Monday, 20 October 2014

50 Easy Weeknight Meals & Easy Turkey Soup

Hey all!  I've partnered up with some great bloggers to make your weeknight meals a little easier this Fall.  We've put together collection of family meals that are quick and easy to get on the table at the dinner witching hour.  You will find the link at the very bottom to all the meals. Be sure to check each one out.  I'm salivating just looking at the pictures.  I know that my family will be enjoying some variety over the next little while! 

I'm also sharing with you a meal that is a staple at our house after Thanksgiving.

Easy Weeknight Meals, Turkey Soup


Thanksgiving here in Canada was last week, and although we didn't host this year because of all the goings on with the sale/purchase of our house, I was sent home from my mother-in-law's house with plenty of left over Turkey and trimmings that lasted for a few meals.

Since the kids get tired of the typical turkey-after-Thanksgiving-sandwiches pretty fast, I made a simple and easy turkey soup, that will quiet their rumbling tummies and give us some variety.  And also because we love our soups around here. Don't you? Fall and soup just seem to go together.

You can throw this meal together really fast by using your Crockpot/slow-cooker to make the broth and then adding the noodles on at the end. It's one of those meals that needs minimal supervision.

Easy Turkey soup made using turkey leftovers. Freeze the broth for future easy meals.

Easy Turkey Soup 

Ingredients:

The Broth:
  • 2 cups of leftover turkey, including bones
  • 3 tbsp of olive oil
  • 1 whole onion, do not peel
  • 4-5 cloves of garlic, peeled
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 tbsp oregano
  • 1-2 carrots
add to broth:
  • 1 cup of small noodles (I used, orzo)
  • salt and pepper to taste

Directions:
  1. To make your broth: In a large pot place first 7 ingredients, add water and simmer for 2-3 hours.  If using Crockpot, let simmer on high for 5-6 hours. Use as much water as your pot will hold, because this broth is great to freeze and use another time.
  2. Once you are ready to make the soup, remove the onion and bay leaves.  With two forks shred the turkey meat from bones as needed, and discard the bones. Mash the carrots and garlic and add back to the "broth".
  3. At this point take as much of the "broth" as you need to make the meal for your family and place in a different smaller pot.  I usually take about 6-8 cups of broth for my family of 5. (we like leftovers). Freeze the remainder of the "broth".
  4. Now add your noodles and cook for about 8-10 minutes and you are ready to go. Enjoy!


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Here is another soup recipe you might enjoy!


{RECIPE HERE}

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How do you like to use your turkey leftovers? Are you a soup family too? Don't forget to check these other meals that look so yummy.



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Monday, 13 October 2014

And... we're moving again!

I can hardly believe it's been over a month since I last posted... yeap I'm a blogging slacker!  I have good reason though.

After our vacation to Florida in August, I happened to be daydreaming one day, so I started looking around at homes for sale in our area that were out of our price range. I mean WAY-OUT-OF-OUR-PRICE-RANGE! You know, just for fun.  Well, I looked at one house, and I showed it to hubby, who says, "we should look at it". What?!?!?  Huh??!!  "No we are not moving, I'm just bored and just looking around, I said.  Anyways, it didn't end there and we called our realtor Matt and off we went to look at this beautiful home which was way too expensive for us.  It was a beautiful house, but it was looking a little tired, and needed to be freshened up.  Oh and did  I mention it was way out of our price range? Yes, so we came home and laughed at ourselves that we even wasted our realtor's time to go look at it. And we both said to each other "it's only been a year at this house, we're not moving until the girls are done high school." Famous last words!

Needless to say, a few minutes later, hubby comes looking for me to show me another house he found on-line that has everything on our wish list and "maybe we should take a look".  I reminded him about "waiting until the girls were done high school.... blah... blah". Anyways, off we went to see it. And I kept saying "we're not moving, we're not moving. There is no need to move."

And of course, we fell head over heals for this house.  I know you are supposed to remove emotion when making such a large purchase like this but... I couldn't get past how much privacy the backyard has. I've shown you, that privacy in this house has been the thorn in my side since the day we moved in.

After thinking through our decision for a few days (aka cooling our jets), we put an offer on the house and after a whole lot of negotiating back and forth, our offer was finally accepted. But we still needed to sell our current house. Which sent me on a rampage over the next week! Although I have made a whole lot of progress on painting every last inch of builder beige out of this house, there was still alot to do.

Anyhow, I took the next couple of days, and enlisted help from family and friends, and I finished all the painting and then, decluttered and staged my home for sale. Luckily we sold within two days, with only three showing, just like the old house!  I am so grateful for the quick sale, cause I was seriously panicking that it would take weeks or even months to sell! It seems in our area, everything is really slow.

We are still waiting on some things to be settled up (building permits, etc) on the new house but if all goes well, we will be moving beginning of December! So, my home goals for 2014 are out the window and I can't wait to make new ones this January for the new house!

Here are some pictures of the new house from the realtor website, before it gets taken down!


That is woods behind the house! It's all treed and private and beautiful.... sigh.

Foyer
Living Room/Dining Room combo
Family Room/Great Room
Family Room/Great Room
Family Room/Great Room
Kitchen
kitchen
backyard
backyard

So, yes that is our dream house! I can't wait to get in there and paint... again.  Meanwhile, I'm going back to decluttering and packing and enjoying Thanksgiving here in Canada today.



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Tuesday, 9 September 2014

{DIY} - Fall Sign

Well the FALLification (is that a word?) of our entry continues. And once again I didn't spend a penny.

One thing you may not know about me is that I hoard wood remnants. I have all sorts of pieces of wood in our basement waiting to be dealt with. So when I got the itch to craft and I wenr downstairs and grabbed a random piece of wood.

So this project was FREE! I love Free, don't you?



It's a little rustic. The letters are not perfect. But, did I mention it was F-R-E-E?


I think it looks great beside the new door colour which I showed you yesterday with the Fall wreath and also with my old Front door rug (which has seen better days).

And... because I like to keep it real "rustic" I haven't painted the trim around the windows yet. I'm working on it. ;)


That cement egg was gifted from friends of ours who were moving out of the country this summer and didn't want to bring it with them.  I just love the blue colour.

Back to the sign... I was inspired by this Giant Distressed Fall sign that I had pinned from Love Grows Wild.  Which goes to show you that you can be inspired by someone else's project and then make it your own. I'll show you how I made mine soon.

Have you started Fall decorating yet?

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Monday, 8 September 2014

DIY- Fall Wreath

Hey! How was your weekend? We had a wicked storm here on Friday night, and the weather really cooled off for the weekend. Kind of like a reminder that Fall is coming... although, here in Southwestern Ontario we've been reminded that Fall was coming all summer long. But enough about that.

With the cooler weather this weekend I decided it was time to accept it and start my Fall crafting.

Fall wreath using twine balls and hydrangeas

So I decided to start with my Front door.  Which, by the way I painted a while ago and forgot to tell you about cause I was too busy working out. And if you look closely you also can see how I dealt with privacy issue for now. It's just contact paper.

(ignore hockey net, someone was playing outside while I took pics)

This is what the door looked like at Christmas time.  The colour is Sherwin Williams Urbane Bronze and I first fell in love with the colour back in September, and knew it needed it in my life (or at least on my front door). It's the perfect brownish-grey and it looks great with our house brick.

But back to the wreath...


I decided not to spend a penny... since I don't really have a penny to spend after vacation. I grabbed a wreath that I had on hand and went through my bag of previously used and re-used flowers and pulled out some hydrangeas and some other fall flowers and pics.  I used some twine balls I had on hand and I used some Floral wire and attached everything to the wreath.



 At one point I had about 50 flowers on it and a bunch of other stuff, and I took everything off.  I think keeping it simple and only using a few items is better.  At least I think so.


So there you go... My first Fall decoration!

Have you started Fall decorating yet? Or you savouring every last second of your summer decor?

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Tuesday, 2 September 2014

Summer 2014 - Seaside, Florida Vacation

Hi everyone!

It's been awhile since I posted on here.  After my Biggest Loser competition came to an end, I need to take a breather.  Honestly I felt kind of lost afterwards, not having something scheduled every single minute of my day! But I needed a break. And so I... actually "we" took one!

We drove down to Seaside, Florida (17 hours over 2 days) for a few days of fun and sun and a whole lot of relaxation.  I hope you don't mind but I took a couple of pictures to share with you all.  Fair warning there are alot of pictures.  Actually consider yourself lucky I only uploaded these because I took 550 pictures. Enjoy!


This is the house that we rented for the week.  Each kid had a bedroom, and we had a full kitchen to cook our meals in, although we did eat out a few times. 


We spent alot of time running in the waves. I tried running but my ankle has not healed enough since I hurt it a few months ago.


Some of us perfected our handstands...

Summer is not complete without a handstand from Haley.


Some of us looked for shells...


And found "pets"...

Haley had found a hermit crab and was showing it to Grannie and Sydney. She put it back in the water after a few minutes.


Anthony found a toad one day and named him "Howard". He looks like a Howard right? They took turns squishing holding him, until poor Howie broke free and hopped away for his life.



 Those eyes... Be still my heart!



And speaking of eyes...


 Sydney is growing into a beautiful young lady.


With a constant photobomber...


This cutie is growing up way too fast, too. I can't believe she started grade 9 today.


 When on vacation, hubby rarely shaves. We always worry about tan lines.


This was our last night on the beach watching the sunset.



We were able to check off a bunch of things off of our Summer Bucket List!

Kids are back in school as of today, and I think we are all looking forward to getting back into our daily routine.
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What fun things did you do this summer? Did you get away anywhere this summer?


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