Saturday, November 26, 2011

.37 Cents, Per Person, Per Meal

'Gotta love a cheap turkey! Woot!

We paid $7.12 for our turkey for Thanksgiving.

It was [obviously] the star attraction at dinner on Thursday, plus, with a little roux [flour/water] thrown in the drippings it made about 12 cups of gravy.

After I picked the turkey clean I boiled the bones with celery, onion, carrots and pepper to make buckets of turkey stock. [I did mine on the stove, like a dummy, and had to wait up for it to finish before going to bed. Tracy had the brilliant idea of putting hers in the crockpot. D'oh - why didn't I think of that? So easy and I could've gone to bed hours earlier.

Friday night we had gravy with turkey and mixed veggies over waffles [this is so amazingly good, I swear!] with all the leftover sides from the night before [oyster dressing, mashed potatoes, corn casserole, sweet potato & apple casserole] with more gravy.

Groaning into Saturday night, I opted for something lighter and we had turkey noodle soup with veggies and thin egg noodles.  We also had the leftover yeast rolls from T- Day.  Hit the spot on a chilly evening.

While preparing the soup I reserved 2 cups turkey stock and two cups diced turkey meat.  Along with the leftover mixed vegetables from Friday and a homemade pie crust I will make Wallene's all-time favorite meal - Turkey Pot Pie.  We will have to duke it out over the yeast rolls tho' because there are only 4 remaining.

I also have 3 servings of soup leftover to freeze for Pooldad to take to work and I had Friday's meal for lunch today.

So, that one turkey went into 20 meals total.  Quite a bargain, I say.
Now someone explain this to me - I only made two pies for Thanksgiving dinner - pumpkin & key lime.  They taste really good [by the family's account] and I have to agree, I have had a piece of each [they are my favorites] but, BUT - each pie is 8 servings - and I still have 4 servings left of each kind.  Meaning my family is slacking on their pie consumption.  What gives?  (heehee I am kidding, really.  More pie for ME!)

Hope y'all had a nice, relaxing Thanksgiving.  It was a quiet, thankful time here in the Skippy household - and believe it or not it is only 28 days until Christmas!  I know this because we decorated the whole house yesterday and my "Snowman Countdown To Christmas" chalkboard tells me so. :)

As soon as Squirrel leaves [tomorrow, sniff, sniff] to return to college I think I will crawl into bed and reappear sometime at the end of the week.  I am pooped. :)


Tracy said...

I need one of those snowmen countdowns. I put out decorations yesterday and today when getting my tree decorations out I found a bunch of snowmen I had forgotten. How sad but they all have a home now.

Kathy's Klothesline said...

You are one thrifty woman! Since there was just the two of us, we shared a cornish game hen. It was quite tasty. Dressing, gravy, green bean casserole, and sweet potatoes. I forgot to put the rolls in the oven, but we had them today with leftovers. I actually enjoyed today's meal the best. I had a bit of a meltdown on Thanksgiving........

Teresa - in the Middle Side of Life said...

well, i got no leftovers from keith's house (pout, pout). but, i did bring home both sugar-free pies that we took (no one there wanted to eat sugar-free) and i kept back some green rice "just in case" i didn't get any. we left there early enough that i left my dishes behind and will get them another day.

sounds like wonderful leftovers. i'd be fighting wallene for the turkey pot pie. yummy! oh... and the soup sounds delish!

have a good rest.

Jeannie said...

I love how turkey stretches although we never ever get it that cheap here. I still have a good meal or two worth of turkey and gravy in the freezer from our own thanksgiving - we'll have it as a hot sandwich.

It sounds like you had a great weekend. happy happy happy

RV Vagabonds said...

I can't wait to get the Beast repaired so we can settle down someplace warm and I can then prepare a very belated Thanksgiving dinner for Denny and me. Can't wait for the leftover turkey sandwiches, although pot pie sounds good too.

Hope you got your shopping done before you crashed!

qandlequeen said...

I don't understand the slackatude in pie consumption! I kinda like pie. A lot.

Amy said...

It's so good to read up on what you have been up too. Sorry you had a rough patch there for a while. Way to go on stretching a meal.

We had dinner at my mom's, so no leftovers. Yesterday I decided to go buy a turkey so we could have some turkey sandwiches this week. The turkeys were on sale for $6.98, when I got up to the checkout stand, they discounted them another 50%! I'm hoping to get at least 3 meals from it.

To answer you question, photobooth is a program on the Macs. My kids love it and I love finding their funny faces on my computer.


Thisisme. said...

28 days to Christmas! Eeek!! Most of my pressies are all bought and wrapped, so I'm quite ahead this year, which is always nice. I'd love to see your house all decorated. Bet it looks lovely. Wow! You certainly did get your monies worth with that turkey, didn't you?! Hee Hee!! Go and have a nice rest now this week, and recharge your batteries once again. Hugs to you my dear friend.

Julie said...

Oh don't tell Peter how many sleeps till Christmas!!! I'll never hear the end, then i get the sleeps till his birthday.

(is now running screaming at the thought of so few sleeps..............!!!!)

Rudee said...

We had pumpkin cheesecake for dessert and had 2/3 of the thing leftover. I wisely sent it to work with my daughter Thursday night. The wait staff loved the leftovers and my thighs are so much happier.

becca said...

isn't it awesome when one item makes lots of meals we had trukey as well then had turkey soup, turkey and broccoli casserole and of turkey salad sandwhiches

Julianna said...

I as a gaint slacker and spent the whole day decorating for x-mas today (minus the time at the Muppet movie) It normally takes two hours, but this year I just wanted to take my time.

28 days huh? I love the holidays but my body can't take many more of these ten hour work days, so honestly... I'm counting down the minutes.

sapphireblue said...

Yummy yummy! Glad you had some good food and for cheap. No family drama on my end for turkey day, so that was good.

Crystal Pistol said...

I love Thanksgiving leftover meals. I ADORE pot pies. I've never actually made one though. You may have inspired me. My kids would enjoy it.

I still gotz to put my Christmas stuff up. So much to do... So much to do... I love this time of year!!!

PS I will cry buckets when my babies go off to college. BUCKETS!

Anonymous said...

Love that you got so many servings out of that turkey! Woot!

Pot pie is one of my hubs favorite too - I am not a fan so it doesn't appear to often, but after dealing with my crabby tired ass these last few weeks, I think he deserves a pot pie!


Redhead said...

Sounds like not only did you do up a good TNXgiving banquet, but you made some good stuff with the leftovers. Hmmm, crock pot... I packed the mostly picked stuff in the freezer, sooo...and potpie, I've never made one, but homemade would have to beat the skimpy bought ones. Maybe next week...