Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Wednesday Hodgepodge


1. Turkey-love it or leave it?  White meat or dark?  What's your favorite thing to make using leftover turkey?
I love turkey, definitely the white meat.  My favorite way of preparing it is to deep fry it.  The skin is so crispy and the meat is really moist.  Leftovers end up as sandwiches, or in salad, and maybe even with noodles or dumplings.

2. Gotta burn off all those carbs the day after a holiday feast so which would you rather do-run a 10K or climb a mountain? 
Can't run because of my hip surgery, but I can climb.  I love to hike, mostly moderate trails, because after all I am an old lady.

3.  Do you feel like social networking has made your relationships better or worse?  Explain.
I enjoy social networking, being able to keep in touch with friends via the internet has enabled me to keep up with their lives.

4. How do you find and express gratitude for the hard things in your life? 
I have to find the good in the situation and give thanks for that.  In times where I can see no silver lining, I thank God for all the past blessings, and know that He will accompany me through the trials.

5.  In the US, the day after Thanksgiving has been dubbed 'Black Friday'.  Is most of your holiday shopping done live and in person, or is it done more through the magic of the Internet? How do you feel about stores opening at midnight Thanksgiving night? Will you be out amongst the masses on Friday? 
I don't leave the house on Black Friday (except I will be baby-sitting that day).  I hate the crowds, and the stores never having the specials in stock.  I prefer to shop on the internet, but generally make most items.

6.  Speaking of the color black-which black item in your wardrobe would you say is your favorite?
I have a nice black dress that I wear to dress up, also a flared black skirt that looks nice with a red or a white blouse.

7.  What do you appreciate about your life today? 
I am glad that I have learned from my mistakes, am living a fulfilling life, and have the love of friends and family.

8.  Insert your own random thought here.
Here is an unusual recipe from my MIL.  It is for a frozen pumpkin pie--very good!  I make it every year for Thanksgiving, and other special days in the year.
Pumpkin Peace Pipe Pie                          From Alice Murphy
Spread 1 quart softened Vanilla Ice Cream on a Graham Cracker Crust and freeze.
1 lb can Pumpkin
1/2 tsp Ginger
1-1/2 cups Sugar
1/4 tsp Cloves
1/2 tsp Salt
1 tsp Vanilla
1 tsp Cinnamon
Fold in 1 cup cream whipped or container of Cool Whip
Instructions:  Spread over frozen pie.  Caramelize 1 cup slivered almonds with 1/4 cup sugar.  Decorate edge of pie with additional whipped cream, freeze 4 hours.  Take out of freezer 1/2 hour before serving.  Sprinkle almonds over top when ready to serve.


  1. I'm not a huge pumpkin pie fan but I think I'd like the frozen variety. I like icy cold desserts like that. This year I'm breaking with tradition and we're making a pumpkin cheesecake instead. I haven't made one in years but I remember loving it so hopefully that's right : ) Happy Thanksgiving to you Marti!

  2. That frozen pie looks really good! Learning from our mistakes is a really good lesson to learn, we need to teach our younger generation that lesson. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

  3. Oh, wow! That pumpkin pie looks amazing! I don't think we're having pumpkin pie for T'giving, so I may just have to make it next week!
    Happy Thanksgiving!

  4. Totally agree with you on #5 ;) That pumpkin pie recipe looks great! Happy Thanksgiving!

  5. That dessert looks wonderful. I love pumpkin pie and ice cream.

  6. Happy Thanksgiving! Let's eat some pie, yours looks good!

  7. Wow...the pie sounds fabulous! Ima cuttin and pastin now!!

    Have a wonderful Thanksgiving, Marti!

  8. Mmmmm, that pie sounds great! I'll have to try it. :) And kudos for making your gifts. I always think that sounds like a good idea, but it never gets done.

  9. I made my first two pies for Thanksgiving. lol Hopefully they wound up edible - they smelled good in the kitchen all day today.

  10. I really enjoyed reading this post, Marti! God promises that *all* things work together for our good and His glory. I think of it as a tapestry, where we see the back - all the knots and strings and it doesn't make sense to us, but that He is working it all to make the beautiful picture that we will someday see. Blessings to you!

  11. That pie looks delicious! Thank you for sharing this recipe. I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving.