Monday, November 16, 2009

Busy Sunday

Since I was unable to find the sock weight yarn in the colors I needed it was time to clear the kitchen counters and dye it myself. It was a beautiful day so I hung the skeins to dry on our plant hangers outside. This rainbow skein is BFL (Blue Faced Leicester) which is slightly less springy than my Sheila's Sock yarns above, but I have had the skein forever, and figured why not dye it now? I am going to use it with the lime, orange, pink and purples above and the aqua, turquoise and kelly I already have in my stash. I don't know what the project is...yet.

But the mittens came out great. A nice fit too. Each diamond takes about ten minutes, and there are about ten (some are half diamonds) and the cuff and thumb are about 30 minutes to complete, making it easy to make a mitten while watching tv at night.
However, I redid the first thumb about four times and ditto on the cuff. The second mitten was a snap compared to the first. What I should have done was to work this out with a single yarn and save myself all the ends-weavings. Live and learn. I will try again and make a pattern, since I had to do this without one.

And then...I did the Turkey Lasagna dress rehersal too. It turned out really yummy and only took an hour to cook. Fastest Thanksgiving main dish ever. Here's the recipe:
Turkey Lasagna
(Trying to look and cook like Sandra Lee)
1 package of Honeysuckle Turkey Cutlets (five in a package)
1 big bag of Pepperidge Farm Cornbread Stuffing Mix
1 stick of butter melted into 2 cups of Swanson Chicken Broth
(reserve the rest of the 32 oz size)
1 pound of Jimmy Dean Hot Pork Sausage, cooked and crumbled in food processor
3 cored Gala apples, crumbled in food processor
1 small onion finely chopped in food processor
1 cup plumped raisins
In a baking dish ( I used a deep dish pie pan) pour a small amount of broth to prevent sticking and arrange 3 cutlets to cover the pan. Add some dressing and the remaining cutlets and top with more dressing. Pour a small amount of broth over all and top with foil.
Bake for 45 minutes at 350 and remove foil. Brown for 15 minutes and serve.
I only used about a third of the dressing and froze the rest for the real meal.
The turkey was moist and fully cooked, and the dressing was great. BUT AND THIS IS A BIG BUT...there is no gravy with this method. I am a mashed potatoes and gravy girl, so I am left wanting.
I am still on the case...


  1. Melody, I love the colors of your self dyed yarn! Great.
    Greetings from Switzerland

  2. Anonymous8:53 AM

    I use Knorr's roasted turkey gravy mix and find it to be delicious. You can even add a bit of cream to it to make it more divine.

    I usually buy some turkey wing pieces and roast one or two with carrot and onion until nice and brown and then simmer in water to make turkey broth. and use that with a package of roast turkey and one of Brown gravy (Knorr) and as much of the brtoth as I want. I don't mind a runny gravy.

    Joanne S

  3. Wow Joanne,
    Great idea!

  4. My brother uses the turkey gravy you buy in a jar and it is every bit as good as the delicious gravy my dad used to make.

  5. I vote for Knorr's roasted turkey gravy. The November Consumer Reports rated it as the top store-bought gravy ("very good"). McCormick, Campbell's Heinz and Walmart's Great Value gravy were all rated "good".

  6. Yummy. Love the idea of raisins and apples in there.
    Thanks for the mouth watering colors of yarn!!

  7. I'm definitely making that for Thanksgiving! Sounds Yummy and thanks for the anonymous suggestion of the Knorrs Gravy Mix.

  8. Love all the ideas about the Turkey meal! How about a small can of Jolly Green Giant Mexicorn drained and added to the casserole? To echo the cornbread stuffing vibe and too add a dash of yellow, and a touch of red and green. I'd need some fresh additional herbs like sage , thyme and parsley thrown in the processor and added for a bit more color and flavor, too!

  9. oh, I like your blog very well, your idees and the colores of your wool are so pretty.
    wish you much fun in time for your work
    much greetings

  10. Anonymous1:09 PM

    Okay, how many servings do you have there? Five or so?
    Is the recipe for the full amount of stuffing and you just opted to use only one third of it?
    Does the stuffing to cutlet ratio matter beyond how many servings you get?
    When is dinner? I could be there around 3 pm on the 26th. Shall I bring pumpkin pie or apple?


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