Friday, November 29, 2013

Turkey Day Leftovers...

So, it's Black Friday, and it's 10:30, and I am still in bed. (I'm totally NOT into Black Friday shopping. Don't like crowds. I've literally shopped 'til I've dropped.) Hallelujah! What is it about vacations that makes them anything but restful?!

Fun, but exhausting...

So, what Turkey Day leftovers are we dealing with today?

Well, thankfully, no hangovers. 'Cause that really isn't our style.

But, how about sore muscles?! Achy knees and tight calves? Yup, we've got those!

via, my sister, Bek...
For the 5th year in a row, the Barefoot Hippies participated in a Turkey Trot. Let me tell you, a turkey trot is a great way to start of Thanksgiving Day. It reminds you of all the things you are thankful for...races, muscles that work, being mobile, and END of races.

Mr. Hippie and I ran the 8 mile course. Bek and the boys ran the 5k. We all did better than we expected. I even set my PB for this race. It was nothing earth shattering.

As for these sore muscles leftovers, I am toying with the idea of a short run to stretch them out. Toying with. Since I'm still in bed enjoying coffee, that idea may be a stretch in and of itself.

My mom's fridge is also full of edible leftovers...of the turkey and gravy kind.

Now, I don't know about you, but I love turkey leftovers. They are as good as the original dinner minus the dirty pans and mess. Win-win.

-I dream of chunks of cold turkey sprinkled with salt and pepper and layered on hearty bread slices smeared with real mayo or chipotle mayo.

-I salivate over hot turkey sandwiches...slices of bread layered on a rimmed cookie sheet, topped with turkey and warmed gravy, and then toasted in a 400 degree oven until hot and bubbly.

-I hoard enough stuffing and turkey to make a casserole that is classified as comfort food. Delicious layers of turkey, gravy, cream soup, broccoli and stuffing. No new prep necessary, except for steaming some broccoli...

Like all the recipes I share, it's good. It's easy. And, it leaves you maximum time for Black Friday shopping.

5 Layer Turkey Day Leftover Casserole
leftover turkey
leftover gravy
leftover stuffing
1 pound broccoli
1 10-3/4 ounce can cream of chicken soup

Steam broccoli until crisp tender.
Layer bite-sized pieces of turkey in the bottom of a greased 3-4 quart casserole. Top with 1-2 cups leftover gravy. Next, layer on broccoli. If you have more gravy, spread 1-2 cups over broccoli. If not, use the can of cream of chicken soup. Layer stuffing over all. Bake at 350 degrees for 45-60 minutes, until hot and bubbly.

Well, I'm off the computer and on to a shower. We are having a sibling game night tonight. There are 7 out of the 8 of us here in the DFW area this week. Plus a few significant others. We will be enjoying more great food, like Sticky Wings and Green Bean Bundles.

Tomorrow we are spending the day at the Arboretum. (I have finally learned the correct pronunciation for that magnificent word.) And we have to do laundry and gather our belongings that have spread near and far in my parent's house. Repack and head back to the Mitten early on Sunday.

Have a great weekend, and enjoy your leftovers!