Leftover Turkey Tetrazzini

Raise your hand if you have leftover turkey!  Since I hosted Thanksgiving this year and all of my guests had long drives home, I have a lot of turkey just sitting in my fridge.  And, I can only have so many turkey sandwiches.  So, where do I go to find good recipes for leftover turkey? Pinterest!

Leftover Turkey Tetrazzini, courtsey of Taste of Home, was floating around Pinterest, so I thought I would give it a try.  A huge bonus – I had all of the ingredients (or at least a variation) in my house so no need to run to the grocery store.  This dish was the best way to use up all of those leftover ingredients in my fridge.

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Maple Sugar Cookies

Well, Thanksgiving is officially over.  I don’t know about you, but I’m still stuffed.  So much good food over this weekend.  I hosted Thanksgiving for the first time (yikes!!) but everything went off perfectly.  (My Trader Joe’s turkey was delicious – very moist and juicy.)  But, one of the highlights of this weekend’s culinary experience were a cookie recipe I found on Pinterest.

On Monday, I threw together a batch of these delicious Maple Sugar Cookies, courtesy of www.thirtydayshomemade.com.  Maple is my husband’s favorite flavor so it was kind of a no-brainer to give these a try.

The recipe is pretty simple – a basic sugar cookie with a splash of real maple syrup.  Yes, you have to get the good stuff, but it’s so worth it.   I made three dozen cookies and froze the rest of the cookie dough for Christmas.

Here’s how they turned out:

 

The verdict from my Thanksgiving guests – huge thumbs up!  The maple flavor is subtle but enough to amp up your average sugar cookie.  I will say that the recipe makes a whole lot of icing, so I might cut it in half and make a little more if I need it.

So, if you need a delicious cookie for presents or a cookie exchange, give these a try!

Cleaning the Dishwasher

So, Thanksgiving is coming.  And, for the first time, I’m hosting my family for the weekend.  That’s right – I’m making a turkey, folks!  (A quick side note: I picked up a turkey from Trader Joe’s this weekend. They brine their turkeys for you, so I’m very curious to see how it turns out!)

And, to prepare for my guests, I’ve been on a house-cleaning mission.  And, this past week, I cleaned something that I have never cleaned before: the dishwasher.  I know what you’re thinking.  Why clean the dishwasher?  Doesn’t it take care of itself?   But I saw this pin floating around Pinterest and figured it was time to give it a try.

So, following the instructions from One Good Thing by Jillee, I grabbed a little vinegar and baking soda and starting cleaning.  The basic instructions are:

  1. Start with an empty dishwasher. And, I mean empty.  Dig around in the bottom of your dishwasher to make sure there are not any rogue pieces on the bottom.
  2. Place a small cup of vinegar on the top rack and run your dishwasher on a normal setting with hot water.
  3. After the cycle, toss some baking soda in the dishwasher and run it again.

Here’s my story:

  1. I emptied my dishwasher and pulled out the bottom rack to see if there was anything in the bottom.  Lo and behold, I found 3 big chunks of glass.  I have no idea how they got there, so they were probably from the owner before us.  Yuck.
  2. I ran the dishwasher on super-hot – pretty simple.  When I opened it back up, I noticed that there were still some stains and gunk on the inside.
  3. I threw in the baking soda, grabbed a brushed and scrubbed the door, the silverware container and the sides.  I ran it again and, voila, clean dishwasher!

In the end, I have a sparkling clean dishwasher.  (Sorry, I didn’t take a picture since you really couldn’t tell the difference unless you stick your head in there.) I added one step where I really scrubbed the insides, but other than that, it was very simple.  Plus, I think my dishes seem to be getting cleaner.  Nice!

Makeup Brush Cleaner

Sorry for the delay in posting.  It’s been a busy few weeks around my house a.k.a my daughter is now down to two naps a day, and since I usually blogged during the late afternoon nap, I’m a little behind the times.

Anyhoo, one thing I love about Pinterest is how it reminds me to do things.  I have my usual cleaning routine, but I usually find some post about cleaning your base boards (yeah, I should probably get to those) or this pin about cleaning your makeup brushes.

I saw this pin and figured it was high time to clean my makeup brushes because honestly, I have never cleaned them.  Ever.  There isn’t a website linked to the pin, so here are the directions in the description:

You will be surprised to see all the makeup that is left in the water. How to properly clean your makeup brushes. (a tablespoon of white vinegar in a cup of hot water, and a 20 minute soak, followed by a hot, then cold rinse and pat dry will do it. Disinfects, dissolves grease/makeup, leaves no film, and inexpensive.)

Here is my before:

And, here’s the after.

I will tell you: the water was perfectly clear after 20 minutes.  It wasn’t until I vigorously shook the brushes that the water got dirty.  I rinsed the brushes as instructed.  And they stunk like vinegar.  Gross.  I finally washed them with some baby shampoo to make them smell nice and that’s when the dirt really came off the brushes.

So, in short, I would skip the vinegar soak and just wash the brushes in baby shampoo.  It got the dirt out and it made them smell nice.  Sorry Pinterest, I think you failed me this time.  😦