Thursday, November 22

Happy Thanksgiving!

Photo courtesy of The Daily Quipple
Happy Thanksgiving beautiful people! I hope everyone has a terrific day filled with food, family, fun and love. Let's not forget the true meaning of this day: to eat of course! 

But all jokes aside, take this day (and everyday) to give thanks for all the wonderful blessings in your life. I'm not very old, but through my 21 years of living I have learned that there is always someone out there that is not as fortunate and I am always humbled. So give thanks for everything and give back when you can. 

Have a terrific Thanksgiving! And don't forget to watch the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.

Tuesday, November 13

Deep Dish Turkey Pot Pie

With Thanksgiving just one short week away, you're probably gonna be scrambling to figure out what to do with the rest of those turkey leftovers. Since I celebrated my Thanksgiving this week (as next will be my vacation) I've come up with a delicious recipe for turkey pot pie that will be sure to have you craving more of this classic comfort food.

Pie crust or one recipe pastry topper (listed below)
1 cup chopped onion
1 cup sliced fresh mushrooms
¾ cup sliced celery 
½ cup chopped red sweet pepper
2 tablespoons butter or margarine
⅓ cup all-purpose flour
1 packet General Tso's chicken seasoning mix
¼ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon black pepper
1½ cups turkey broth
1 cup milk
2½ cups chopped cooked turkey
1 cup frozen peas and carrots
1 egg, beaten

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
2. Prepare pastry topper; set aside. 
3. In a large saucepan cook onion, mushrooms, celery, and sweet pepper in hot butter over medium heat for 4 to 5 minutes or until vegetables are tender. Stir in the flour, chicken seasoning mix, salt and black pepper. Add broth and milk all at once. Cook and stir until thickened and bubbly. Stir in turkey, peas and carrots. Pour into a two quart baking dish. 

4. Place pastry over chicken mixture in dish. Turn edges of pastry under; flute to edges of dish. Brush pastry with some of the egg. 
5. Bake, uncovered, in a 400°F oven (205°C) for 32-35 minutes or until crust is golden brown. Let stand for 20 minutes before serving.

Pastry Topper Recipe: 
In a medium bowl stir together 1¼ cups all-purpose flour and 1¼ teaspoon salt. Using a pastry blender, cut in ⅓ cup butter until pieces are pea sized. Sprinkle 1 tablespoon cold water over part of the mixture; gently toss with a fork. Push moistened dough to side of bowl. Sprinkle an additional 5 tablespoons cold water over remaining flour mixture, 1 tablespoon at a time, tossing with a fork, until all dough is moistened. Form into a ball. Form in pastry dish. 

This recipe will be sure to have your family craving more, I know mine did. Plus it's a great way to get rid of some of your leftover. The General Tso's seasoning mix adds a delicious sweetness to the flavor of the turkey while at the same time giving it a little southern kick. I haven't let you down yet, so just give it a try. I promise you'll love it!

Monday, November 12

The Wackness

Movie poster courtesy of imp awards.
Hello loves. I hope everyone had an amazing holiday weekend! I've missed cooking and my blog entirely too much, so I've decided that I'm back for good (for real this time). One of the things I missed the most was Monday movies, so today I'm back with a good one.

The Wackness was the Sundance Film Festival's 2008 Audience Award. Set in the summer of 1994, The Wackness is not your typical coming of age tale. The movie features Josh Peck (of Nickelodeon's Drake & Josh fame) as Luke Shapiro, a typical teenager who spends his days selling marijuana on the streets of New York before his friends all leave for university. He meets Dr. Jeffrey Squires, a psychiatrist, and the two develop a relationship, eventually reaching an agreement to trade the marijuana for therapy.

Amidst the craziness in Luke's life, he manages to meet Stephanie, the only other person not going away, and the two instantly click. Little does he know that Stephanie is Dr. Squire's stepdaughter!

Check out the trailer for The Wackness below:

I have been a fan of Josh Peck since I was a child, starting with his humble beginning on The Amanda Show. This movie was a chance to move away from his previous funny, child star roots and into more dramatic roles, and he nailed it! He completely holds his own against such established actors as Ben Kingsley and Mary-Kate Olson. Not only is this movie charming and hip, but it will also have you nostalgic for the good old days of the 90s.

The Wackness is available on blu-ray and DVD. And don't forget to check out Josh Peck's new movie Red Dawn in theaters November 21.

Thank you to YouTube for allowing me the usage of their movie trailer.

Sunday, November 11

Happy Veteran's Day!

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Happy Veteran's Day to all of our wonderful service men and women! Today is a day to honor those who serve, past and present, and remember all the great things our military has done for us. We are alloted so many freedoms that we often take for granted because there are amazing people willing to lay down their lives for them. As the daughter of a vet, I appreciate the holiday that much more. 

I hope you take the time today to say a prayer for our troops overseas, and to thank a veteran for their service to these wonderful United States.

Thank you!


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Hey y'all!

It's been a while since my last post, and for that I apologize. I have been incredibly busy with school, work, and Wilfred, not to mention about a million other ventures. However, I'm back and with some brand new recipes, wines, and just all around fun. I'm also going to be including some new features and crafty creations. So once again, sit back, relax, and enjoy the ride.
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