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Orange Spice Banana Bread

This orange spice banana bread smells absolutely amazing. The aroma fills the house with the pungent fall spices. It is so hard to wait until the bread is completely cooled before pinching off a nibble. The most important tips I can pass on is to […]

St. Francis of Assisi Day of the Creche

Saint Francis of Assisi, Italy (1182-1226) was the son of a wealthy cloth merchant. Francis was not a studious boy. During his youth he was most riotous and witty delighting in the pleasures of drinking, women and showy attire. In the year 1202 when Francis […]

Turkey Tetrazzini

Every year it is the same dilemma, “what to do with the left over turkey!” We always have turkey soup on Sunday. Then there is cranberry stuffed turkey rolls with left over stuffing and turkey pot pie. Turkey Tetrazzini is another comfort food favorite. I like to use left over mashed potatoes, if there are any, in place of the noodles.

Source: Rosy Little Things
1 lb. button or crimini mushrooms, cleaned and sliced
4 cup milk
10 tablespoons butter, divided
1/2 cup flour
1 cup turkey gravy (or however much you have left over, if less than that)
1 to 2 cups leftover turkey meat, shredded into bite-sized chunks
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1 lb. spaghetti
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Melt 2 tablespoons butter in large saute pan and saute mushrooms until soft and slightly browned. Set aside.

Make bechamel sauce: Over medium heat, melt remaining butter in large saucepan, add flour, and whisk over medium heat for several minutes. Whisk milk into butter/flour mixture gradually until all milk is incorporated. Simmer sauce until it is thickened slightly and very velvety. Add turkey gravy and mushrooms and mix well. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Meanwhile, cook spaghetti in boiling water until a minute or two before al dente. Drain and return to pot. Mix in half of sauce and stir to coat. Pour spaghetti into 9″ x 13″ pan and sprinkle with Parmesan cheese. Bake for 30 minutes until top is bubbling and delicious-looking. Add turkey pieces to sauce and serve over slices of spaghetti casserole. Enjoy thoroughly.

Family Togetherness: Friday Night Family Slumber Party

Art: The Children Were Nestled by Pat White I remember as a girl when my dad went out of town for work related conferences my mom would let us sleep with her in her room. We wished we could have slumber parties all the time. […]

Pumpkin Crunch Cake

My sister-n-law Jennifer suggested this recipe for Pumpkin Crunch Cake. If you liked the Texas Dump Cake recipe then you will enjoy this one. It is the same concept using pumpkin rather than fruit. 1 (29oz) can pumpkin 3 eggs 1 can Evaporated Milk 1 […]

Recycled Trash Into Treasures

If you are still not sure what to gift this upcoming holiday season take a look at all the things you can make from recycling items you may already have at home.

CraftGossip.com and CraftBits.com is home to some really great quick last minutes gift giving ideas.

Plastic Bottle Fairy Houses
Cardboard Doll House
Foam Board Dollhouse
Fabric Dollhouse
Tube Bracelets
Pillowcase Tote Bag
Baby Sock Advent Calendar
Towel Kittens
Fabric Garland

Recycled Can Ornaments
Necktie Purse
Cardboard Coasters

22 Uses for CDs: CD Lamp
Paper Bag Art Journal
Placemat Scrapbook

Plastic bottle Wire
Magnet Bottlecaps
Vertical Hanging Herb Garden

Bowl Lampshades
Cardboard Butterfly Observatory

Fall Spiced Apricot Cider

The weather here has been playing hide-n-seek. One day it is cool the next day back to warm weather. We have so longed for a change from the drastic heat that prevails here in the valley but now that my toes are chilled I wish […]

November Resolution Expressing Gratitude

Background Pumpkin Photo: By Allison Boham Gratitude, is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all others. (Cicero) I have much to be thankful for this season. Sure my life is not perfect by any means nor is it how I envisioned […]

Honey Stir-fry Chicken with Peanuts

The history of American stir-fry begins in the mid-1800’s when when Chinese immigrants began settling in California. In the 1920’s Asian cuisines piqued the interest of a growing group of modern socialites because it was considered exotic. It wasn’t until after World War II that Asian cuisines filtered down to mainstream America. Problem was much of what was labeled as authentic Chinese food was far from it. General Tao with broccoli, Won ton soup, chop suey, egg rolls, barbecued spareribs, sweet-and-sour pork amoung others (including this recipe for Chicken Honey Peanut Stir-Fry) were concocted purposely for the palettes of American diners. The reason being most of the ingredients that go into authentic Chinese dishes was not and still is not available here in the states. Another reason was that the average American found the spices often used in Asian cuisine too pungent. They do use sauces but they are far from the sweetened brown sauces we see here. Back home they used what they had on hand mostly spices, pastes, freshly picked vegetables and little meat.

Today Chinese restaurants still cater to the American’s love of egg rolls and fried garlic chicken yet there are more establishments available offering dishes that closely resemble the real deal. You just have to ask. The Wok however is genuine. It is said to have been around for about two thousand years. The wok is considered to be the most important piece of cooking equipment in South East Asia and China. The rounded bottom of the wok enables the chef to stir-fry, steam, and boil all in one pan.

Source: Robin Webb
2 tsp peanut oil
2 stalks celery, chopped
2 carrots, peeled and diagonally sliced
1 1/2 pounds skinless, boneless chicken breast halves – cut into strips
1 tbsp cornstarch
3/4 cup orange juice
3 tbsp light soy sauce
1 tbsp honey
1 tsp minced fresh ginger root
1/4 cup cashews
1/4 cup minced green onions

Heat 1 teaspoon of the oil in a wok over high heat. Add the carrots and celery and stir fry for 3 minutes. Add remaining 1 teaspoon oil, then add the chicken and stir fry for 5 more minutes.

In a small bowl, dissolve the cornstarch into the orange juice. Mix in the soy sauce, honey and ginger. Add this sauce to the wok and cook over medium heat until thickened. Top with the cashews and green onions.

Serve over noodles, rice or a bed of steamed cabbage.

Variations:
– Add a colorful array of your favorite vegetables such as: cabbage, bok choy, spinach, Chinese broccoli, Chinese green beans, mushrooms, red chili pepper.
– Can sub turkey, pork, tofu or mushrooms for the chicken.

November Website Review: Living in the Woods and Making Stuff

Photo: The Cabin in the Fall, Property of Living in the Woods and Making Stuff Living in the Woods is one of my favorite websites because every time I read a post I feel like I am right there in the woods with Torrey cooking […]