I realize Halloween just got over, but why not get ahead of the game this Thanksgiving? If Thanksgiving dinner is one of your responsibilities for friends and family now is a great time to plan ahead. If you are one of the lucky ones that gets to go visit family and have Thanksgiving dinner severed to you than there is no need to read this blog, unless of course you just love my tips!
Here are a some tips to help with Thanksgiving Dinner:
Start off by making a menu of what you would like to serve for dinner and deserts. After you finish making the menu, make a grocery list that coincides with what you plan to make dinner. Start keeping our eyes open for sales and coupons from your grocery list to help save money! I would also suggest that you do not wait until the last minute to buy your turkey, nothing worse than going to the grocery store and finding out they are out of turkey! I know this from a past experience I had when we were first married…Cornish Hen anyone?!?!?
As the host of this great festivity decide who should bring a dish to help decrease some of your responsibilities. My boys always like to make homemade Pumpkin Pie but my mother will bring her famous Apple Pie from Minnesota. Since she is traveling and loves to help I ask that she brings dinner rolls, her pie and of course her homemade recipe for stuffing. If anyone else is coming add them to the “dish list”, you could have them bring salads or sweet potatoes. In the end, your menu should be filled with things you feel you could tackle without feeling overwhelmed and at the same time giving you time to enjoy the day!
A couple of days ahead of the Thanksgiving, go over your menu and see if there is some prep work you can do to help save time in the kitchen on Thanksgiving Day. Even just chopping onions, parsley or washing potatoes will help you get ahead of the game. One thing I do as I am preparing Thanksgiving Dinner is I run my dishwasher after I have finished making everything and everything is baking. This helps me get ahead of washing dishes after dinner. I like to get the big mixing bowls and pans out of the way so that all that is left to wash after dinner is the dishware. Hey, I want to watch football too!!!!
If you have a tip or even a great Thanksgiving recipe…we would love to know! Gobble, Gobble…
Author Michelle Lehman of Organizing Solutions “Clear the Clutter” Michelle is a Professional Organizer in the Tulsa area. Her articles have been featured in the Tulsa World, The Oklahoman, Chicago Sun-Times and The Chicago Post-Tribune. Michelle appears on TheNewsOn 6 KOTV and Fox23 News This Morning giving organizing tips and recommendations.