Monthly Archives: November 2011

Leftovers Turkey-Apple-Noodle Soup

Made this for dinner tonight. Nom-nom.

Leftovers Turkey-Apple-Noodle Soup

Prep time 30 minutes
Cook time 30 minutes
Total time 1 hour
Meal type Soup
Misc Freezable, Serve Hot
Leftover Turkey-Apple-Noodle Soup. Uses leftover turkey and noodles with carrots, celery, onion, thyme, turkey or chicken stock, apple cider, and apple pie spice, salt and pepper.


  • ~2 cup Turkey (leftover turkey meat)
  • 1 cup carrots (I used about 10 baby carrots cut into 5 pieces each)
  • 1 celery stalk (split lengthwise and diced)
  • 1 small onion (halved and sliced or diced)
  • 4 pints Turkey Stock (Chicken broth can be substituted)
  • 1 cup Apple Cider
  • salt
  • pepper
  • thyme
  • apple pie spice
  • 2 apples (peeled, cored, and cubed)
  • 1-2 cup noodles (cooked, leftover)
  • olive oil


This is a very forgiving recipe and a good way to use up the last of the leftover turkey. Herbs and spices are to taste, add as much or as little as you like. I used two wings and a drumstick for this batch of soup with turkey stock. I had leftover noodles, but you could add new, uncooked noodles near the beginning of the cooking time and let them cook in the stock. This will add a little bit of thickening as well. You can add any leftover veggies you have as well.


Step 1
Saute onion with a little salt in a little olive oil in the pan.
Step 2
Add carrots and celery, stock and cider.
Step 3
Add turkey, herbs, and spices.
Step 4
After about 20 minutes, when carrots are tender, add apples.
Step 5
Add cooked noodles 5-10 minutes prior to serving. Noodles only need to be heated through as they are pre-cooked.

These Are Just So D**n CUTE!

I wish I had room on my counter for them. I don’t have room on my counter. I wish I had more counterspace. A bigger kitchen, a bigger house… But I digress.

These are so darn cute:

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This Lil' Piggy Measuring Set

And these:

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This Lil' Piggy Cannister Set

*Disclaimer: I don’t get anything from or Del Rey for this. I just thought these were so darn cute I wanted to share them.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Thanksgiving Hymn

We gather together to ask the Lord’s blessing;
He chastens and hastens His will to make known;
the wicked oppressing now cease from distressing:
sing praise to his Name, he forgets not his own.

Beside us to guide us, our God with us joining,
ordaining, maintaining his kingdom divine;
so from the beginning the fight we were winning:
thou, Lord, wast at our side: all glory be thine!

We all do extol thee, thou leader triumphant,
and pray that thou still our defender wilt be.
Let thy congregation escape tribulation:
thy Name be ever praised! O Lord, make us free!

Words: Nederlandtsche Gedenckclanck, 1626;
trans. Theodore Baker, 1894.
Music: Kremser

Enjoy this day with your family and friends.


Back in September, Walter Olson at Overlawyered brought a curious story to our attention. Apparently Kelloggs thought that the toucan in the logo of the Maya Archeology Initiative too closely resembled Toucan Sam of Froot Loops fame.

Hint: Sam is on the left

There’s now an update to the story. Kevin Underhill writing at Forbes tells us that there is a resolution:

At last report the two sides were trying to work things out, and it now appears that they have. The Battle Creek Enquirer reports that after several meetings over the past two months, the parties have reached a compromise: MAI will keep doing what it’s doing, and Kellogg will give it $100,000.

He finishes the piece with:

The fate of whoever decided it would be a good idea to send a cease-and-desist letter to some archaeologists in the first place is not yet known.

Would that more of these ridiculous cases turned out better for the defendant…

Thanksgiving Poll

It’s time for my annual Thanksgiving Poll. I’ve added a few more answer choices this year.

Where do you plan to celebrate Thanksgiving?
Hosting family/friends at home
Going to a nearby relative’s/friend’s home
Traveling a distance by car to a relative’s/friend’s home
Traveling by air to a relative’s/friend’s home
Travekubg by train to relative’s/friend’s home
Staying home with just immediate family
Staying home by myself
Going to a restaurant
Not celebrating Thanksgiving at all free polls 

Veterans’ Day

Armistice Day, Veterans’ Day, Remembrance Day

The 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month…

In Flanders Fields


In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe;
To you, from failing hands, we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.

Written by Lt-Colonel John McRae (1915)


Single Digit Day!

The last binary day of the century.

eleven eleven eleven.

Jen from Cake Wrecks

I had the opportunity to go meet Jen and John from Cake Wrecks at a local book signing on Sunday and I took it!

The signing was at the Chicago-ish stop on the Winter Underlined tour at The Book Stall in Winnetka, IL. It’s a lovely store with nooks and crannies, just the type of book store I would love to open.

It was more than just a book signing too, it was a show.

Here’s Jen with Gena from I Heart Cakes and the wonderful “World Tour” cake Gena made for the occasion.


Jen and Gena had a little trouble getting the world to turn, but then they realized that it turned the other way. Jen said that it made perfect sense that the Carrot Jockey would go backwards.

I had a great time. My piece of cake was here:

Editing Fail

There are many copies of this at my local Walmart. One on each cash register.


“hero’s” should be “heroes”. The word is a plural, not a possessive.

“veteran’s” should be “veterans”. Once again, we have a plural, not a possessive.

This sentence has problems:

Help us honor your veteran’s, police officer and fireman, by bringing a photo to your photo dept.

As noted above, it should be “veterans,” not “veteran’s”. Then we have the plural of veteran, but singular “police officer” and “fireman”.

There is some controversy over serial commas. Some say that there should be a comma before “and” or “or” and some say that there should not be a comma before “and”. I am from the comma-before-and school. Whichever you prefer, the comma in the above sentence between fireman and by is wrong and should not be there. I also think the “and” should be replaced by “or”.

“Department” should be spelled out instead of abbreviated.

The final sentence is way off as well.

Starting October 20th – November 11th and honor your special hero by receiving a coupon for 2 5×7’s.

The “and” is superfluous. Some people use the apostrophe to indicate plurals with numerals, some do not.

How does one honor one’s hero by receiving a coupon? Apparently you take a photo of your hero to the photo department and the employee there will put your photo on the “Wall of Honor” to be seen by Walmart employees and customers. They will also give you a coupon good for two 5″ by 7″ prints.

It’s also out of balance with all that black space.

My suggestion:

Where Has The Time Gone?

As November rolls around I start thinking about birthdays. That’s because two of my children have birthdays this month. My youngest will be eleven years old on the 18th. The very next day, my eldest will be twenty-one. Twenty-one years old! How the heck did that happen? I don’t feel any older…

I remember when my daughter was born. So tiny she was. Four pounds, ten ounces and eighteen inches long at birth. She was about three weeks early. Actually The Little Guy was as well. We were in an old house and to make sure she stayed warm I would swaddle her snugly and set her in the bassinet. She was so tiny that regular receiving blankets worked to swaddle her for the first few months.

As she got older and bigger, the blankets became too small for proper swaddling. I could have used one of the Aden and Anais large swaddling blankets that will work for newborns and older babies. Swaddling makes a baby feel secure and swaddling along with “shhh”ing noises can calm a baby and help the baby go to sleep. Overnight of course, the dangers of leaking diapers are higher and an Aden and Anais Swaddle four-pack will help ensure there’s a clean one available.

She has special needs; epilepsy, a developmental delay, a moderate hearing impairment, and lupus. She loves to watch Nick Jr. and Barney. She loves the Transformers movies, Bumblebee, and Sam.

She also loves puzzles. Some of the best I’ve found are from Melissa and Doug toys. There’s also a wooden “paper dolls” set that she loves. Different clothing items stick to the figures using magnets. These are great toys for younger children as well. Sturdier than cardboard puzzles, yet still intricate enough for small motor skills work.

She’ll be 21 later this month. My older son just turned 17 in August. My little guy will be 11 the day before his sister turns 21. It feels as if all three were born only the day before yesterday. Where did the time go?