Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Using It Up

The past couple of days have seen me use up some of those proportioned bags of leftover roasted meats in the fridge.

On Monday I used up a bag of frozen ham to make a casserole. Turned out pretty darn good.

I didn't get a picture of this one (couldn't find the camera when I needed it) but thought I would share the recipe with you all.

Ham, Rice, Broccoli Cheese Bake

1 cup rice
1 can cream of mushroom soup
1/2 can of water (I used the rinse water from getting the soup out)
1 1/2 cups finely diced cooked ham
1 cup finely diced broccoli
2 cups grated cheese
1 can mushrooms

Mix everything together in a greased casserole and bake at 350 for 1 hour plus a bit more.

Harvey actually had two helpings the first night and since I had so many leftovers finished it off for his supper tonight.

The next night I pulled that bag of frozen chicken out to use up.

I did get a picture of this casserole.

I used a recipe that actually called for leftover turkey, but I have always used chicken interchangeably with that ingredient. I was also missing a few ingredients, but with some subbing things worked out perfectly.

Southern Turkey Casserole

2 tbsp. hard butter (I used a bit of oil instead)
1 medium onion chopped
3 cups chopped cabbage
2 cups chopped turkey (I used chicken here instead)
1 cup long grain rice
2 tsp parsley flakes
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/4 to 1/2 tsp pepper
1/8 to 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper (I seem to have run out of this but have plenty of hot sauce, gave a good shake into the mixture and stirred it in)
3 cups tomato juice (didn't have this so subbed in another can of the next ingredient with a bit of water added)
2 398 ml (14 oz) cans of stewed tomatoes with their juice (break up the tomatoes)

Melt the margarine (or heat the oil) in a large frying pan on medium. Add the onion and cook for 5 to 10 minutes, stirring often until softened. Turn into greased 3 qt or 3 l casserole. Add the next 8 ingredients and stir well.

Pour the tomatoes and the water over top. Stir. Cover and bake at 350 F (175 C) for about 1 1/2 hours or until rice and cabbage are tender. This serves 6.

We have enough leftover for us to eat tomorrow for our supper and to make a tin foil meal for Kris.

Surprisingly this tastes almost like cabbage rolls (stuffed cabbage), but is a great deal easier to put together.

Everybody have a wonderful evening.

God bless.

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Thrifty Tuesday

Perhaps the most thrifty thing I do every week is to make use of all leftovers in other meals. I have paid good money for the items I use in making meals and I want to get the most out of each and everything.

As you have probably noticed I always do a roast meal of some sort on Sundays. Once the meat is cut up and we have eaten I package up all the leftover meat for meals later on. Usually I portion everything out and freeze the bags in the upstairs freezer. Sometimes the leftovers seem never ending (which is good) and other times there are only two or three bags to be used. 

I usually make casseroles from the leftovers, which stretches the meat even further. I always get two meals for Harvey and I from one casserole, and sometimes there is enough for a lunch later on. Or I make a tin foil meal for Kris to take home with him in his care package if I think he will enjoy it. 

This week we will be having two meals made with freezer leftovers (one last night and one tonight) and the remains (Harvey was pretty hungry after his snow removal yesterday) and on Thursday we will have another meal from one of the casseroles (the other will be used for lunches). 

I fooled around with my blog a bit today and finally got how to add reply to comments. So simple, that I wonder why I didn't do it before. Now I can actually reply to everyone.

Everybody have a wonderful evening.

God bless.

Monday, January 15, 2018

Menu Monday

Brrr, this week is starting off as cold as the last one finished. We are supposed to get warmer temperatures starting on Wednesday, but I will believe it when it happens.

So in response to the cold weather we will be having some casseroles once again. This will more than likely mean leftovers for another meal or two, and hopefully some tinfoil dinners for Kris to take home with him the next time he visits.


Leftover ham. I am going to combine a package of leftover ham, the leftover rice, some mushrooms, a bit of broccoli and some grated cheese into a casserole for our supper. I will let you know how it turns out and if we enjoy it.


Switching with what I have listed with Wednesday.

Leftover chicken from Sunday's meal. This will more than likely be a pasta bake type of casserole. Served with coleslaw. Needs to be a quick one as it seems I am once more on Parish Council and there is a meeting tonight.... Can't get off this for trying it seems.


Soup and sandwiches. I am pulling the Turkey noodle soup from the fridge freezer to use up. Grilled cheese sandwiches will be served as well.


Clean out the fridge night.


Tuna casserole served with some raw veggies and dip.


Pulling out a package of leftover roast beef. I will probably make hot beef sandwiches, homemade fries and serve with some more coleslaw.


Roast Pork, roasted potatoes, roasted carrots.

Lunches will be leftovers or sandwiches.

Everybody have a wonderful day.

God bless.

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Sunday Ramblings

Still pretty darn cold out, so I am once again drinking copious amounts of tea, and hot chocolate. Looking out the window one would not think it's as cold as it is, but hopefully a warm up comes again soon. Even a couple of days help with the "stuck in the house and hibernate" syndrome that hits every January.

Mass today was handled by our two elementary schools. The children are always so cute and try their very best. One little kindergartener sang extra loud to make up for her brother who wouldn't sing at all. However once again our priest over talked his homily and I could see the children and adults starting to tune him out. I think we might have been a bit spoilt over the past twelve years by having priests that gave wonderful homilies that were neither too long or too short.

Talked to Kris today, and he says he is getting tired of the cold as well. I am just so happy that he sounds well. He told me he had met up with a friend a couple of weeks back and they had supper together. Makes me feel as if he is not all alone in the big, bad, city.

Everybody have a wonderful evening.

God bless.

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Saturday Roundup

Thought I would share a few pictures from this week on the old homestead.

My anniversary roses. I am actually amazed that they are still alive today.

The finished vest. Not bad, but I can tell it has been awhile since I knit this pattern. I may have to make another one in a blue colour just to keep my hand in.

Once again I have a winery in one corner of my kitchen. Oh well it keeps Harvey happy and busy and considering that he has been kind of depressed lately seeing him want to do something is awesome.

The summer tunic top, just needs a good pressing and it will be put in the closet to be worn next summer.

I collected some of the leftover sock yarn and partial balls of worsted. I am going to be knitting socks for awhile. Those are the only things that seem to be keeping my feet warm this winter. One can never have too many socks.....right! It also allows me to use up all those leftovers I seem to collect. No wasting which saves money and keeps me busy.

Everybody have a wonderful evening. 

God bless.

Friday, January 12, 2018

Frugal Friday

Once again it is bitterly cold out. I guess as far as the weather predictions from pigs bladders, the old farmer's almanac, and any other weather predictors they got one half right. As far as snow cover, we could actually do with a bit more in this corner of the province.

My frugal happenings for this week.

1.  Combined errands in order to save time, and fuel.

2.  Used up almost all the leftovers in the fridge and give the fridge a good scrub down. The remainder of the leftovers will be gone by tomorrow.

3.  Cooked once ate twice.

4.  Two meatless meals over the last week. I have another one planned for tomorrow.

5.  Made my own baked beans rather than spending the cash to buy a few cans. Dried beans are very inexpensive, the molasses cost pennies, as did the squirt of mustard and ketchup. I even managed to use up the last of the real crumbled bacon.

Thank you everyone for the anniversary wishes. We spent it quietly here at home.

Everybody have a wonderful evening.

God bless.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Cold And An Anniversary

Many years ago on a beautiful January day, Harvey and I got married in our village Catholic church. We have had many ups and downs over the last 42 years but are still together having wonderful adventures.

Today was nothing like the day we were married. Instead we have cold temperatures, wind chills, and snow. Inside our home we are nice and warm and I am contemplating all the changes we have gone through.

Here is hoping for many more years together.

God bless.