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Got leftovers?

We had a very nice Thanksgiving Day visit with the local kids and grandkids. Each of the families brought side dishes and we were abundantly blessed with food and fellowship. I had some turkey leftover (which I don't mind stashing in the freezer for future use) and quite a bit of stuffing. Nora reminded me of this recipe for Stuffing Crust Quiche. My friend Judy gave it to me many years ago. I made some individual quiches for lunch on Black Friday. Here's the recipe in case you have some lingering stuffing:


Stuffing Crust Quiche

6 oz. stuffing mix
8 oz. cooked chicken or turkey
3/4 cup shredded Swiss cheese
2/3 cup evaporated milk
4 eggs

Prepare stuffing as directed on package. (Since I was using leftover stuffing I just added a little water to re-moisten). Press into a crust in pie plate. Place cheese and chicken in crust. Beat eggs and evaporated milk and pour over chicken and cheese. Bake at 400 degrees for 30-35 minutes or until lightly browned and set.

Since this didn't use up all the stuffing I added a layer of stuffing to this casserole which also used up some leftover gravy, green beans, and mashed potatoes.

I also had a little bit of leftover cranberry sauce which I mixed into some applesauce. It made a pretty, slightly tart side dish with some soup this evening.


I'm thankful for such an abundance of good foods and creative friends who give me good ideas for using up the bits and pieces leftover. Have fun utilizing your feast day leftovers. :)

Chicken Caesar Sandwiches


I was recently re-organizing my freezer and discovered several packages of cooked chicken that needed to be used. I had seen a recipe for Chicken Caesar Sandwiches and thought that I could adapt it to use cooked chicken. The original recipe called for cooking the chicken in the crockpot and then using it to make sandwiches. This would also work with leftover turkey just in case you have any next week. :)

This is more of a method rather than an actual recipe.

Heat the leftover chicken in a skillet with a little water or broth. As the meat cooks try to shred it up a bit if it is in large chunks. When the meat is heated through stir in some bottled caesar salad dressing, shredded parmesan cheese, pepper, and chopped fresh parsley. Serve on hamburger buns with a leaf of Romaine lettuce.

These were quite tasty and made a quick, easy meal. Keep this one in mind in the coming busy weeks.

Breakfast Cookies


I saw a recipe for "Breakfast Cookies" on the King Arthur website a while back and thought they sounded like a good thing to make and take to DD Nora after the birth of her baby a few weeks ago. They contain a good number of nutritious ingredients such as whole wheat flour, old fashioned oats, liquid and powdered milk, eggs, peanut butter, dried fruits, coconut, and sunflower seeds. Another advantage is that they can be eaten with one hand while nursing a baby. :) Nora told me that the recipe is very similar to some she has seen called "Lactation Cookies." They also seem to keep well and taste good. :)

Breakfast Cookies (adapted from King Arthur Flour)

1/2 cup butter, softened
1 cup peanut butter
1 1/4 cup brown sugar
2 tsps. vanilla
2 eggs
1/3 cup milk (liquid)
*1 1/4 cup white whole wheat flour
*1/3 cup white whole wheat flour (this is not a mistake)
1/3 cup powdered milk (dry)
1 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. salt
4 1/2 cups add-ins. I used the following:
1 1/2 cups old fashioned oats
1 cup chocolate chips
1/2 cup raisins**
1/2 cup chopped dates**
1/2 cup coconut
1/2 cup sunflower seeds

*The original recipe called for two kinds of flour. I modified it to use just the white whole wheat flour so that's why there are two listings.

** I like to cook the dried fruit in the microwave for about 1 minute on high with 2-4 Tbsps. water (amount depending on how dried out the fruit is. Use more water for drier fruit.) Let cool. This can be done a day ahead and then refrigerated if desired.
Line three baking sheets with parchment. Combine butter, peanut butter, brown sugar, and vanilla in mixer. Add eggs and liquid milk. Mix in flour, cinnamon, dried milk, and salt. Then, STIR in the add-ins. Scoop with a LARGE scoop and then flatten slightly with your fingertips. Bake at 350 degrees for 18 minutes. I put nine cookies per sheet and get about two dozen. These keep well and are delicious at whatever time you decide to eat them. :)

A few busy days

About a month ago we went to a new restaurant on a Saturday night. The restaurant is in the nearby town of Easley, SC which is just a short drive from here. We had read about it in the paper and wanted to try it out. The restaurant is called Inky's and it features Philly Cheese Steak sandwiches (and other sandwiches as well) and is run by a man who moved to this area from PA along with his two adult daughters and their families. You can read the article here.


I had fully intended to post something about this shortly after our visit but...the very next evening we got a call from our daughter Nora saying she was leaving for the hospital because she thought she was in labor. She was correct and very early the next morning we got a call telling us about the birth of little Reynolds Rebecca Collogan who weighed in at 4 pounds 12 ounces. Because of her size and gestational age she ended up staying in the NICU for eleven days. During that time we kept big sister Della here at our house and ferried her back and forth to visit her mom and dad. She wasn't able to meet her little sister until she got out of the hospital.

Here are Nora and Renny while still at the hospital:


Here is Della this past week when she was a bit distressed by her sister's crying:


After Nora and Renny were released from the hospital they came to our house for a few days to (hopefully) rest. During those few days Aunt Megan was able to fly down from Michigan to meet little Renny and encourage Nora since she too had had a preemie in the NICU eight years ago.

Here is Megan holding Renny:


Here Della is helping Aunt Megan unload the dishwasher.


Last week was a little busier than normal because we had our other two local grandchildren staying here a night or two because their parents had early morning school meetings one morning and a family funeral another day. It's always fun to have them spend the night and fortunately they are good sleepers.

Here is Ryan meeting Renny for the first time:


Here is Avery "reading" to Della:


This week I was able to finish canning up two bushels worth of applesauce and start some much needed cleaning and organizing. I'm thankful that the Lord protected Nora and Renny and that both are doing well. The baby is up to nearly 6 pounds and sometimes even lets her mother sleep for four hours at a time.

Here are Buddy and Qwill "Helping me can applesauce:


Have the last few weeks seemed to fly by for you too?

The Cat Who…

(guest post by DH Rob)

In my last post I told you about our "loaner cat." He is fitting in very well, and as we had hoped, Buddy's behavior has improved greatly. We think he is enjoying the company of another feline in the house.

We have tried out all kinds of names on the new cat, including some that were mentioned in the last post and its comments. We have finally landed on a name that seems to fit — Qwill, short for Qwilleran. Our granddaughters Avery and Della have really latched on to that name. It's really cute to hear Della calling for the cat. She runs around the house saying, "Qweel! Qweel!"


Some of you will recognize the name Jim Qwilleran right away as the main (human) character in the Cat Who... series by Lilian Jackson Braun. You can read more about it in the article in Wikipedia. If you've never read any of the books in that series and you like cats and mysteries, we think you'll enjoy the books. I would recommend starting out with the first one in the series, called The Cat Who Could Read Backwards. Here's a link to a list of the titles in chronological order.

In the novels, Qwill's two cats, Koko and Yum Yum, help him solve whatever mystery he's working on. Their help comes in various ways, one of which is knocking from a shelf a book whose title is a clue to the solution. As we considered what to name our cat, we have found him several times lying by one of our bookcases, as seen below.

Qwill Hardy Boys

With his nose pointed towards the Hardy Boys books, he seemed to be telling us which name he preferred. We actually considered, but only for as long as it took to say it, the names Frank, Joe, and Biff.

I mentioned our granddaughter Della earlier in this post. Some of you know this already, but she became a big sister Monday of this week. Her little sister Reynolds Rebecca Collogan came into the world about 6 weeks early, weighing 4 lbs. 12 oz. Renny is still in the NICU and is doing better each day. Nora was discharged last night, and we hope Renny will be able to go home soon. Please pray for her and her parents during this difficult time of living in two different places in town. I'll post a picture of her soon. Here's a picture of Renny and Mommy shortly after the birth.


They take the CPAP off occasionally to see how she's breathing on her own. We hope that in the next 24 hours she'll progress to just a little oxygen thingy in her nose. During the 20 minutes she was free of the CPAP this afternoon, Nora was able to take some pictures of her sweet little face. Here's one of them.


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