Not shopping

November 23, 2012

Cooking, Journal

Sorry for forgetting to get a post up last night. I fell asleep watching Extreme Homes and just woke up. AWESOME!!!

I’ll posts some photos in a bit. Off to read Brad’s site.

Ok, here’s the rundown. The goal of this weekend is to get all my paperwork for parent-teacher conferences in order (which isn’t much work, I’m just slow) and Lloyd has to write a sermon for the nursing home services on Sunday. Other than that, it is lazy, lazy time around here. Our meal was a simple affair:

Four cereal-bowl pies. Two apple, two blackberry.


Stuffing, which I make from whatever bread happens to be handy around the house. This year it was English Muffin bread, a whole wheat bagel, and some pumpernickel bread (not shown).

I love to cut stuff up.

Turkey, in a freezer-to-oven contraption. It baked in a inner roasting bag, which was freaky but worked out fine.

It took 2 3/4 hours, not 1 3/4-2 1/4 like it said.

There was also a green bean casserole, some undercooked mashed potatoes (my fault) and copious amounts of gravy. Mmmmmm…… looking forward to being sick of leftovers….

The turkey took much longer to cook than it said on the bag, and we were starving, so we each ate a pie before dinner. When the food was actually done we were stuffed, so we just made up little plates to nibble on while watching ‘Brave’ on iTunes. Lesson learned: next year just make pie and buy two Swanson dinners.

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Lauren Sommerer is a preschool teacher who likes to build prototypes, grow cats, cook things once, save money, reduce, reuse and recycle.

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3 Responses to “Not shopping”

  1. Peggy Said on:

    It sounds like a delicious Thanksgiving meal! And I’ve never seen that Butterball turkey before! So it made lots of juice for gravy or did you make some other kind of gravy?

    Now, do share about the cereal bowl pies. I need to know how to make those.


    • Lauren Said on:

      The gravy was less than stellar. I started my roux-and-chicken-broth regular, and should have just added the drippings from the bag. The turkey came with a gravy packet that I added, and the taste is a little weird. Oh well, it’s gravy.

      The cereal bowl pies are the result of having made crust for a one-crust pie, but needing two different kinds of pie. A quarter of the crust was almost enough to make a circle to fill with fruit and artlessly fold the sides over, but not quite enough. There was some leakage. Again, oh well. I had my second pie for breakfast. 🙂


  2. Brad Said on:

    Mmm… I think you’re on to something there: pie for a meal. It has fruit. That’s good for you, right? Now if I could just find some crust that I liked…


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