Thanksgiving Tips and Tricks
Alleviate some of the stress of hosting Thanksgiving with some sanity saving tricks and tips:
Planning your menu up to one month in advance can help you take advantage of coupons and sales. Make your grocery list and try to divide your list. Saving your perishables for last allows you to find the best prices on other ingredients as the month goes by. For those of you wanting a fresh turkey, be sure to pre-order it. If you're opting to cook a frozen turkey, check to see how many days it needs to thaw. The average turkey needs four days in the fridge to be thawed. Gather all your recipes and make copies so that you can place them into a binder with sheet protectors, or make them all digital by collecting all your recipes in Google Docs. Easier to share with friends and family.
Real estate in the refrigerator can be a precious commodity this time of year. The day before, clear out the space hogging bottles of dressing and condiments and put them in a cooler with ice packs in the garage. Don't forget a cooler can also be used as the ice chest filled with beverages for your guests. While it doesn't look fancy, it's a practical solution.
Order floral arrangements in advance. When selecting a centerpiece, choose something that isn't too bulky or tall. You don't want to spend time and money making a beautiful accent piece for the big day, only to have it removed the moment your family and guests sit down. They will want to see each other from across the table and have enough room for some dishes to stay on the table.
The most important tip of all is to remember Thanksgiving is about family and friends. Make sure and emphasize spending quality time together building memories over making delicious food. The food is just our excuse to gather together with our loved ones.
Have a Happy Thanksgiving!