Countdown to Turkey Day 2011: The Thanksgiving Pantry Check November 21

Heather says:
Thanksgiving is nearly here, all of the work you’ve done over the past few weeks will help ensure your event runs smoothly. Today it’s time for the Thanksgiving Pantry double check. Do you need to catch up on the entire Countdown to Turkey Day Series? Don’t worry, we’ll be here when you get back.

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What’s on today’s agenda?

It’s time to pull out your Thanksgiving menu and grocery list again. Today you will use your grocery list to do a pantry double check. Did someone swipe your mini-marshmallows or use all of the evaporated milk when the milk ran out?

It’s worth looking again.

Is your frozen turkey thawing safely in the bottom-most section of your refrigerator? It should be. If your turkey is still in the freezer you may want to check out this post on thawing a turkey safely using a water-bath.

Make your list of perishable goods and buy them tomorrow or Wednesday.

If you’ve been keeping up with housework, spend a little extra time today making sure the place is presentable.

Do yourself a huge favor and make sure you aren’t down to the last roll of toilet paper. I’m serious, running out of TP with a houseful of guests would be awkward.

Are you serving wine on Thanksgiving?

There is a handy, free smartphone app created by  The Wine Sisterhood to help calculate how much wine you’ll need for your Thanksgiving dinner. It’s called Drink-U-Lator and is available for both iPhone and Android (yay!).  The app calculates a responsible amount of alcohol to have available for your guests.

That’s pretty much it for today, provided you have all of serving dishes clean and ready to go. The rest is optional.

Are you doing a Thanksgiving centerpiece?

Do you need a centerpiece?

Not really.

However, here are directions to make a simple Thanksgiving centerpiece like the one pictured. If your turkey will serve as the centerpiece, I have some advice on how to help your turkey serve as an eye-catching centerpiece on the Butterball Blog where I experimented with their Mediterranean Turkey Recipe.

Are you ready for Thanksgiving?



1 Comment

  1. SandeeHill on November 21, 2011 at 9:42 am

    I second Jenny’s suggestiion to double check spices. I made a “tester” pumpkin pie last week (What??? All this planning had me craving pie. Don’t judge me. lol), and I got almost done with the filling when I realized I was out of ground ginger. It really baffled me for a minute- I was searching for it- I always have ginger on hand! i was just happy I discovered then, when my hubby was about to leave work, driving past a store, than when I was trying to cook on Thanksgiving. Although I’m premaking my pie, so maybe that’s a bad analogy. But yea- Double check the spice rack! 😉

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