Monday, November 12, 2007

Turkey Day is Coming!

I would love to tell you that this is what I've worked on for this year and hope to have it done by next week.....but I have to admit I actually made it last year and all I need to do is get the buttonholing done! Seems easy enough, but I am hoping with some public humiliation that may encourage me to get it done! So come on girls, heap it on :-)!!!

Here's a picture of the little table topper that Carol and I bought at Festival and started in the hotel room. Just needs some primitive stitches plus some primitive quilting and it will be done....now this one is doable :-)!! It's so hard to believe that next week is Thanksgiving. I can hardly wait... it's definitely one of my favorite days. Growing up it was always a big family doing and it's a tradition that I've tried to carry on for my family. I mentioned before the make ahead gravy recipe and I thought I would share it with you. It was passed on to me by my mom.

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Roe's Make Ahead Turkey Gravy

4 turkey wings (about 3 to 4 lb.)
2 medium onions, peeled and quartered
1 cup water
8 cups chicken broth
2 medium carrots, cut in chunks
2 medium stalks of celery (with leaves) cut in chunks
4 sprigs fresh thyme or 1 tsp. dried
3/4 cup all purpose flour
2 Tblsp. stick butter or margarine
1 tsp. freshly ground pepper, or more it you like

Heat oven to 400 degrees. Put wings in large roasting pan, lay onions on top. Roast 1 1/4 hours or until wings are browned. Put wings and onions in a 5 to 6 quart pot. Add water to roasting pan and stir to scrape up any brown bits on bottom. Add to pot. Add 6 cups broth (refrigerate remaining 2 cups) the carrots, celery and thyme. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer, uncovered
1 1/2 hours. Remove wings. When cool, pull off skin and meat. Save meat for another use. Strain broth into a 3 quart saucepan. Discard vegetables. At this point refrigerate overnight so the fat that rises to the top can solidify and be removed easily..the next day after you removed the fat bring broth to a gentle
boil in a saucepan. Whisk flour into the 2 cups of broth that you saved before
and blend till smooth. Add flour mixture to broth that is gently boiling and boil for 5 more minutes to thicken. Stir in butter and pepper. Serve or pour into containers and refrigerate up to 1 week or freeze up to 1 month.

Yummmmmy! You can doctor it up more if you like with different spices, but it is very good and makes about 8 cups.

This is a cute Fall snowman hanging that Carol made for me a couple years ago. I just love it and at least it's done :-)!
And Kim, yes my Monday group did meet tonight, which is
Monday and we got lots of gabbing done, some sewing and talked all about our Thanksgiving dinner plans! Hope everyone is enjoying Fall! Later gators!!!

32 comments:

Darlene said...

OK, I'm here to egg you on to finish the Turkey! Sit down, thread your needle and get it done! You can do it - I have confidence in you.

Just do it!

LOL

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Carol said...

You can do it Cheryl...I know you can. Stuff Who? is so incredibly cute...and the one you got at Festival is awesome...will you share the pattern names and maybe the shop that you got the table topper from? What a nosey girl I am, huh?! Thanks for sharing your gravy recipe...I'm going to give it a try.
Now get to stitchin' girl...you can do it!

Carole said...

Alright, time to sit yourself with a cuppa and get those done! They are lovely! I had a wallhanging that I had started in 1999 (Old Friends). All that was left was to embroider the whiskers and applique the eyes! Took me until 2007 to complete it! Shame on me! Joining Stashbusted was what I needed! It was on my list! Mind you the rest of the list isn't doing as well! but hey, I did get 5 quilts completed! Have fun finishing your projects! Keep well!

Beth said...

Ok, I'll add to the pile of gitterdun on that turkey! You have a week still to get it done for Thanksgiving! Thanks for sharing the gravy recipe, sounds yummy. I am making dinner at my house this year, I haven't made a turkey in years, so it should be interesting. But it is only for me and my husband and kids, so if it's a disaster, oh well.

PamKittyMorning said...

Oh that turkey is so cute! So is the other piece you started at market.

Love the recipe, I'm going to give that a try unless I'm too lazy. At the very least I'm going to print it! Thanks for sharing.

Thimbleanna said...

Here's to heaping -- Get that Turkey done! Thanks for sharing the gravy recipe -- it looks yummy!

Kim said...

No, no, don't finish that turkey, Cheryl--just send him to me! ROFLOL! I'm sure glad you have your days of the week straightened out. Just as long as you don't get confused again on Friday! LMAO! Love all your little quilts and tops. Do they sell just turkey wings? I guess they must. Maybe I'll have to look into that--thanks for sharing the recipe!

Cheryl said...

Yep, they sell just wings. In fact I got mine over the weekend and stuck them in the freezer. I'll try to do better on my days of the weeks Kim :-)!

Kim said...

I actually bought my turkey yesterday and I'll need to take it out of the freezer Thursday--we're having our Thanksgiving on Monday, I think. When I go back to the store for the rest of my "stuff," I'll have to look for the wings. Thanks, Cheryl!

Cheryl said...

ROFL Kim, now you have me confused on the days of the week! We are having Thanksgiving a week from this Saturday, so I'll be confused by then!

Ruthann said...

Hi Cheryl,
what a fun blog! Okay you must finish that adorable "Stuff Who?" Turkey!! how cute is that!!
Thank you for the make ahead gravy recipe! I am going to try that! Boy will that make Thanksgiving cooking go a lot easier!
Thanks too for visiting my blog!Come by anytime for pie!
God Bless!
Ruthann
Warm Pie, Happy Home

sharon said...

What cute wallhangings. You need to hurry up and finish that bird and hang him. LOL!! And what a cute wallhanging Nurse Carol made you.
Gobble Gobble!!!!!!

mar said...

Is it Turkey time yet??

Kim said...

Oh, I may have found something easier than your make-ahead gravy! Trader Joe's turkey gravy! I stopped there tonight for the munchie stuff I'll serve before the BIG meal and saw the gravy. Of course, I don't really know yet if it's anywhere near as good as homemade, but Trader Joe's usually does a pretty good job with stuff--I'll let you know what I think.

Yvonne said...

He's way too cute not to finish. I love it and all of your other quilts too.
Thanks for the gravy recipe...we never seem to have enough.

Jill said...

Hi Cheryl.

Thanks for visiting my blog! I'm glad to have discovered yours--truthfully, I'm a wannabe quilter, who will learn to sew someday...it's so nice to see your projects! And I love your header.

XO

Mel said...

I'll finish my turkey if you finish yours!!

Nan said...

Cheryl, your turkey quilts are wonderful! The Stuff Who? is the cutest. I need that for my house. I know you can finish it! Love the snowman quilt, too. Snowmen are one of my favorite things. I should be a collector!
Thanks very much for the gravy recipe - looks yummy!

Darlene said...

Hey Miz Polka Dot I heard through the Grapevine (yes, Sharon) that you're not feeling well. I'm so sorry - feel better soooooooonnnnnn!

sharon said...

Oh POLKA DOTTED ONE!!!!! How are you?? Are the mega drugs working for you?? LOL!!! I hope your feeling better by morning. Hey at least you can blog while your sitting at home resting.

happy zombie said...

Love the autumn snowman and the table topper you worked on in the hotel room (that is SO cool)!

A little red birdie popped out of her cottage and mentioned you were not feeling well. Sending you good healthy vibes and hope you're feeling better soon Cheryl!

Mary Anne said...

I'm also down wind from Miss R.G. Cottage's grapevine -- heard you're not feeling too chipper -- hope you've got some good drugs, a good magazine or 10 to look at,and a fun project to work on! Feel better soon!

(P.S. -- cute turkey!)

May Kristin said...

I hear ou are not feeling so well. Hopefully when you now are on medication, you will get better soon! Wish you all my best! Take care!

Brigitte said...

Best wishes from Poland, I heard you aren't in a good condition right now - so I'm sending a careful hug and a little smile. beadtex.blogspot - Brigitte

Cindy said...

I hope you get some good relaxation and some sewing in this week. Do want the doctor says. LOL. Hope you feel better soon.

sherry said...

Sorry to hear you aren't feeling well. Do what the doctor says & get plenty of rest this week! Hope you feel better soon.

Thimbleanna said...

Sharon ratted you out! I'm so sorry to hear you aren't feeling well. Rest up and take care of yourself -- sending hugs your way!

Laurie Ann said...

So sorry you aren't feeling well. I hope that you are back to 100% soon!

Pat said...

Sorry to hear that you are not feeling well. Get plenty of rest and take your medicine. Hope you are feeling better soon. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving.

Susan Ramey Cleveland said...

I hear you're a big under the weather Polka Dots. Hope you're feeling better in time to eat lots of turkey on Thanksgiving. Praying for your good health, --Susan at Blackberry Creek

Rosemary said...

LOVe the turkey wall hanging! Can you share who you got it from? rosemary