Thursday, November 26, 2009

Living on the Edge and Trying New Recipes on Thanksgiving

 Mushroom Stuffed Turkey Breast from Weight Watchers New Complete Cookbook

2 carrots shredded
2 T. butter
2 onions chopped
2 cups sliced mushrooms
1 10 ounce box frozen chopped spinach, thawed and squeezed dry
2 T. chopped fresh parsley (I used from a jar).
1 T. grated Parmesan Cheeese
1T. finely chopped fresh basil or 1/2 t. dried (I used dried)
1 slice of reduced calorie white bread finely chopped. (I used whole wheat not so finely chopped).
1 cup of chicken broth
1 T. grated lemon zest.
1 3 pound skinless boneless turkey breast.

1.  In a large non-stick skillet over medium heat, melt butter. Saute the onions for approx. 4 minutes.  Add mushrooms and carrots and saute until the veggies are tender (approx. 4 to 5 more minutes).  Stir in spinach, parsley, cheese and basil. Cook for 2 more minutes.  Remove from the heat. Stir in the bread, t T. of broth and the lemon zest.
2.  Preheat the oven to 325 degrees; spray a 9 by 13 inch baking dish with nonstick spray.
3.  Now the fun part:  Place the turkey breast on some plastic wrap and then place another piece of plastic on top of the turkey breast.  Beat the hell out of the turkey breast with a mallot or rolling pin. Beat it into submission until the turkey breast is an even thickness.
4. Spread the veggie mix on top of the turkey breast. Roll it jelly roll style.  Tie the turkey roll shut with cotton string.  Don't use whatever your husband drags out of the garage for this purpose.
5.  Pour some broth over the turkey breast.
6. Place seam side down in a 13 by 9 roasting dish. I placed mine seam side up because...well look at it.  How much more abuse can a turkey breast handle.
7.  Cover lightly with tin foil.
8.  Roast for 1 to 2 hours or until the meat thermometer says 180 degrees F.
9. Transfer to a cutting board and cut into 12 slices. Yeah right..just get as many even pieces as you can without the whole thing falling apart.
10. Don't forget to remove the cotton string unless the guests want to use it to floss later.
11.  No turkey to debone. No drying carcass taking up too much room in the fridge.  No wishbone to fight over.

Weight Watchers Corn and Sausage Stuffing

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Master Bathroom Renovation

Last year we took out all the old cabinets and replaced them with new.  Got new counter tops, new flooring and new fixtures.   Got rid of a big linen closet and replaced it with a narrow high cabinet.

All that was left was to get rid of the ugly tub and tiles.

We have a slight problem. The tub is about 1/8" of an inch too wide for the door. Problem solved in just a few minutes. :)

More pictures to come.

Old Quilt Turned into Christmas Stockings

My friend Brian and I used to work together.  Knowing that I was a quilter, he gave me his grandmother's old quilt approx. ten years ago.  Today I was stuck in the house while contractors worked on the master bathroom so I decided to do something with the old quilt. Brian lives in Southern Ca. but I remember he told me his grandmother lived in Maine.  She used an old thin blanket as the batting on her quilt and she knot tied it to keep the layers together

She used feed sacks for her backing fabric and placed the side with the writing toward the inside of the quilt.

I took apart the layers to read the writing on the inside.  This one was made out of a feed sack bag from the St. Albans Grain Company in St. Albans,

The bottom feed sack is from the "Worthmore" Pig and Hog Feed Company. It was a 100 lb. bag of "growing and fattening" feed.  The feed sack companies expected the sacks to be used in quilts. This one includes a washing label on how to remove the inks.  Obviously it didn't work but at least the ink didn't smear.   I used the parts of the quilt that weren't worn, torn or shredding to make this.  Two Christmas stockings. I still have to put the cuff and hanger on them.  All in all, I think Brian's
grandmother would be happy with the results.