Saturday, December 31, 2016

Diana's Leftover Turkey/Chicken Tetrazzini and The Force Awakens

Hi everyone, I decided to post my favorite tetrazzini recipe that I've been making for many years.  My husband Phil smoked a organic fresh turkey for us this Christmas and I roasted a organic Chicken from the grocery store too.  We had leftovers from both.  So, decided to make a casserole and freeze some for later.

The first photo is ready for the oven, second photo is out of the oven.  The recipe follows:                                                                            

Diana’s Leftover Turkey & Chicken  Tetrazzini

2 cups of leftover turkey and/or chicken cut up
Olive oil (drizzle in medium sauce pan)
1 clove garlic (minced)
1 large onion (cut up)
2 stalks of celery (cut up)
1 can of small black olives (optional)
1 small package of angel hair pasta (your favorite brand)
¼ cup of flour
½ half stick of butter (salted or unsalted)
¼ cup of milk
1 ¾ cup of chicken stock
¼ cup of dry white wine (that you would also drink)
1 8 oz. package of Mexican cheese (shredded)
salt and pepper to taste

In a saucepan, drizzle olive oil in pan and heat to medium.  Add the minced garlic, onion and celery.  Cook until onions are clear and starting to brown.  Place in a large bowl and set aside.  Add the leftover meat to skillet and heat.  Mix with onions, celery and garlic.  Set aside.  

In the meantime while cooking the onions, etc., using pasta directions cook about ¾ of the package of pasta. When done strain and mix together in the bowl with the other cooked ingredients.  Strain the black olives and add to the mixture.  Salt and pepper to taste.

Preheat oven to 350🔘F

In a medium saucepan heat the butter to just about brown, then add ¼ cup of flour, salt and pepper and mix with a whisk.  Let it start to brown, in the pan. Then, mix in the 1 ¾ cup of chicken stock & ¼ cup of milk (whisking to thicken).  Once it starts to thicken, add the white wine.  Cook until thick (continue to whisk).  Once it is thick, remove from heat. 

In a 9 x 9 metal or glass pan, alternate the meat mixture, sauce, meat mixture and sauce.  Top with entire package of cheese.

Cook for 30 minutes and/or until topping is bubbly.

Let it cool about 5 minutes before serving.  Yum, Yum...

I've also completed my sons Star Wars hat and mailed to him.  He actually received it this Thursday and loves it.

Happy New Year to everyone and hope you all have a wonderful 2017!!!

Monday, December 12, 2016

More Christmas Sewing Finished

I finished my son's Flannel Shirt today and it turned out really well.  Making the shirt was time consuming but lots of fun.  I purchased the fabric at this link ( and it's Robert Kaufman's Flannel.  I used McCall's M6613, View C, with only one pocket since that's what my son requested.

  • After I washed the shirt yesterday, it actually made the fabric "better".  (Before sewing the buttonholes & buttons on today.) It seemed to make it more dense without shrinkage.
  • I let it hang dry after using the delicate cycle in my front load washing machine.  

I also added a tab inside the shirt so can be hung on a hook (you can see in photo 2).  Here's the directions if you're interested.  You can do this to almost any sewing project that can be hung too.

  • Just take a scrap of fabric, on the bias and cut it about 1 - ½" wide, 
  • then, fold it over twice, with raw edge showing.  
  • Sew the strip with a tight zig-zag stitch,
  • Cut to length you would like,  
  • Fold it under on both sides and zig-zag to the collar.  (The  collar is sturdy enough for this too.)

My son requested wooden buttons and I think they look great.

Well, now it's back to knitting my son Allen's "The Force Awakens" hat for one of his Christmas presents.  I really need to get it done by Thursday if I can to mail to him.  Wish me luck!

Happy Stitching, Knitting and Sewing everyone....

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Time flies & Christmas Crocheting and sewing

Wow, how time flies.  It's already December!! I've been very busy this year with our house remodels, gardening, sewing, knitting and crocheting.  I just finished my daughter-in-law's Christmas present.  She picked it out on Pinterest and I purchased the fabric from (Robert Kaufman's flannel), crocheted the lace and finished sewing it up today.  Here's the blog if you're interested in the directions for making one for yourself or for a Christmas present:


I've also made the Esme Tunic for Bethany from the book Everyday Style by Lotta Jansdotter.  I purchased the book for myself but very glad that Bethany Loves the tunic!!! It's actually a light denim blue but my photo was taken outdoors and it looks a little light.

A 1974 retro jacket/shirt for my son David, (he found a 1974 Vogue pattern at a thrift store) he also picked out the fabrics.  I used snaps instead of buttons, and also used the companion fabric to hem the shirt to give it a more tailored look.

Crocheted 3 scarfs for presents and also crocheted lace.

 And lastly, finished a quick curtain for our master bathroom.

Now I'm making my son a shirt to match the scarf in flannel.  I hope to have everything done by the 20th of December so I can take a break or just knit or cross-stitch for myself.

Hope everyone has a wonderful holiday season this year.