Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Yummy in My Tummy: Thanksgiving Leftovers

This frugalista had one busy morning.  I took my leftover turkey and ham from our Thanksgiving feast on Sunday and turned them into a variety of casseroles to fill my freezer.  I have come to realize that I will most likely rather spend my evenings after work playing with my lil girl as opposed to cooking dinner. 

I made three different casserole recipes.  Each recipe made two family-size servings.  This leaves me with dinner for tonight and five other meals for when I go back to work. 

The first recipe I made is called Thanksgiving Leftover Casserole.  This used my leftover turkey, mashed potatoes, and stuffing mix and created a yummy casserole.  It has a really nice sauce that holds it all together.  I enhanced the flavor by adding thyme, rosemary, and sage to the sauce.  I did some quality control when it came out of the oven, and I give this 2 thumbs up. 

I used the rest of my leftover turkey to make Turkey Tetrazzini.  We are going to eat one of the casseroles for dinner tonight.  I also taste tested this one when it came out of the oven....YUM!  It is creamy and cheesy and loaded with fat and calories.  I lightened mine up with skim milk and margarine. 

The last casserole I made is mimicked after one of my favorite meals of my Mama's.  It is Cheesy Ham and Potato Casserole.  I don't actually follow a recipe for this one.  All you do is boil some potatoes, mix them with chunks of ham, drench it in a cheese and milk sauce, and bake.  It is always a hit. 

I am definitely going to appreciate these casseroles in a few weeks! 

Friday, November 19, 2010

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

My Lil Bitty Girl is Getting BIG

Today, we had JJ's 1 month doctor's appointment.  I knew that she was growing just from lifting her every day.  My suspicions were confirmed today!  At her last appointment two weeks ago, she weighed 6 lbs 15 ounces.  Today she weighed in at 8 lbs 12 ounces.  She has gained almost 2 lbs in 2 weeks.  JJ also has grown a half inch since birth and is now 21 inches. 

I cannot believe how much she has grown and is changing.  I now fully understand what everyone was saying about how they grow in a blink of an eye.  Here she is...my beautiful baby girl!

Monday, November 8, 2010

A Weekend of Firsts

This past weekend was a very eventful one for my baby girl, JJ.  We traveled home to visit both sets of family for the weekend.  While we were home, JJ experienced several first time events. 

For example, she rolled over for the very first time...yes, it is true.  My 3 1/2 week daughter rolled over!!!  Those legs start moving and there is no stopping her.  Grandma and Daddy were both there to see it and can confirm that it did indeed happen. 

We also took her out to with us to eat a restaurant for the very first time.  Daddy and I have yet to go out with JJ with just the two of us; however, we did make a trip with our family to The Fireside Inn in Enochsburg, IN to eat their tasty fried chicken.  All in all, she was great seeing how we had to wait for quite a while to get our food.

Another milestone happened at Grandma and Grandpa's house this weekend.  JJ's umbilical cord FINALLY fell out.  YAY!  You know what this means?  JJ finally got her first real bath when we got home.  She did great during her bath, and I really think she enjoyed it.  Check out these pictures...

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