Friday, November 28, 2008

Turkey Leftover Recipes!

Top 10 Turkey Recipes - Delicious Leftovers
By Diana Rattray,

Here are some of the most popular leftover turkey recipes on this site, including turkey sandwiches, casseroles, turkey pot pie, and turkey and rice recipes. Scroll down past the top 10 to see more leftover turkey recipes, along with roasted whole turkey, recipes using turkey cutlets, and more.

1. Savory Turkey Cobbler
Diana Rattray
This savory "Gobbler" cobbler is yet another great way to enjoy leftover turkey. Serve this cobbler with cranberry sauce on the side and a tossed green salad or fresh sliced tomatoes, if desired. If you're short on time, top the filling with your favorite homemade or refrigerated biscuits just before baking.

2. Turkey Pasta Casserole With Asparagus and Cheddar Cheese
Diana Rattray
I used mini penne pasta in this hearty casserole, but elbow macaroni or small shells would work just as well.

3. Creamy Parmesan Turkey Sauce With Country Ham and Peas
Diana Rattray
Serve this delicious sauce with pasta or over hot creamy grits. Feel free to add more cheese to this sauce, and smoked ham may be used in place of the country ham.

4. Turkey Casserole With Havarti Cheese
Diana Rattray
Prepare this turkey dish for brunch, lunch, or dinner. Feel free to use shredded Swiss or a mild Cheddar cheese in this flavorful turkey casserole.

5. Creamy Turkey With Artichokes
Diana Rattray
Serve this creamy turkey and vegetables over hot baked puff pastry shells, or serve over toast or split biscuits.

6. Turkey Pot Pie with Cornbread ToppingAn easy pot pie, made with cooked diced turkey, frozen peas, milk, cream of mushroom soup, and a cornmeal topping.

7. Turkey SupremeAn easy sauce is combined with sliced turkey breast and cooked rice or noodles. This is easy and delicious. Serve with a little leftover cranberry sauce and green beans for a complete meal.

8. Turkey Macaroni CasseroleAn easy turkey casserole, made with macaroni, chopped celery and peppers, Cheddar cheese, almonds, cooked diced turkey, and cream of chicken soup, along with milk and seasonings.

9. Turkey and Rice BakeTurkey and rice bake recipe, made with bacon, spinach, sliced turkey, cooked rice, seasonings, and a bread crumb topping.

10. Turkey a la KingAn easy recipe made with leftover turkey and veggies, along with cream of mushroom soup and seasonings. Serve this turkey over rice or toast.

Ada Jenkins Center

Do you want to get involved in your community and help make a difference??? The Ada Jenkins Center is a great organization that makes a difference right here in our surrounding counties!

Their mission is to improve the quality of life for the residents of our communities through the integrated delivery of health, education, and human services.

The Divas In The Kitchen™ will be doing a drive to support Lydia's Loft (1 of the many services that Ada Jenkins provides). Lydia's Loft provides free clothing and household items to people in need in the North Mecklenburg and South Iredell regions. The program accepts donations of clothing and household items. Tax receipts are provided.

Please visit to learn more about how you can get involved.

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Holiday Craft

Now that Thanksgiving is upon us I am trying to finish the last minute things that I need to do to make it a great day for not only my family and our friends but also for me so I can sit,(ok maybe not sit) but relax and enjoy. I went searching for the great Thanksgiving craft that I can have the children do while waiting to enjoy all our wonderful and tasty dishes. I figured that there would be enough of them that they could tackle this one on their own. Plus with help from the older children this should be a lasting memory to add to our collection. Also what a great centerpiece for the children's table (if you were to have one).

Large brown paper bag
Piece of corrugated cardboard
Paper plates
Mod-Podge glue
Colored paper
Orange or red balloon and googly eyes
Glitter, stickers, or other notions
Craft clothespins
Tacky glue

**For thorough directions an how to assemble please take a look at


Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Check out this BLOG!

1 Green Mommy is a wonderful blog for all you women/moms that are looking to "Go A Little Greener". It is written by a suburban mommy of 2 looking to make a healthy life for her family. She does not claim to know it all, but she has learned a lot and shares it throughout her blog. Even though I have written on many of the same topics, it always great to hear/see it again and also see it from a different perspective.

Each time I look through it, I learn something new. My newest favorite is that if you turn in 5 clean plastic Target bags, you get a reusable shopping bag. What a great way to recycle! Check it out on her blog.
And don't forget to share anything you are doing green!

Thursday, November 20, 2008

The Divas In The Kitchen™~ First Chapter

Lake Norman Divas

This Chapter was created September 2008 and held its first meeting in October! It is made up of women from Lake Norman, NC. We share a common "Diva Spirit!" We take pride in ourselves for accomplishing the modern day balance of sophistication and traditional homemaking with zest and flair, but most importantly, the support we have for our community! We started with just 9 women and in one month we have grown to 15...
You can recognize us by our brown and pink accessories and by our BIG HEARTS! We plan on doing different drives throughout the year to help make a difference in our community, as well as a variety of fund raising events to raise money for one local charity.
If you'd like to join our organization, please send us an email at

Join An Existing Chapter
You can join a chapter in your area and will be graciously welcomed as a Pink Polka Dot Member into your new network of diva friends! For information on chapters in your area, send The Divas In The Kitchen™ Foundation an inquiry email message at: The Divas In The Kitchen™ Foundation will receive your message by email and contact you either by phone or email as requested. Your Pink Polka Dot Membership includes club information, a Pink Polka Dot benefits badge (entitling you discounts on The Divas In The Kitchen™ hostess goods), newsletter and email updates! Pink Polka Dot Membership is $20 per year.

Start Your Own Chapter
In starting your own chapter, you become an official Hostess Diva – a position of honor and respect. The Divas In The Kitchen™ Foundation will send you a Hostess Diva Membership package, including club information, an original Divas In The Kitchen™ Chapter Charter, signed by The Divas In The Kitchen™ Foundation, an official Divas In The Kitchen™ rolling pin (our form of "gavel" to call your meetings to order!), a Pink Polka Dot benefits badge (entitling you to discounts on The Divas In The Kitchen™ hostess goods), newsletter and email updates! Hostess Diva Charter Membership is $35 per year.

Each year 10% of your annual dues will go to the organization Spotlighted for the Cookies For A Cause Gala. The remainder of your dues goes to the maintenance fees associated with the operations of our organization.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Pretty Napkins

If you're throwing a dinner party in the near future, you can add a great decorating piece with a few napkin-folding ideas. If you fold your napkins in a fancy or creative way, you can add another level to your place settings and the appearance of your table. Proper napkin folding, involves more than just a creative flair. So many designs, precise measurements and materials are needed for the best results. With a few creative napkin ideas, your next dinner party can be the talk of the town.

Here is one from the back of the Cookies For A Cause, Divas In The Kitchen First Annual Cookie Book.

The Fan, pretty on a plate.

1. Fold top and bottom edges to center

2. Fold top and bottom edges to center a second time.

3. Pleat firmly from the left edge. Sharpen edges with hot iron

4. Spread out fan. Balance folds of each side on table.

Well-starched napkins will hold shape.

There are so many more designs to pick from. Here's a great website

Have you thought about your cookware??

You should take a closer look at your pots and pans!

By cooking at very high temperatures, the coating on many nonstick cookware can degrade, exposing you and the environment to harmful chemicals. Also, while these nonstick coated pans (such as Teflon) are being manufactured, dangerous chemicals are released into the environment.

Avoid using nonstick cookware at prolonged high temperatures! Be aware not to use any type of mental spatula or knife because that could expsose the chemicals from the surface. You should also contact your local waste management division about recycling pans with obvious chips or peeling surfaces.

Some alternatives would be iron, stainless steel, glass or ceramics and look for earth-friendly nonstick cookware that's safe for you and the environment.

Monday, November 17, 2008

What's For Supper Ya'll? Chili!

Here are some wonderful Chili Recipes to try!

Quick and Easy Chicken Chili

1 (15.5 ounce) can corn
1 (15.5 ounce) can white hominy
2 (15.5 ounce) cans pinto beans
2 (15.5 ounce) cans kidney beans
1 (12 ounce) jar salsa
2 tablespoons chili powder
2 tablespoons ground cumin
1 cup water
1 pound shredded cooked chicken

Stir together the corn, hominy, pinto beans, and kidney beans in a large saucepan over medium heat; bring to a boil. Stir in the salsa, chili powder, cumin, and water; return to a boil. Cook another 15 minutes. Stir in the chicken to serve.

Seven Peper Chili
2 pounds beef tip
1 (18 ounce) bottle barbeque sauce
1 large onion, chopped
1 large green bell pepper, diced
2 tablespoons diced habanero pepper
2 pepperoncini, diced
1 tablespoon diced serrano pepper
1 tablespoon diced fresh cayenne pepper
1 tablespoon diced pequin chile pepper
2 tablespoons diced jalapeno chile pepper
1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon paprika
1 teaspoon dried oregano
3 tablespoons chili powder
2 pounds ground beef
1 (14.5 ounce) can crushed tomatoes
1 (15 ounce) can pinto beans, drained
Preheat an outdoor grill for high heat and lightly oil grate. Brush beef tip with barbeque sauce and grill 5 to 8 minutes on a side, or to desired doneness, brushing frequently with sauce. Set aside.

In a large pot over medium heat, cook onion and bell, habanero, pepperoncini, serrano, cayenne, pequin and jalapeno peppers until onion is translucent. Stir in cumin, paprika, oregano and chili powder and cook until fragrant. Stir in ground beef and cook until brown. Drain.
Stir in tomato sauce, any remaining barbeque sauce and beans. Cut grilled tip steak into bite sized pieces and stir into chili as well. Continue to cook until thickened and flavors have blended and mixture is thoroughly heated. Thin with water if desired.

Fruity Chili
2 (14 ounce) cans tomato sauce
2 (15 ounce) cans kidney beans, rinsed and drained
2 tablespoons chili powder
1 tablespoon white sugar
1 pinch cayenne pepper (optional)
1 pound ground beef
2 tablespoons chili powder
1 tablespoon white sugar
1 pinch cayenne pepper (optional)
1 teaspoon cooking oil
1/2 red onion, chopped
1 banana pepper, chopped
1 apple - peeled, cored, and chopped
1 peach - peeled, pitted, and chopped

Combine the tomato sauce, kidney beans, 2 tablespoons chili powder, 1 tablespoon sugar, and cayenne pepper in a large sauce pan; bring to a simmer over low heat.
Place a large skillet over medium-high heat; place the ground beef in the skillet; season with 2 tablespoons chili powder, 1 tablespoon sugar, and the cayenne pepper; cook until brown; add to the sauce mixture.

Heat the oil in a small skillet over medium-high heat; cook the onion in the oil until slightly browned; add to the sauce mixture, along with the apple, peach, and banana pepper. Allow to simmer another 1 to 2 minutes until hot.

Friday, November 14, 2008

Time to Polish Your Silver

How to Care for Silver Flatware and Holloware
Enjoy the Beauty of Silver by Caring for It

Do you love the look of silver but not the work involved in keeping it beautiful? Do you avoid using your silver so that you don't have to polish it? Is your silver dull and tarnished?
If you think about it, though, you know that it doesn't really take long to polish pieces of silver, after all. If you have the right materials and just a little time, your pieces will be looking like new in no time.

See our tutorial on how to polish silver, with simple step-by-step directions.

If a piece of silver just needs polishing, it has a gold or yellow tone. This is easily eliminated. But when pieces lose their finish or become very tarnished, you might need to have the piece professionally cleaned or re-plated. This is a process that requires a professional whose work takes several weeks and is very expensive.

To avoid having to have your silver pieces repaired, just take a little time to take care of the silver pieces you have. Polishing an average bowl should take less than a minute, so it is definitely an activity with instant rewards!

Polishing Tips
Rinse each silver item in hot water to remove surface dust.
While the silver is still warm, use a moistened foam sponge to spread the silver polish.
Spread the cream quickly over the silver piece to cover it completely.
Gently rub each tarnished area. Move around the piece, inside and out, until the tarnish is gone.
Wash with mild dish soap and rinse in warm water.
Dry with a very soft cotton flour-sack towel to remove all water.
Avoid using a silver tarnish dip except for pieces with small intricate cuts or curves or for the tines of a fork. The dips tend to leave a yellowish residue on silver. Also, you won't want all areas to be perfectly shiny. Darkened areas add beauty to the look of old and intricate pieces.

When it's time to actually repair a piece of precious silver, contact a local company that repairs metal pieces.

There are also online companies to which you can send your pieces. They can remove dents, replace bent, missing, or broken parts and add a new coat of silver plating. The result should be like a new piece.

Store silver in special flannel bags infused with particles of silver that will retard tarnish on your stored pieces. Look for these in jewelry and department stores in the silver and china section.

They are often brown and sold under the name Pacific Silvercloth. Be careful to keep the silver bags dry. Water causes them to lose their tarnish retarding properties.
See more information about using silver in your home.

How To Polish SilverRead about how easy it is to polish silver. Get some helpful tips and techniques to keep silver looking beautiful.

Silver Replating, Repair, and RestorationFind links to sources where worn silver can be repaired or replated.

Tableware Cleaning and CareTips on cleaning, maintaining, and storing silver and tableware.

Serving Pieces for TeaSee some traditional serving pieces used at tea parties, including a cake plate, tiered cookie plate, crystal, silver, and more.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Feeding America

America’s Second Harvest changed it’s name to Feeding America. This new name best conveys the mission—providing food to Americans living with hunger—and will be supported through expansive public outreach campaigns that will raise awareness of domestic hunger and our work.

This network is nation wide and is a great way to get involved in the community! In our area (Charlotte, NC) the network is called Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina (SHFBM) and the goal is to make strives through education, advocacy, and partnerships to eliminate hunger by the solicitation and distribution of food. They serve 14 counties in North Carolina. SHFBM has been in existence since 1981 and provides food for over 600 partner agencies--from soup kitchens to low income day care centers.

You can help by giving a financial donation. This is the best way to help because every $1.00 contributed provides 6 pounds of food. You can also donate food or host a food drive, every pound supplied is the equivalent of 1.25 meals for a hungry neighbor.

This is a great "Cause" to give to when hosting a "Cookies For A Cause" event. How exciting to know that every dollar raised will provide 6 pounds of food to people who are hungry!

If you are outside of Charlotte, you can look for the closest network by visiting

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Stress FREE Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is the time to gather with your friends and family, turn on some football, and enjoy your Thanksgiving meal. This meal is the one meal of the year that you usually know what to expect and what you will be eating. Every family has different thanksgiving traditions, that must be prepared. Honor your family traditions and make the traditional foods expected. Then add a new dish that you would like to introduce.
The Thanksgiving dinner is a simple meal to prepare. All it takes to pull it off is some advance planning. The best advice is to write down everything you'll do and then prioritize according to you. Here is a great plan to help you get organized and ready for your Thanksgiving day so you can enjoy family and friends.

We all kow how much fun it is to get our families together and have the kids run around and play. What if you had something fun that they could take home to remember that wonderful day? Check this site out for great ideas for kids.

Friday, November 7, 2008

Thanksgiving Centerpieces

Beautiful Thanksgiving Centerpieces
by decorvillage

It's time to start thinking about your Thanksgiving centerpieces. Here are a few ideas:

Purchase or make small grapevine rings to use as a base, or bend a piece of coat hanger into a circle. Next, wire on small stems of berries, leaves, and flowers using thin wire wound tightly around the base. Use fresh flowers for a one-use decoration. Or find pretty silk blooms for a longer-lasting design.

Though this sample may be too tall for a dining table, this arrangement will be the talk of your guests. Place it in an entryway or on a sideboard, or make a shorter version for a centerpiece. The top of a white pumpkin was hollowed out, then fit with a vase filled with soaked floral foam. Stems of leaves and berry branches are inserted into the foam that holds everything in place.

What better way to celebrate the Thanksgiving harvest feast than by creating a centerpiece using gorgeous green vegetables. To make the asparagus and green bean wrapped candles, stretch two sturdy rubber bands around a white pillar candle, then insert vegetable stalks underneath the band. Cover the bands with a circle of satin ribbon and decorate the platter with a few white mums and coffee berry sprigs.

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Baking Safety Tips

Wash hands for 20 seconds (before starting, when returning to food) with warm water and soap all over hands and wrists, rinse well, and dry with a clean towel.

Clean dishtowels. Change daily.

Work surface and sink cleaned before, after, and as needed (sanitize with 1 teaspoon bleach added to 1 quart water).

Eggs stored in cartons (not refrigerator door) at 40°F. (Any raw egg drips cleaned up immediately).

Hair tied or held back.

Raw dough or batter is not to be eaten. Dough or batter should be covered and refrigerated if not baked right away.

Oven rack is placed where it is needed before preheating the oven. An oven thermometer should hang inside.

Two clean, dry oven mitts or pads available by the oven.

Counter space and cooling rack ready for hot baked good when it is removed from the oven.

Make sure there is a clear traffic path to it.

Clean containers or new plastic bags should be used for storing baked products.

Making Your House Smell Good

Freshen the air inside your home without the use of commercial air fresheners that are filled with chemical substances!

Instead of plugging in a commercial air freshener or dousing your furniture with "fabric refresher," fill a pot with water, dried cloves, cinnamon sticks, and orange rind and let it simmer on the stove top.

Essential oils, such as orange, lemon, or peppermint, can diffuse pleasant, unobtrusive aromas into the air. Add a drop to furniture polish composed of olive or vegetable oil, and give your tabletops a quick swipe. Another great idea is to dab the surface of a light bulb and allow the aroma to diffuse throughout the air.

Just one more way of using natural substances instead of items filled with chemicals.

Monday, November 3, 2008

It's a wonderful time of year - Autumn!!! Another excuse to create a delicious dessert! Here are some ideas.

There's something so comforting about the desserts we make when it's cold out. Seasonal fruits can be turned into cakes, pies, and drinks that are comforting finishes to any dinner or holiday meal.


Easy Chicken Pasta

Easy Chicken Pasta

What's For Supper Ya'll?

White Beans, Pasta and Chicken
8 ounces dried cavatappi, fusilli, rotini, ditaloni, or other short pasta tubes
1 15- to 19-ounce can cannellini (white kidney) beans, rinsed and drained
1/2 cup chicken broth
3 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
1 tablespoon olive oil
6 plum tomatoes, coarsely chopped (about 2 cups)
12 ounces cooked chicken, shredded
1/4 cup snipped fresh Italian flat-leaf parsley
1/2 to 1 teaspoon cracked black pepper
1/2 teaspoon salt
Fresh Italian flat-leaf parsley sprigs (optional - I usually skip it)
Olive oil (optional - but I recommend at least a little for moisture)
1. In a large saucepan, cook pasta according to package directions; drain well and set aside.
2. In a blender or food processor, combine 3/4 cup of the beans and the chicken broth. Cover and blend or process until smooth. Place bean puree in pan used for cooking the pasta; bring to boiling. Return pasta to pan.
3. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, cook garlic in 1 tablespoon hot olive oil for 1 minute. Add tomatoes; cook for 1 minute. Add the remaining beans, shredded chicken, snipped parsley, pepper and salt. Heat through.
4. Add the tomato mixture to hot pasta; toss to cost. Top with parsley sprigs and additional olive oil. Serve immediately. Makes 4 servings.
Posted by Stacy Nelson, Easy Dinner

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