Thanksgiving countdown

I have a fresh turkey sitting in my fridge and no matter how many times I do Thanksgiving dinner, it still intimidates me a bit. I tried to dodge doing Thanksgiving dinner for years but finally I couldn’t get out of it any more. A holiday all about cooking for a gal who’d rather sew, yikes. As Thanksgiving can be a bit overwhelming I start with what I like best. I set the table. Thanksgiving countdown begins with setting the table.

This countdown is just using my teacher skills to make a lesson plan. I do it every Thanksgiving and this is this year’s.

What did I do ahead of time? A week or so ago. I made a table runner and napkins.  On Monday, I got a turkey, fresh. No, he didn’t make wisecracks just wasn’t frozen. ttre1

Tuesday – Set table and get groceries. Before you’re impressed, I didn’t go shopping. I had them delivered from Peapod, even the flowers for the table.

Wednesday – Pies, stuffing and cranberries. But I am also working. So, I ordered my pies from Marilyn’s Bakery because they are the best pies on earth. I would have ordered them even if I wasn’t working, it is just a super convenient excuse this year.

ttre2Thursday8:am (ish) Stuff bird, put in convection oven. Make mashed potatoes put in crock pot with cup of cream on bottom, crock pot on warm.

(Fit in breakfast, shower and pick up party ice. You have to have party ice. And yes, showers are good also.)

10:00 Straighten great room, guest bathroom and put out guest towels. (If you have children at home, they should do this if they want to eat.)

11:00 Get coffee maker set and gravy fixings preset. Look at beautiful table. Smile. Breathe. Those gold chargers look good don’t they?

12:30 Put creamed corn in container. Put stuffing in oven on low.  Put on veggies. Admire table one last time, especially those napkins folded so cleverly.

1:00 Hope that the turkey is done. Take it out, make gravy.

Panic a little. Get help with filling water glasses, putting out cranberries and bread/butter.

1:15 Get Cliff to carve the turkey. Put out my food and what others have brought.

1:30 We will be sitting down to eat. Around then. Maybe.

After we finish dinner, flip switch on coffee.

Eat dessert when everyone wants to. My Dad usually would like to start with dessert so we don’t wait that long. Here is my dessert china. ttre3 Ha! I have enough dishes to do with dinner, it’s a tradition around here to use paper plates for dessert.

Friday – eat the leftovers. Turkey sandwiches, yes. And my favorite part? I start the Christmas sewing!

Sew happy!

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If you would like to see more table ideas, click here. For a happier day, read about expectations. And even at the last minute, you can invite extra guests, read about my family’s tradition.

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