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Thanksgiving Leftover Recipes

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Can you believe that Thanksgiving is just about a week away!? Where did November go? I find myself asking that question often.  I love Thanksgiving.  The family, the thankfulness, and lets not forget about all the tasty food.  Perhaps what I love more than the day of meal is the yummy leftovers. Who doesn’t love a leftover Thanksgiving sandwich; complete with turkey, stuffing, and some cranberry sauce! If that isn’t calling your name do not fret!! I have complied some of my favorite Thanksgiving leftover recipes to share with you! There are Thanksgiving leftover recipes for everything from the turkey, to the cranberry sauce! Enjoy!!


Thanksgiving Leftover Recipes

My favorite Thanksgiving leftover recipes for everything from the turkey, to the cranberry sauce! Enjoy!!
Leftover Cranberry Sauce

My favorite Thanksgiving leftover recipes for cranberry sauce leftovers!

Caramalized Pear and Cranberry Sauce Panini from The Roasted Root

French Toast Stuffed with Cranberry Cream Cheese from Alaska from Scratch

Cranberry Sauce Bread from Oh My Veggies!

Whipped Cranberry Butter from Good Life Eats

Cranberry Sauce Cheesecake Brownies from Damn Delicious


Turkey Leftovers

My favorite Thanksgiving leftover recipes for Turkey Leftovers

Turkey Cobb Sandwich from Closet Cooking

Turkey Enchilads from Simply Cooking

Thanksgiving Turkey Pot Pie from Damn Delicious

Thanksgiving Nachos from Girl Versus Dough

Thanksgiving Eggs Benedict from Closet Cooking


Mashed Potatoes Leftovers

My favorite Thanksgiving leftover recipes for Mashed Potatoes Leftovers

Shepard’s Pie Two Ways from The Roasted Root

Mashed Potato Crusted Quiche from Teacher Chef

Cheesy Leftover Mashed Potato Pancakes from Just a Taste

Homemade Gnocchi Made with Leftover Mashed Potato from The Art of Doing Stuff

Leftover Mashed Potato Puffs from The Kitchn


Stuffing Leftovers

My favorite Thanksgiving leftover recipes for Stuffing Leftovers

Stuffing Muffins from Yum Sugar

Stuffing Enchiladas from Ready Set Eat

Stuffing Stuffed Mushrooms from Purely Consumed

Turkey and Stuffing Cakes from Trampling Rose

Chicken and Stuffing Bake from Anderson + Grant

Do you love Thanksgiving leftover recipes?? What yumminess do you make with all your leftovers!?

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What I Learned Taking a Year Off From Running

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When I found out I was expecting twins, one of the first questions I asked the doctor was about running. Since I was carrying two babies, my pregnancy was considered high risk, and I thought this could pose possible concern when it came to running.  My doctor recommended I stop running all together. Walking was ok and encouraged, but running would have to wait.  I took a whole year off.  I didn’t run a single step when I was pregnant, and it took me a couple of months to get our new life together before I hit the pavement again.  I discovered a few things along the way…


Here’s what I learned taking a year off from running.What I Learned Taking a Year Off From Running


1. Running is a Time Commitment
I forgot the time that it takes to get in a run.  Even a quick run is not really quick.  Add in stretching, warm up, cool down, and some more stretching and your quick run is over an hour long. Not to mention sometime running means I have to attempt to squeeze in an extra shower.

2.Running Helps Me Sleep Better
Especially since the boys were born, I often found myself in bed making a mental list for the next day.  I often would wake up in the middle of the night.  I think I am still adjusting to the boys sleeping through the night.  But since I have started running again, I sleep like a baby! Some nights I don’t even remember falling asleep. 

3. Running Makes Me Happy
One day last week was just one of those days.  I was exhausted, the boys were fussy and cranky.  And therefore I was fussy and cranky.  I wanted to curl up and cry but that was not an option.  So instead I strapped the boys in the jogging stroller and went for a run.  Day solved.  All three of us needed some fresh air, and this mama needed a good run!

4. I Love Running in the Fall and Winter
There is nothing better than going for a run and not almost dying of heat stroke.  I am already DREADING the summer months and it is only November. 

5. Slow and Steady is the Way to Go
I have never ran for speed, but after taking some time off it furthers my belief that slow and steady is the way to go. I don’t have the endurance I had before nor do I have the speed I had before, I am completely fine with this.  Running has taken on a new meaning to me!

6. I Love Running… but Also Kind of Hate It
And so it continues. This love/hate cycle of running.  I mostly do love it.  Except when I don’t.  I guess it’s nice to know some things never change.


Have you ever had to take a break from something you love? Did it change anything for you? I’d love to hear!


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That’s What She Said #Linkup

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Here is how it works:
Each month we will pick a quote, the quotes we choose are women’s words… get it?
That’s What She Said.

The linkup will run for 2 weeks.
We will pin and feature our favorites the following month.
You will always know what the next month’s quote is, we will have it posted here, and sent to your inbox!

What are the rules?
Please only linkup posts inspired by the quote of the month.
We want to see how this quote will get your creative juices flowing.

We would like for you to connect with others, please visit the person who linked up before you, and go show some love.
It would be AWESOME if you would share the linkup via your social media. #That’sWhatSheSaidLinkUp
Of course it’s always fun to connect, let’s follow each other along.
Number one rule: Have fun and be creative ♡

Your Hosts


Mrs AOK, a Work in Progress                                 Courtney: What’s Up With the Wilhelms                             Katy: Chaos & Kiddos

Our Pick from October Linkup:

 Jen from Drinking the Whole Bottle

November’s Quote

That's What She Said NovemberI believe everything happens for a reason. Is that called fate? I am not sure.  But I try to live my life without regret.  I know that had I not made certain choices, had life not thrown me certain curve balls, I would not be me.

I believe that even our lowest, most ugliest moments help define us.  What doesn’t kill us makes us stronger, right? That is what Victoria Erickson’s words mean to me.

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You must weather the storm, to enjoy the rainbow! I believe that whole heartedly. In order to realize just how sweet life is, you must also see how tough life can be!

Matt and I struggled to start a family.  

It was without a doubt the hardest thing I have ever faces.  But it changed me for the better.  It made me a stronger woman, made my relationship with Matt deepen, and it definitely made me a better mama. Our struggle gave me courage, compassion, and the ability to not take one thing (even the seemingly bad, hard, crummy moments) for granted.

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When I am running on three hours of sleep, and Matt is stuck on work.  When I haven’t showered in three days, and couldn’t even tell you the last time I shaved my legs.  When both babies are crying, and the phone is ringing like crazy.  When my floor is covered with dog fur, and I have dirty dishes in my sink.  All I can think is Thank Goodness!!

Thank goodness for dirty diapers.  Thank goodness for crying babies.  Thank goodness copious and copious amounts of laundry. Thank goodness for our struggle. Thank goodness for the thought that I would not get to be a mother.  

For those thoughts, which turned out to be just that, thoughts; have made me who I am today.  Our struggle left battle wounds and scars but also left me with the biggest heart, more gracious, mama heart. Our battle left me with the ability to love more than I ever thought possible.

Thank goodness for our struggles, our battles, our ability to get up each morning and say I can do this, I can fit this battle, I will be stronger!


What do Victoria Erickson’s words mean to you? I would LOVE LOVE LOVE for you to leave a comment letting me know, or better yet write a post and join the fun! xo


Join us in December!!

Let Edith Sitwell’s words inspire you and link up on the 10th!Winter Quote 2

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Thank You, Running Man

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 Happy Friday! Ready for some Jimmy Fallon inspired thank you’s? Remember, you must read them in your best Jimmy voice possible. 


Thank you, Running Man, for finding the socks my wiggly baby kicked off during one of our morning runs.  Thank you for following said socks like a breadcrumb trail and returning them to their rightful owner. Wiggly baby appreciated not having cold feet!Missing socks

Thank you, Mother Nature, for finally bringing some fall to Arizona.  For the first time in months the air conditioning has not been constantly cranking away.  In fact, it is 3 o’clock in the afternoon as I type this and windows and doors are open. Ahhhh fresh air. Now let’s get rid of these 80* temperatures in the afternoon and we will be alllllll set!Screen Shot 2014-11-07 at 6.19.46 AM

Thank you, Starbucks for the arrival of your red cups.  I am all about some holiday cheer!! And I swear my chai latte tastes better when poured into a red cup. Weird. 

Red CupThank you, Matt, for knowing that after a particularly exhausting day there is nothing better than take out for dinner and a surprise lemon bar for dessert. Also thanks for letting me go to sleep while you cleaned bottles and did the last 10 second tidy for the night.Screen Shot 2014-11-07 at 6.17.45 AM

Thank you, my darling, darling baby boys, for making life so sweet.  Your happy, smiley, green-bean covered faces make all my dreams come true over and over again.  Green Bean Babies


Feel like writing your own Thank You’s?


I’d love to read em! You can join the fun and link up with Mrs. AOK or leave me a comment below!



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Tips for Photographing a Baby in a Pumpkin

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Over the weekend we were all about Halloween and fall in the Wilhelm house.  A couple of weeks ago we had gone to the pumpkin patch and picked out the perfect pumpkin; not too big, not too small, just the right size to fight a baby.  Yes, I know, I know.  I became one of those moms who puts their baby in a pumpkin. I just could not resist!! And after seeing the finished product, I was thrilled with my choice!  While taking the pictures, we learned a few things.  I decided I would share some tips for photographing a baby in a pumpkin with all of you, learn from me mamas!!  Tips for Photographing a Baby in a Pumpkin


1. Pick the right pumpkin.
I am sure I looked like a crazy person at the pumpkin patch, as I placed the boys on and near hundred of pumpkins. I am a visual person so I needed to see the pumpkin and the baby next to each other to make sure it would work.  Be careful that your pumpkin is not too big, or too small.

2. Don’t make the center hole too big.
While the hole needs to be big enough for your little one to fit nicely inside, and get out easily, you don’t want to give them too much wiggle room.

3. Clean out the guts and seeds well.
We all know the inside of a pumpkin is slimy to say the least.  To help your little one have the most pleasant experience ever (while sitting in a pumpkin) you are going to want it to be as slime free as possible.

4. Place a towel or two inside the pumpkin.
I used some hand towels inside the pumpkin to not only give the boys something cushy to sit on and boost them up a bit, but also so their bare skin wasn’t touching the cool inside of the pumpkin.

5. Wipe down the outside of the pumpkin.
My brother-in-law reminded me of this! I was so concerned about the inside of the pumpkin I total forgot that you want the outside of the pumpkin to look nice and clean, as that is what you will see in your photos. 

6. Make sure everything is ready before your baby goes inside the pumpkin.
Towel ready? Baby happy? Is the lighting right? What about the background? I knew that I wanted to take the pictures on a nice grassy spot in our communities park so we took a little walk over.  I made sure each baby was happy and smiling before sticking them in the pumpkin and that the sun wouldn’t be shinning in their eyes!

7. Bring help!!
We had 5 grownups for two babies.  True story! It was helpful to be able to hand each baby to someone else and get them wrapped up in a nice warm blanket right away.  It also helped to have lots of people to make the boys smile and not be too sad about the fact that their mother is crazy and stuck them in a pumpkin.

8. They will most likely cry. And that’s ok.
We probably took at least 50 photos of each baby while they are in the pumpkin.  There were some tears, some pouty lips, and even some yawns.  But that was ok, we just needed one good photo!! So let a trigger happy finger be your best friend and snap away mom!


Have you ever taken silly pictures of your baby?? I’d love to hear!

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A Month of Thankfulness

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November is one of my favorite months of the year as it is the month of my favorite holiday. I love Thanksgiving.  To me, Thanksgiving is so much more than one day when we consume far too much turkey and stuffing.  To me Thanksgiving is about the feeling of thankfulness.   Thanksgiving is a time to pause and reflect, to give thanks for all that we have been given and all the blessings in our lives. I challenge you to have a month of Thankfulness. Below I have listed four simple ways that would allow you to focus on a month of thankfulness rather than just one day!

To me Thanksgiving is about the feeling of thankfulness; a time to pause and reflect, to give thanks for all that we have been given and all the blessings in our lives. I am sharing four simple ways that would to focus on a month of thankfulness!

1. Write Daily Thanksgivings

Each day I am thankful ...I have been doing this the last couple years, and I look forward to it all year long.  At some point during each day of this month, I set aside a few minutes to jot down something I am thankful for.  This exercise provides the opportunity to be positive and reflective in your thinking 

2. Give Back

Volunteers do not necessarily have the timeDonate! Donate of your time and talents.  You can do something, anything, even seemingly small acts like donating clothes and canned food to a local food pantry makes a big difference. Have you thought about adopting a family for Thanksgiving and provide them a delicious Thanksgiving meal? Or what about serving Thanksgiving dinner at a homeless shelter?

3. Create Thanksgiving Traditions 

Traditions create memories

Go on a hayride, take a drive to see the leaves changing colors.  Spend time with your family and friends. Enjoy the gorgeous cooler temperatures. Find local Thanksgiving activities and take part in them. Have a “Friendsgiving”.

4. Support Others

Thank-You-Notes-Linkup-Mrs-AOKSpread love to those around you. Help a friend, surprise a loved one with flowers. Are you a blogger? Link up with Mrs. AOK every Friday and share some thankful thoughts, make it fun and use your best Jimmy Fallon impression while doing so.


How are you going to have a month of Thankfulness? I would love to hear!


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