Sunday, November 27, 2011

A is for Antlers

Super simple, super fun and one of my favorite holiday crafts! This is a great letter A craft! A is for antlers! I used a reproducible from The Mailbox and cut the antlers off. You can just google Reindeer coloring pages and then cut the antlers off. Glue it onto red or green paper. Paint hands white and press on the top of the reindeer's head! Now you have antlers! :) Find a sparkly pom-pom and glue it where the nose should go! Fun! :)

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Thanksgiving Sandwich

Did you really need a 22 pound turkey to feed 6 people? Umm... I think not.  Did that stop you? Yeah, didn’t think so. So now what??? Huh? Well, don’t sweat it. I got your back.  I have a few leftover recipes to share with you. :) But just one today, okay? 
This is a sandwich inspired by at Turkey Day sandwich that I saw advertised at Earl of Sandwich in Downtown Disney. It is my family’s new favorite. :) I hope you enjoy it too! 
Now, I make this without leftovers just anytime I feel like it. And to do that I use turkey breast cutlets and fry them in some EVOO with some poultry seasoning.  But you can also use turkey lunchmeat or left over roasted turkey. :) Ahhh.... so many options! 
I also use a cranberry sauce/salad that I get from a little country store near my house. But you feel free to use your own homemade cranberry salad, canned sauce, whatever you like. :)  But go here is a recipe for some yummy sauce I made for last year that is similiar.
Turkey of some sort ( leftovers, lunchmeat or cutlets)
Cranberry salad, sauce or jelly
Stuffing (You can use good old boxed mix or leftovers)
Mayo(just enough to moisten the bread. You can also use ricotta cheese)
Rolls ( I use a crusty italian roll)
Gravy (optional)
Preheat oven to 375 and butter your bread.
Sprinkle a little poultry seasoning on bread. (You can also use thyme, rosemary, and/or sage)
Toast the buns in the oven until just lightly golden brown.
Remove the buns and spread just a little mayo on one side (if you like).
Spread cranberry salad/sauce on the other side.
Add your turkey (warm it up before you put on the bread).
Add some stuffing. (do this!!!)
And then feel free to drizzle with gravy. If you are making this without leftovers, buy a jar of gravy and warm some. This is my hubby’s favorite part.

I know it sounds weird... but I promise you will use up those leftovers and be looking for reasons to roast a turkey every month! :) 

Tip:  freeze some extra turkey in sandwich bags and pull it out when you are ready to make these yummy sandwiches. 

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Buffalo Chicken Pizza

Okay, so I baked 3 leftover chicken breast the other night. (I opened a whole pack, but didn't need all the chicken, so I threw what wasn't needed right away in the oven at 350 for like 35-40 minutes until no longer pink inside.) But did not know what to do with them. Hmmm.. 3 chicken breasts don't go too far with 3 men in this house. So the next night I chopped them up and made 2 pizzas. Super simple... took no time at all.

Some cooked chicken
Buffalo sauce or BBQ sauce 
Mozzarella cheese
Ranch Dressing (optional)
Refrigerated pizza dough

1. Chop up the chicken quickly or throw it in the food processor.
2. Roll out your pizza dough. ( I pre-bake my crust for about 5 minutes before adding the toppings)
3. Mix chicken with some sauce (buffalo or bbq)
4. Top pizza with cheese, chicken and some sauce. 
5. After you bake it according to the package directions, you can add some ranch dressing to balance out the spicy buffalo sauce. 

Super Easy Supper!!!

The Impossible Sugar Cookies (Scarecrow Cookies)

I cannot make sugar cookies to save my life. Correction: I can make a blobby looking mess... but a pretty perfect cutout cookie??? NO! I have tried several different times, several different recipes following them exactly. No luck though. My brother in law says when I follow a recipe, it never turns out right. Winging it usually gives me the best results! 
Diaster 1-
I had this plan to make multi-colored sugar cookies that were supposed to look like oak leaves. Well, they turned out looking like a deformed part of the male anatomy that would not have been appropriate to send as a "thank you" to the nice firefighters who taught fire safety at preschool. :/ Epic FAIL. The firemen got round cookies instead. 

Disaster 2-
I was gonna make these adorable scarecrow cookies, but the dough was impossible. Too sticky even after refrigerating overnight. I ended up rolling the dough into balls, rolling in flour then smooshing with the back of a measuring cup. They turned into perfect circles then, but... COME ON!!! This has got to be easier!!!! Any hep out there blog world???? What are your tips for making perfect sugar cookies????

The cookie recipe I used can be found here.... along with the icing and scarecrow idea. Believe me, the cookies were yummy! The problem lies with me!!! I have got to be doing something wrong! HELP!!! 

So, make the cookies and decorate... I used the sugar wafers ( i found taking them apart longways worked better), pull and peel licorice, mini choco chips, a peanut butter chip... you can use whatever you like! I am planning on making these again and making them into snowmen! :) Look for that post coming soon!