Christmas Leftovers Recipe – Turkey Pasta Salad

Left Over Christmas Turkey Pasta Salad

I don’t know about you, but I still have half a turkey and leg of ham in my fridge.

We have been eating Christmas leftovers for breakfast, lunch and dinner! It’s driving me crazy!

Anyway, here’s my Leftover Christmas Turkey Pasta Salad Recipe

2 cups of shredded turkey
4 – 5 large tablespoons of sundried tomato pesto
375g of spaghetti pasta
handful of fresh chopped capsicums, halved cherry tomatoes, spinach and basil leaves
drizzle of extra virgin olive oil at the end

Cook and drain pasta. Toss everything. Serve warm.

Making Baby 3, Part 11: Lets Talk About Sex

In our quest to have a third baby, my husband and I decided that, since we already have two boys, there was no harm in trying to conceive a girl – or rather, using natural techniques that increased the chances of conceiving a girl.

We’ve been following various recommendations outlined in a popular technique called The Shettles Method, by Dr Shettles in her book, How To Choose the Sex Of Your Baby.

I’ve already written about the importance of timing sex, tracking your mucus cycle.

So according to the Shettles method, if you want a girl, you have to have sex in a particular way.

1) Shallow penetration.

Woman on the bottom. Good. Old. Missionary. Just lie still thanks.

The reason for having shallow penetration is so that the sperm will be deposited further away from the cervix, which is more acidic and will disadvantage the weaker boy sperm.

Plus it also gives the slow swimming, but longer lasting girl sperm a greater chance of reaching the egg.

2) Woman can NOT orgasm.

Apparently, when a woman orgasms, the acidity levels change in the uterus, making it more favourable for boy sperm.

Also the contractions felt during an orgasm usually assist the sperm up into the cervix and towards the egg. This means the faster swimming boy sperm have an advantage over the girl sperm.

So there you have it.

If you want a girl, you have to have BORING SEX!

(I wonder what it means that I have two boys! Ha!)

Click here to see the whole story of Making Baby 3.

On Presents

My husband and I are not a Present Giving Couple.

When people ask me, “What did you get your husband for Christmas? Or what did your husband get you?” I say with a cunning and mischievous smile “Trust me, you don’t want to know…”

Truth is, we didn’t buy each other anything! We are not really into dropping hints. Or secret shopping and planning surprises.

I don’t ask my husband to buy me anything – because, if I wanted something, I’d just go out and buy it myself!

In fact, if my husband felt the need to surprise me, and bought me the designer handbag which he had noticed I swooned over while reading a magazine, I’d be SO ANGRY WITH HIM because I’d rather have a new digital camera.

And if he had bought me the digital camera, I believe our money would have been better spent buying a new couch.

So my husband and I made a sacred pact. No presents. Unless specifically requested.

This is what I received for Christmas. I consider them, with much amusement, to be a rather telling indication of my miscellaneous personality.

Pearl earrings


Environmentally friendly laundry care pack

Laundry Stuff

Battlestar Galactica DVD series 3


Christmas Festivities 2007

We had Christmas Eve dinner at our place for my side of the family. A few of my family members were out of town, so it was a dinner party of 5 adults and 2 kids. It was small, sweet and oh so simple.

Weeks prior to the evening, my father said, “I want to cook the turkey!” and my mother said, “Let me cook the ham!” So I feigned disappointment and said, “Oh well. I guess I’ll just make a salad… and buy some bread?”

Heh. So it must be said that our Christmas was very cruisey. No madness or stress to be had! I was so thankful!

The kids helped me set the table, tie ribbons on the glasses, light the candles and make name cards.

Christmas 2007

I had a giggling episode in the kitchen as my mother unwrapped the Christmas ham. It looked exactly like it did in the magazine!

Christmas 2007

After dinner we gathered around the Christmas tree. We all swapped presents, opened them together and gleefully ooh and aahed over gifts and dessert.

Christmas 2007

It was definitely an evening of family – simply being together and having a lovely time with the people we love most.