Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

I've hung up my dress-for-success clothes, and pulled my domestic "genes" out of storage.

Friday, November 25, 2016

BEST OF THE WEEKEND...APRÉS TURKEY DAY







Hi there, and welcome to Best of the Weekend!
I hope you all had a Happy Thanksgiving,
and are now enjoying lots of leftovers!
I've got my fat pants on, and, if I keep eating like this,
I'm going to need a pair of fatter pants.

Tomorrow, my sister and I are continuing our
Thanksgiving weekend Broadway show tradition.
I got an insider tip that Dear Evan Hansen is a fabulous show, 
so we are seeing it in previews.
We shall see, and I'll surely let you know.
 Okay, put down that pumpkin pie, and let's get to the party!

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A Free Refashion - ABC Mom Style


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Sausage and Cheddar Deviled Eggs - Table For Seven


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Natural Farmhouse Thanksgiving Table - Peonies and Orange Blossoms


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Sunday, November 20, 2016

TURKEY NOODLE SOUP: DELICIOUS WAY TO USE UP LEFTOVER TURKEY



Turkey Noodle Soup: A delicious way to use up leftover turkey! | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes
 
How do you feel about leftovers? 

Hate 'em?
Love 'em?
Neutral as Switzerland?

I'm a LeftOVER LOVER.

To me, many things taste much better the next day.
I can eat the same thing for three or four days in a row.
Mr. Goo Shoes is a pretty good sport about that, too.
Junior Goo Shoes hates leftovers.
I guess leftover-loving tendencies are not genetic.
And honestly, whenever I get to heat up leftovers instead of preparing a meal?
That's going to end up on my daily gratitude list.

Turkey Noodle Soup: A delicious way to use up leftover turkey! | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes
My favorite leftovers of all are Thanksgiving foods.....
The stuffing, the sweet potato casserole, the cranberry sauce.....Yum!

One leftover I do not like is re-heated turkey.
Feh.
I find it has a funny taste.
Have you ever noticed that? 

On the other hand, I have no problem going "cold turkey."
No funky taste there.
I love cold turkey on sandwiches with Russian dressing,
in turkey salad, or even with warm gravy.

Turkey Noodle Soup: A delicious way to use up leftover turkey! | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

Even though I try to pick the carcass clean to maximize turkey-leftover efficiency,
there's always a fair amount of meat left on the bones.
PROBLEM SOLVED with a recipe for turkey soup, 
given to me by a friend many years ago. 
Making it became an annual tradition.
When I misplaced that recipe, I found a very similar one on cooks.com.

This turkey soup is easy, but, I will tell you that it takes time to make.
WAIT -- don't click away yet! 
Hear me out.

Y'all know me by now -- I'm too kitchen-lazy to make anything that's complicated.

Do not let the long list of ingredients scare you into reaching for a can of noodle soup.
Half of the ingredients are spices,
and, the recipe doesn't require a lot of active time.
Mostly, it's just simmering away,
which means that you can lose yourself in an episode of This Is Us, 
while your soup takes care of itself.    
You. CAN. Do. This.

Turkey Noodle Soup: A delicious way to use up leftover turkey! | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

I like to split the preparation between two days.
On day one, I make the broth, and refrigerate it.
 While the broth is cooking, I chop all the veggies.
 On day two, I skim off the congealed fat, and strain the broth
before adding the other ingredients.  
Then, the stove does the rest of the heavy lifting
by simmering away for about an hour, while I sit on the couch, reading a magazine. 
Any cooking that doesn't require my undivided attention gets a 👍 from me.

Turkey Noodle Soup: A delicious way to use up leftover turkey! | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

If you're a regular reader, you may remember me mentioning  
that Mr. Goo Shoes is not a foodie.
So, when he gives something a rave review, it says a lot.
His words: "This is the best soup I've ever had."


Mic drop.  

Turkey Noodle Soup: A delicious way to use up leftover turkey! | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes


TURKEY NOODLE SOUP
(Recipe adapted from cooks.com)

1 turkey carcass
4 quarts water
4 large carrots, diced
2 stalks celery, diced
1 large onion, chopped
1 1/2 cup cabbage, shredded
1 small can tomatoes, chopped
1 tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
1 1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. dried parsley flakes
1 tsp. dried whole basil
1 bay leaf
1/4 tsp. pepper
1/4 tsp. paprika
14 tsp. poultry seasoning
Pinch of dried whole thyme
6 oz. uncooked medium noodles (approximately 1/2 bag) 

Place turkey and water into a large dutch oven; bring to a boil. 
Cover, reduce heat, and simmer 2 hours.
Remove carcass from broth, and pick all meat from the bones. Set aside.
Strain broth through cheesecloth or paper towel to remove all bits.
(At this point, you can refrigerate the broth overnight, and pick up the rest the next day 
after skimming off fat from top; or continue on).
Return meat to broth, and add remaining ingredients, except for noodles.
Simmer one hour or until vegetables are tender.  Add noodles in last 20 minutes.  
Remove bay leaf.
Yield: 5 quarts

Turkey Noodle Soup: A delicious way to use up leftover turkey! | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

Made from a leftover carcass, 
turkey noodle soup is one bad-ass soup.

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Friday, November 18, 2016

BEST OF THE WEEKEND...AND HAPPY THANKSGIVING!








Howdy, friends!
Welcome to Best of the Weekend!
Are you all ready for Thanksgiving?
We're going to my cousins' house, 
and everyone is bringing something. 
My assignment? The turkey!
I happen to make a pret-ty pret-ty good bird,
but I always get nervous that I'll ruin it, somehow. 
I'm going to buy it this weekend, or....I could just.......


Nah. Just kidding.


Let's start this party! 
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We feature all kinds of posts -- 
 recipes, home decor, DIY, gardening, travel, whatevah
so link up your best stuff! 

Non-Bloggers: There are hundreds of fabulous ideas collected here each week;
just click on the links under the thumbnail photos,
and you will be taken directly to the blog post.  

All of our features are pinned to our Best of the Weekend board! 





Last week's most clicked:



Cherry Christmas Loaf - Gluesticks


 A few of my favorites from last week:


Mulled Mandarin Juice - Use Your Noodles


Apple Pie Layer Cake - Say It With Cake 


Citrus Holiday Potpourri - Lolly Jane


 Thanksgiving Vignette To Welcome Guests - Ramblings of a Southern Girl


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Wednesday, November 16, 2016

FALL AROUND THE NEIGHBORHOOD




Fall in New Jersey | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

Have all of the leaves fallen off the trees in your neighborhood?

Leaf season was a bit odd around these parts.
Some of the leaves turned colors and fell off quickly;
while others remained green until just recently.
  Even in Rhode Island, where we spent this past weekend,
I was surprised to see that many leaves were still hanging on, up there, as well.



Fall in New Jersey | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes
Capitol Building, Providence, RI


Before fall is a distant memory, 
here are some parting shots from around my neck o' the woods.
The photos were taken over the last couple weeks, 
so the trees aren't looking quite as colorful, 
and the hardy mums, truth be told, aren't so hearty. 


Fall in New Jersey | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes
A local park.


Fall in New Jersey | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes
That same park.


Fall in New Jersey | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes
A nursery in a near-by town.


Fall in New Jersey | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes
My front porch.

Fall in New Jersey | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes
A neighbor's house.




Fall in New Jersey | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes
Favorite local farm store which has been operating since 1886.



Fall in New Jersey | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes
The local park (again).



Fall in New Jersey | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes
Mrs. Cardinal blending in with the surroundings.



Fall in New Jersey | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes
Yup, the park again.


By Thanksgiving, all of the trees will be bare. 
At least, that's the way it usually is.
But considering that some of my summer flowers are still blooming, 
all bets are off.  



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