty. Plus, with the crab meat in the soup there was a chance that hubby would try it!

Crab & Asparagus Soup Recipe

1 Bunch Asparagus
5 cups Chicken Broth
1 small onion, chopped
6 oz. Lump Crab Meat
1/2 cup Cream
Dash of Nutmeg
Dash of Old Bay Seasoning

Wash asparagus and cut 1/2″ of the woody end off. Chop up the rest of the asparagus. Bring the chicken broth to a boil and add asparagus and chopped onion. Cook for about 30 minutes or until asparagus is very tender.

When the asparagus is cooked through, blend the broth mixture. I used a stick blender. Add in the crab, cream and seasoning. Cook for a couple of minutes until heated through.

Guess what? My hubby really enjoyed this soup! He said it did not taste like asparagus at all. He said I should just call it crab soup!

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