Friday, November 19, 2010
Perfect Leftovers...
Honestly, I couldn't be happier that this week is over. It has been a stinker of a week and while we have tons of things to do this weekend to get ready for family time, I am glad it is the weekend!

Jay seems to be feeling better today. While he doesn't feel great, he went to school anyway since they piled tons of tests on the kids before having a week off for Thanksgiving. I am glad he takes responsibility like that, but it makes me sad that he is getting so big. I love them growing up, but I miss my little guys. He made it through and now the boys are off for the week! P-A-R-T-Y!!!

Dinner last night was so good, but pretty anti-climactic, if that makes sense? The illustrator had to work late (he took a break to eat) and Jay couldn't eat anything. So, after running around all day and not even getting to shower until 8pm, I was exhausted and ready for the day to be over. Oh and on a side note to that, I had a horrible rushed salad that I apparently threw mustard all over myself and the salad...I know this because I noticed that I had mustard all over my sleeve when I took my shirt off. Yep, that was the day!

Lunch today, however, was incredible! Thanksgiving leftovers make the best meals! We plan on freezing some for after Thanksgiving so we can have more "leftovers" and we will be doing something with them tomorrow...maybe a pot pie will be in order?

I vacuum sealed and froze 18 of these cornbread dressing muffins last night. I did not trust any of us to not eat them all. I love the crispy outside of these with the moist (yeah, I said it) inside.

I still had a butternut squash from our trip to the pumpkin patch, so I roasted it with coconut oil (this one was the illustrator's and he sauteed it in a little brown sugar, I ate all of mine last night). Oh you HAVE to roast one with coconut oil. The flavors are perfect together and so complimentary!

Roasted Butternut Squash

1 medium butternut squash
1 TBSP coconut oil

Peel and dice the squash. Rub coconut oil on it and lightly salt. Bake on a parchment lined sheet pan at 400 degrees for 30 minutes. Broil if you want it a little more crispy (I did so I broiled it until it was browned).

I roasted a 13 pound turkey (stuffed with onions, garlic, carrots and apples - glazed with apple cider) so it wouldn't take as long and I thought it would give us a fair amount of leftovers. The boys were happy, so I am happy!

Now I need to make some gluten free bread so they can have sandwiches!

This is a total side note to a lesson I have recently learned. I have really started to embrace my inner hippy. I have realized that there are places and times where it really does not matter if you have showered or not. Let's understand, I am a shower every day kind of gal, but I now know that really the cashier does not care how dirty you are and when your kid is sick, it really does not matter if you are just go and get him. Why does this feel so strange? Am I the only one that feels like you have to look a certain way to go to these places? This is a new thing for me, but I really don't think it matters.

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posted by Sarena Shasteen - The Non-Dairy Queen @ 7:16 PM  
  • At November 19, 2010 at 7:22 PM, Anonymous Estela @ Weekly Bite said…

    OMG! You were so right when you said we made the exact same meal!! this is too funny! Great minds think alike :)

    It looks delicious!

  • At November 19, 2010 at 7:31 PM, Blogger Nicole said…

    I am also SO glad this week is over. It was a crazed crazed week. I hope Jay is 100% for the weekend!

  • At November 19, 2010 at 7:32 PM, Blogger Jennifer said…

    I literally JUST pushed publish on my latest post entitled "Leftover Lovin.'" Great minds think alike!

  • At November 19, 2010 at 8:17 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    hippy power!! haha...i totally agree. i mean, as long as i'm not super gross or stinky, what's the big deal? i think it's making so many trips to the grocery store after riding - trekking in there in all my horse get-up. of course, then I probably DO smell, i just don't realize it :P in those instances, i do feel a little bad for the cashier ;)
    mmm - those cornbread stuffing muffins...look SO good. I think I'll have to convince my mom she wants those :P

  • At November 19, 2010 at 8:22 PM, Anonymous Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg said…

    Oooh, those muffins look so good!! I would have had to freeze them too...they wouldn't last long in our house!

  • At November 19, 2010 at 8:27 PM, Anonymous Amy B @ Second City Randomness said…

    I'm all about the freezing leftovers for later. You'll always appreciate it in a pinch... :)

    I'm right there with ya when it comes to being happy the week is over. It was a busy one for sure!

    Enjoy your weekend!!!

  • At November 19, 2010 at 9:15 PM, Anonymous Heather (Where's the Beach) said…

    I'm trying to get on the leftovers train. Getting there slowly ;-) I am horrible about feeling the need to get completely dressed up just to go to the stupid grocery store. If I walk out the door now in say running clothes to hit the store, Jason always gives me a weird look - but says he's proud LOL

  • At November 19, 2010 at 10:08 PM, Anonymous Tina @ Faith Fitness Fun said…

    I hope you have a great weekend. You deserve it after a hectic week.

  • At November 19, 2010 at 10:45 PM, Anonymous Madeline - Greens and Jeans said…

    Haha, I TOTALLY know what you mean about showering. I blame it on doing too many backcountry hiking trips...

  • At November 19, 2010 at 11:30 PM, Blogger Stephanie said…

    I do an apple cider and maple turkey! So yummmy! I don't know what it is about the apple cider and turkey!

  • At November 20, 2010 at 7:23 AM, Anonymous MelissaNibbles said…

    Your little man is a trooper going to school like that :)

    I need to bring a side dish to Thanksgiving because I can't have sugar and don't want to be the spectacle of the dinner. I figure if I bring something that's okay for me to eat, I can go incognito and be okay. Maybe I'll just bring butternut squash or something. Thanks for the idea!

    p.s. I don't shower unless I have to go somewhere...sometime not even then ;)

  • At November 21, 2010 at 10:00 PM, Anonymous Ashlee said…

    I enjoyed your post... Leftovers are so dangerous. We made some Butternut Squash Lasagna for the first time yesterday. ( It was really good. I am glad I found your blog have a great night.

  • At November 22, 2010 at 12:17 AM, Anonymous salah said…

    omg those muffins look soooo good!!!

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