Thanksgiving is my very favorite holiday, but one that requires organization. I have 5 quick tips to help your Thanksgiving go smoothly.
There are not enough adjectives to describe what Thanksgiving means to me. I certainly am so grateful for family, friends and all that, but let’s get down to the nitty-gritty: Thanksgiving, along with being grateful, is all about family and the meal.
By no means does admitting this diminish the meaning, but certainly could serve as the Vice President of the holiday.
President Food, we’re at your service, and contemplating seconds, if not thirds, with some major dessert on the side.
It’s all the planning and the prep that I thrive on. Starting early Wednesday morning, I wake up at stupid o’clock and begin my prep with a pumpkin latte and some jazz playing in the background. Then, I’m all in, all day, starting the prep, making the Bloody Mary’s, setting the table, and organizing each serving dish to its designated side, and even making some sides as well, planning to bake them off on Thanksgiving.
Since I’ve attended a bastion of these Thanksgiving rodeos, I have the key ingredients to help your Thanksgiving go smoothly.
First off, if you haven’t thawed your frozen turkey by now, you’re kinda hosed. What I could suggest for you is to put the frozen turkey in your kitchen sink and have a constant pour of warm water over it, for like, a few hours. Hopefully this is not you.
There is a little bit of time left to brine your turkey. Although you won’t have the ample amount suggested, a little is better than none.
The day before is the best time to make all of the desserts! Like, for real. This pumpkin bread trifle with bourbon whipped cream and this homemade pumpkin ice cream are among our favorites that I make every single year.
My theory is that the more you plan and do the day before, the more you can mozey around on Thanksgiving Day. I organize all my Thanksgiving recipes in one folder. This way, I grab for the folder knowing that all the recipes I need are in there. Having said this, I must admit that the four of us here seldom, if ever, get out of our jammies the entire day. I don’t feel badly about this, one bit. Most of the prep is done, and Thanksgiving Day we’re all about the final details, and pretty much snacking and eating all day, with the parade and the dog show on constant replay. Who’s with me?
These are a few last minute tips to help your Thanksgiving Day go smoothly. Because, take my word for it, heed these tips and you’ll be A-ok.
Happy Thanksgiving everyone, and Bon Appétit!!