Leftovers to Dinner

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With a few easy additions.  πŸ™‚


My mother-in-law and sister-in-law have made almost every big meal this holiday season, so I figured it was my turn to step things up.  I opened the fridge and was greeted by a ton of leftovers, so I tried to remix things into a fresh meal.


I heated leftover meat loaf for the meat eaters, and whipped up a curry rice for a vegetarian entree.  I simply mixed cooked rice, added a jar of Indian curry sauce, pumpkin seeds, and torn spinach leaves.  On the side, we had roasted carrots with olive oil and parsley and baked apples, which were a big hit.  Plus, leftover sweet potato casserole and a roll.


BaileyÒ€ℒs for drinkinÒ€ℒ:


And a mince pie (itÒ€ℒs filled with fruit) for dessertÒ€¦ Brought all the way over from England from my sister-in-law and so delicious.



And two chocolates, too.


Awkward Family Moment


We all went to see Black Swan before dinner.  This is not a movie you should watch with your in-laws.


It was good though, and Natalie Portman was amazing.  ButÒ€¦ it was awkward. 



  • Lauren December 26, 2010, 8:28 pm

    Haha, I hear there is a crazy lesbian scene in this one. I can’t image that was normal to watch with your FIL.

  • Lauren December 26, 2010, 8:29 pm

    Dinner looks yummy! Really…..didn’t hear much about Black Swan. Only thing I do know is part of it was taped at a college near where I live.

  • Carla @ Will Run for Health December 26, 2010, 8:29 pm

    I want to see Black Swan so bad…but I will now avoid seeing it in the company of my family. Thanks for the heads up! I had a similar awkard movie going experience when I watched Mr. & Mrs. Smith with my dad!

  • Stacy @ Every Little Thing December 26, 2010, 8:31 pm

    I would die to try a mince pie straight from England! And yes, I have heard the same about Black Swan, hehe. Glad to hear it was good though!

    Love leftover remixes, I think I’ll be doing something fun with my ham soon (that sounds a bit dirty!)

  • Lauren December 26, 2010, 8:35 pm

    Everyone I know who has seen this movie has loved it, but they all mention the crazy lesbian scene(s). I can’t imagine sharing that with the inlaws….can you say uncomfortable?? πŸ™‚

  • VeggieGirl December 26, 2010, 8:35 pm

    Yep, I’m definitely passing on that movie…. πŸ˜€

  • andrea December 26, 2010, 8:36 pm

    I really didn’t like that movie, mince pie looks yummy.

  • Erin (Travel, Eat, Repeat) December 26, 2010, 8:42 pm

    I love mince pie — my stepmom made a bunch for Boxing Day today. Agree with Andrea that Black Swan disappointed. It didn’t live up to all the hype.

  • Lee December 26, 2010, 8:51 pm

    My husband and I were just talking about how that is NOT a movie you want to see with your parents. Haha. Oops.

  • Bronwyn Coyne December 26, 2010, 8:58 pm

    Hahaha, I can totally see that. Though for the most part I found Black Swan totally creepy.

  • Marissa December 26, 2010, 9:02 pm

    i hate realizing movies are awkward during the movie!

  • Nicole (I have trouble with forward motion) December 26, 2010, 9:07 pm

    Our awkward family moment yesterday: my parents asking me to ask my husband to not lay on the fur blanket that was on the floor by the fire because…I guess it’s their sex blanket. Umm…even if that’s true, DON’T leave it out where people might think it’s okay to study on it! LOL.

  • Camille December 26, 2010, 9:07 pm

    Hahaha, I saw Black Swan with my boyfriend and sister and it was a little awkward with my sister. I wanted to cover her eyes!

  • Baking 'n' Books December 26, 2010, 9:10 pm

    Yeah, that clip was all the reasons I DON’T want to see this movie! I have issues with movies that are disturbing and creep me out. I have enough nightmares πŸ˜‰

    Did your in-laws like it though? And do they read your blog?!

  • Gabby December 26, 2010, 9:15 pm

    Haha I was so stoked on seeing Black Swan! Then I saw it with my brother and sister-in-law a couple days before Christmas and all we could think was, “Good thing we didn’t see that on Christmas with the whole family.” Yikes.

  • Dominique December 26, 2010, 9:19 pm

    I have yet to see Black Swan. I honestly hadn’t heard much about it but the BF and BF’s friend’s GF wanted to see it but it isn’t playing anywhere near us so we’ll have to wait. Good to know about the awkwardness though–I’m covering the BF’s eyes for those scenes, hehehe.

    A really awkward movie moment I had was watching Cruel Intentions with my mom and cousins for the first time on Christmas night several years back. Not cool!

  • Marina December 26, 2010, 9:20 pm

    Can’t wait to see that movie. But I hate moments like that, awkwardness during movies.I just blush than and try to act normal πŸ˜€

  • jassy December 26, 2010, 9:20 pm

    yummy chocolates! merry christmas! πŸ™‚

  • Wei-Wei December 26, 2010, 9:29 pm

    I really want to see that movie! I love Natalie Portman. It looks intense, though… I’ll probably watch it alone. Or with someone I know will take it seriously.

  • Lisa Fine December 26, 2010, 9:30 pm

    I know! Saw it yesterday with my parents, sister, and boyfriend. There were many scenes that were embarrassing and awkward – and more than the lesbian scenes. But it’s an incredible film that I am glad to have seen.

  • Chelsea @ Strawberry Sweat December 26, 2010, 9:30 pm

    Ha, that reminds me of the time I went to see Borat with my family. AWKWARD!!

  • Katie December 26, 2010, 9:31 pm

    For Some One who is trying to break the stereotypes of What Is beautiful im surprised that you are feeling “awkward about sex scenes”. Sex is a part of love. Gay or straight

    • Caitlin December 26, 2010, 9:41 pm

      I’m totally cool with gay sex! HUGE supporter of the LGBT community here. πŸ™‚ Just not in front of my in-laws. Any kind of graphic sex in front of the in-laws is gross.

      • Mary Nell December 27, 2010, 8:21 am

        You will want to avoid watching Love and Other Drugs with them as well :). I was a bit embarrassed just being in the theater. People can say it is “just sex”–but isn’t sex, by its very nature, a private and intimate act? I have no desire to watch anyone else doing that–in a movie or otherwise. Just the Axe commercial that was before the movie was too much for me.

    • Melissa December 26, 2010, 10:50 pm

      Cait I agree with you….I think anyone gay or straight would absolutely feel awkward in that situation, I don’t care what anyone says
      And not for nothing, those that claim that it’s not uncomfortable or that it wouldn’t be are either
      A. lying or
      B. obviously have the feelings of a rock
      Or are just trying to start something ridiculous for no reason
      Anyone that reads that will see it

      Hope you and the hubs had a great Christmas!

      • AnnMarie December 27, 2010, 12:47 am

        I would not be lying. I don’t have the feelings of a rock, and I’m not trying to start anything … I would totally watch it with any one of my adult family members. It’s just sex πŸ˜‰

        • Caitlin December 27, 2010, 8:50 am

          Normally I am fine with sex in movies, but have you seen Black Swan? I am not just talking about the lesbian scene at all. There is about 5 really graphic sex scenes. Still – a good movie!

        • Jolene (www.everydayfoodie.ca) December 27, 2010, 11:50 pm

          LOL – just saw that movie tonight with the hubby. I was thinking the whole time how it would not be good to watch with parents!! Very awkward for sure!

  • Averie (LoveVeggiesandYoga) December 26, 2010, 9:41 pm

    baked apples, bailey’s, delish!
    enjoy the rest of your evening!

  • Ella December 26, 2010, 9:45 pm

    I adored the Black Swan – I’m a ballerina and a psychology minor so I liked both aspects. Def not a movie I would want to see with my family though.
    Funny, my friends and I are all either 21 or almost 21 and had to show 2 forms of ID to get into the theater because it was so risque!

  • Shannon @ Philadelphia Phitness Pharmacy December 26, 2010, 9:46 pm

    I had christmas leftovers too! I think everyone on the planet did. Gotta love jazzing up leftovers.

  • Katie (Sweet Tater) December 26, 2010, 9:47 pm

    haha NOT a movie to see with your in-laws.

  • Katherine December 26, 2010, 9:50 pm

    LOL. I totally agree on not seeing that movie with any family! I’m so glad that I didn’t. Another movie that should not be watched with any family at all costs is Bruno. Love it, but not something to watch with family!

  • Carin December 26, 2010, 9:58 pm

    Did you all chat about it afterwards? Or just not discuss it at all…. THAT would be the British response!

  • Dorry December 26, 2010, 9:59 pm

    I saw is with my husband and his sister which was a bit awkward, but I was so thankful his mom didn’t join us!

    Nice work with the leftovers – looks delicious.

  • kristin December 26, 2010, 10:28 pm

    I just saw Black Swan today too- and with my parents… I was planning on going by myself, and then got an e-mail from my mom which said that my dad was bored and driving her nuts- couldn’t they join me? I totally knew it was going to be so awkward to see it with them, but I could hardly say no to that!

  • Kellie December 26, 2010, 10:28 pm

    I saw it with my mother-in-law and grandmother-in-law. I agree about awkward!

  • Tina @ The Shakespearean Tomato December 26, 2010, 10:33 pm

    Ha! I feel you on awkwardness with parentals…My awkward Christmas movie moment was when I took my Dad to see Bad Santa in the theatre. Also NOT the greatest movie to watch with family members! I really want to see Black Swan though, and of COURSE it isn’t playing in my little small town theatre that only shows family movies πŸ™

  • Natalia@TheHealthScript December 26, 2010, 10:41 pm

    I can totally relate to your awkward situation. I watched Borat with my parents. Most awkward 84 minutes of my life.
    Yum leftovers. Not worrying about what’s for dinner is a great feeling!

  • Kimberly December 26, 2010, 10:44 pm

    I went to Black Swan the other day by myself, it was interesting to say the least. I saw a mother with her young daughter who was probably about 10-12 years old come into the theatre at the beginning and leave part way through…I’m glad they did as it was definitely not a movie for a young person!!

    All the best for 2011 πŸ™‚

  • Mel December 26, 2010, 10:45 pm

    Wait, was watching the movie awkward because your in-laws are living out their failed dreams of ballet stardom through you? πŸ˜‰

    I’m avoiding the movie because I heard there are some scenes of self-mutilation in the movie and that totally icks me out.

  • Ashley December 26, 2010, 10:45 pm

    I tried a white chocolate drink from Starbucks once. It was hot chocolate but it did taste like I was slurping melted sugar. I want to see that movie so badly!

    • Ashley December 26, 2010, 10:47 pm

      Oh my goodness! My computer defected and changed blog pages completely. I know this doesn’t make any sense because it was directed at mealsandmiles. Eek. I can’t delete it so just disregard it.

      • Baroque diva December 27, 2010, 12:14 am

        Haha Ashley your random comment cracked me up. My sister and i just watched Best of SNL and Kristen Wiig’s random lines in the Lawrence Welk show skits came to mind. πŸ™‚ so funny!

        I cant wait to see Black Swan in a theatre when im back in Boston! Its not playing near my parents in CT! Thanks, i will see it with the bf… Not the fam!

  • Maryann December 27, 2010, 12:31 am

    I didnt really like Black Swan..it made me feel a little depressed. I prefer comedies and chick flicks πŸ™‚

  • Jess@atasteofconfidence December 27, 2010, 12:38 am

    Haha I can imagine that would be awkward

  • carlee December 27, 2010, 1:19 am

    I have to try curry rice! that looks so good!
    Do you have a recipe for it?

  • Laura (Starloz) December 27, 2010, 2:24 am

    black swans look scary & disturbing, weird

  • Me-Linh @ Sweet and Sweat December 27, 2010, 2:56 am

    The movie seriously should’ve had a warning sign that said “DO NOT WATCH WITH PEOPLE YOIU WOULDN’T TALK ABOUT SEX WITH”
    I watched it with my mom.
    It was horrible. I mean the experience, not the movie.

  • ms December 27, 2010, 5:16 am

    haha! i just watched it tonight too…thankfully it was with friends so not too awkward…

  • Alyssa December 27, 2010, 7:33 am

    I’ve heard mixed reviews about Black Swan! But thanks for the heads up…

    Arent leftovers the best!? I dont understand how some people dont like them..

  • Kelly December 27, 2010, 8:02 am

    Lol laughed out loud at this post. My husband and I saw Borat with my parents so I think we can handle anything after that!

  • Ashley @ Nourishing the Soul December 27, 2010, 8:35 am

    I’m interested to hear your thoughts on Black Swan, given all the body image stuff that’s come out about it. I’m planning to see it tonight!

    • Caitlin December 27, 2010, 8:51 am

      I’ll try to do a more thorough review at some point!

  • Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin December 27, 2010, 9:05 am

    Haha I hate it when I’m watching a movie with my family and it ends up having some unexpected awkward scenes! Thanks for the heads up about Black Swan. πŸ˜‰

  • Sarah (Running to Slow Things Down) December 27, 2010, 9:30 am

    Mince pie from England? What a special treat! πŸ˜€

  • Lacey @ Lake Life December 27, 2010, 9:44 am

    Oh no, I hate awkward movie moments with parental figures in the room! Glad you survived it πŸ™‚

  • vann December 27, 2010, 9:45 am

    i love reading about your husband’s side of the fam during holidays! i read your posts in an english accent in my head, haha!

  • Brittney December 27, 2010, 9:52 am

    Ah, that ALWAYS happens to me with MY parents. We start watching a movie and I’m like…oh man, this is not something I should be watching with my parents! I’ve watched “Unfaithful”, “Forgetting Sarah Marshall”, and “Knocked Up” with them to name a few! Ooooops! Might have to have a PG-13 rule while watching movies with them from now on. It is awkward!!

  • Anna @ ciaotochow December 27, 2010, 10:54 am

    Thanks for the heads-up about Black Swan. I almost suggested to my family we go see it! Oh, and that mince pie intrigues me – perhaps I’ll try one while I’m studying abroad this upcoming semester πŸ™‚

  • chelsey @ clean eating chelsey December 27, 2010, 3:24 pm

    I want to see Black Swan so badly – I’m enlisting the bestie to go see it with me. Something about lesbian scenes with the family kind of throws me back a little. πŸ™‚

  • Pam December 27, 2010, 4:59 pm

    Black Swan with the in laws?? I lol’d. Seriously.

  • Carly D. @ CarlyBananas December 27, 2010, 7:48 pm

    The Black Swan was pretty intense. I had a really hard time sitting through it and I can’t imagine how difficult it would have been to have my boyfriend’s parent’s there!

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