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12 Delicious Ways to Use Leftover Turkey

So you hunkered down and decided to make a big ol’ turkey this holiday…only to discover you’re left with tons of leftovers…

While you can certainly just enjoy turkey as is for days afterwards, there are tons of other ways to put that tasty turkey to use in a variety of other recipes.

From Turkey Curry to Fried Turkey and Waffles, here are 12 tasty and delicious ways to use up your Thanksgiving leftovers.

12 Delicious Ways to Use Leftover Turkey


  1. Leftover Turkey Casserole
  2. Turkey Pot Pie
  3. Fried Turkey and Waffles
  4. Turkey and Wild Rice Soup
  5. Turkey Crescent Rolls
  6. Turkey Breakfast Hash
  7. Turkey Sausage Rolls
  8. Turkey Poutine
  9. Turkey Curry
  10. Leftover Turkey Salad
  11. Turkey Bacon Alfredo
  12. Basil Turkey Flatbread

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November 22, 2018 · 7:14 am

7 Adorable Ideas for Thanksgiving

Decorating and hosting Thanksgiving doesn’t have to be stressful…You can still wow your guests with simple, easy touches that A) won’t take a ton of time to make and B) won’t cost you an arm and a turkey leg!

7 Adorable Ideas for Thanksgiving

Fun for a kids table or just those who are young at heart, this Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade centerpiece is honestly the most adorable thing I’ve seen in a while! Make your little town out of cardboard boxes, then decorate with your favorite holiday balloons!


What are you grateful for this year? Make a place for guests to write down their gratitude with this DIY Thanksgiving Embroidery Hoop Wreath. A quick and easy project to make, this is one decoration you can have out every year.


Create a cozy atmosphere with these Faux Knit Pumpkins. Perfect for decorating the table or using as cute place cards, these little mini pumpkins are a sweet and subtle way to warm up your holiday table.


And speaking of warming up your table, these DIY Knit Coasters will keep your table safe and protected when you start bringing out those amazing hot dishes. Not only do they look cozy and warm, but they’re a great yarn-buster (and something to do when that damn turkey is defrosting!).


These Painted and Personalized Corn Husks are also a great way to direct people where to sit at your feast. Use gold spray paint to decorate the corn, then write the names of your guests in gold paint marker.


Forget those paper menus…this DIY Menu Pumpkin is a cute and festive way to let your guests know what’s being served at your feast. You could even use chalkboard paint so you can reuse the pumpkin year after year!


Finally, send guests home with a cute box full of yummy leftovers. Use paper and stamps to customize your own Disposable Thanksgiving Containers.


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10 Literary Quotes about Gratitude

We’re a mere couple weeks away from Thanksgiving…and in the hustle and bustle of the holidays, it’s easy to forget the reason for the season.

If you’ve just been on overdrive these last few weeks, take a moment and enjoy these gratitude quotes, pulled from a few famous authors and books. Use them on your Thanksgiving table or hang them on your wall as a reminder to be thankful for what you have, what you’ve learned and every little experience that has brought you here.

10 Literary Quotes about Gratitude

After a good dinner, one can forgive anybody…even one’s own relations.
–Oscar Wilde

I am grateful for what I am and have. My thanksgiving is perpetual…my wealth is not possession, but enjoyment.
–Henry David Thoreau


Not what we say about our blessings, but how we use them, is the true measure of our thanksgiving.
–W.T. Purkiser

We can complain because rose bushes have thorns, or rejoice because thorns have roses.
–Alphonse Karr

–Roy T. Bennett

When we give cheerfully and accept gratefully, everyone is blessed.
–Maya Angelou

We should certainly count our blessings, but we should also make our blessings count.
–Neal A. Maxwell


Be happy with who you are and what you do, and you can do anything you want.
–Steve Maraboli

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12 Garlands for the Whole Year

Be ready for every holiday and season with these 12 Garlands for the Whole Year. From New Year’s Day decor to garlands you can have up from fall through the winter, these seasonal decorations are great for beginning crafters and decorators!

12 Garlands for the Whole Year
















This garland is made of pool noodles! What a fun idea! Dress up your pool party with this fun, waterproof decoration!


Dried apples make a festive garland you could use all the way through the fall and winter. Use it on your Thanksgiving table, too for a festive touch.






This one doesn’t have a tutorial, but it’s pretty easy to figure out! Some fake snow, some little fake trees, and a garland of plastic lights and you’re set to go!


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15 Cran-tastic Cranberry Recipes

For as long as I can remember, my favorite part of our Thanksgiving and Christmas meals was almost always the cranberry sauce.  I don’t know why…probably because my dad made it from scratch and it just made everything taste 1,000 times better, but I’m a sucker for those little tart berries!

And though they pack a big punch, cranberries are actually delicious in basically any type of food.  Combine them with cream cheese, goat cheese, or orange zest for a zing of flavor…bake them into cakes, muffins, cookie bars, or add them to smoothies and oatmeal.

If you love cranberries, you’re going to love this collection of cran-tastic cranberry recipes.  From simple cakes and cheesecakes to adventurous pancakes, sweet rolls, donuts and even ICE CREAM, these recipes are sure to become holiday favorites!

15 Cran-tastic Cranberry Recipes


  1. No-Bake Cranberry Cheesecake
  2. Cranberry Shrub
  3. Bacon Cranberry Cheese Tartlets
  4. Cranberry Orange Dutch Baby
  5. Cranberry Cream Cheese Crumble Bars
  6. Orange Cranberry Relish
  7. Frozen Cranberry Spice Cocktail
  8. Cranberry White Chocolate Scones
  9. Chocolate Cranberry Cake
  10. Andouille Sausage Appetizer Bites
  11. Cranberry Oatmeal Bars
  12. Cranberry Orange Sweet Rolls
  13. Cranberry Cherry Ribbon Cookies
  14. Cranberry Ice Cream
  15. Cranberry White Chocolate Donuts

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November 23, 2017 · 8:16 am

14 Ways to Hygge Your Thanksgiving

Last week we talked about how to embrace the Danish lifestyle of hygge.  Are you a convert yet?  If not, today’s post might do you in!


Holidays like Thanksgiving and Christmas are basically hygge by nature.  Comforting food, spending time with family and friends…all the things you probably love about Thanksgiving and Christmas are the very definition of hygge.

If you’re looking for creative and easy ways to bring hygge into your home this Thanksgiving, you don’t have to try very hard.  These 14 clever and rustic ideas are great for giving your home a comforting, warm, hygge feel that will make guests all the more thankful!

14 Ways to Hygge Your Thanksgiving

DIY Leaf Bowl


Printable Napkin Holder

napkin rings

Fabric Pumpkins

fabric pumpkins

Gold Painted Pumpkins

painted pumpkins

Heart-Stamped Leaves

leaf hearts

Copper Striped Candles

copper candles

Knit Coaster

knit coasters

Stuffed Fabric Pumpkins

hat pumpkins

Gold Dipped Candles

gold dipped candle

Leaf Place Holders


Gourd Candles


Gratitude Sphere

thankful globe

Knit Leaves

knit leaves

Felt Garland

felt garland

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Adorable Little Crocheted Pumpkins

It’s FINALLY fall in Chicago!

For a few days there, Chicago was experiencing weird 80 degree fall days and I was having NONE OF IT.  BRING ON THE SWEATER WEATHER!

To help cozy up my house for cool weather, I decided to make a couple of these adorable little crocheted pumpkins.  Aren’t they the cutest?!

crocheted pumpkins

This pattern is very forgiving and you can make a whole series of pumpkins smaller and bigger than this by stopping or continuing your increase rows.

You can find this pattern at 5littlemonsters.com.  I made two of the “large” pumpkins, but there’s also a pattern for a pumpkin about half the size of these.

You can also add a little face for a fun jack-o-lantern or just leave them as is to decorate your home for Halloween and Thanksgiving!  I think I might even make some pumpkins in a series of fall colors to help cozy up the living room!

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