Leftover Turkey Casserole

Happy Boxing Day! 😉 I hope everyone had a great Christmas!

I have started a tradition (this is the 4th year) when I cook “Leftover turkey casserole” for the family on Boxing day. I’m not much of a cook but this recipe is really easy. Last year I realised that the website the recipe was originally on had disappeared (luckily my mam had had the foresight to write it down!) so I decided to share the recipe here, as it really is delicious and a perfect way to use up leftover turkey.

Leftover Turkey Casserole- Serves 6

Ingredients

  • 16 oz mashed potato
  • 8 fl oz  cold water
  • 8 oz diced cooked turkey meat
  • 5 oz grated cheddar cheese
  • 5 oz dry stuffing mix
  • 5 fl oz double cream
  • 5 tbsp butter
  • 2 tbsp plain flour
  • Pinch salt and pepper

Preheat oven to 180 degrees and spread the diced turkey over the bottom of a casserole dish.

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Melt 3 tablespoons of butter in a saucepan over a low heat. Stir in the flour then slowly add the cream and water, stirring quickly to avoid lumps. Season with salt and pepper and stir over a low heat for five minutes. Remove from heat and pour over the turkey. Cover turkey mixture with the grated cheese, then the mashed potato (yes, potato on top of the cheese, the cheese melts into the sauce and turns it into a fab cheesy sauce!)

Melt two tablespoons of butter and add the stuffing mix, then spread the mixture on top of the mashed potato. It should look like the photo below.

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Bake uncovered for 45 minutes until crispy and golden. Put a baking tray under your casserole dish as sometimes some of the sauce starts to boil out. I found this out the hard way and spent ages scrubbing the bottom of the oven!

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And that is it! Cheesy, potato-y meaty goodness with a crispy crumb =D

Enjoy your Boxing Day and if you make this let me know what you think!

Hayley x

#CraftBlogClub Secret Santa

I am a member of the twitter based #craftblogclub. Craft Blog Club is for anyone who is interested in crafting or runs a craft blog. Ran by the lovely Emma at Life is Peachy it takes place every Tuesday from 7-8.30pm. Just use #craftblogclub to join in! Emma organised a Secret Santa, so here is what I sent and received.

I had to make a gift for Caroline from Tea Is The Answer so I decided to have another go at paper cutting. The phrase “Time For Tea” seemed fitting, so I traced the letters, cut them out and framed it with a contrasting sheet of pink paper. I apologize for the bad photo, its so hard to get good light in the winter!

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I received a scented hanging heart, a crocheted rose bookmark and a knitted bow brooch and a fox brooch which is already on my coat =D

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I love them all but I particularly love the fox brooch! The builders working on a house in my street also like it… When I walked past they spotted it and broke into a rousing chorus of “What does the fox say?” Lol!

I don’t know who sent me my goodies, if it was you then thank you! =D I guess all thats left to say is Merry Christmas so…

MERRY CHRISTMAS!

Hayley x

Alice tea party baby shower ideas

This weeks Theme Thursday will be the last one for the foreseeable future, as I am going to move on to a different blog series in 2014. All the theme ideas from the series can be found here. This weeks theme is a little different and would be a real talking point at the baby shower! So here are my tips and ideas for an Alice in Wonderland tea party baby shower.

Invitations

These invites from Miragreetings are just fantastic! They are personalised and then printed from your own printer. These invites can be used no matter what gender the baby will be and the illustrations are adorable!

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Decorations

While I was doing my research for this post, I stumbled across so many fantastic decor ideas, here are some of my favourites!

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I love this idea! Create a confusing signpost, just like in the book, using a post, some cardboard and paint or felt tips! Photo from Hostess with the Mostess

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This is a perfect example of how to decorate a table for a tea party! Candlesticks, doilys and pretty flowers, what else could you need? Photo from Tea Party Foodies

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How awesome are these!? Unsourced photo on Pinterest but you can make your own card men with a pack of cards and a little creativity =)

Food

Typical tea party food such as sandwiches and cupcakes is all you need! For an extra Alice in Wonderland touch, add “Eat me” and “Drink me” labels.

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Photo from Pinning Lynda

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Photo from Party Plan

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Photo from Saddleworth Shindigs

Party Favours

Simply attach “Take Me” labels to party bags and fill with thank you notes and little treats. Photo below from Anders Ruff

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Volunteers needed for future blog series!

Earlier in the week I wrote this post about some ideas I have for 2014. One of my main goals for this blog is to provide more resources and information for people planning baby showers. I also want to give the blog more of a community feel by including readers opinions and experiences. So I’m going to need some volunteers…

Could it be you?

Firstly I am going to start a feature called “Put it to the panel” when three people will be asked their opinion on a topic, for example “Should men be invited to a baby shower?”. I will email the topic to the volunteers, then post their responses, with a link to their blog, twitter account etc (If desired). Anyone can take part in this, you don’t need to be a parent or have hosted a baby shower.  

I would also like to hear your stories and experiences:

  • Have you hosted a baby shower? 
  • Or perhaps someone hosted one for you when you were expecting?
  • Did you have an unusual theme?
  • Or held the shower in an unusual place?
  • Did you invite men or children?
If so I would love to hear from you!
 
You can contact me by leaving a comment below or emailing me at nappycakesandgifts@hotmail.com
 
Hopefully 2014 will be an exciting year!
Hayley x

Looking forward to 2014

The last few months seem to have flown by! Christmas is almost upon us (eek!) and after that its goodbye to this year and hello to 2014!


So before we descend into the madness that is Christmas time, I decided to post some of my aims for myself and the blog for 2014. If I write them down then I have to at least attempt to complete them! You are all my witnesses 😉

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First up, I need to find volunteers for some blog topics I have planned. I need people to interview, people to give their opinions/debate on certain topics (most of them baby shower related) and I need some parent bloggers to question about various things. If you would like to volunteer please leave a comment and I’ll get back to you and explain everything properly =)

My next goal kind of links with the one above. I want to provide a lot more information about baby showers: How to plan one, how to be a good host, games, alternatives etc. Baby showers are still very new in the UK, so I would like to turn this blog into the go-to place for information for Brits planning baby showers =) A big goal I know, that’s why I want to get other people giving their opinions and experiences on here… Besides, I can’t do all the talking 😉 

On the business side of things, I plan to keep going to craft fairs and events and get my name “out there”. I’m also going to try to get better at juggling social media. Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest, oh my!

This Christmas Santa is bringing me a camera. I currently use my phone to take pictures… No more! Once I get my camera I’m going to re-photo everything on my Facebook page and join Instagram (I’ve wanted to do this for ages but my photos aren’t good enough!). Then I can start putting nice photos on here =D

So those are my aims, what are yours?

Hayley x





  

Theme Thursday: Flower Power

This weeks theme is perfect for anyone expecting a baby girl!

Invitations 

How sweet are these personalised invites from Priceless Kids? I love the colours and the cute floral print!



Decorations

I love this idea of making flowers out of different sized balloons! Image from Pinterest, unfortunately I couldn’t trace the source.

Food

These fruit kebabs are cut into flower shapes and would make a fantastic table centerpiece. Photo from Baby Care Answers.

I have chosen the next photo for two reasons, firstly because the table is beautifully presented and fits right in with the theme. Secondly because it is simple buffet food that is easy to make. Another unsourced Pinterest photo.

  

 Favors

I have already featured these favors on my Star themed post but they perfectly fit the flower theme too. These plantable stars have flower seeds sown in so that each guest can grow their own flowers to remind them of the baby shower! Available here

As always, let me know if you decide to have a Flower themed baby shower or if you have any ideas for future Theme Thursdays!

Hayley x