This is the time of year to make master lists and schedules and do some major planning. Today let’s talk about Thanksgiving.
With this major holiday coming up, wouldn’t it be great to have a shopping list you’ve refined over the years so you have everything on hand if you’re making the big meal, or even a dish or two to take to someone else’s celebration? If you don’t have one yet, make one. I like to do this on the computer so I can make changes when needed and print it out again so it looks neater. You can also rearrange the items by where they are located in the stores more easily using your computer. And if you have a smart phone, you can do the list on there and not forget and leave it at home.
Of course, all your decorations, special place settings and so on are in one box. Right? If not, this year buy a special box just for Thanksgiving.
- Make a list of what you’re going to serve for Thanksgiving dinner if you’re preparing it.
- Make as much ahead as you can and freeze it.
- Set the table the night before.
- If you can afford it, have a cleaner come in a few days in advance.
- Buy prepared veggies and other food from the grocery store. The bakeries make really wonderful breads and desserts nowadays. Look around and see what you can use to fill up the table with no-to-little work.
- Use other devices besides your oven to keep things hot if you run out of room. Use the crockpot, thermos containers, or even buy one of those new buffet warmers or smaller triple crockpots. Anything cooked ahead can of course be warmed up in the microwave.
- Be sure to include some cold dishes that just have to be placed on the table. For example, Waldorf salad, a layered salad, a macaroni salad or coleslaw.
And here’s how many calories you’ll burn (700, it says) preparing the big meal. And how many you’ll consume. Sit down for this:
Now, get a good night’s rest, relax, and enjoy the holiday.