Friday, November 30, 2007


Of course one of my favorite things to do with the turkey carcass is to make turkey soup. HMMM HMMM
BUT I also make my chicken pot pie recipe and it then becomes turkey pot pie. The best part of the recipe is you don't have to poach the turkey first. You just cut up the turkey into bite size pieces. Of course, there is a sad part to this as when I poach the chicken I do so in wine!!! AND when you use leftovers the you don't get to use the wine.
Anywho, here is my recipe (note the turkey is highlighted):
Chicken (Turkey) Pot Pie

1. Poach 5 – 6 chicken breasts/or one to two turkey breasts depending on the size of the turkey breasts (or use 4 - six cups of leftover chicken/turkey) for about 11 minutes in some white. Cool and cut into chunks. You don't really have to poach cooked chicken or turkey.

2. Sauté one medium onion until golden

3. Make a roux by mixing together
½ cup butter
½ cup flour
½ cup white wine

4. Remove from heat

5. Add
2 ½ cups milk
1 tsp salt
¾ tsp basil
1 tsp cayenne

6. Heat about 15 minutes to thicken

7. Add
sautéed onion
4 cups mixed veggies in total (2 - 3 cups mixed frozen veggies & 1 -2 cups frozen peas (I usually don't use peas but broccoli and cauliflower

8. Place in pans, add pie crust (see below for recipe). It can be frozen at this point.

9. Brush with egg wash

10. Bake at 425 for 10 minutes and then at 350 for 25 - 30 minutes or until brown


Robin Hood Instant Pie Crust Recipe using cold wine instead of cold water. (4 – 5 tbsp = 1/3 cup). Follow directions on box (mix the wine with the dry ingredients, roll out and place on top of pie. There is no need for a bottom crust.


My Turkey Recipe - ENJOY!


1 (12 ounce) package jumbo pasta shells
8 ounces mushrooms, diced
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 onion, chopped
1 pound ground turkey - I use the dark meat chopped really fine
salt and pepper to taste
1 (10 ounce) package frozen chopped spinach, thawed and drained
2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
2 cups cottage cheese
1 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
1 (32 ounce) jar spaghetti sauce
1 (8 ounce) package mozzarella cheese, shredded

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add pasta and cook for 8 to 10 minutes or until al dente; drain. Set aside in warm water.
In a large heavy skillet saute mushrooms, garlic and onions. Add turkey and cook until mushrooms, garlic and onions are tender. Season with salt and pepper. Remove from heat, and stir in spinach, parsley, cottage cheese and Parmesan cheese.
Stuff the cooked shells with the mixture, and place in a 9x13 inch baking dish. Cover with spaghetti sauce, and sprinkle top with mozzarella cheese.
Cover with foil, and bake in preheated oven for 30 to 45 minutes, or until heated through.

Sunday, November 25, 2007

Turkey Noodle Casserole

I love this recp. You can sub the meat with anything really and it is fast and yummy. I know I dont post much but I have been slowly reading the books and well just feel behind. I still cant find this months book. Good thing December is approaching. Thanks for organizing this.


Turkey noodle casserole recipe with noodles, cooked diced turkey, cream of mushroom soup, Cheddar cheese, curry powder, and seasonings.
1 package (10 ounce) frozen peas, thawed under cool running water
2 cups diced cooked turkey (or ham)
1 1/2 cups cooked noodles
1/4 cup chopped onion
8 ounces sliced mushrooms
1 can (10 1/2-ounce) cream of mushroom soup
1/2 cup milk
salt, to taste
1/4 teaspoon curry powder
1/2 teaspoon poultry seasoning
1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese
Combine turkey, noodles, and peas in a buttered 2-quart baking dish or casserole. Melt 2 tablespoons butter in a saucepan. Sauté onion and mushrooms until tender; blend in soup, milk and seasonings and cook, stirring, until well blended and hot. Pour soup mixture over the turkey and noodle mixture; top with shredded cheese. Bake in a 350° oven for about 25 to 30 minutes, until hot and bubbly.Serves 4.

Turkey and broccoli

Turkey and Broccoli
As you can see, this is a very flexible and adaptable recipe. It can be made with chicken/turkey/pork, fresh or frozen vegetables, cheese whiz or grated cheese. It is good made one day and reheated the next so you can have leftover, leftovers!

20 oz frozen broccoli (or fresh broccoli can be used - don't even bother cooking it)
4 cups (or more) stuffing (you can also make a box of stove top)
4 cups (or more) cubed turkey (you can also use chicken - just be sure its cooked first)
2 cans cream of celery or cream of mushroom soup (or combination)
2/3 or large jar of cheese whiz or 1-1/2 cups shredded cheddar

In large casserole or 9x13" pan, put broccoli in pan (it doesn't need to be thawed or cooked - just broken into pieces)
Sprinkle cubed turkey onto broccoli
Mix soup and cheese
Pour soup mixture over turkey
Spread stuffing over soup mixture
You can refrigerate it for up to 24 hours prior to baking or bake immediately.
Bake for 45 minutes at 350 degrees. Let set for 5 minutes prior to serving.


Now my brother, who loves to cook, but is a notoriously picky eater, makes the chicken version of this recipe for mucho lots of family and pot-luck type events. This is recipe. Read it with the idea that he as an adult, still doesn't like most vegetables and still doesn't like any of his foods to touch each other:

1 - 20 oz. package of cut frozen broccoli (Not sure why anyone would put this in here, could be a mistake)
6 large chicken breasts, cooked and cut-up
2 cans cream of mushroom soup or cream of celery soup
2/3 or large jar of Cheez Whiz (Mmmmmm) [1-1/2 cups shredded cheddar works too!]
1 large box of stove top chicken stuffing (Use both packs in box) - can be left over stuffing too

1. Cook chicken and cut up
2. While chicken is cooking, make stuffing per directions on package.
3. Put uncooked, frozen broccoli in bottom of 9x13 pan. (Consider throwing
pan out at this time) [if using fresh broccoli, cut into bite-size pieces, don't even bother cooking it (why bother using it anyway?). Just cut it up and put in pan.]
4. Mix soup and Cheez Whiz together.
5. Place cut up chicken on top of broccoli. (Or if following suggestion at end of step three, then place chicken in a new pan)
6. Pour soup/cheese product mixture over chicken.
7. Spread stuffing on top.
8. Refrigerate or bake.
9. 50 minutes prior to serving: Bake for 45 minutes at 350 degrees.
10. Let set for 5 minutes. (Take opportunity to look around for something else to eat)
11. Serve. (Only if you have to!)

Turkey Tetrazzini

Turkey Tetrazzini

1 to 2 1/2 cups cooked diced turkey or chicken
1 (4 oz.) can of mushrooms
1 T. minced dried onions
1/4 tsp. Tabasco
1/4 tsp. marjoram
1 (10 1/4 oz.) can cream of chicken soup
1 13 oz. can evaporated milk
1 (8 oz.) package spaghetti, broken into pieces, prepared according to package directions and rinsed under cold water
1 (4 oz) package grated cheddar cheese
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese

Combine first seven ingredients and mix well. divide spaghetti into 3 equal parts. Cover bottom of a greased 9 x 13 inch baking dish with layers of a third of the spaghetti, half the turkey mixture, and half the cheddar cheese; repeat, ending up with a layer of spaghetti. Sprinkle Parmesan cheese over top. Bake 30 minutes at 400 degrees or until hot and bubbly. Let set 10 minutes before serving. Can be made in advance. Serves 6-8

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Not a mystery - just an easy knit or 2 or 3 or 10

Good morning everyone!

If you are looking for an easy way to use up sock yarn, check this site out. It is at Mason Dixon Knitting. Just pay attention to the 4" square. Being that I have no sense of what 4" is (my first square ended up 6"), I hacked off the end off a 6"x4" index card and stuck it in my bag. Your gauge can be whatever in order to get a 4" square and then send them off . . . spread the word!

Have a good one.

Mary Lynn

Saturday, November 17, 2007

Fingerless Mitts Prize

I won the prize for my fingerless mitts! I got this nice skein of yarn and the pattern to make more of them, and I am glad about it too. When I knit the first pair, I had no idea I would enjoy wearing them so much. I live in Idaho where it is getting cold, especially at 6:00 in the morning when I get in my car to make the 20 plus mile drive to work. I've even worn them in the house when the evenings are cold. Mostly the back of my hands get cold, so these mitts are perfect, and I will love making a pair of striped mitts from this yarn because I do love that self stripping yarn.

As for the mystery, what can I say? Obviously, I am in this group because I like mysteries!

Thanks Jane for drawing my name and sending me these prizes.

Sunday, November 11, 2007

Packages recieved and enjoyed!!

Hi all, but mostly Steph!

Sorry for no postings, but I have been in bed the last half week and have had too much pain, and therfore difficulties writing. But NOW! No, I'm not well yet, but better for a while.
And to Steph: THANK YOU!!!!!
To the rest of you: Look at these, yes, THESE great packages:

First some days ago, the trick:

And did I love THAT one? Yes!

Then came the treat:

How about that? Did I love it?? OH, yes!!! And how on earth did you know what my favorite candy when I lived in Chicago as a kid was ??? I haven't seen them since 1967!!!!! The Candy Corn! And YES; I ATE THEM, RIGHT AWAY!!!!! Before my kids or grandchildren even saw them!! Scarred stiff I wouldn't get them all, every single piece. Terje was allowed to taste ONE, and he just looked at me, wondering what on earth I was talking about when I told him how much I loved this candy! The others were allowed to sniff the plastic! How old I am??? Not 1/2....and a some days more..... So now I'm waiting for someone to send me some Hot Tomales!! Haven't seen them either...But I suppose you can't send THEM in the mail.... *LOL*

Love Vigdis

Saturday, November 10, 2007

Whoduknit Holiday Swap

This Swap is for Whoduknit Members Only!
According to my records everyone has received their trick or treat fall swap packages - and they were all great! Thanks so much for making this swap so easy! If you go into the database and click on "Trick or Treat Swap" you will see my little trick of how I assigned partners for this swap!
With the holidays approaching, I know that we are all stressed out with last minute shopping, knitting, etc. and it can be an expensive time of year, but it wouldn't be any fun without including our whoduknit friends in our holiday plans - so let's make this swap an easy one, while keeping the postage down as well.
You will be sending your pal:

1.A holiday ornament (handmade if you have the time!)
2. A holiday themed book This could be a mystery, a knitting book, craft book, cookbook - whatever - and a previously read book is perfectly fine.
3. A favorite holiday recipe
4. A holiday treat

Sign-ups begin today and end on Sunday, Nov. 18. Partners will be assigned shortly after that. This won't be a secret swap so you won't have to worry about anonymous e-mails. The deadline for mailing packages will be December 15. Of course you may want to mail earlier if you are mailing international.
To sign up e-mail me at with your mailing address, and whether you are willing to send international or would prefer a pal in your own country this time.
Happy Holidays!

Friday, November 09, 2007

Trick or Treat Swap

Wow, I want to give a great big thank you to Kim Smit from Canada. I got the bestest swap package of all. Just look at all the lovely yummy goodness that came in a huge box all the way to MO. There were knitting needles with a ghost on the top. There are pencils and a pen from Canada, a keychain that says Canada. A huge tote bag that was all folded neatly into a little nylon holder about 2 inches wide by 3 inches long. Very portable to carry when I go yarn shopping. It will open up to hold a LOT of yarn. I got a thermometer, beautiful yarn, candy, stitche markers, and two books to read. One of which is The Cat Who series (my favorites and one I haven't read). There are teas and a crochet book. I feel so spoiled. Thanks again Kim. I love everything. And here is a picture so you all get to see my goodies.

Monday, November 05, 2007

A late message of recieving.

I nearly forgot to write at this blog but now it is here. I know it is a couple of days ago is was Halloween, we do not celebrate in Denmark. But more and more people are making pumpink faces with light - mostly families with small children. I think the tradition will come in Denmark in a couple of year.
I recieved the gift from Dee for more than a week. She really a sweetie. Every gift were wrapped in orange silk paper. I recieved a crime which I look foreward to read, a bookmark from her trip to Africa- very beautifull, the trick was 2 ballons, the treat was a lot of chocolate - I wonder why it is not at the picture. I thank you Dee by my heart.

Sunday, November 04, 2007


I have completed my project for Slipknot. I have made a thong for Jane to wear on her date. The pattern is from Interweave Knits online free patterns. I know her first date didn't go well but she didn't know that when she was looking for something to special to wear. Thus, the thong. She would have felt sexy when on this date. She can always wear it for her next date which I am sure will happen as the story progresses. Here is a photo of Jane's new thong.


What a lovely trick and treat package I received from Mindy. AND I received it on Halloween. It was getting late in the day and I decided to have a nap. By that time I didn't think anything would be delivered or I would get my package before Halloween was over. I don't think my eyes were closed very long when the phone rang calling from downstairs and it was the postal delivery truck with a parcel for me. That woke me for a while. When I opened the outer mailing package inside was the cutest gory Halloween bag and inside were lots of goodies. At first I thought the trick was that there was candy stuck in the ends of the yarn but I realised after what the trick was. Mindy send me Lamb's Pride black yarn to knit and felt into a witch's black cauldron which I will now do next Halloween. There was also the "trick" which was how to make a magic potion in the cauldron. There was candy, three sets of earring, a little rubber ducky dressed as a witch, and a very interesting sounding read called Witch Miss Seeton a Miss Seeton Mystery by Heron Carvic. An author I never heard of. Inside it says "This is not so much black comedy as black-currant can't stop reading. Or laughing" I am looking forward to reading this book. AND here are some photos of my gifties.

AND of course here is my Solara trying to get into the action. LOL
Thank-you again Mindy. I will be putting this on my blog sometime on Sunday.

Hey did you gals all remember to turn back your clocks?

Saturday, November 03, 2007

Treats all the way from Norway!

I got my T&T swap package from Vigdis today. Talk about some awesome treats! I got some of her specialty hand-dyed yarn, in a beautiful orange. She also sent some black, white, and pumpkin superwash yarn, a copy of "Britain's Best seller-Simply Knitting" (very cool to have a magazine from a different part of the world!), and a pattern book of Norwegian style mittens and socks. It is all written in Norwegian and I can't read it, so I am sure it is my trick. Fortunately a good friend of mine at church is from Norway, so with any luck she might be able to help me figure out the basics. There was also some yummy chocolates that I will be happy to share with Hubband.
Thank you so much Vigdis. This is a really great treat!

Friday, November 02, 2007

Thank you Becca!

Ok, I am a little more awake now and can thank Becca more properly....and with photos. The gum is already at work....the candy is being doled out...the books are titled Knit One, Kill Two by Maggie Sefton (boy did I mangle that title earlier!!) and When Bad Things Happen to Good Knitters...

Now Becca said the trick in the box is that fun fur is 'tricky' to work with and she sent me a skein of fun fur and Lion Brand Boucle to make a scarf from - with the pattern - knit it together! I will make that scarf after exam is over (maybe I will take it with me for airport sitting time) and let you all know how tricky it is or isnt!

I love the candle holder - cute huh!

Oh - the best part - a little Christmas ornament with my name!! Do you know that when I was growing up you could NEVER find ANYTHING personalized with my name! So it is an absolute thrill when I get something personalized!!

Thank you wonderful swap partner!

Halloween Riddles

You are all so clever (and probably google the same riddle sites that I do LOL) And the winner is.....Christine!

Answers to Halloween Riddles:

1. Why didn't the skeleton cross the road? He didn't have the guts.

2. What do ghosts serve for dessert? I Scream

3. What was the witch's favorite subject in school? Spelling

4. What kind of pie do ghosts eat? Booberry

5. Who did Frankenstein take to the prom? His Goulfriend

6. How can you tell that vampires likes baseball? Every night they turn into bats.

7. What's a cold, evil candle called? The Wicked Wick of the North
8. What kind of hot dogs do werewolves like best? Hallowienies
9. What's Draculas favourite pet? A bloodhound
10. What kind of music was inspired by mummies? Wrap
11. What do you call serious rocks? Grave stones

12. What do birds give out on Halloween? Tweets

13. What kind of boats do vampires like best? Blood Vessels