Thanksgiving Leftovers



When I made Thanksgiving dinner this year, I made quite a bit, even though I knew there were only going to be 4 of us eating. Not to mention, one of the eaters is a toddler who doesn’t eat much. But I did it anyway because I knew how much my husband loves the leftovers.

I went all out this year. I made ham, turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, gravy, sweet potatoes, peas, cranberry sauce, and bread rolls. Then we had banana creme pie and chocolate pie. Plus, I made a batch of peppermint bark. I had fun making all the food. But now it’s come to that time when I no longer feel comfortable eating the leftovers. They’ve been in the refrigerator since Thursday evening, and I think it’s time to throw them out.

I’m kind of dreading it because old food skeevs me out. I mean, I don’t mind leftovers usually. But, with the morning sickness, any kind of smell can turn my stomach. So I know cleaning out the refrigerator is going to be rough on me. I may do it tomorrow, just because I know it needs to be done, and I know that once it’s over, I’m done with it. Then I won’t have to worry about it and dread doing it.

I actually did something smart this year, too. I froze extra meat. I mean, we bought a twenty pound turkey and a ten pound ham. That’s a lot of meat for a small family to consume in such a short amount of time. So I put half of it in the freezer when I was putting leftovers away. I actually feel pretty smart. And, now, I can enjoy turkey and ham sandwiches for at least another week. Not to mention, I won’t be throwing out quite as much food as last year.

Now it’s just a matter of deciding when to thaw it all out.



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