Countdown to Turkey Day 2011: November 14 The Great Shopping List

Heather says:

It’s time to make your Thanksgiving Day Dinner shopping list. I know that Thanksgiving is almost two weeks away, but this will hopefully give you time to take advantage of some sales and spread the cost over two grocery runs.  In many households this makes the expense a little easier to absorb. Unless you’re paid monthly and then well, it won’t help at all, sorry.

Grab your Thanksgiving Day Menu and all of the recipes, even if you think you know them by heart. This year I have been working with Butterball to help families get ready for Thanksgiving, check out the Must-Have Shopping List for Thanksgiving I created with them.

Do you need help making your shopping list? is a great tool for creating shopping lists. To make it even easier, many Home-Ec 101 recipes are already in their database.

Alternately, spreadsheets aren’t just for accounting, you know.

Open up a spreadsheet in Excel or Open Office -have you ever tried Open Office? It’s free and compatible with Microsoft products, so you don’t have to shell out mega bucks for their proprietary software. There’s nothing for me to disclose, I simply love the tool. If you don’t want to install Open Office, Google docs are another free option and you can share the documents with others. Google Docs has improved significantly over the past year, so give it a look if you haven’t tried it yet.

Once you have your spreadsheet open, list your recipes across the top, one per column. Under each recipe list the ingredients. If a recipe calls for apples, list the number after the ingredient apple x 3 or chicken stock x 2 qt. This won’t take up the whole spread sheet.  This creates mini-shopping lists for each recipe.

On the lower half of the spreadsheet start new columns. I like to divide my list up by grocery store departments: butcher, dairy, dry goods, produce, etc. Cut and paste each item into the appropriate column combining when appropriate ie 2 apples for the dressing  + 14 for the pies = 16 apples.

Save and print your grocery list and don’t forget to shop your pantry before heading to the store. (This just means crossing off the items you have on hand). Don’t forget, if you rarely bake to test your baking powder to be sure it is still effective.

Remember, it’s still too early to buy your produce.

Just for fun, what recipe are you most looking forward to this year?


  1. Home Ec 101 on November 14, 2011 at 11:52 am

    I’ve been in LA and NYC the last two weeks, I’m completely disoriented. I have no clue. 😀

  2. Carol Shive Mirek on November 14, 2011 at 11:52 am

    I was shocked when I looked at the calendar and saw it is next week. How did that happen so quickly???

  3. Sandee Hill on November 14, 2011 at 11:52 am

    I almost did my list yesterday…I’m glad I waited, your way looks easier and makes more sense! 🙂 Thank you!

  4. VeraThomasHannaford on November 14, 2011 at 10:12 am

    My husband’s family is spending Thanksgiving with us, and I plan not to stress out. Therefore I really need to start getting ready. Really want to make the brusell sprouts with bacon. I throughly enjoyed that earlier.

    • HeatherSolos on November 15, 2011 at 5:42 am

      @VeraThomasHannaford I made them last night, only I found some shallots in my fridge. I can’t remember why I bought the shallots, but. . . I sliced them thinly, added them to the bacon and then used a splash of red wine to deglaze the pan. I tossed the Brussels sprouts in all of that and oh. my. They were fantastic. I need to make more and write down this version, purely for research purposes, of course. 😉

      • VeraThomasHannaford on November 15, 2011 at 7:50 am

        That sounds pretty good. I’m going shopping this weekend with lists in hand.

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