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Thanksgiving 2017 week is here and many of us have nothing done so far. Anyone? DON’T PANIC! And don’t you dare let the upcoming holiday to-do list steal your joy. I’ve got you… Here’s what to do today to still have a lovely, stress-free Thanksgiving week.
Thanksgiving 2017 prep
I had every intention of getting my Turkey Day planning list and grocery shopping over the weekend. BUT, Superman knew I would love a birthday weekend road trip to Athens, Georgia to watch our favorite college football team, the Georgia Bulldogs.
We left early on Friday to visit Santa Claus, Madison, and then Athens Georgia. Needless to say, prepping for Thanksgiving 2017 was a little out of the question. I did manage to clean the house before leaving and then had a wonderful birthday weekend with my family.
Now it’s Monday and you and I have to get rolling. BUT, I’m using the tools I’ve learned in the past [and sharing with you] that’ll help us get ready for Turkey Day without the stress.
#1 Choose your dishes and recipes
What are you in charge of making for Thanksgiving 2017? Since we are hosting family at our house, I’m making a list of all the dishes on my printable AND the people that I’ve asked to help out.
In our meat column, we’ll just have ham and turkey. The in-laws are graciously bringing a fried turkey so I’m putting their name next too it. I’m baking a ham so I’m listing that with my name beside it. My daughter-in-love wants to be in charge of several side dishes so I’ll put her name beside them. Then I’ll list all of our desserts and who is making them. Here’s what we have on the Thanksgiving 2017 menu so far:
- Cranberry Sauce
- Sweet potato
- Green Bean Casserole
- Mashed Potatoes
- Pecan Pie
- Apple Pie recipe
- Sweet Tea
#2 Make grocery list-carefully
I’ll get out every written recipe I have for the dishes I’m in charge of and write the ingredients needed on a grocery list. I suggest buying groceries as early in Thanksgiving week as you can. For instance, if you are making homemade pie crust (my recipe is so easy), I suggest doing that on Tuesday, if possible.
I say to make your grocery list carefully only because it’s great to go ahead and put your grocery list items in the order that you shop in the store. For instance, if you need green beans and granny apples, I’d put apples in a produce column and beans in aisle column that describes where you’ll get your beans. This will give your grocery list a little organization as you head to the store.
#3 Buy fresh and thaw out
If you have frozen items for Thanksgiving Day, go ahead and place them in the refrigerator to thaw on Monday. Give frozen turkeys or hams three full days to thaw in the fridge to ensure that they are ready.
#4 Prep the house
If you are hosting the turkey dinner at your house, I would do any deep cleaning that you can on Monday or Tuesday of Thanksgiving week. For me, I plan to get all laundry caught up from our vacation weekend on Monday. I also want to dust ceiling fans, wipe down walls, and clean out the refrigerator on Monday and Tuesday. Don’t overcomplicate this – just do one to three tasks instead of watching as much TV tonight! Set a timer and you may get finished within a commercial or two.