SCRATCH: Thanksgiving Leftovers

Yeah, I know.  That’s all we need.  Another post/blog/article on what to do with those thanksgiving leftovers.  But let’s face it people, how about making something a little different?  You know, other than turkey soup or open faced turkey sandwiches.  So I posted on my Facebook wall “What can I make tonight with the turkey?” or something along those lines.  Because I knew there would be some people that would absolutely pull one out for me.  Check it out:

Nancy in Southern California suggested Turkey Hash.  She has a recipe that calls for apples, potatoes and chicken.  She told me to use the turkey instead.

Susi in New Jersey suggested Turkey Mushroom Tetrazzini.  It seems like a pasta/casserole type of dish that is mad easy to make.  Love it.

My local people had some good suggestions too:

Tina suggested a cranberry turkey stuffing bake.  That actually sounds pretty amazing.  However I don’t think the boyfriend will go for it.  If I omit the cranberries I might.

Doug, who is an IT pro like myself suggested a stew of turkey and dumplings.  This one I’m absolutely going to do.  Eat some then freeze some.

Mom Mancini suggested Turkey Meatloaf.  That one is an inside joke.  Thanks, Mom 🙂

Sarah suggested turkey pot pie.  I have some pie crusts, but I would probably do a Shepard’s pie first.

And then there’s the other leftovers, such as the stuffing and the smashed taters.  I will probably use the stuffing for the dumplings recipe like Doug suggested.  I also saw some cool little muffin things I can do with the taters.  If I can freeze them when I am done, I will do that.

So who wins?  Susi!  I’m making that dish that she suggested.  Something totally different that I would think of doing with thanksgiving leftovers.  And, it’s lightened up!

So, what do you do with all those thanksgiving leftovers?  ::C

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Creative Preparation: Vehicle Edition

About 4 years ago, there was a terrible snow storm that closed down a section of a major highway in my state that left motorists stranded, cold and without food and water for more than 24 hours:

http://www.cnn.com/2010/US/12/03/new.york.snow/

That Christmas, I decided to make “vehicle emergency kits” for my mother, my sister and my grandmother.  These emergency kits were no joke.  I bought huge storage tubs and included the following:

  • A blanket
  • Lighters
  • Big bag of trail mix
  • Jerky
  • Bottled water
  • Granola bars
  • A Life Hammer
  • Fire starter kit
  • Emergency Blanket
  • Glow Sticks
  • Flashlight w/ extra batteries
  • Crank powered radio
  • Gloves and scarves
  • First Aid kit
  • A small shovel

There was more, but this is all I could remember that I included in this kit.  Each kit contained items totaling over $150 each.  My family will never be without aid if stranded in their vehicle.

Now, I did something a little more advanced for myself.  Keep my background in mind:  I’m a Red Cross Certified Professional Rescuer, a Fire Marshall at my day job and I am all about self-defense and preparing yourself.  This last note could be an entire blog entry on its own.

So what do I keep in my vehicle?  Well, not only is it important to know what you have in your vehicle, but where you keep it.  Here it goes:

There are the items that are all within reach in my mid-sized SUV, without me exiting my vehicle (front and back seats):

  • Fire starter kit
  • Mini and huge mag light w/ extra batteries
  • Life Hammer
  • Crank powered radio
  • Lighter & matches
  • Retractable baton
  • Disposable panties
  • Paper towels & plastic bags
  • Razor blade
  • Mini first aid kit
  • Whistle

There are the items that I keep in my trunk:

  •  Fire Extinguisher (not a little wimpy one)
  • 2 jackets and a hoodie
  • Scarf and a pull over ski mask
  • A machete
  • A hunting knife
  • Rope
  • Flares (I want to get a flare gun) and glow sticks
  • Car stuff – jumper cables, tire changing, AAA, washer fluid, etc.
  • Advanced First Aid Kit (more like a trauma kit)
  • Reflective vest
  • Hand warmers
  • Bottled Water
  • A pair of sneakers
  • Extra fitness equipment
  • Towels
  • An emergency blanket

I should keep a real blanket, my extra combat boots (and socks), non-perishable food, baby wipes and toilet paper in my truck.  It’s probably a good idea.  With the exception of an EMP, my vehicle is all set for a bug out if the need ever came up.  I even have plans on where to go.  Where to get gas and food first and then various locations.  Again, another blog entry.

What do you keep in your vehicle?  Do you ever think about what you would need in the event of an emergency?