Makeover your Leftovers!

There is nothing quite like opening the fridge and chowing down on a plate of leftovers in the days after the largest meal of the year! Try out these fun ideas to give your leftovers a new life this year!

LEFTOVER THANKSGIVING PANINI Ree Drummond The Pioneer Woman/Turkey Day Leftovers Food Network Dijon Mustard, Sourdough Sandwich Bread, Swiss Cheese, Leftover Roasted Thanksgiving Turkey, Cranberry Sauce, Leftover Dressing, Leftover Giblet Gravy, Butter

The Perfect Turkey sandwich! Go ahead and add a thin layer of mashed potatoes and cranberry sauce for your turkey sandwich this year, recreating the flavorful experience of Thanksgiving!

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Peppers Stuffed with Stuffing! Grab a few bell peppers and fill them with leftover stuffing. Throw the in the broiler to give the top a nice crispy layer and enjoy your madeover leftover meal!

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Beer-batter your leftover turkey and serve it up with waffles and a side of cranberry sauce for a Turkey-Day take on the simple pleasure of chicken waffles!

Swap Holidays in Style!

If your home still looks like it is celebrating Halloween or Thanksgiving, it is time to put a bit of thought into a quick update to give your decor a winter holiday makeover!

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Too many pumpkins that were being used as decor in your entryway or as centerpieces for your dinner parties? Go ahead and cut them open to throw together some soothing winter pumpkin soup or a hearty loaf of pumpkin bread!

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Using red, orange, and yellow for your decor? No problem! Just remove the orange and yellow components and add in something glittery or sparkly for a shiny, red holiday look!

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Acorns, branches and pinecones in your autumn and thanksgiving decor? Just add a bit of golden paint to the tips of the branches or leaves to let your holiday centerpiece sparkle and shine!

Three Ways to Color your Treats!

Nothing says holidays like colorful snacks! Check out these fun ways to add some festive flair to your feasts this winter season!

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Red and Green Rice Krispie Treats! Throw some food coloring into a standard batch of treats for an easy splash of spirit to your holiday snack table!

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Blue and White Waffles! Celebrate Hanukkah in style by dropping blue food coloring into your waffle mix and then covering with a generous dusting of powdered sugar!

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Holiday Shortcake! Add some red food coloring to your angel-food cake mix and some green food coloring to your whipped cream. The strawberries will bring bright red and you can add green M&Ms for a colorful winter tribute to strawberry shortcake!

Easy as Pie Recipes!

No need to sweat it in the kitchen this year, take the pressure off with these two easy and fun pie recipes that will satisfy your dinner guests without exhausting the chef!

Food Network Kitchen's Vegan Pumpkin Pie For Vegan and Vegetarian Thanksgiving as seen on Food Network

Easy Peasy Pumpkin Pie

Place one frozen pie crust into a pie pan.  Mix together ¾ cups of sugar, 2 teaspoons of pumpkin pie spice, ½ teaspoons of salt, 1 can of pumpkin, 1 ¼ cups of evaporated milk, 2 eggs beaten! Pour the mixture into the pie crust and bake for 15 minutes at 425 degrees. Then reduce the oven temperature to 350 degrees and bake for 45 more minutes. Be sure to cool the pie for about 2 hours before serving!

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Awesome Apple Pie!

Mix together 6 cups of thinly sliced, peeled apples, ¾ cups of sugar, 2 tablespoon of flour, ¾ tablespoons of cinnamon, ¼ teaspoon of salt, 1/8 teaspoon of nutmeg, 1 tablespoon of lemon juice. Place 1 frozen pie into a pie pan. Spoon the filling into the pie crust. Then, place the second pie crust on top and press . the edges together. Bake for 45 minutes at 425 degrees. To prevent the edges of the crust from getting burnt you can cover the edges with foil after the first 20 minutes of baking. Cool for 2 hours before serving. Enjoy!

 

DIY last-minute name cards!

Nothing is quite as welcoming as finding your own name carefully and lovingly written by your hostess, letting you know that your spot has been saved, your place secured at the table, your presence desired.

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Autumn Leaves. Why not grab actual leaves from your yard and win the ultimate prize for reusing and recycling? Be sure to pick out particularly bright and beautiful leaves! Use a white out pen to write each guest’s on each leaf and place one leaf on each plate.

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Scrabble Table. Take a swing through your local thrift shop and pick up an old game of scrabble or bananagrams. Use the letters to spell out each guest’s name on their plate! Extra points if you play board games or cards as part of the dinner fun!

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Gobble Gobble.  Gather twice as many corks as you have dinner guests. Cut each cork lengthwise (hot dog, not hamburger style). Stick one toothpick into each cork half and use a hot glue gun to attach 6 or 7 red, orange and yellow feather shaped pieces of cardstock to the back!

Thankful Crafts!

The perfect ice-breaker is a low-pressure, interactive craft that all of your family and friends can participate in, taking time to truly reflect on the things and the people in our lives that we are grateful for!

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Cut a turkey body shape out of brown construction paper and attach googley eyes, a beak, and a top hat. Then place a basket with markers and another basket with feathers cut out of orange, red and yellow paper. Invite your guests to take a moment to jot down something in their life that makes them smile, brings them happiness, or reminds them to be grateful for each day. By the end of the night, your paper turkey will be overflowing with simple reminders that life is beautiful and worth being thankful for!

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Cut out as many strips of paper as you have guests at your party. Then write down a question on each piece of paper and place one question under each guests’ plate. The questions can be silly, thought-provoking, simple, or more complex, the more variety the better! “Do you prefer mountains or beaches?” “What is your favorite meal?” “When do you feel the most peaceful?” “What is your favorite place to take a nap?” “Do you think that every human is good deep down?” Then, throughout the meal, you can go around the table and each guest can choose another guest to ask their question to!

DIY Turkey-Day Centerpieces

If you don’t have time to completely redecorate your entire home for every single holiday, no worries! Keep your general decor in a neutral tones with gentle pops of color, then you can put your focus on the centerpiece of your dining room table and create a signature look for each special season!

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Crafty Turkey. Pull out your construction paper, get out your wooden popsicle sticks, plug in your glue-gun and scrounge up some googley-eyes. Then get to work and build yourself a fun Turkey centerpiece and matching place-settings for each guest!

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Golden Pine-cones. This one is as simple as it gets. Gather together a collection of 15 pine cones and spray paint them gold. Make sure to use your spray paint outside so you’re not inhaling the fumes inside your home! Then all you need to do is stack your pine-cones in the center of your table in a large shallow dish!

Fill glass bottles with grains and spices for a colorful arrangement.

Bottles of Thanksgiving, Collect a handful of empty wine bottles and clean them. Once they are dry, fill each bottle with different grains and colorful beans. Then place one colorful taper candle into each bottle to create a unique and stunning centerpiece!