On the weekend we were blessed to enjoy a delicious homemade turkey dinner with Michael’s parents, his brother and sister-in-law, and their adorable niece.  Naomi and “Lala” had a wonderful time wandering around the house, reading, playing and getting to know one another.  It was great to get to see everyone again in my in-law’s gorgeous log cabin in the woods.

Michael’s mother normally takes the carcass and makes turkey soup afterwards, but this year she decided she would just toss it.  Rather than let it go to waste, I volunteered to take it home and make use of it.  So she took off enough meat for them to have sandwiches the next day and sent me home with the remains.


After pulling apart Mr. Turkey, I was delighted when I had about 5 cups of turkey meat, and enough bones and skin to overflow my humble little crockpot (thanks again, Sebastian — she’s getting plenty of use!).  There’s nothing more wonderful than making something out of nothing.  And, it took me less than 15 minutes, start to finish!

Today, we’ll add some carrots, onions, peas, and spices, along with turkey and noodles, and let it simmer all day tomorrow for a delicious turkey soup.  And we have enough meat left over to make hot turkey sandwiches for supper tonight, with some oven roasted potatoes and carrot sticks.  Delish!


So before you think that getting the last bit off that turkey isn’t worth it, stop!  If you don’t have the time to deal with it now, throw it in a bag and freeze it — he’ll come in handy later when you’re craving turkey soup.  :)

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