5 Thanksgiving Picture Books to Celebrate Turkey Day

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5 Thanksgiving Picture Books to Celebrate Turkey Day

Fall leaves crunch underfoot and pumpkin spice is more than just in the air—it’s everywhere you turn. Yes, there’s no escaping fall (my favorite season), especially now that November is upon us. Thanksgiving is only a few weeks away and I confess that lately, visions of turkey, mashed potatoes, and pumpkin pie have been dancing in my head. I love this time of year, not only for the food, but more because of the traditions and family time that accompany the holiday season.

With Thanksgiving in mind, here are five delightful Thanksgiving picture books that celebrate the history and traditions of Turkey Day. Adults and children alike will be captivated by these fun, insightful stories.

Balloons Over Broadway: The True Story of the Puppeteer of Macy’s Parade

Watching Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade is a tradition shared by many families, mine included. I love cozying up with a blanket and hot chocolate to watch the amazing balloons, floats, and Broadway musical numbers parade down 5th Avenue. This delightful tale is the true story of Tony Sarg, a German American puppeteer and illustrator who came to be known as “America’s Puppet Master”. In 1928, Sarg and his protege built large helium-filled balloons, some up to 125 feet long, resembling various animals. These became the first, now iconic, balloons millions love to see in the annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Both you and your kids will enjoy this interesting behind-the-scenes look at a long-standing American tradition.

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Thank You, Sarah : The Woman Who Saved Thanksgiving

Without Sarah Josepha Hale, the national Thanksgiving holiday we celebrate today may not be in existence. Hale is widely known for authoring the popular nursery rhyme “Mary Had a Little Lamb”, but many consider her work to establish Thanksgiving as a national holiday to be her true legacy. Hale’s advocacy began in 1846 and lasted 17 years until President Abraham Lincoln established a national holiday of Thanksgiving in 1863. This book tells Hales captivating story and explains to children how Thanksgiving as we know it do came to be.

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The Thanksgiving Story

This Caldecott Honor–winning picture book brings the story of the first Thanksgiving to life in vivid detail. Giles, Constance, and Damaris Hopkins travel to the New World as pilgrims on the Mayflower. Their little brother Oceanus is born on the ship during their passage. When they arrive in the New World, their colony endures sickness, hunger, and harsh elements, but thanks to the Native Americans they might just make it through their first year in the new land. This historical account is sure to be a family favorite that will be cherished for years to come.

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Duck for Turkey Day

Tuyet is excited for Thanksgiving and a break from school but there’s just one problem. Her Vietnamese American family is having duck instead of turkey. What will her friends and classmates think? When she returns to school after the holiday, Tuyet discovers her classmates’ main dishes ranged from lambs to enchiladas. This story exposes kids to different cultures and reinforces the most important element of holidays and traditions—spending time with family.

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Over the River and Through the Wood: The New England Boy’s Song About Thanksgiving

Bundle up and jump in the sleigh, a Thanksgiving adventure awaits! This charming book sets Lydia Marie Child’s original verse against Matt Tavares’s detailed illustrations. Experience “The New-England Boy’s Song about Thanksgiving Day” like you never have before while you bask in the holiday spirit it inevitably invokes. A classic picture book for all ages, your family is sure to enjoy this book year after year.

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Clarissa Fidler is a 20-something discovering her place in this world. By day she is a communication specialist bringing communities news about their local libraries and the resources they provide. When she’s not tweeting or writing a press release, you’ll find her reading the New York Times, cuddling with her cat Harper, catching up on her favorite blogs, enjoying the outdoors, or checking out a new restaurant.  If you’d like to read more by Clarissa, check out her blog West Hawthorne Place.

 

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8 Thanksgiving Traditions to Try

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8 Thanksgiving Traditions to Try

Traditions are the stuff of memories. As we grow into adulthood, it’s the family traditions that we remember and look back on with fondness. Create your own traditions for your family, whether you have kids or not, and you’ll also create lots of precious memories that you’ll always remember. Here are 8 fun Thanksgiving traditions you might want to consider adding to your Thanksgiving celebrations!

Turkey Tickets

Give every family member a 6-foot long piece of paper (try cash register paper rolls) at the beginning of the month and ask them to fill up the entire paper with things that they’re grateful for. It’s a good exercise for everyone to really think and be grateful for the good that they have in their lives. Then everyone could share their favorite ones at the big dinner!
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Thankful Pumpkins

Paint a couple of faux pumpkins white and write on it with a black sharpie the things that you’re thankful for. Ask everyone to add theirs and then decorate your dinner table with these pumpkins. Be sure to take pictures so you’ll always remember what was written. For your guests, give them small pumpkins of their own and ask them to do the same thing.

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Thankful Boxes

This is a cute traditions for kids to do year after year. The first year, have your kids decorate a box, such as a baby wipes box. Then give them pieces of paper in one color and ask them to write down a thing they’re grateful for. Store the boxes when Thanksgiving’s over and bring them back out for the next year’s Thanksgiving. This time, give them paper in a different color. After a few years, their boxes will be filled with slips of thankfulness in various colors. Everyone can look through their boxes and reminisce!

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Warm Fuzzies

This thanksgiving tradition is centered around being thankful for each other. Give every guest pieces of paper with other guests’ names on each of them. Have them write down what they’re thankful for that person. Then everyone takes a turn and says out loud what they wrote on the paper and gives the paper to the person as a keepsake. This activity will make everyone feel great about themselves!

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Thanksgiving Day Walk or Run

Many cities host a Turkey Trot or a similar running or walking event on the day of Thanksgiving. It could be a fun tradition for you and your family to get together and walk or run before getting together for a big, filling dinner. If your area doesn’t have anything like this, you could find a nice hike in your area and enjoy the fall foliage together before sitting down to eat at home.

For even more fun, you could all dress up for the special day and show off your outfits at the walk or run. For example, this threesome went all out and dressed up as pilgrims and a turkey. Or you could do something simpler and make t-shirts for everyone to wear. Whatever you decide to do, have fun with it.

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Thanksgiving Table Runner

Grab a plain table runner or cut one from fabric. Ask your kids to paint their hand and put it on the runner. Add their names and the year and have fun turning the hand prints into little turkeys. Pull it out the following Thanksgiving and have your kids do the same thing. It’ll be fun to see their little hands grow throughout the years until the table runner is all filled up!

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Fall Scavenger Hunt

Doing a fall scavenger hunt as a family could be a fun Thanksgiving tradition before dinner or a way to burn off full stomachs after eating. Go to a nearby park with a fall scavenger hunt list and either do it together or compete in teams. Here’s a free printable, but you can always create your own list based on the things that you have in your area or park.

Book of Thanks

Get a book with blank pages and call it the “Book of Thanks” or whatever name you want to give to it. Every year just before dinner, take a group picture of everyone and save a spot for it in the book. On the pages, have every guest write what they’re thankful for that year. Print out the picture and put it in the middle of the pages. The next year, do the same thing and so on, so you can look back on it and see who got together which year and what everyone was thankful for. Such a nice memento!

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Thanksgiving is all about family and friends, so it’s always nice to celebrate together with a few of your favorite Thanksgiving traditions. What other Thanksgiving traditions have you done with your family and friends?

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Top 10 Tips for Planning and Organizing Thanksgiving Dinner

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10 Essentials for planning Thanksgiving Dinner

If you have plans to host Thanksgiving dinner this year, you’re probably wondering where to begin. The amount of “to-dos” on your list can be overwhelming and you certainly don’t want to leave anything out! Start here with our list of ten things you need to do to plan and organize the best Thanksgiving dinner ever.

 

1. Make a guest list and get a head count

Invitations need to be extended early if you want certain friends and family to make an appearance. Make a list and start making phone calls and sending emails as soon as possible, and make sure you ask guests to RSVP by a certain date so you can get a final head count.

 

2. Plan your meal and make assignments

Once you know how many guests you’ll have, you can start planning your meal. If you’re planning a potluck be sure to contact your guests and ask what they’ll be bringing, or give them an assignment so you’re sure to cover all the Thanksgiving classics. You’ll want to let everyone know how many people will be coming so dishes can be prepared accordingly.

 

3. Make a grocery list and plan your shopping

Gather the recipes you’ll be using and make a grocery list from them. Plan to buy as many items as you can in advance to be sure that you won’t be hunting for something at the last minute. Some items may need to be purchased closer to Thanksgiving day, so make note of these for a final shopping trip.

 

4. Plan your table and décor

You may want to plan something special for your supper table and holiday decorating, or you may need a few more place settings for the amount of guests you’ll have. If you’re not sure where to start, these simple Thanksgiving tablescapes are sure to inspire you! Add any decorations, dinnerware, and other special items to your shopping lists.

 

5. Make a cleaning and decorating schedule

A cleaning and decorating schedule will be your best friend in the weeks leading up to the big meal. You’ll want to make room in your freezer, arrange for guests who will be staying with you, and complete any DIY decorating projects in advance. Plan to have fresh linens, fully-stocked bathrooms, and plenty of room for all the food!

 

6. Complete your shopping

Make your shopping trips as simple as possible. Have your lists at the ready and take some helpers if needed. You may want to delegate the shopping to a trusted family member if you need to complete other tasks. Make sure your freezer, refrigerator, and pantry are clean and ready for the abundance of Thanksgiving items.

 

7. Plan “busy activities” for kids and adults

The last thing you want is boredom at your fabulous Thanksgiving bash! Come up with some simple crafts, games, or other activities for any children you’ve invited, and make sure there are a few things for the adults to do too, just in case. If you feel out of your element in the entertainment department, you may want to ask a friend or family member to take over this task. Check out Pinterest and other websites for ideas.

 

8. Make a D-day schedule

This may be the most important part of your Thanksgiving organization! When it comes to final preparations, you’ll need a master list for things like what to defrost and when, what to cook and when, what needs to be set up, what needs to be cleaned last-minute, and when guests will be arriving. Ask for help if needed, especially when it comes to the most important tasks like cooking the turkey, making the gravy, and setting the table. You may also want to set out an appetizer or start guests off with something to drink while you finalize everything.

 

9. List last-minute preparations

You can make these things a part of your D-day schedule by placing them at the end. This part of your list should include things like carving the turkey, setting out the gravy, pouring drinks, lighting candles, turning off the oven, reheating pre-made side dishes, adding dressings to salads, and more. Once you’ve got those things under control, be sure to take a breath and enjoy the meal with your guests – you’ve earned it!

 

10. Take it easy after dinner!

Hopefully the stress you may have felt leading up to the meal has abated and you can look forward to dessert. You may need to do a few more things like slice pies or whip a cream topping. Chances are you’ll have many willing hands to help clean up once the food has been eaten. Be sure to wrap up leftovers as soon as possible (within two hours is best). More than anything, take time to sit and enjoy friends, family, and your time together on this wonderful Thanksgiving day!

 

Kayla Lilly is a photographer, writer, wife, and mama making a house a home in eastern Idaho. She met her mister while working at an amusement park and married him a year later after deciding there was no way to live without him. The amusement has continued as they’ve added three kids and a passel of pets to their lives while finishing college and starting a photography business. Drawing inspiration from the whirlwinds of marriage, parenthood, and the media, Kayla blogs at Utterly Inexperienced, and spends the rest of her time chasing chickens, organizing junk drawers, diapering toddlers, and photographing everyone willing to step in front of her lens.

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10 Unique Stuffing Recipes for Thanksgiving

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Stove Top may be easy, but this year impress your family and loved ones by whipping up a unique, delicious stuffing recipe. There’s no reason this Thanksgiving dinner staple should be bland and boring. Here are 10 stuffing recipes for you to try.

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1. Cheesy Spinach Stuffing

This recipe adds fresh, antioxidant rich greens to a typically carb-heavy dish. Now you have a few extra calories to put towards a second slice of pie.

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2. Sourdough Mushroom Stuffing

The combination of sourdough bread and delicious mushrooms make this stuffing light and moist. It’s sure to be a crowd-pleaser.

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3. Olive Bread Stuffing with Fennel

Olive bread and fennel make for a contemporary, sophisticated dish. If you can’t find olive bread at a regular grocery store, consider visiting your local bakery or specialty supermarket. You can also use this recipe to make your own olive bread.

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4. Sausage, Apple, and Brie Stuffing

Nothing beats the smooth flavor of warm brie cheese combined with savory sausage and crisp apples. This recipe is sure to be a hit at the dinner table.

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5. Bacon-Cornbread Stuffing

Have you ever tried cornbread stuffing? Your family will ask for this tasty, easy recipe long after Thanksgiving dinner is over.

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6. Wild Rice Stuffing with Cranberries, Bacon and Pecans

Cranberries add a touch of sweetness to this wild rice stuffing. You’ll find this dish is as beautiful as it is delicious.

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7. Tortilla Chip Chorizo Stuffing

If you want to surprise your guest, this Mexican-inspired stuffing recipe is as unique as they come. It will be even better as leftovers when served with these turkey tacos.

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8. Savory Orzo Stuffing

For those who aren’t huge fans of traditional stuffing, consider using Orzo pasta as an alternative to bread crumbs. Sage makes this particular recipe especially flavorful.

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9. Celery, Apricot, and Pecan Stuffing

Planning to make a pecan pie? Buy some extra pecans to include in this stuffing recipe, which also features celery and apricots.

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10. Quinoa Stuffing

Not only is quinoa high in fiber, protein and other important nutrients, it’s also gluten free. This recipe is a great option if you or any of your guests have a gluten intolerance or are vegetarian.

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Clarissa Fidler is a 20-something trying to find her place in this world. She grew up in Seattle, attended college in Utah, and recently moved back to the Pacific Northwest after spending the last few years in Chicago obtaining her master’s degree in journalism. Clarissa spends her days working as a higher education professional helping graduate students pursue their passions. In her free time you’ll find her reading the New York Times, cuddling with her cat Harper, catching up on her favorite blogs, enjoying the outdoors, or checking out a new restaurant.  If you’d like to read more by Clarissa, check out her blog West Hawthorne Place.

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14 Easy Thanksgiving Tablescapes

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Thanksgiving is traditionally a time to join together around a table and share in the color, tastes, and textures of some of our seasonal favorites. All of those things can be enhanced with a classy Thanksgiving dinner tablescape, but after all that cooking, what host has time to come up with fancy table decorations? You do! Take a look at these inspiring, beautiful ideas for easy Thanksgiving tablescapes and put one together for your holiday meal.

 

 

1. Natural Wood

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If you have access to some natural wood, this may be the tablescape for you. The simple cuts taken from 2-3 sizes of stump provide the perfect rustic base for the entire table. They can be used for holding place cards, candles, dishes, and even some of your Thanksgiving foods. A simple pinstriped fabric is used as a table runner and looks great beneath the colored pumpkins.

 

 

2. Natural Pieces with Bronze and Copper

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A mix of natural and metallic elements can be the perfect pairing for your Thanksgiving table. Here, bronze and copper rest on straw and twig-type mats. The copper vase in the center also holds natural branches. Pears and a nice pop of color on the classic white dishes pull the whole look together!

 

 

3. Golden Thanksgiving

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Dip or spray paint the natural decorations of autumn to get this metallic look. A simple strip of burlap down the center of your table can be topped with golden pumpkins, gourds, pinecones, and branches, dotted with candles to really set the mood.

 

 

4. Fall Flowers and Rich Brown

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Rich, chocolatey browns in the napkins and table runner bring the true feel of autumn to this table. Use live flowers in fall colors, tall candleholders filled with gourds, and mood-setting candles as your centerpieces.

 

 

5. Black and White

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Although this tablescape was put together for Halloween, black and white can be a great look for your Turkey Day table too! Mix the bold contrast with a simple combination of gourds, pumpkins, raffia, and pinecones to bring things down a notch. Striped napkins and plain tags as name cards are a great addition.

 

6. Wheat and Acorns

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Dried wheat bunches make fabulous centerpieces, and this table’s focal point is boosted by the wicker place mats under the plain white dinner plates. Burlap and artificial acorns (or real, if you live where they’re available!) add more natural elements. Use candlesticks of various heights to create dimension.

 

7. Metallics and Berries

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Metallics really are a fabulous place to start when it comes to your Thanksgiving tablescape, and as you can see, there are many ways to use them. In this design, gold chargers and faux berry sprigs brighten the room, complemented by gold-trimmed napkins, tapered candles, and a platter of gourds.

 

8. Decorate While You Wait

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Don’t forget the kids’ table! This one is covered in kraft paper and features seasonal fruit and crayons for decorating the “tablecloth.” Personalize each child’s plate with a name card just like the adults. They’re bound to love it!

 

9. Backyard Centerpieces

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Take a walk in your own back yard if you need some last-minute centerpieces like these! Cut a few branches with colorful leaves for vases and gather pinecones to place at each plate setting. Natural colors like creams, browns, and leafy yellows make a great combination.

 

10. All Fall

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There are many little treats to uncover with this tablescape. Start with an autumn plaid tablecloth and follow the directions on Celebrations.com for the creative leaf table runner. Candleholders in various shapes and sizes can be filled with acorns and topped with fall flowers, and pear place settings are once again a winning feature.

 

11. A Throw “Tablecloth” and Nature

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Sweet Something Design calls it a “Charlie Brown” tablescape, but we call it simply fabulous! A plaid throw is used as a tablecloth and natural décor like twigs, pinecones, wicker, and acorns are all that is needed to dress things up. Play with colors and patterns in your dinnerware and napkins to make your settings pop.

 

12. Simple Elegance

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This design uses things you might already have in your kitchen! Overturned pie plates are covered with autumn leaves to hold up candles anchored in miniature pumpkins. Tartlet molds become holders for place cards with the help of small magnets. Keep the rest of the table simple with plain tablecloths, dishes, and napkins for a simple, classic elegance.

 

13. Plank Tablerunner

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A plank serves as a unique kind of table runner on this table. A couple of burlap strips and a centered basket of pinecones and greens top things off and the same greenery is a perfect way to tie up place cards. Give guests something to do while waiting for the meal with a paper on which to write statements of gratitude.

 

14. Crossed Burlap and Feathers

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We’re making a return to metallics here, but with some great additions. A cable-knit throw makes a clever tablecloth and is criss-crossed with strips of burlap. Napkins are printed with gold feathers to match the feathers used as part of the centerpiece arrangement. Make your silverware settings unique by tying them up with twigs and sprigs of rosemary or other greens.

 

 

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Kayla Lilly is a photographer, writer, wife, and mama making a house a home in eastern Idaho. She met her mister while working at an amusement park and married him a year later after deciding there was no way to live without him. The amusement has continued as they’ve added three kids and a passel of pets to their lives while finishing college and starting a photography business. Drawing inspiration from the whirlwinds of marriage, parenthood, and the media, Kayla blogs at Utterly Inexperienced, and spends the rest of her time chasing chickens, organizing junk drawers, diapering toddlers, and photographing everyone willing to step in front of her lens.

 

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8 Cranberry Inspired Dessert Recipes

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No Thanksgiving dinner is complete without the cranberry sauce. However, you can do a lot more with these tart berries than just make the seasonal side dish. Juicy and tart, cranberries will lend a robust flavor to traditional desserts. Plus, they are considered a superfood rich in antioxidants and vitamin C. Here are eight cranberry inspired dessert recipes for you to try this fall.

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1. Cranberry Pear Tart with Almond Cream

This tart is both elegant and delicious. Pears and cranberries complement each other to provide the perfect bouquet of subtle, delicious flavor.

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2. Cranberry Bliss Cookies

If you’ve ever tried a cranberry bliss bar at Starbucks you’ll definitely want to make these copy-cat cranberry bliss cookies. Plus, who can resist cream cheese frosting?

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3. Cranberry Pie

Combine the tart flavor of cranberries with a light, flaky crust to make a scrumptious, albeit less commonly made, pie.

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4. Cranberry Brie Bites

These cranberry brie bites are the perfect mixture of savory, tart flavor. Serve them as an appetizer or bite-sized dessert.

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5. Orange-Cranberry Yogurt Loaf

Your family will devour this loaf as soon as you pull it out of the oven. This sweet bread is a perfect morning side or post-dinner dessert.

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6. Cranberry Pumpkin Oatmeal Muffins

These muffins are the perfect after school snack or post-dinner treat. Plus, they are healthier alternative to cake or cookies.

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7. Mini Cranberry Apple Pies

These bite-sized pies will be a hit at your next office party or family get-together. Sprinkle Turbinado sugar before baking for an extra-special touch.

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8. Cranberry Gingerbread Scones

These scrumptious scones marry two holiday-favorite ingredients. You’ll love the unique flavor combination.

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Clarissa Fidler is a 20-something trying to find her place in this world. She grew up in Seattle, attended college in Utah, and recently moved back to the Pacific Northwest after spending three years in Chicago obtaining her master’s degree in journalism. Clarissa spends her days working as a higher education professional helping graduate students pursue their passions. In her free time you’ll find her reading the New York Times, cuddling with her cat Harper, catching up on her favorite blogs, enjoying the outdoors, or checking out a new restaurant.  If you’d like to read more by Clarissa, check out her blog West Hawthorne Place.

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Recipe Ideas for Thanksgiving Leftovers

10 Thanksgiving Leftover Recipes

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Part of the reason we all tend to overeat on Thanksgiving Day is that we overcook! Even if we’re expecting a crowd, there always seems to be way too much food leftover after the big day. Sure, turkey sandwiches are great, but why not create some new, unique meals with all those Thanksgiving leftovers instead? Think of it as recycling – only much more delicious!

10 Recipes for Turning Thanksgiving Leftovers into Something New

  1. Turkey Hash with Eggs: you can even use leftovers for breakfast
  2. Turkey Enchiladas: this cheese sauce is amazing
  3. Turkey and Biscuit Casserole: baked comfort food
  4. Stuffing Meatloaf with Marmalade Glaze: stuffing is even better the second time around
  5. Turkey Magiritsa: a great riff on a traditional Greek soup
  6. Turkey Tetrazzini: this creamy pasta feeds a crowd
  7. Creamy Mashed Potato and Leek Soup: when you just want a break from all that turkey
  8. Turkey Croquettes: a great use for leftover turkey and mashed potatoes
  9. Cranberry Nut Squares: cranberry sauce transitions from side dish to yummy dessert
  10. Pie and Cranberry Sauce Milkshake: hope you’re lucky enough to even have leftover pie for this one

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Julianne Puckett is the creator of Yankee Kitchen Ninja, a blog about what she calls “stealthy homemaking” — healthy recipes that are quick and easy to prepare, DIY gardening tips and the occasional craft project. A designer, writer and former suburban-dwelling IT professional, she lives in rural Vermont, where she struggles to balance the siren call of her inner farmer with her love of cute shoes and cocktails.

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