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Here are four things to know about my brand new Facebook fan page:
It’s Directly from Me!
Some authors hire other folks to do their social networking for them. Well, not me! Even if I could afford to hire someone, I’d still want to keep tabs on what’s happening there, myself. You’ll find assorted information about freezer cooking, saving money, simple living, parenting, and anything else that happens to cross my mind as I’m going about my day.
It’s a Glimpse into My Real Life!
Ever wonder what I do during the day? Well, other than directly asking my kids, my cats, or my neighbors, you can follow me on Facebook and get a glimpse into the “real” me as I try to stay ahead of the dirty laundry, mossy lawn, messy storage shed, gunky microwave, and all!
It’s a Two-Way Conversation!
Social media is all about connections and conversations, and I really do watch what you say on my Fan Page. And I usually respond — if I’m not swamped with homework, that is (I’ve gone back to college full-time). Feel free to post a question or a comment — and if I don’t respond, someone else probably will. We’re a friendly bunch.
It’s Easy to Sign Up!
If you don’t have a Facebook account already, it just takes a minute or two to set it up. Just go to http://www.facebook.com, fill out the little form, click the “sign up” button, and you’re set. Next, visit my Facebook Fan Page at http://www.facebook.com/debitaylorhough and then click on the “Like” button. Now when you log in to your Facebook account, you’ll see my most recent posts on your News Feed.
Hope to see you there. Or as we said back in the day, “Be there or be square!”
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Basic White Sauce (thick):
- 3 Tablespoons butter or oil
- 3 Tablespoons flour
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- dash of pepper
- 1-1/4 cup liquid, milk or stock (more…)
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This is one of my family’s favorite ways to use up turkey leftovers. Freezes ahead great, too! It’s from my original Frozen Assets book under the 10-Day Holiday Meal Plan.
(Makes two casseroles)
I’ve found that cooling the manicotti shells completely before stuffing them makes the stuffing process much easier than attempting when the noodles are hot. I’ve also discovered that using a long-handled infant feeding spoon with a tiny bowl works perfectly for stuffing the shells.
- 2 tablespoons butter, melted
- 4 cups cooked chopped or shredded turkey
- 2 cups ricotta cheese
- ground black pepper, to taste
- 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
- 2 green onions, chopped
- 1 teaspoon dried parsley
- 1/2 teaspoon dried rosemary
- 2 eggs, lightly beaten
- 4 cups tomato sauce or 2 jars (15 ounces each) spaghetti sauce
- 16 manicotti shells, cooked until just barely soft
- Heat the butter in a large skillet over medium heat, and brown the turkey for 2 to 4 minutes. Stir in the ricotta, black pepper, Parmesan cheese, green onions, parsley, rosemary, and eggs. Mix well.
- Cover the bottom of two(2) 9″x12″ baking pans with 1 cup tomato sauce. Stuff the manicotti shells with the turkey mixture, and place them in the baking pans. Pour in the remaining sauce. Cover the baking pans with foil. Label them, and freeze (if you wish to bake at a later time).
- Thaw the frozen meal in the refrigerator for at least 24 hours before serving.
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
- To serve, sprinkle 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese over the manicotti. Bake, uncovered, for 35 minutes, or until bubbly and hot in the center.
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This is so tasty, I always try to hide a little for breakfast the next day. It’s so delicious, it would almost work as dessert.
Debi’s Sweet Potatoes with Pecan Streusel
Ingredients for Casserole:
- 5 medium-to-large sweet potatoes
- 1 cup brown sugar, firmly packed
- 2 eggs, beaten well
- 1 stick butter, melted (you can use margarine but it won’t be as yummy)
- 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
Ingredients for Streusel Topping: (more…)
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In many families, morning is a hectic and hurried time. Frequently parents feel fortunate just to get everyone out the door fully dressed each day. Serve a hot cooked breakfast every morning? Not a chance. Breakfast (if it’s served at all) often consists of grabbing a toaster pastry and a quick glass of juice as the family runs out the door racing headlong to work and school.
I’ve discovered that taking an hour or two on an occasional weekend to prepare breakfast items for the freezer, takes much of the insanity out of the weekday morning rush. (more…)
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If you suffer a power outage, keep your freezer closed! Little or no thawing should occur within the first twelve to twenty hours.
If you know a storm’s heading your direction, fill empty milk jugs with water and freeze them solid before the power goes out. A full freezer will stay frozen longer than a partially empty one.
A simple way to know if things have thawed and perhaps refrozen during a power outage is to put a bowl of ice cubes into the freezer prior to a problem. If the ice cubes have melted and become just a bowl of water (or refrozen into a bowl of ice), you’ll know that the contents of your freezer have experienced the same thing. Your frozen goods would no longer be safe to eat in that case. (more…)