Wednesday, November 11, 2015

What would you do with. . . left over turkey???

This month Aubrey and I are showing you what we do with left over turkey!!  Let us know your ideas too, I'd love to try some new recipes!!

Pulling up pictures for this post and this one pulled up.  It's me and a bunch of cousins and aunt and uncle back with me) about three weeks after I started dating Adam.  They don't look intimidating do they?  Adam had so much fun meeting them all :) 
Last year my mother-in-law decided not to make a whole turkey and make just a turkey breast instead.  Dark turkey meat is my reason for living.  So I had to make my own turkey.  Which left us with A LOT of white meat turkey to use up.  I ended up loving the ease of throwing a dinner together using left over turkey.

Thanksgiving dinner II

I made a pot of gravy, added some shredded turkey and poured it over toast with a side of mashed potatoes, stuffing and cranberry sauce.

Mexican Risotto

I usually make this vegetarian but it was really good with some shredded turkey added in!

Turkey Enchilada Casserole

Another mexican meal I usually make vegetarian but it's fun to change it up and add some chunked turkey.  I mix cheese, diced olives, diced onions and chunked turkey and layer it with red enchilada sauce and corn tortillas.  I used to fry the tortillas, stuff them, roll them and then pour sauce over the top, but you know what???  They taste just the same when you layer them and they're like 100x easier!

What do you like to do with left over turkey?  This year we'll be in CA with my vegetarian family.  I'll make a turkey for me and Adam and probably my brother.  But I kinda want to buy one just to make at home in Utah and use for leftovers!

Next month Aubrey and I will be playing with red lipstick for the holidays!!  Join in and show us your look!

Saturday, November 7, 2015

Thoughts about the LDS Handbook policy change

 My favorite scripture is two words "Jesus wept".  As a kid I thought that may be the most worthless scripture in the bible.  Two words??  And I'm sure Jesus wept several times in his life, why did this one merit a verse?  Was John trying to meet his quota of verses?

Later when I studied the context of the verse I found profound comfort and love in those two words.  Jesus wept with Mary and Martha.  Their brother had died and they were grieving.  And while I'm sure Jesus was aware of what he was about to do, raise Lazarus from the dead, he did not discount their feelings, their grief.  He mourned with them.

I had mixed emotions, like many of my friends LDS or not, about the LDS handbook policy change that stated children of same-sex marriage could not be given a name and blessing on the records of the church (different than a blessing of comfort or healing) or baptized until age 18.  I took time to read and listen to sources I can trust, and I now feel peace.  But like Jesus, like our baptismal covenants, I will mourn with those that mourn.  If it's still something that is bringing you heartache, my heart aches with yours.  I will hold your hand and sit with you and you are welcome to come to church (or anywhere) with me.

I hope that my church is a place where all feel welcome, to feel the love of our Savior and learn more about Him.  While there may be a right and a wrong, none of us are perfect and all are welcome.