Thanksgiving Leftovers – Turkey Shepherds Pie

One of my new obsessions is the Tasty Facebook page. If you haven’t seen it yet, do a search! It’s just a bunch of short one or two minute videos of recipes. So, although I did pin this recipe to my food board in Pinterest, it originated from the Tasty  page.

We cooked two turkeys this Thanksgiving, so naturally we had a TON of leftovers. I saw this video for turkey shepherds pie that looked amazing and I knew I had to try it. 

I made a few slight changes from the original recipe due to what I had on hand, and it still came out delicious!

The ingredients needed to make this recipe include: 

  • 2 Tbsp. – Butter
  • 1 Small Onion, diced
  • 1 Rib Celery, diced
  • 1 Cup – Carrots, pre-cooked and chopped
  • 1 Cup – Peas
  • 3 Cups – Turkey
  • 1/2 tsp – Thyme
  • 1/4 tsp – Salt
  • 1/4 tsp – Pepper
  • 1 Cup – Gravy
  • 1/2 Cup – Heavy Cream
  • 4 Cups – Mashed Potatoes

  
I started by preheating the oven to 425 degrees and melting the butter in a large pan.

  
Once the butter was fully melted I added the onions and celery and cooked them for about 5 minutes, or until they were softened.

  
Next I added in my chopped, cooked carrots. If you didn’t have cooked carrots, you could chop up a couple of raw carrots and sauté them with the onions and celery in the previous step.

  
Once the carrots were warmed through, I added my frozen peas.

 
 After the peas were thawed, I added the turkey, thyme, salt, and pepper.
  
Then I added the gravy to the mix.

  
Next, I poured the heavy cream into the pan and stirred everything together.

  
Once all the ingredients were combined, I poured the mixture into an oven-safe pan.

  
Finally, I spread the mashed potatoes over the top.

  
I baked the shepherds pie in the oven for 15 minutes, then took it out and let it cool for 5 to 10 minutes.

It was super yummy! I plan to make this a post-Thanksgiving tradition 🍗  

Make Your Own Floor Wipes

I have one of those Swiffer steamer mops. I love it because it’s easy to use and does a good job cleaning the floor using steam. The one thing I don’t like is how expensive the Swiffer wipes are. It’s about $10 for a package of 20, so that’s 0.50 per wipe.

I found a website on Pinterest that provided instructions on making your own floor wipes using stuff you may already have around your house, or items you can find at the dollar store (http://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/Homemade-Reusable-Floor-Wipes-28139096). It will literally cost you pennies per wipe! The website said the wipes were reusable, but I found them to be too thin to reuse.

The materials needed to make your own floor wipes include:

  • Sealable rectangular container
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/4 cup vinegar
  • 1/4 cup rubbing alcohol
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon liquid dish soap
  • Cotton cloths
  • Scissors

  
I started by mixing the water, vinegar, alcohol, lemon juice, and dish soap together in the container.

 

Then I cut my cotton cloths to fit into the container. I was able to cut mine in half and it gave me 12 cloths.

  
 Next, I placed the cut cloths into the liquid and made sure they were all fully soaked.

 
Finally, I attached a moistened cloth to my mop. It worked great! It’s a little thinner then the Swiffer brand cloths, so I did need about double the cloths to finish my mopping job. But it is still way cheaper! If the cloths start to dry out, just add a little more water to wet them.