one thousand gifts {& 11 ways to eat turkey leftovers!}

Have you heard of this book?

one thousand gifts – by Ann Voskamp

During this week of our celebrated Thanksgiving, talk of gratitude, blessings, and grace are abundant. It has been almost one year since I dared myself to be more aware of my everyday, and often perceived as mundane, life. To audibly acknowledge the smallest of joys, hoping to teach our children to be thankful for more than the obvious food on the table and toys in their box.

This book pictured above  – one thousand gifts – came out this past January. It was officially placed on my Wish List some time over the summer. And then, just a few weeks ago, my dear friend Angela handed me and a couple of girlfriends each a lovingly beribboned gift while we chatted over lunch. As I unwrapped what felt like a hardcover book, my heart skipped a beat as I saw two hands cradling a nest.

Yes, a copy of my very own. How did she know?!

This book came at the most perfect time. After doing my own thing my own way over the past year to coax daily gratitude, one thousand gifts has made me dive so much deeper. It’s beautifully written, with a flowing yet gritty poetry. I have been reading it slowly. On purpose. I do not want it to end.

If you would like to know more about this book, I encourage you to read Angela’s angle on it. Angela is a weekly writer for Woodbury Patch, a regular contributor to local Minnesota lifestyle magazines, and recently had her first short story published at Rose and Thorn Journal. Her family’s tradition of making lefse also graced the pages of this here blog last December. 

Angela’s a speed demon of a reader who can throw a book over her shoulder before I can get past “In the beginning…”. Although I still have two chapters to go on one thousand gifts, I’ve been through enough books with her to know that I admire and respect her perception of what’s been read. I wouldn’t recommend her review otherwise. We’re on the exact same page there. ;) 

If you’d like to follow Angela, you can find her on facebook and twitter. Be sure to let her know that one very blessed friend of hers sent you.



Now for those turkey leftovers!

I came up with 11 delicious ways to gobble up that leftover bird later this week.
My starting goal was a nice and even 10 recipes.
But I just coul
dn’t cut out any of my findings.
So 11 it is.



Thanksgiving Monte Cristo Sandwich by Family Fresh Cooking

substitute turkey in this Chicken Pot Pie by She Wears Many Hats


Turkey Reuben with Thousand Island Coleslaw by Bobby Flay


Turkey Tetrazzini by The Pioneer Woman

Turkey and Cranberry Wraps by Add a Pinch


substitute turkey in these Chicken Enchilada Puffs by TidyMom


Nutty Bird Sandwich by Phoo-d

Turkey Hash by Paula Deen

substitute turkey in this Cranberry-Walnut Chicken Salad by Smitten Kitchen



And a couple of my own personal favorites, tried and true… 

Turkey and Wild Rice Curry Salad

Creamy Turkey and Wild Rice Soup


Happy Thanksgiving!

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