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Did anyone NOT have Thanksgiving leftovers?

Regardless of whether you had traditional turkey and all the fixins' or something totally off-the-wall like we did, did anyone actually finish Thursday dinner without leftovers?

We did not have leftovers.

Anyone else?

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  1. No leftover turkey here. Just stuffing,mashed potatoes, and gravy. I'll pull a whole chicken out of the freezer to defrost tomorrow. Close enough.

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    1. I drove out to my parents' house for T-day, and although they had plenty of leftovers, I wasn't going straight home so I didn't take any. Now I'm kicking myself for it.

      I had baked the pumpkin pie and managed to snag and wrap up one slice, which I put in the fridge, before it was gone. I was too full (!) to eat dessert.

      Of course, I also left that by accident. *sigh*

      1. I unfortunately have an annual issue with BIL and SIL. I make an approximately 18 lb turkey every year for the four of us, and then at meal's end I hand them takeout containers so they can take whatever they want home. I'm too busy to oversee them, and once again, we're lucky if we have enough for two or three sandwiches ourselves. They also took all the gravy. Still lots of veggies though....too bad my husband won't touch them. Glad I put the big bowl of lobster salad away before dinner!

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        1. re: coll

          Well why don't you pack the containers ?

          1. re: magiesmom

            I do want them to take whatever they like, not something they won't eat and will end up in the garbage. At that point I don't have the energy to do it myself, I'd rather get the dishes started. It's somewhat of a ritual at this point anyway, so I let it be.

            Wish they'd take more of the veggies etc, but they say they just want to make sandwiches. Don't we all!

            I almost didn't do it this year, I had what I thought was a 10 lb turkey (long story) but I ended up having to buy a big one at the last minute so I was feeling generous. Sort of!

            I did get smart and carved the turkey myself, leaving a decent amount of meat on the bone. Carved the rest last night before making stock, and there's a bit more than I thought. But my husband panicked and made me buy a small breast the next day so once that thaws, I think we're good for awhile now. Sorry about the complaining, actually I think my days of hosting the holidays may be coming to an end, so I'd like to go out on a happy note.

            1. re: coll

              "But my husband panicked......." Oh boy, does that sound like my house!

              We have leftover battles of sorts as well. By the end of the day, I am DONE with Thanksgiving food. Ideally, I could send any leftovers home with guests.

              My dear husband, on the other hand, is a leftover hoarder. If he had it his way, we would cook an extra turkey. This would be fine if he actively managed and consumed the leftovers. Nope, he just likes the sight of the leftovers but not rounds 2+ of eating them. I will be throwing out a lot of food today.

              1. re: cleobeach

                That's why they invented freezers!

                1. re: coll

                  Not if you never plan to eat it which it sounds like cleobeach and husband don't.

                  1. re: fldhkybnva

                    Oh well. To me, it's a season's worth of protein, I'm pretty good at changing it up.

                    1. re: coll

                      The turkey would definitely not go to waste in this house but not sure I'll be freezing leftover sides. I planned to have leftover turkey but we've been eating it 3 times a day and the 2 of us have nearly polished off a 19lber. I actually think next year I might cut back on sides and make another turkey. It's cheaper than buying turkey meat all year long and it tastes so much better.

                      1. re: fldhkybnva

                        Next year, there will be changes here too. Weird how we all decided at the same time.

                2. re: cleobeach

                  I wish I could've gotten to it before you threw it all out

          2. The only items worth keeping were some cheeses and veggies from the appetizer trays.

            1. the only leftovers we had were the planned leftovers -- I live on leftover dressing warmed up with gravy for several days...

              ...leftover cranberry sauce was planned for turkey sandwiches...

              ...and the carcass will be tonight's soup.

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              1. re: sunshine842

                I planned turkey leftovers as we've been eating it 3 times a day for the weekend and almost finished an 18 lber between 2 of us. The sides I have more than I'd like so will need to remember that for next year