Handle Your Holiday Leftovers

Heading back to work, and you still have a refrigerator full of leftovers?

Simple Thoughts

Leftovers…they have taken over your refrigerator.  And you need to start sorting all of that out and making sure that it does not go to waste.  So what do you do?

  1.  Freeze the meat in dinner or single portion sizes.
  2. If you have a ham bone, freeze that as well.  It would be great to flavor beans at a later date.
  3. Save the turkey bones to make turkey broth later.  You can do the same thing with beef bones.  I freeze mine and then make broth when I have more time.
  4. Make turkey or ham salad for sandwiches.  Simply dice your protein, add Greek yogurt or sour cream or mayo, and then add pickles or cranberries or any combination of ingredients that you like.
  5. Leftover beef can be served on tortillas or in lettuce wraps.
  6. Use leftover raw veggies and leftover protein for a stir fry.
  7. Make soup out of…

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Pumpkin Chili

Well, it looks like we may have a few days of fall this year, so last night it was pumpkin chili and football at my house.  It is quick and easy, and I usually double the batch to freeze.


1 lb ground beef ( I use 96/4)

1 onion, chopped

2 14.5 oz cans diced tomatoes

1 14.5oz can crushed tomatoes

1 15 oz can pinto, red, or black beans (drained and rinsed) I usually have cooked beans on hand and use about 2 cups

1 can green chilis

1 cup corn

1 can of pumpkin

chili powder


  1.  Brown the beef and onions together.
  2. Add the rest of the ingredients.  Stir.  Add chili powder and cumin to taste.
  3. Bring to a boil and let simmer for 30-40 minutes.
  4. Enjoy!



I did not set my alarm this morning.

Not a terribly shocking statement, I know, until I think about the fact that this has probably happened less than half a dozen times since August.

To say that it has been busy is a bit of an understatement.  School has been great – I have an amazing group of students this year.  Cross Country season was good as well, and I enjoyed my time with both my own middle school team and the high school team.  And keeping up with my son who is a senior this year keeps me moving.

But seriously, I blinked and suddenly it was Thanksgiving break.

I may or may not have slept.  I’m not sure.  It is a bit of a blur.

I know I missed doing some stuff, and I am pretty sure that I am behind on doing things around my house.  And working on this blog – I cannot even tell you when I thought about it last.  Facebook reminded me that I have ignored it for a while.

But I do know that it is time to take a break, not just to catch up on the things that I have set aside, but to truly rest.  My tired is exhausted, and I have needed a nap since sometime in October.


One of my favorite arias from Handel’s Messiah is based on Matthew 11: 28:

Come unto Him, all ye that labor

Come unto Him, ye that are heavy laden

And He will give you rest.

It is time to rest, reflect, and recharge for the next round.  I am grateful for the strength and endurance and patience that the Lord has given me to get me through this season of get it all done.  And although I am terrible at resting, I am grateful that He gives me this time as well.

So there is no guilt about not setting that alarm.  I may not even set it tomorrow…