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What to Do with Christmas Dinner Leftovers

Guest Post by Jen Malik

It’s fun (well, for most of us…I think!) to have the entire family together for a Christmas dinner. You share good food and good times on that special day of the year. But, what happens to the food once the meal is over? Well, I’ve got 8 ideas for you and hope they’ll come in handy.

- Make soup. Soup is a very comforting and warming dish when the temperature begins to dip. Using chicken or beef broth, you can use your leftovers to make some chicken noodle soup, turkey noodle soup or even beef stew.

- Freeze them. Freezing means that you can enjoy your Christmas fare at anytime. If you use plastic storage bags, make sure that they are freezer bags and write the date of freezing on the outside. When you divide food into portion sizes then you can thaw out only what you need and not the entire lot.

- Send guests home with food. Why keep all the bounty to yourself? Load up on reusable food containers (in festive colors) so that each guest can take home some food for later.

- Make a salad. Green salads can be so boring sometimes. Add a slice or two of turkey, beef, chicken or ham to spice it up. Leftover meats make great salad toppers.

- Breakfast additions. Omelets are fun to make. Even more fun than making them is adding different items to them to see what kind of combinations you can come up with. Use leftover Christmas dinner fare to decorate your omelet. Ham can be diced to use as an omelet add-in. Leftover vegetables can also be cut up to sprinkle inside an omelet.

- Go eastern. Did you have steak for Christmas dinner? Cut the leftovers into thin strips. With a few stir-fry vegetables you have created a new dinner meal. If stir fry is not your cup of tea, you can make lo mien, fried rice and other Asian dishes that include steak. Or if you had the traditional turkey, go wild with turkey chow mein.

- Casseroles are always a hit. Who doesn’t love a good casserole? With Christmas dinner leftovers, you can whip up a casserole for any meal. With breakfast, combine ham, veggies and shredded cheese with egg for an after Christmas treat. For lunch, use some turkey, rice, cream soup and vegetables for a midday meal. For dinner, try chicken, vegetables, noodles and cream of chicken soup for an easy all-in-one meal that takes less than an hour to cook.

- Create a pie. This is not the sweet treat but a dinner pie. Turkey or chicken and even beef can be placed inside a crust with tons of delicious veggies to make a pot pie your family will love.

I know it can be overwhelming when faced with all that leftover food, but hopefully these ideas can make sure nothing goes to waste.

Ideas for More Family Togetherness on Christmas

Guest Post by Jen Malik
Christmas is the time of year when families can renew their connections to one another – but with the commercialism of the holiday, sometimes this gets lost. If you are trying to rekindle those feelings of love within your own family, here are some ways to do just that on Christmas day.
- Enjoy breakfast together. Breaking bread has always been a great way to share stories and foster the idea of family. Decide earlier in the month who will host the meal. If you live close to other family members then getting there is as simple as hopping in the car and traveling a few miles or minutes away. The actual meal will be a little later in the morning to accommodate everyone’s schedule.

- Read the Christmas story. Nothing brings a family closer together than remembering the reason why you are celebrating the holiday. Each person can take turns reading a portion of the story. You can even read different biblical versions of the story. For a new twist, have a few family members act out the Christmas story as one person narrates it.

- Hold a video family gathering. Most laptops come with webcams installed these days. If you have a desktop it is quick and easy to hook up one. With an instant messaging program like Skype or Windows Live you can see as well as talk to family members far away. Have those members who live close to one another gather at the home of one person. When everyone is together, start the video call. Everyone can go around the room and say what they are thankful for. You can share good times on Christmas morning even though you are far away.

- Attend a church service. It is wonderful when Christmas falls on a Sunday. Everyone can get bundled up and head off to a calming morning service. Even when it doesn’t, there are several churches that will hold a small service on Christmas Day no matter what day of the week it is. Agree with other family members to gather for this service to spend time in each other’s company.

Overall, take your time and enjoy the day. Instead of everyone ripping into presents and gobbling down dinner. Take time to savor each moment.

Good To Be Blogging Again, Giveaways And PLR

Well, at least I think so. Hello everyone. It has been a while since you last heard from me. Been kind of MIA for a bit there. Before I do anything else I wanted to say thanks to Mike Paetzold, The WordPress Guy, who handled guest blogger duties last week.

If you did not get a chance to get by and read the blog Mike put out some great stuff that you will indeed want to read. I was fortunate to be included in his blogging tour and I am quite grateful. Be sure to get by and check out his blog WordPress Made Easy. Thanks again Mike.

Hope everyone had a decent Thanksgiving holiday.

Mine was sort of half good. Had a very relaxing time with the family and friends, Of course I ate to much and will have hell to pay with my doctor because he always wants me to lose weight. Bad time of the year for that.

I developed a little tooth pain also which turned out to be a cracked tooth, OUCH. I had to suffer through with it until Monday when I got to go in and see my dentist that evening. Well, after two hours in the dental chair and at least four shots of novocaine later I had my tooth removed.

Here it is now at the end of the week and I am just starting to function somewhat. Still can not eat any real solid food as the mouth is sore and tender, but getting better. See, here I am attempting to write a blog post.

Boy, it seems like I have missed a lot. I got in time to participate in Shelby Carr’s Santa’s Christmas Giveaway which is going on right now. Shelby rounded up over 25 of her Internet Marketing elves(buddies) to contribute to her giveaway. If you want some good PLR products and want to learn from some high quality marketers you may want to get in on this. Get over to Santa’s Christmas Giveaway and check it out.

And I see that Joel Osborne has also released a Christmas PLR Package. Joel is running this as a WSO through the Warrior Forum. If you have not been over there to check it out you should.

There are some really hard core marketers who know a lot and some will even teach you a bunch. His Christmas PLR Package contains two ebooks for sell, “Christmas Gift Ideas” and “Christmas Decorating Tips”. Each has a sales page, download page and Ecover graphics included. There is a bonus of 4 New WordPress Themes also available with the package. He is only selling 50 so I would head over right now and see what is left.

That will keep you busy for a bit while I get my fingers re-introduced to the keyboard. Got to get back on track and get some more good content out there for you all to read. That is all for now but stay tuned as we are getting near the end of the year and will be lots of giveaways and good deals by some marketers.