let us shout aloud to the Rock of our salvation.
Let us come before him with thanksgiving
and extol him with music and song.
|The First Thanksgiving, 1621, painting by J.L.G. Ferris (1863-1930).|
* Give the kids a Thanksgiving themed cootie catcher.
|Pilgrim cupcakes from TonyaStaab.com.|
|Handprint Native Americans from Handprint and Footprint Art.|
|Tepee cupcakes from StiesThoughts.|
"Humble yourselves, therefore, under God's mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you."1 Pet. 5:6-7
"But he said to me, 'My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.' Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ's power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ's sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong."
2 Cor. 12:9-10
If storing and using leftovers seems like a hassle to you, be sure to give away as much as possible. Stock up on some inexpensive air tight containers (the "disposable" kind are pretty cheap) or Ziplock bags. This way, you can send friends and family home with food and nobody has to worry about returning dishes.
Using Leftovers Yourself
Use leftover cheese to top casseroles or baked potatoes, or add it to sandwiches, or use it to top crackers. Most meats reheat well and can be added to omelets, casseroles, stews, soups, burritos, enchiladas, or shepherd's pie. And, oh yeah, sandwiches.
Mix leftover cranberry sauce with plain yogurt or use it as a topping for ice cream. Or make it a chutney from it by adding chopped nuts and applesauce.
My favorite way to use leftover veggies is to freeze them in small Ziplock bags. Then, whenever I'm making omelets, casseroles, quiches,stir fry, stews, or soups, I can just toss in a bag.
Leftover potatoes are considered a real treat at my house. I shape them into small pancakes and pan fry them in olive oil. Then I season them with salt and pepper (and perhaps herbs) and serve them as a side dish for any meal. Mashed potato salad is another good option. Or use leftover potatoes as a topping for shepherd's pie.
French toast is a great way to use leftover bread - even “quick” breads like pumpkin bread. Bread pudding is another excellent option. Or chop up the bread and freeze it to use for breading later in the year.
Make a delicious treat from leftover stuffing by pressing it into a muffin pan. (Spray with oil first.) Bake at 350 degrees F. until the stuffing muffins are crisp on top.
If you're lucky enough to have leftover pie or cake this Thanksgiving, consider freezing it. Cut into single servings first and place in Ziplock bags. Then you'll have ready-to-go desserts when unexpected company arrives.