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By spreading everything out over a period of a week,
preparing Thanksgiving Dinner won’t be as stressful.
There is nothing wrong with asking older (5-99) children
(yours, neighbors or grandchildren) to help cut up vegetables or whatever you
need help with. My children say some of their fondest memories was cutting
things up for me. My grandchildren seem to enjoy helping and neighbor’s children
ask to help.
Ask family and/or friends to prepare and bring certain
things that they do well. Be specific about what you want them to
Play your favorite music and sing along – it’ll make you
(1 week before Thanksgiving)
Clean your refrigerator before you do anything else. Leave only
what is necessary in it.
Make your grocery list. Clip Coupons to it. Note what’s on sale
If you already have your Turkey, put it on the bottom rack in
your refrigerator to thaw.
or Heaven forbid – Saturday
- (shopping day – if you aren’t in a hurry, you won’t get upset)
Eat something before you go because you will be able to think better and
your hunger will not be shopping for you. You'll save money.
- Put groceries away.
- Organize kitchen.
3. Saturday - Organize
your house and prepare it for company (whole family job).
4. Sunday -
Rest while you have a chance. Even God took a day off.
- Make the cornbread and cut up the vegetables for the stuffing
(store in separate bags in the Refrigerator)
- Prepare the Pumpkin, Apple and/or your choice of Pies and put
them in pie keepers or cover them with Saran Wrap and store in the
Put giblets in pot of boiling, salty water and simmer for 1½
hours. Store in refrigerator for giblet gravy.
Make the stuffing a little on the dry side to go in the bird (put
in zip lock bags in the refrigerator)
Prepare Sweet and Unsweetened Tea and put in the Refrigerator.
Prepare Candid Sweet Potatoes & put in Crock-pot to simmer
Put 2 cans of cranberry sauce jell in refrigerator.
Put pineapple on Ham, Slice, put in Microwavable covered dish and store in
If you are having a formal Dinner, set the table now with your
best dishes, best glasses and best flatware. If you are having an
informal dinner, set the paper plates, paper cups, plastic flatware and
a roll of paper towels at one end of the counter where the line will
start for the buffet. Put the paper cups next to the tea.
Stuff the turkey and cook it. (should be in the oven about 3-5
hours before time to eat/according to the size of the bird/We have
Thanksgiving Dinner about 6 PM because that gives family who are out of
town time to get there and I don't have to rush/after all, it's not
called Thanksgiving Lunch!)
Prepare your special Cranberry sauce or remove cranberry sauce
jell put in shallow bowl & slice.
Peal Russet Potatoes, cut up and put in pot to boil about 45 min.
before Dinner. Make mashed potatoes about 15 minutes before Dinnertime.
Bring water for corn to a boil. Put corn in to cook about 10
minutes before Dinner.
Heat Ham in Microwave (retains more juices than if in oven).
Put brown & serve rolls in the oven when you take the turkey out.
Make Giblet gravy/use some of the turkey drippings in gravy.
Heat Green Beans in Microwave.
10 minutes before Dinner drop 1 stick of real butter into Candid
Sweet Potatoes in Crock-pot.
If you don't already have someone helping, you need them now
because everything is getting done at the same time. Informally
set everything out on counter as a buffet (put ice in a bowl or ice
bucket with thongs on top) or formally put everything in your best
serving dishes with your best serving utensils, put ice & tea in the
glasses, fill a nice picture with tea and put everything on the table.
My silent prayer is: "Thank you Lord for food, friends and
family, thank you that I lived through it, Please make everything taste
great, Bless the hands that helped me cook & Lord please move
everyone to clean up their own mess and the kitchen after. Amen
Whoever says the blessing usually blesses by hands. I like that.
Holidays made easy
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by Frances M.