The best part–using Thanksgiving leftovers

Our Thanksgiving meal is always served mid-day—a throwback to the years when farmers had morning and evening chores to do and hunters headed out into the early morning woods and came back HUNGRY.

So…after the naps are taken, the out of town family has packed up and headed back to the city, and the evening chores are done…the board games are brought out and inevitably someone wanders to the kitchen, opens the refrigerator door to gaze at the foil wrapped platters, bowls, tins and containers…and, as far as I’m concerned, the best eating part of the day begins.

First, however, I must warn you—if you are on a low-carb, low-calorie, or gluten-free eating plan, you’ll want to skip to the end of this post right now.  If not—begin by pulling all the leftovers out of the refrigerator and arranging them on the counter or kitchen table.GreenCircleGrove

Find your stovetop griddle and some bread.  Today for our lunch, I used Ancient Grains with Cranberries bread.  I keep a loaf or two of interesting bread in the freezer for occasions such as these.  For two sandwiches, you will need four slices of bread.  Butter one side of each, and place two of these face down on the griddle.  Frozen bread butters up nicely, too.GreenCircleGrove

Now, add some thin slices of turkey.GreenCircleGrove

On top of the turkey, add some of that leftover stuffing.GreenCircleGrove

Top it off with a spoonful or two of cranberry sauce.  I always make whole berry cranberry sauce, but in a pinch I’ve used canned jellied and it works just fine.  I think cranberry-orange relish would be delicious, too.using leftovers

Turn the heat on under the griddle to medium high; place the remaining slice of bread on top (buttered side up), and heat, flipping each sandwich so the sides are evenly toasted.  If you can make a grilled cheese sandwich, you can make one of these!

Slide the finished sandwich onto a plate, and if you wish, pour reheated gravy over the top.  GELeftover fruit salad goes very well with this meal!

After your first experience, you may want to experiment.  Cheese is good on these if you don’t have, or don’t care for, cranberry sauce.  You can also make open-faced sandwiches and just heat one side, too.  We’ve also used two sided metal sandwich makers and toasted these over the fire.

The best part is reheating your own favorite parts of the dinner and savoring the memories of the busy day.  No, that’s the second best part.  The best part is eating the masterpiece.

Passing It Along–Happy Thanksgiving!


This day before a holiday is traditionally a busy one for homemakers.  As we remember all we are thankful for, remember the ladies from years past who donned their aprons and spent days making pies and rolling pie crusts, peeling squash and potatoes, drying bread and gathering herbs and spices for stuffing, grinding, cooking, baking, and rising early to prep a huge turkey for their family and friends.  

In honor of this day, in fact, the day before Thanksgiving has been declared by Chase’s Calendar as “National Tie One On Day“– a day to give back a little of what we have to someone else by wrapping a homemade gift in an apron and passing it along to someone else.  Read HERE for all the details and information on how to participate.

Several years ago, I found a little poem that reminisces about all the ways an apron can be used.


The strings were tied, it was freshly washed, and maybe even pressed.
For Grandma, it was everyday to choose one when she dressed.
The simple apron that it was, you would never think about;
the things she used it for, that made it look worn out.

She may have used it to hold some wildflowers that she’d found.
Or to hide a crying child’s face when a stranger came around.
Imagine all the little tears that were wiped with just that cloth.
Or it became a potholder to serve some chicken broth.

She probably carried kindling to stoke the kitchen fire.
To hold a load of laundry, or to wipe the clothesline wire.
When canning all her vegetables, it was used to wipe her brow.
You never know, she might have used it to shoo flies from the cow.

She might have carried eggs in from the chicken coop outside.
Whatever chore she used it for, she did them all with pride.
When Grandma went to heaven, God said she now could rest.
I’m sure the apron that she chose, was her Sunday best.

—Tina Trivett      (Read more of Tina Trivett’s poetry HERE)

Do you have a favorite apron that you wear for holidays or baking?  Is it, perhaps, one you made yourself, or one you found at a thrift store or estate sale?  Or, it it perhaps one that you keep with your memories of your grandmother?

There are plenty of aprons that hang on the clotheslines at Green Circle Grove (we’ve even made them!), and we use them for many things (including soapmaking), but our favorites are those we put on when we’re cooking for our families.  Happy Thanksgiving from Green Circle Grove!

You can enter an apron give-away, too, over at the Farm Chick Chit Chat website. They are celebrating National Tie One On Day by sharing with you!

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