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Reducing Stress at Thanksgiving

by heather
First of all I have to say thank you to all of my readers who have stuck with me despite the fact that my posts have been very sporadic. Life has been crazy. Having three kids has thrown me for a loop and of course life had several curve balls on top of it. Blogging was pushed to the back burner, but I’m finally feeling a little more on top of things. This week I went to a RS meeting on getting organized and I thought I would share some of the things that I learned. (And then I can have all the info here and toss the handouts so they aren’t cluttering my house.)

Here are some suggestions they gave to make the big Thanksgiving meal go a little smoother and more enjoyable.

  • Plan the meal in advance, divide up assignments between guests that are coming. Just because you are hosting the party doesn’t mean that you need to stress over everything. Assign someone to bring snacks.
  • 2 weeks ahead of time- order a turkey (hope you’ve done that already)
  • 1 week before- clean out the fridge, use up any leftovers and mostly empty bottles of condiments
  • 3-4 days ahead- if using a frozen turkey, put in the fridge to thaw (1 day for every 4-5 pounds)
  • 2 days ahead- make pie dough andĀ refrigerate, toast bread for stuffing (if you’re not just using Stove Top, šŸ˜‰ ) and pecans for pie.
  • The day before- trim and peel vegetables,Ā caramelizeĀ onions and make pies
  • The morning of- prepare potatoes andĀ refrigerate, make sure everyone has breakfast so they’re not irritable all day
  • 3 & 1/2 hours before- bring turkey to room temperature, start roasting, make glaze
  • 2 hours before- cook side dishes, put egg beaters & a bowl in the fridge so they can fluff up whipping cream faster
  • 30 minutes before- while turkey and potatoes are cooling, cook stuffing and make gravy
  • After the meal- get everyone involved in putting away and cleaning up.
I hope you all have a happy Thanksgiving!

5 Responses to “Reducing Stress at Thanksgiving”

  1. Camille says:

    I'm skipping Thanksgiving this year. Do you have any tips for reducing stress before moving to the Horn of Africa for two years? šŸ˜‰

  2. Dixie Mom says:

    Great tips! I'm hosting dinner for 40 this year. I've been working on it a little bit each day but then I got sick. It will be interesting but I'm going to try to go with the flow!

  3. Heather says:

    Camille- I'm pretty certain you know more about this Africa business than I do. If I were you I would probably binge on my favorite American foods while I still have access. From what I have heard people who move to Africa lose weight because you end up eating a lot of fruit. I look forward to hearing about your adventures.
    Cheryl- Dinner for 40, that's ambitious. I hope your family is pitching in to help you out and that you're feeling better. Good Luck!

  4. deerie65775 says:

    Nice post. My stress is in the CLEANING! This year, I am reducing stress by having Thanksgiving at my AUNT'S HOUSE!! hehe

    When I do have the big event at my house, I host a pot luck. Everyone brings food. I usually cook a turkey and make a couple pies: that's it! Pot Luck get togethers are the BEST!!

    BUT, you still have that stress of getting the house cleaned up before they all show up!

  5. Lindsay says:

    Great post Heather! I'm hosting dinner for 20 this year. And I needed this timeline! Thanks!

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