Thanksgiving Waste Not Contest

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Don't get me wrong Pilgrim, I love Thanksgiving. Heck, I even love turkey giblets. What a great idea to have a national holiday for giving thanks and celebrating the bounty we enjoy.

But where there's abundance, there's often waste, and that's the theme of my Thanksgiving Waste Not Contest. Give me your best tips for using it up or making it last this holiday season, and you could win a free copy of my book when it's released in January.

Whether it's your favorite recipe for turning Thanksgiving leftovers into Monday's dinner, creative ways of recycling things you have on hand into holiday decorations, or even tips for curbing your day-after-Thanksgiving shopping spree ... the more original and thrifty the better.

Post your Thanksgiving Waste Not holiday tips by December 10, 2007 and I'll announce the winner later that week.



windycindy said...

Hello, We make everything from Turkey Salad, Turkey Soup, and Turkey Alfredo! I recycle everyday anything I possibly can. I drive my husband crazy and my two teenage sons. They have learned that if they empty any kind of box ( cereal, granola bar,etc. ), leave it on the counter for mom to recycle. I no longer go shopping the day after Thanksgiving! To me, it was like an auction. I was afraid someone may get that great deal before me, so I had to grab and buy it! Thanks, Cindi

November 15, 2007 9:15 PM  
Melissa Markham said...

I shop the day after Thanksgiving, but with a list and I only buy what's on my list.

As to recycling, I sale on Ebay. I hold onto boxes, wrapping paper, and tissue paper. Then recycle this when I am shipping. I also visit the cardboard dumpsters behind stores. They are overflowing this time of year and collect cardboard boxes for shipping.

November 16, 2007 8:26 AM  
Melissa Markham said...

One more thing, we have alos turned Christmas cards into lovely placemats bu cutting out pictures in pretty shapes and making a collage on clear shelf paper. Then we cover the top side of the cards and viola...a placemat full of lovely Christmas scenes!

November 16, 2007 8:28 AM  
Jeff Yeager said...

Thanks windycindy and melissa m. - glad I'm not the only one who likes to celebrate and curb waste at the same time. Keep 'em coming/

November 16, 2007 8:33 AM  
angelaandconnor at said...

I collect all the turkey leftovers (even just the bones) from all my friends and family and bring them home and boil them all to get all the leftover meat. I save a bunch of it shredded in plastic bags to make salads, tacos, stir fry, or whatever (in serving sizes) and then make turkey noodle soup with the small bits and all the broth. That will last us almost into summer.

November 16, 2007 10:51 AM  
Hedi said...

We dont really celebrate thanksgiving in our country, but at Christmas we eat the food, that was left over the next day, and even day after that, and so on, kept in the fridge of cource, axcept the candy and fruits. We give tha bones and other pieces of meat things that we dont eat to the dos, send it to the nabers dog. Wo try to burn the paper and cardboard things in the stove(fireplace) so they dont end up in the nature, and we recycle as much as we can (or have the willingness to do:).

Soemtimes it is possible to think of projects to make for the kids usoing toilet cardboard rolls, or things that would end up in the trash. that way there comes something useful out of it before, it developes the children and keeps needing to buy new things for kids to work with so often. And teaches them to recycle.

November 16, 2007 1:01 PM  
Laura @ Laura Williams' Musings said...

Turkey bones get used to make stock.. I add in any onion skins (leftover from making stuffing), any carrot ends (leftover from making glazed carrots), celery leaves (from makign stuffing) and add water to boil for a few hours. Let sit for a little bit to cool, strain, cool completely and I have nice turkey stock to use.

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November 16, 2007 8:29 PM  

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