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Nothing Trifle about Thanksgiving Leftovers !

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My Thanksgiving FOF contribution ūüôā¬†


We ladies spend endless hours planning, preparing and serving a lavish Thanksgiving Dinner, with all the trimmings. Then in less than an hour it is devoured, the naps have begun around the t.v. set and the noise of football commentators fill the air. All the while we ladies are clearing away the remnants of our toil, knowing that all were satisfied, including ourselves.

As we put the last glad-wear container, strategically stacked, in the refridgerator we begin to wonder about new and fabulous ways to serve the same meal at least once, in the coming week, if not more!

Of course there are the traditional left over recipes. Grandma’s Turkey Tetrizzini, Aunt Mary’s Turkey Noodle Soup and the must have Thanksgiving, nightly news, Turkey Sandwich, which usually renders the hubby incapcitated with indegestion and possible heartburn! So what new fangled way can these leftovers be used?

My favorite new Thanksgiving Leftover suggestions is the Thanksgiving Trifle. This is not for the¬†¬† ¬†“my food cannot touch on the plate” crowd…but for the rest of us, it is a quick and easy way to use the bulk of the left overs.

Most of us pull the meat off of the turkey carcus, either during the meal clean-up or immediately the next day. It saves room and the carcus can be used to make a very nice turkey stock to freeze for later use.  Just pop the carcus in a stock pot with a quartered large onion, 2 or 3 stalks of celery, leaves included, 3 chopped carrots, salt and peppercorns and cover with water and reduce to half. Cool and freeze.

The Thanksgiving Trifle can be assembled and cooked while that stock is brewing away on your stove top. Pull out your stuffing,¬† vegetable, potatoes, gravy and even your candied yams. You will use the same portions¬†that would make the proper serving sizes for your family’s meal, no measuring is required, ¬†you can just eye it.

Preheat your oven to 350¬į and let the layering begin. Spray the bottom of your baking dish with Pam‚ĄĘ or your favorite cooking spray and lay down a layer of stuffing for the crust. You can¬†allow your crust to come up the sides¬†of your baking dish if you like, it can create stability for serving,¬†but this is not necessary. Add¬†the shredded turkey to the gravy and reheat in your microwave while laying your base crust. Pour in the turkey and gravy, layer the veggies on top of that.¬†You can layer¬†your veggies either one on top of the other¬†or created a mixed vegetable layer, whichever you prefer.¬†If you are using both kinds of potatoes choose your top.We like the mashed pototoes on top.

Pop your trifle in the oven until your trifle is heated through and the top is browned. All of your ingredients will settle. The¬†vegetable¬†will join the gravy and turkey and create the filling of a pot pie, depending on how much gravy you have. If your gravy is just enough to coat the turkey, no worries! The cooking process will still meld all those flavors into a delicious shepard’s pie like meal.

 Let the trifle cool a bit and serve.

Other ingredients can be added, as you wish. We have added sauted onions and mushroom with a layer of cheddar cheese under the top.

I hope your Thanksgiving Celebration was fabulous. Filled with family, friends and memories to fill your hearts. A grand beginning to the 2009 Holiday Season!

 I hope this recipe makes your Black Friday cooking a breeze. I know all of you shopping ladies need a quick and easy dinner for after your early morning, all day shopping treks!

Blessings¬† ūüôā

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My Morning Coffee Dates with God ~



coffee with God

My Coffee with God...



Each morning I spend time in God’s Word. Either through a devotional/motivational, scripture verse e-mails, personal prayer book or journal scriptures. God is faithful to point out, very clearly, which one of these He would have me focus on for the day. I am obedient to this guidance and focus by His direction.¬†



I realize, these many, many months later that this new discipline has mightily improved my daily outlook and outcome: Here is my FB post this morning: 


Morning Coffee with God~ Spending mornings with God and His Word has mightily improved my daily outlook and out come. I am contemplating making a blog for this new part of my day! ‚ô• Father, I call to You in my days of trouble and You continually deliver me. I will honor&glorify You, alone. I rejoice, You draw me close… to You and out of the darkness. I confess&praise You, my Lord. Amen. Good morning loves‚ô•
As the remnants of Hurricane  Ida, blow outside my window, this fine morning,  I feel no anxiety. The prayer above came from my prayer focus of late. Glorifying the name and personage of Father God. For this I have been using my personal prayer-book. Prayers that avail much written by Germain Copeland. I also  diligently pray only scripture.
The weather is a concern for us here in Hutchland, we are awaiting a new roof. This weather has, in the past, struck terror in my heart. Fear of my husbands angry tension, of damage…just fear of the effects of ‘mother nature’. Not to recently, God let me know that He had this issue in hand. My husband, a very different man these days, no longer stresses or gets angry at ‘mother nature’.
 God has confirmed that the fix is on the way, now it is simply a matter of scheduling. And Ida (or should I say, the enemy) would like for me to delay the scheduling by getting in to doubt and unbelief.
Therefore, I have come to a place, by grace, where I realize I am not effected in this situation, not emotionally or intellectually. I am amazingly peaceful here. It is such a blessing.



The Effect of Tropical Storm Ida

 The wind and rain of the last day have had no appreciable effect on our home or our outlook.  I must give all the honor and glory for this to God, alone.
As for me and my house we will serve the Lord. Joshua 24:15
These scriptures will help you pray in a manner that glorifies God according to the Word.

Scripture References:
Romans 12:1 Matthew 25:21
Philippians 2:13 Romans 12:6
Hebrews 10:38 Matthew 5:16
1 Corinthians 6:20 Ephesians 4:15
Psalm 50:15 Colossians 3:17
Colossians 1:13 Colossians 3:23
Psalm 86:12



Good Morning Loves

Good Morning Loves