Countdown to Turkey Day 2008: November 1

Heather says:
In just a few short weeks the holiday season kicks off and Thanksgiving is hands down my favorite holiday of the year. I love the cooking (and eating) and Ivy loves to entertain (and eat). Ivy and I will spend the next few weeks focusing on tips and recipes for the big day. 

Today’s project is short and sweet.

Grab something to write with and sit down for five minutes. Decide: where, when, and who. 

Where will dinner be held?

What time will dinner be served?

Who is coming and do any guests have allergies or dietary restrictions?

Make your phone calls and begin firming up plans. Pretty soon we will be ensuring there is enough seating, menu planning, cleaning, and scheduling for the big day. You don’t want any big surprises once the ingredients have been purchased.


  1. gracie on November 3, 2008 at 5:38 pm

    lol, I think Andre’s mutton sounds good, but I love stuffing cooked in the bird (yeah i know the fda recommends against it – ’cause folks don’t cook it long enough)

    I love stuffing with barley, so that will be on the menu as well, along with baked sweet potatoes (no brown sugar or marshmallows thought – yuck)

    I WILL learn how to make dinner rolls this year – lol, and not out of a can.

    Mashed potatoes, pumpkin pie — one year my son wanted pumpkin pie for his birthday instead of cake 🙂

    Soda!! growing up the only time we had soda was at holidays, and I always looked forward to it! and warm apple cider with spices.

    Roasted carrots and parsnips, or maybe mashed carrots and turnips.

    still trying to work out the rest of the menu…..

  2. Keter on November 1, 2008 at 11:38 pm

    Well, my guest list is short since our family is so small. What’s new and exciting this year is that after seven years in this house, I finally have a real kitchen and a real oven. (Yes, there’s a home improvement horror story in there.) The last seven Thanksgiving turkeys, dressing, pies, etc. have all been baked in a portable oven (the kind that looks like a giant rectangular crock pot). Needless to say, this kind of cooking is a challenge, but all came out OK anyway. My new oven is a joy to bake in, so I’m looking forward to a meal that requires a lot less effort (and heavy lifting). :o)

  3. Connie on November 1, 2008 at 9:49 pm

    Gracie, maybe a turducken?

  4. Andre Pope on November 1, 2008 at 8:04 pm

    I just sat down with the wife and did just this. I am excited about Turkey day. Now that Halloween is over I can start planning my menu! I know it will have Deep Fried Turkey, Mutton and tons of other goodies. I have an idea for cinnamon apple and sausage stuffing but I am unsure. Might have to find something similar to base it off of and go from there. Any suggestions?

  5. Lena on November 1, 2008 at 1:17 pm

    Hi Heather,

    Thank you for your comment on my BD post. We are passive composters too and it is working well for us and our garden. I just find that there are just not enough hours in the day to do it all….

    I really like your blog. It is very creative and helpful. I will have to check back frequently.

    My SIL set up the holidays this year and I got Thanksgiving so I will be making my list this weekend.

  6. gracie on November 1, 2008 at 11:16 am

    one year the kids wanted goose, one year duck, another rabbit, we’ve also had cornish hens, what will they think up this year????

  7. Bryssy on November 1, 2008 at 8:42 am

    I SO did this just last night. I got out all my old issues of Martha Stewart Living (much to my hubby’s shagrin, I can’t throw them away) and made notes for both Thanksgiving and Christmas. Recipies I want to try, gifts I want to give, and a list of what I already have!

    The guestlist is set and invites go out this week.

    We also celebrate our own holiday on Thanksgiving, we call it Thanksmas. We give each other gifts that are to be used for the holidays. Sometimes it’s ornaments for the tree, tablecloths, chargers, the kids get Christmas outfits. All things that we don’t want to wait to give until Christmas.

    Love your website!! Thanks for all the great posts!

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