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Today has been an adventure! It was “clean out the refrigerator day”. I had several “dibs” of things that I either had to do something with, or toss them out. (And of course I never want to throw things out if I can help it!)

A week ago I got some frozen pastry dough out of the freezer, but since both my husband and I have been sick, I haven’t had time to use it. pastry
I also had a little leftover turkey, about a cup of leftover roast, a pound of sausage that I needed to fry up and a partial jar of home canned pasta sauce .pasta sauce

So… I decided to make meat pies! First, I fried up the sausage and made some cottage cheese. meat in skillet cheese curds

Cottage cheese

Since there was so much meat and pasta sauce, I decided to make a lasagna first. cottage cheese to pasta mix (But I saved a little of the cheese for myself! Treat! And oh! Look what I found in the pasta sauce! 🙂 A Bay leaf!)bay leaf

So, I got the lasagna in the oven and started mixing the meat pies. meat mixtures
I took the leftover meat (some beef and some turkey) in separate bowls and added some frozen mixed vegetables and some instant potato soup I mixed up before Christmas for “thickening” (recipe for this later).

Next I rolled out the pastry and cut the circles with pot lid. pastry circles
I saved out a little of the pasta mixture for a couple of pies.pasta pie
Next I made the other meat pies.
meat pies

(I even made a few chocolate ones, too!)chocolate

By this time the lasagna was finished finished lasagna
I forgot to take a picture, but I baked the meat (and chocolate) pies on a parchment lined baking sheet @ 350° for 40-45 minutes. And they came out beautifully!finished pies
And best of all – my husband loved them! I think these will be great to pack on his lunches.

So… I’ve used up all my leftovers, I’ve washed up all my dirty dishes, and I’ve got enough food for several days. All in all a good day, I’d say.

Thank you Father for the bounty You have so graciously supplied. May we always be good stewards of that bounty. Amen.

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Instant Potato Soup Mix
1 3/4 cup instant potatoes
1 1/2 cup powdered milk
2 tbsp chicken bouillon
2 tsp minced onion (or onion powder)
1 tbsp parsley
1/4 tsp white pepper
1/4 tsp thyme
a dash turmeric
Mix well and store in a glass jar (makes a great gift, too!)
To Prepare:
Take 1/2 cup mix to 1 cup boiling water. Stir and enjoy

This also works well to thicken soups or to create your own “cream of…” soups.

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