Nov 21, 2016

Thanksgiving Planning

This is a busy week for me with Thanksgiving preparation going on all week. Our Thanksgiving table will be blessed with our daughter and her family - for a total of seven people. Every year I wish more of our family could be here with us, but that's the drawback to living so far from where you grew up and having family spread out all over the country.

WHAT'S THE PLAN: Of course there's a plan!! I don't know how people get everything done without lists!

My first list is our Thanksgiving Menu. We do a very traditional Thanksgiving meal - turkey and all the trimmings.
Thanksgiving Menu

Roast Turkey
Stuffing (in bird and extra dish)
Mashed potatoes
Oven-Roasted Brussel Sprouts
Fried Corn
Pearl Onions in Cream Sauce
Green Bean Casserole
Cranberry Sauce
Rolls, butter

Apple Pie
Sweet Potato Pie
Vanilla Ice Cream

Coffee, Tea
Box drinks or juice for kids
Diet Coke, Iced Tea

Next list is what I need to prep the house and the food for Thanksgiving.


  • Create menu, print
  • Grocery list
  • Clean out fridge
  • Wash dining table linens and napkins
  • Wash holiday dishes, silverware, serving utensils
  • Match serving dishes/utensils to food list
  • Clean guest bathroom
  • Insert dining room table extension
  • Open up kitchen table

  • Pick up turkey
  • Grocery shopping
  • Cook sweet potatoes
  • From basement: Cranberry sauce, turkey broth
  • From the basement: crock pots, turkey roaster, turkey platter
  • From basement: High chair
  • Remove pans from warming drawer, wipe

  • Make pies – apple, sweet potato
  • Make vanilla ice cream
  • Peel, cook and mash potatoes
  • Make rolls
  • Make stuffing
  • Cranberry sauce to serving dish, fridge
  • Drinks into fridge

Thanksgiving Day
  • Prepare turkey, in oven around 10am
  • Extra dish of stuffing into oven around 12:00
    Vac downstairs (Jeff)
  • Make onions in cream sauce
  • Potatoes into crock pot
  • wrap rolls, put in warming drawer around 1pm
  • Make fried corn, warming drawer
  • Make pot of coffee
  • Make gravy

1 comment:

Karen said...

That sounds a lot like my Thanksgiving to-do list! I cleaned house this weekend.. grocery shopped on Monday morning...making some of my dishes and desserts on Wednesday. The success is in the prep!!