Sunday, 29 December 2013

My Christmas Present | What to do with your turkey leftovers! | Turkey and Rice Casserole

So here we are, the end of 2013, Christmas is over, and I await with baited breath for the rubbish men to remove the mountain of packaging, wrapping paper and other rubbish that has accumulated in my house over the last week year.

In amongst all of the boys toys there were a few presents for myself and moors-daddy, not much but a few bits we had requested and mine was a slow cooker from my parents.  I have heard people harping on about them for ages and like the idea of putting something on in the morning and leaving it whilst I got on with other things, for it all to be ready in the evening.

So yesterday I deceided to use it for the first time, I followed the instructions, washing the crock pot and the lid in warm soapy water before using it, and then the decisions what to cook.  I had also been given the M&S Slow Cooker cook book so after browsing through I decided on the turkey and rice casserole. Perfect for finishing off the last of the Christmas turkey.

I followed the recipe with the exception of adding mushrooms, as I had  none in the fridge, but basically the recipe is

2 carrots, chopped.
2 celery sticks, chopped,
1 onion, chopped
6oz rice ( I used long grain, and it works out to be just under a mug full)
place all of this in the slow cooker and the add the turkey on top.
The recipe says 4 turkey breasts pre fried but I just stripped what was left of the turkey and put that in.
Then add a pint of chicken stock and cook on high for 2 hours.

After two hours I found the carrots hard and the rice uncooked, I phoned my mum!  She said she had found this with her first try of hers and said that the stock should have been boiling.  I topped the pot with boiling water and left it until moors- daddy returned from work an hour later.  It was lovely and so easy to do and the best bit for us was that moors-daddy was late home from work so I dished up for me and the boys and left moors-daddy's cooking on low until he arrived home. There was plenty for us to, though my little two aren't the greatest eaters they both had some, and there was even enough left for moors-daddy to take to work with him today for lunch!

Monday, 2 December 2013

Winter Weekend Walks

We are extremely lucky to live where we do, rolling countryside on our doorstep, Dartmoor National Park a 30 second walk from our front door.  But sometimes I know we take this for granted. This summer moors-daddy and I vowed that we would get out more with the boys, we have no excuse really it's there, a stones throw away and yet we managed to walk the same walk every day, so this summer we decided we needed more adventures, more walks and so this weekend we did just that.  As the dog started to get restless, moors-daddy suggested a new adventure. So, the dog and three boys, wellies and coats were loaded into the car and off we went. We drove for about 5 minutes across the golf course to a little river at the end of the course. We parked up, the sun was shining and so we left the coats in the car!

We started down by the road, the dog straight in the river, followed by the boys! No coats, no waterproofs and yes they did get wet!

Beanie walking right across the river to the other side!

All the boys finding sticks for Stanley to retrieve from the water, laughing as he puts his whole head under!

And then we went for a wander, across the road and along a track, not really knowing where we were going but following the river. Stopping every now and again, to throw stones and sticks into the river for Stanley to chase!

A rare opportunity where all 3 are looking at the camera!
And one of Beanie alone, growing up so fast, hard to believe my little premmie will be 10 in two weeks time!

We walked further along the track, getting higher and higher until we were looking down on the river.

The terrible two!  They love being outside!

More stick throwing!

And river jumping!

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