Stuffing the turkey ... and that's not just me talking about my husband... sorry love! Just kidding.
Holiday leftovers are great fodder (ha!) for inspiring new meals.
Here are some ideas to help you get started.
Roasted vegetables can be pureed into a soup or soup or stew base.
Mashed potatoes or even sweet potatoes (!) can be used similarly, as well as start a new life as gnocchi. This recipe specifically states using a ricer, versus a masher, so your results may be different.
Green bean casserole and stuffing are great soup or stew thickeners.
Giving the food a wild, global spin will bring a spark back to your table: Turkey enchiladas, turkey mole, ham-based quiche, vegetable or turkey curry are great surprises to draw out of your leftovers.
Nuts, cranberries, chocolate treats can be reused in energy bars or reinvented into candy bars with marshmallow fluff and butter a la crispy treats.
And I cannot close without mentioning, YES, you can donate your leftover food. You have been blessed with abundance but there are those who are in need.
Be conscious of your blessings. Second Corinthians 2:8-9 “And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work. As it is written: “They have freely scattered their gifts to the poor; their righteousness endures forever.”
My eleven-year-old daughter has just left the kitchen table where she had confidently finished a decimal to percent conversion worksheet. She had been successful and something has changed in this house.
I had read an online article or post on the vigorous strategizing some parents have for their children's future, almost from birth. The right music at bedtime to prepare their minds for math, the right play dates, the right activities, the right friends, and, most importantly, the right schools - even starting with preschool. There is a fever right now to ensure that our children "have a future". I have spent hours conversing with other parents about the worry we have in our children's grades or their choices of a career or the fact he can't carry his homework from his backpack to his teacher on the same day that it was due.
One day, I took a mental step back. Tiger mom? or Tigger mom?
My teenager son and his nearly-there sister are a little beyond the water and bucket type of activities that used to entertain them during the stretch of summer between school sessions. I am currently a stay-at-home parent, and previously was a classroom teacher, so for the past eight years I have had the inglorious duty of corralling them home or taking them to the beach. We're not wealthy but we are blessed enough to be able to afford some activities - like camp and classes - during the summer, both to entertain and to broaden their horizons. Other than that, much of what we do to minimize their learning loss during the summer has to be free or nearly-free.