This was the first year that the G-baby really got into the swing of the whole presents thing and once she was turned loose it was like watching the Tasmanian devil spin through the living room!
Left behind, in her wake, was piles of wrapping paper, bows, boxes, and ribbon.
Every toy needed to come out of its box, plastic, or bag.
We got her a Disney princess dress-up kit that had tops, skirts, tiaras, etc for 4 different princesses and, by the end of the evening, she had at least 3 different princess outfits on at the same time!
We couldn’t stop laughing watching her bounce from dress up, to the art desk, to the baby doll, and back to dress up!
It was nice to hear so much laughter and feel so much happiness.
You see, we weren’t sure how things were going to go.
Many of you know that we adopted a rescue dog 2 years ago. His name was Rocky and he had a pretty rough beginning to his life. He was 6 years old when we got him and we had to teach him how to be a dog.
Not much for cuddles and kisses, he spent the first few days observing and getting to know the family from a distance.
Well, he got to know most of the family from a distance.
Little miss Kylee?
Nope! After just a bit he was all up in her business. He never got pushy, or aggressive about it, but it was obvious from the get-go that he loved her and felt very protective of her.
Oh and she looooooooooooooved him too! She would pat, and pet, and nuzzle, and kiss him, even at 6 months old she knew she loved him and he loved her.
If that isn’t enough to melt your heart I don’t know what is! He was her pup-pup and she was his girl.
But I guess my Dad needed a pup-pup to keep him company in heaven because Rocky developed bone cancer and, within 4 months it was enough to take him away from us.
We had to send him to the Rainbow Bridge just a couple of days before Christmas.
It was heart-wrenchingly difficult to make that decision and one we worried might cause Kylee a lot of sadness.
But that wasn’t the case. She asked about him and we explained that he was in heaven now and that any time she was missing him she could look up to the sky and know that he was watching her and making sure that she was OK.
Her very own 4 footed guardian angel.
That seemed to make her happy.
So the rest of the night belonged to Miss Kylee while we all gathered around her to watch.
Well, most of the night belonged to her.
Until the food hit the table!
All you could hear was the clanking of dishes and a lot of ooohhsss aahhhssss and YUM!
Ya, a ton of leftovers and dishes to deal with.
I had decided waaaay before the day was even here, that I was going to do something different with the leftovers. I love to come up with new ways to enjoy leftovers.
Don’t get me wrong, I loves me a turkey sandwich, but I just HAD to do something new and exciting.
What did I decide to do?
Well, I decided to make a lasagna, even though I have never made one before.
I have always been nervous to try. So, of course, the first time I give it a whirl had to be in a non-traditional way.
Maybe I thought that, if it didn’t come out right, I could just blame it on the ingredients and not on my cooking skills.
It came out delicious and I am sure it will be something the family will request every holiday now.
LOOKING FOR MORE GREAT LEFTOVER TURKEY RECIPE IDEAS?
Heat oil and butter in a large skillet set over medium heat; cook onion, garlic, 1 tablespoon sage and 2 teaspoons thyme for about 5 minutes or until softened.
Sprinkle flour over top; cook, stirring, for 1 minute. Gradually whisk in the chicken stock and milk until smooth.
Bring to a boil, stirring constantly. Reduce heat to medium-low; simmer for about 10 minutes or until slightly thickened. Stir in salt, pepper, and nutmeg to taste.
In a medium bowl, combine the ricotta cheese, 1 1/2 cups of the Italian cheese blend, 1 teaspoon sage, 1 teaspoon thyme, and 2 tablespoons parsley.
Spread 1/2 cup of the gravy evenly over bottom of greased 13- x 9-inch baking dish. Place 3 noodles over sauce. Spread another cup of the gravy, half of the turkey, butternut squash, sprouts and ricotta over top.
Repeat layers. Place remaining 3 noodles over top; spread remaining sauce evenly over top and sprinkle with remaining cheese.
Cover tightly with foil; bake for 30 minutes. Remove foil and bake for 15 to 20 minutes or until the top is golden brown and filling is bubbling. If you like your lasagna browned more, broil for 2 or 3 minutes.
Let stand for 10 minutes and sprinkle with fresh parsley before serving.
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What a great idea to have this kind of recipe. I must confess, we sometimes eat just a few bites and this is a good way to not put the food into waste. Will definitely recommend this too my friends as well.
Welcome! It is so nice to meet you. My name is Bobbi. I am the Mom of 2 great kids, and Nana to a beautiful baby girl Kylee, and a handsome little devil named Torin. I share my life and home with my awesome partner Kevin, and 2 furbabies….