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November Fever

By Gabrielle Harris 

It’s almost time for the happiest time of the year! (No, not Christmas time, there’s still a month to go – you’re going to have to wait a while). The month of November is upon us, I won’t make any jokes about the freezing weather or crumbling orange leaves from the trees or anything of that nature.  With November comes many important things for all of us who celebrate Thanksgiving. And by important things I’m obviously alluding to my mother’s stuffing and my sister’s green bean casserole that’s getting me excited just thinking about it. Besides Thanksgiving, November also brings my birthday and my last high school homecoming week. Fall is definitely my favorite time of year, with winter coming right behind it. I hate to admit it but I’m one of those people who are obsessed with pumpkin spice flavors, the (sometimes) cool air, and watching the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade while scrolling through Thanksgiving recipes on Pinterest.

If your family is anything like mine, you will have piles upon piles of leftovers after your Thanksgiving meal. Some of the food might not even be from your dinner but your fridge will be jam packed to the fullest with various meats, vegetables, and gravies. Thanks to the beautiful power of Pinterest and all of the magnificent people that dedicate their recipes to the website, there is now something that you can do with those leftovers besides throwing excessive amounts down the drain.

For this recipe all you need is: some really tasty bread, turkey from your leftover meal, stuffing (if you’re a risk taker), and any other items you put on your usual sandwich. Now I know the question at stake “Is this really going to all fit in my mouth?” My answer is I really do not know and I would suggest not making the sandwich so large that you’d have to unhinge your jaw to consume it. If you’re a “Friends” TV show fan, then you’re already well aware of this Thanksgiving leftover sandwich.

If sandwiches just aren’t your thing and the idea of that sandwich just make your stomach flip over in disgust, no need to fear – Thanksgiving casserole is here! For this casserole what you need to do is grease your casserole pan as you would normally do and pre-heat your oven to 350 degrees. Then layer your leftovers like you would with lasagna with stuffing being at the bottom, turkey, mashed potatoes and gravy. You could also put green bean casserole over the mashed potatoes and bake for 20-30 minutes and you’re done!

Thanksgiving is a time to be grateful for the life that you have, for the roof over your head, for the meals served on your plate, and the clothes on your back. I’m for one very thankful every Thanksgiving and I like to give back to those that aren’t as lucky as I am. I usually participate in either food and toy drives or deliver Thanksgiving meals to people’s homes on Thanksgiving.

I hope you all have a great Thanksgiving and you are extremely grateful for the life that you have!

Gabrielle Harris is a senior at Wellington High School. She is involved in the Quidditch team, Key Club, and is the social media and news editor for the WHS Wave school newspaper. She hopes to study mass communications in college and aspires to someday tell her travel stories to the world. 

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