Wednesday, November 24, 2010

How to Have a Nearly Stress-free Thanksgiving


I have control issues. Yes, I know…a character flaw. For as long as I can remember, I have cooked the entire Thanksgiving meal….except the TURKEY. The turkey is man’s job. He smokes it.

For several years, Thanksgiving was a VERY stressful day for me. But I finally got SMART and started do what I could a day or two (or more) before Thanksgiving.

Our menu is always the same:

  • Smoked Turkey
  • Cornbread Dressing
  • Mashed Potatoes w/ Giblet Gravy
  • Sweet Potato Soufflé
  • Green Beans w/ Shallots and Bacon
  • Cranberry Sauce
  • Rolls…well USUALLY.
  • Pumpkin Pie w/ Whipped Cream


So a couple of weeks ago, I made pumpkin pies and froze one for Thanksgiving.


Apparently I didn’t take a picture of the finished product…but I promise, there is one in the fridge ready for tomorrow!


Today I…

…hard-boiled eggs for deviled eggs.

…assembled my Cornbread Dressing.

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…prepared my Sweet Potato Soufflé.

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…sliced the shallots for the green beans.

…and perhaps most importantly, got the mess from making those things out of the way.

I usually would have made rolls also either today or yesterday…but unfortunately I’m still playing “catch-up” after being sick last week….And honestly, no one will miss the bread.

In a few minutes, I’m going to make Cranberry Sauce, and I may go ahead and peel and cut the potatoes for mashed potatoes. I just have to put them in a pot,cover them with water and put them in the fridge; and they will be ready for me tomorrow.

Now with little to do tomorrow, I can REALLY enjoy my Thanksgiving with my family!

Have a blessed Thanksgiving!


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