There is only one week left until Thanksgiving. Today we have a few items to cover. First, your mission is to create a cooking schedule. Look at your menu and recipes. What dishes can be made the night or even a few days before? Write clearly and post the schedule in a prominent place. This is especially important if you are hosting a large gathering. If someone offers to be helpful it’s much easier to ask them to consult your plan than to try to explain what you need while you are measuring ingredients or during other awkward moments. To make it even easier for those who wish to help, print your recipes or instructions and keep them in a folder. If everything is a hit, you’ll be prepared for next year.
Do you have room for your turkey to thaw? If your turkey is 20 – 24lbs the USDA guidelines suggest 5 – 6 days to ensure that bad boy is completely thawed. A thawed turkey can be stored 1 – 2 days, so you can put it in the refrigerator today.
If your home is generally clean just try to keep it that way. If you live in a disaster area and are still planning on having guests begin cleaning the public areas today. Bedrooms and closets can be closed off, so they are not high on the priority list. For the best impression, clean the kitchen (so no one gets sick), the bathroom (same reason), the dining room, and any other room where people may congregate. Tackle one room a day and each evening do a walk through and make sure they are still in order.
Help me Heather and Ivy, I just found your site, what should I do to play catch up?
- Make your guest list and confirm invitations
- Plan your menu, and know the amounts you need.
- Make your shopping list.
- Clear off your dining table, find your extensions, and ensure there is enough seating
- Do you have enough dishes and servingware? Plan what pieces to use and dig them out of storage.