Thanksgiving is past and the frenzy of the Holiday Season is upon us! Are you feeling the stress yet? Did you have a little tiff with your significant other, Mother in Law or children over Thanksgiving? Or you perhaps had a touching moment with a loved one, remembering again why they are dear to you?
Regardless of whether or not you experienced some or all of these things, I would like you to take stock of that experience as you move ahead into this season. I talked last week about finding something to be thankful for, and would like to encourage you to continue in that manner throughout the season. But in addition to that, we can get through the season much easier if we accept those around us for who they are.
I talked in the past about setting boundaries with friends and family. That will be necessary if you are going to hit January in stride. In addition, you will have to look past the faults of many and know why you want to share this season with them. Let go of expectations and love them for who they are. If you can do this, the anger, bitterness and frustration that often surfaces will be minimized. Don’t be surprised when your aunt is critical, your husband is dismissive or your children seem demanding. They are who they are. Set your boundaries and let the rest go!
In short, take control this holiday season:
- Set and keep your boundaries!
- Accept others for who they are!
- Let go of grievances and forgive!
If you have questions about the how’s or whys, let me know! Until then enjoy the holidays. After all, that’s your choice!
You planned, you shopped, you cooked, you served, you washed dishes, you made turkey sandwiches and still there’s a pile of turkey in the fridge that needs eating. If you’re anything like me, turkey love is quickly turning into turkey intolerance, as the pile of white meat seems to be growing faster than you can choke it down.
Turkey pot pies are one of my favorite ways to use up the remaining turkey meat. They are tasty, easy, and pretty to look at. I buy the premade dough sold in sheets rather than preformed as I find it easier to work with.
There are loads of recipes online, I will include links at the end of this post, but I always default to a version from my old copy of the Joy of Cooking.
Enjoy your Sunday- I hope it continues to be filled with the love and gratitude!
Turkey Pot Pie- adapted from the Joy of Cooking
Premade pie crust (2 sheets per package)
4 tablespoons butter
1/3 cup diced onion
1/3 cup diced carrot
1/3 cup diced celery
2 cups leftover turkey
3 cups chicken broth
3/4 cup heavy cream
1-tablespoon fresh thyme, chopped
Salt and pepper to taste
Any vegies you have laying around, like peas or carrots, make great additions to this simple pe
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
Place one of your crusts in a pie dish, cover with aluminum foil, and cook for 20 minutes. Let it cool slightly before adding your filling.
Melt butter over medium heat and sauté onion, carrot, and celery until it is soft and aromatic (about 7 minutes).
Add turkey meat and mix well.
Add flour over top of filling, mixing thoroughly.
Add chicken stock, stirring constantly.
Add cream and continue to cook and stir until mixture starts to thicken and bubble slightly.
Add thyme and salt and pepper to taste.
Pour mixture into cooled pie shell.
Top with remain pie sheet and cut several slits for venting.
Bake for approximately 40 minutes. Crust should be golden brown and the filling bubbling.
Sources & Resources- click on any of the links below for more information!
Drummond, Ree (The Pioneer Woman), Leftover Turkey Pot Pie.
Deen, Paula (The Food Network), Turkey Pot Pie.