Nice Relaxing Friday…… Until!!

Yep!!  Nice relaxing day after Thanksgiving.  A little football, ‘Deadliest Catch’ marathon on Discovery channel, pickin’ at leftovers.  My little 10lb miniature Dachshund even chased away 2 Jehovah Witiness guys from my gate!!  I was SOO proud!!  I looked around my crazy neighborhood and and thought, Hmmm…. too calm!  Then it happened!
My doorbell rings (I HAVE to disconnect that thing!!) and there is my neighbor Charlotte (Crazy Lady) hanging on my gate!  barefoot in her housecoat!!  Her first words were, "I have a plumbing problem!!  My toilet won’t stop running".
"My water won’t shut off!!".  I’m thinking, ‘I hope you didn’t just crap!’!  So I go over there to help, pointing out that there is a water shutoff valve that she JUST HAD INSTALLED!!!!!  As I’m ankle deep in who knows what kind of water and trying to get the valve to work when she informs me that she tried to turn off the water at the toilet.  Nope!!  She turned it on more!!  So I turn it off.  She starts putting down towels (luckily she has hundreds!) while I phone Redneck #1.  He is ‘busy’ but will send over his girlfriend!  Her and I start putting the wet towels in buckets (every one leaked!) and laying them on her patio.
Here is her patio
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Here’s what it looked like when I left.
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I just went back to check on her and she was wringing out towels and freaking!!  I told her "Sit!  Stay!!"  Wait for the plumber!  I worry about her and I DO take care of her.  We have been neighbors for 25 years.  I guess I’m all she has..
 Here is the recipe for that Turkey breast!  Soooo worth a try!!

Cook Time

50 min

  • Level


  • Yield

    10 to 12 servings



    • 4 whole leeks, white part only, roots trimmed and cut into rings
    • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
    • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
    • Leaves from 2 fresh thyme sprigs
    • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
    • 4 cups crumbled cornbread, store-bought
    • 1 cup chicken stock
    • 2 Boneless Turkey breasts


    Preheat oven to 400 degrees F

    Fill a large bowl with water and add the leeks, swish around with your hands to get the sand out from in between the layers. In a large saute pan over medium heat, add 1 tablespoon each of butter and olive oil. Add the leeks, sprinkle with the thyme, salt and pepper and cook for about 10 minutes, turning every now and then, until the leeks are softened but not colored. Remove the leeks from heat to cool.

    In a large bowl combine the leeks, cornbread, and chicken stock and season with salt and pepper.

    Use a sharp, thin knife to cut down the length of the turkey cutting the breast parallel to the board, almost in half just stopping short of the outside edge. Open out the 2 halves as if you were opening a book. Now you’ve got a large piece of meat that will cook evenly and is thin enough to roll. Place 2 cups of the stuffing inside each of the breasts and then fold the turkey back over.

    Place the remaining stuffing in a small baking dish and cook alongside the turkey.

    Tie in 4 places with kitchen twine and season with salt and pepper.

    Heat the remaining tablespoon of butter and olive oil in a roasting pan over medium-high heat. Put the turkey in the roasting pan and sear all over. Transfer the pan to the oven and roast for about 25 minutes (internal temperature should reach 160 degrees F on an instant-read thermometer). Take the turkey out of the oven and let it rest for 5 to 10 minutes, then cut crosswise into slices.

    We seared the breast in a frying pan and the transfered it to a small roasting pan.  Also, we only used one breast but made the full recipe of stuffing because……. We LOVE stuffing!!!  We added some Golden raisons to the stuffing.  Play around with it!!  Sage??  Bay Leaf??  Rosemary???


      Music tonight??  Eh!!  My previous life!!  LOL!


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    11 Responses to Nice Relaxing Friday…… Until!!

    1. Joe says:

      Flooding toilets and recipes?  I think you’ve got the whole of the weird spectrum covered here Bob, I just got home and am so blasted tired but I couldn’t resist seeing what’s up with you, I’ve never been dissapointed!  LOL!

    2. Grandma's says:

      Never a dull moment for you Bob, is there?  Thank goodness Crazy Lady had lots of towels….and what a blessing you are there for her. 
      My dog is pretty good at keeping the JW’s away too….but if they do risk coming to the door (dog is harmless, just barks) I have already come up with a great way to get rid of them.  I just act like I am so pleased to see them and say "Oh, My Lord Jesus must have sent you…please, come in and I will pray for you".  98% of the time they look at me in confusion, throw their pamphlets in my hand….and run…LOL. 
      Love the song!! 
      Have a great day tomorrow…a quiet, restful one if possible.  Wouldn’t hurt to disconnect the doorbell LOL.

    3. Beth says:

      Bob, dear friend, you will get your rewards in heaven as my mom would always say.  Thank you for helping an old lady!  I hope your shoes were tennies that you could throw in the washer.
      The recipe sounds delicious!  Thanks Becky.

    4. CAROL says:

      Whoa bob you had an exciting day. I hope the smell doesn’t get too bad over to your place. Hope too she remembers righty tighty next time on that valve. Hate to think of what she would have done if you weren’t home. Did she know you were taking pictures??? People freak out around here if you start taking their picture. I think some of them might have a record or something..hehhehhe  .  I shall keep that turkey recipe I am always looking for new ones as that is what MOM can eat. I had mine in the crockpot.. gotta say it was not dry though.  Take care  : )

    5. Fizz says:

      You know, you were her hero today! You saved her day. Doesn’t that make it just a wee bit better? I mean, it’s not every day you get to be someones hero! I’m green with envy!

    6. Jill says:

      whoa!   gotta work on the transitions there……plumbing, towels and, then, BAM!  turkey recipes….hahahahahaha
      maybe I’m just really tired, but it tickled my funny bone.

    7. Babblelot says:

      Ok now we’re even. You made my day reading this post! There are two sides here. One…how awful this happened and you Mr. Bob saved her day! 2…I couldn’t help but laugh and then saw that you took pictures of it!! So nice you helped her or else there would have been a mudslide in your backyard…lol. Thanks for the recipe also. You and Becky have a quiet night tonight. You had a big day, and the weenie dawg too!

    8. David says:

      I guess real neighbors are kind of like Frost’s definition of ‘home’, which he said was the place that when you go there, they have to take you in.   Friends, family and neighbors always show up at the least convenient time.  But without them, you have lots of time and maybe even lots to do, but nobody to do it with and nobody to tell about it. 

    9. Sue says:

      You’re such a good neighbor!  Wish you were mine.  If something went wrong, don’t know if I’d want to trust them…Hats off to Baxter and his chasing off the unwanted visitors!  We have a plaque on our fence that reads:  Our dog can reach the gate in 5 seconds.  Can you?" 

    10. Setterspirit says:

      Hi Bob!  I always enjoy reading your blogs.  The day to day stuff is very entertaining.  I like how you write and capture your readers and continue the stories with neighbors and such.  One question though!  I am fascinated on what they allow you to take pictures of.  Do they ever question you about the photo taking?  Iy adds to your blog that is for sure!

    11. Cindy says:

      What would your life be like without all those interesting neighbors of yours?  Boring, plain, simple…you’d hate it!  Hope you’re having a great weekend. 

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