Focus on all that we have, rather than that which we may not have. Gratitude to those who have been there for us in good times and bad.  Replace fear with hope.  Happy Thanksgiving!

This post is from the archives, originally posted by Molly – Nov 19, 2007.

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1) Invite your friends

  • Send cards from Charity Cards, and the company will donate 10% of your purchase to a charity of your choice.

nap_pm_6566.jpg2) Set the Scene
Check out hemstitched organic linen napkins from rawganique.com. Their beautiful yet simple detail is sure to add class to your Thanksgiving table setting.

Stick whole cloves stem-down into organic oranges. Place on a baking sheet and bake for around 20 minutes at 300 degrees. It will make your house smell distinctly spicy and cheerful. Plus, you can simmer them in a pot of apple juice to make delicious homemade cider.

3) Eat Meat- but don’t feel too guilty

  • Dartagnan.com is dedicated to sustainable, responsible farming and supports City Harvest among other charities. They specialize in traditional holiday meats and game such as rabbit, duck, and of course turkey.

4) Take a walk while the turkey bakes

Getting out for a walk with my family (or part of it) helps relieve the stress of a hot, bustling kitchen. Plus, it’s good to get out and enjoy the brisk fall weather. And most importantly, a nice stroll will help build up an appetite for the feast ahead.

prd_25ozOrganicSparkling.jpg5) Make a Toast

Martinelli’s now offers USDA certified organic sparkling cider – so let the kiddies join in on the fun.

liquidsun2.jpg6) Clean up

  • Tidy the house naturally with Vermont Soap Organic’s Liquid Sunshine NonToxic Cleaner. Made with pure castile soap, Sunshine Cleaner contains no detergents and has a light citrus fragrance. Opt for a plant-derived, biodegradable cellulose sponges available at Westerly Natural Market.

7) What to do with leftovers – Don’t waste them!

My all-time favorite (and most obvious) way to eat leftovers is in sandwich form. Layer mashed potatoes, turkey, stuffing, cranberries, gravy, and even steamed vegetables atop thick, toasted sourdough bread for the most satisfying of lunches! But if you are looking to get creative and tire (alas!) of Thanksgiving flavors, you can take your leftover turkey in a brand new direction:

Curried Turkey Leftovers

2 tablespoons curry powder
4 tablespoons butter
1 1/2 cups chopped onion
2 tablespoons flour
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
2 cups chicken broth
1/2 fresh pineapple, cut into pieces
3 cups cooked diced turkey
2 tablespoons lemon juice
hot cooked rice

In a large skillet, heat curry powder in butter, stirring, for 2 minutes.
Stir in onions; continue cooking, stirring frequently, until onions are softened. Blend in flour and ginger; add chicken broth and pineapple. Bring to a boil; simmer uncovered for 5 minutes. Stir in turkey. Cover and simmer for 10 minutes longer, or until heated through. Stir in lemon juice. Serve with rice.

Have a Happy and Healthy Thanksgiving!

(photo credit: handsome turkey spread, via dartagnon.com)