Friday, November 23, 2007

Happy Leftovers Day!

With a bunch of turkey left after yesterday's feast, Mom sent some home with me. I grabbed some fixin's on my outing today and made two huge pots of yummy turkey noodle soup (recipe at bottom).

I expected today to be incredibly boring sitting around my apartment with nothing to do. So wrong! I slept in late, got up and watched Ocean's Thirteen, made muffins and cleaned my kitchen, and did a bunch of laundry. In the afternoon, I ventured out to get another curtain rod and some sheets to make curtains for my living room.

My apartment has been losing heat somewhere, and I finally got tired of it. I was going to buy fabric and hand-make really nice, thick curtains for the living room. Then, I discovered I could get twin-size flat sheets for about $5.00 at Ross. Guess what: cheap, very nice fabric, some alligator clips on rings, and a $5.00 curtain rod! I have really fun and effective curtains in my living room now, and I have enough sheet material left over to make awesome pillow covers for the couch. Total cost: $20. ~big smile~

I watched Good Luck, Chuck while the soup was cooking tonight. Surprisingly good, excusing the eight or ten near-porn clips. The movie was funny. I can't help but relate to Jessica Alba's character--not because I think I'm anywhere close to being that gorgeous, but because the character is constantly fighting Murphy's Law. As much as I want to be a woman with grace and tact and charm... I know I'm not. I'm comfortable with my status as a geek. Sometimes, though, I wish I felt cool. And I wish I could find a guy that would see this girl that is constantly getting hurt, forever goofy, and completely incapable of saying the right things at the right time.

This is why we don't let Jaggy watch sappy chick flicks.



1/2 white onion, 3-4 carrots, 3-4 stalks of celery chopped up and cooked 1/2 hour over medium heat in a large stock pot (add 2.5 litres of water after the 1/2 hour). Add garlic salt and pepper to taste (I use a LOT of fresh-cracked black pepper). Using leftover turkey (it's better if it sits in the 'fridge overnight for some reason), shred it BY HAND. No knives. Bite-sized pieces. Add the turkey to the soup. Toss in 3 or 4 bullion cubes--use chicken because I've never been able to find turkey bullion cubes... wonder why. I generally add more pepper and parsley now as well. Cook 3 or 4 hours. Stir every half-hour or so. Taste often. The last half-hour is critical: add Reame's Egg Noodles. They're available in the freezer section, usually next to the frozen bagged ravioli or bagged vegetables. Other noodles break down or absorb too much moisture. Trust me, the noodles are amazing. Finish out that last half-hour, then EAT! Best with bisquick biscuits on a cold day.

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