Thanksgiving leftover ideas

So we had an obscene amount of left overs this year for Thanksgiving. Which was awesome! But it got me thinking–how can I get creative with these leftovers? aka– how can I serve the same meal to my family for a week without them complaining? Here are some of the ways I used my leftovers! All of my Thanksgiving recipes will be posted soon…so keep an eye out for them!

Thanksgiving pie

Layer your Thanksgiving side dishes and turkey into a delicious pie! Here is how I layered mine.

Grease pie dish and preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spread an even layer of mashed potatoes, sweet potato casserole, green bean casserole and stuffing. Spoon pieces of scalloped corn casserole sporadically over the top. Then scatter pieces of turkey over that. Bake for 20 minutes and drizzle with warm gravy, serve warm.

Save one 9×13 pan with a row of all your leftovers in it so you can easily throw it in the oven to warm up. It totally beats warming up one dish at a time and then you don’t have to use the dreadful microwave.

 Thanksgiving meatloaf

Combine raw sirloin, celery, onion, merlot sauce, eggs and garlic garlic in a bowl. Mash it real good with your (clean) hands. {And yes. It has to be done with your hands. No spoon will ever be good enough!} Press into a lightly greased loaf pan. Sprinkle with bread crumbs and drizzle melted butter over the top.

Bake at 350 degrees for an hour.



Thanksgiving feast

For the first time I cooked for Thanksgiving and I only burnt one cranberry walnut tart! Pretty good right?! No but seriously. IT WAS SO MUCH WORK. I mean the end result was delicious but spending 6 hours in the kitch was no joke. However, spending Thanksgiving with our tummies full and surrounded by the people you love is on the top of my thankful list. Hope your Thanksgiving was filled with lots of yummy food and family.



A life to be thankful for…

This past weekend was a good one guys. We started it off with a good fish fry Friday night. Then the Holzmann fam headed on down to our local Target to check out the new Wii  U and scope out some Christmas ideas. We ended up getting stuck by the Christmas music player and all 5 of us were dancing our little hearts out. Can you picture that? Your welcome.

Did a little rearranging.

Saturday we woke up Santa from his long winter’s nap at the mall with our wooden spoons and pots and pans. It was real cute. Then mama snuck out to the Sigma Holiday House for some quick Christmas shopping. After that it was off to our church picture session.

And of course we had to hit up A & W on the last weekend it was open for the season. Last week we went to Gillies for one last turtle sundae too. We really use any excuse to go out for a good burger and ice cream sundae. SO SUE US.

A stop at my friend Theresa’s voice concert to help with ticket sales. Then spent the whole evening with Ralphy volunteering at the youth center.

We played scrabble until some of the kids came. Ate some pop corn. Cranked the Amy Grant.

Needless to say it was quite the jam-packed day. We had to fit a few chores in there too! I always try and remember advice I have gotten from so many other parents on busy days like these….[ one day you will look back and miss all the craziness that is your kids and their activities, so enjoy it while it lasts] Um yeah. I already have empty nest syndrom when Jack is in school for 3 hours and I still have two kiddies at home with me. I have issues.

Sunday was a little more relaxed! Church in the morning and time with cousin Dominic during a visit to Grandma’s!

Lot’s to do for Thanksgiving preparations and lots MORE to be thankful for. Blessings to you and your families. I hope that amongst all the delicious food we are all going to eat we remember just how blessed we are. I am signing off for a few days to enjoy my family and all the fun holiday things we have planned. If you don’t already you can follow me on Instagram{hnanners} & Twitter {@hnanners}for pictures of our Thanksgiving festivities!



Back to normal….

Well we have daddy back home and things are getting back to normal around here! I was happy get back in my kitchen. I love cooking for my boys!

Here are some cool pictures Ralph took at the California Academy of Sciences last week that I wanted to share.

Our sweet Godson Dominic had his first birthday party this past week! It was so cute! Check out my sister-in-laws fancy cupcakes!

ahhhhh!!!! Adorable!

We couldn’t be happier to get back to our routines.

We had the first snow of the winter this week too! Nothing stuck to the ground, but already feeling like curling up next to an open fire nonetheless.

I have been real busy planning my Thanksgiving meal this week, which is so much fun. So here’s the spread so far:

  • sage stuffed turkey with herb butter rub
  • butternut squash
  • pecan & marshmallow crusted sweet potato casserole
  • parmesan crusted mashed potatoes
  • green bean casserole with almond shavings
  • corn pudding
  • apple, cranberry, sausage and brioche stuffing
  • cranberry sauce (the can kind, because we love it)!
  • gravy
  • pumpkin pie

Looking at this list is stressing me out just a little bit but go big or go home right? I can do a lot of prep ahead of time so that will help. Ralph has so generously offered to clean out the turkey cavity for me too! yay!

Thanks for stopping by… heres a happy picture to start your weekend.