November comes so quickly that all you start to think about is Thanksgiving. What are you making for the dinner, are you hosting, are you visiting family? Then of course you have to figure out if your bringing a dish. I absolutely love this time of year! It can get stressful but I am here to rescue you!
The first week of November I make a list of what I am making for Thanksgiving dinner. Think about what sides and what new flavors you want to try for your turkey. Will it be cajun or rosemary thyme? Are you making dessert or purchasing a pie? Check your pantry and see if you have all your baking goods, seasonings and then make a list of what you don’t have and need. This is another reason to start early so you can start jotting stuff down as you remember or notice something is missing.
I always enjoy making dinner even if we do go visit family as I like to have thanksgiving food for leftovers. One year I did not make anything at home and we came home wanting leftovers. I made sure to always make a thanksgiving feast for my home from then on!
Second, every week leading up to thanksgiving I make sure to get the essentials, such as pumpkin puree, cranberries and a roasting pan, for example. I notice if you wait until the week of, you will be searching for baking ingredients and essential ingredients because everyone is making the same thing as you pretty much! Cranberries you can freeze. Canned goods can be purchased also in advance. The only thing is the vegetables and the turkey that should be purchased the week of to keep fresh. The turkey of course you can purchase in advance and freeze it. I run out of space a lot of times so I do not purchase the turkey in advance. Knowing you have the essentials prepares you so you don’t have to be running around to different stores to find what you need. Never mind the crazy crowd!
Lastly, the week of thanksgiving is already busy. To make things easier, I prep all my veggies or even better purchase my veggies pre-cut even though it costs a pinch more but saves me time. Baked goods can be made weeks before and frozen. If I am visiting family on Thanksgiving I make sure to cook my thanksgiving turkey and sides the day before so I don’t have to rush back home to cook the day of. What I also love about making my own thanksgiving meal at home is, I can enjoy my time with family and not care so much about the food as much since I have my own at home! I can enjoy the holiday and come home to relaxation. I heat up my feast and have dinner with my family at home. When we visit family it is during the day so we do come home hungry.
If you have not thought of what to make this year for your thanksgiving meal here is what I am making for my feast!
- Rosemary, Thyme, Lemon Turkey
- Garlic, Chive Mashed Potatoes
- Roasted Brown Sugar Squash
- Rachel Ray Apple Stuffing
- Cranberry Sauce
- Sauteed Brussel Sprout, baby carrots and bacon
- Pumpkin Poke Cake for dessert