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Thanksgiving Countdown Plan - Thursday's Tip

Thanksgiving is ONE week from today.

At first I typed the words "two weeks" and realized that Thanksgiving is next week.
I finally started doing some cleaning yesterday, but I really am 
 a little behind on getting everything together, so I thought
 we would focus on a countdown plan for this week's
Thursday's Tip.  

Thanksgiving is next week!  Here are some great tips to start the countdown to Thanksgiving from Walking on Sunshine Recipes.

Several Days Before:
  • Plan your menu.
  • Place china or dishes you will be using out on the dinning room table or where you plan on sitting down for dinner...don't forget your stemware!
  • Select the serving platters you will be using.  
  • LABEL the serving platters, so you know exactly where everything will go on Thanksgiving.  
  • If you are serving buffet style, get your buffet warming trays out and ready.
  • Take the turkey out to thaw in refrigerator at least 3 days ahead.
1 or 2 Days Before:
  • Wash and chop all veggies for the stuffing or any other necessary side dishes.  Place in a ziplock bag or a small plastic container and store in the refrigerator.
  • Make Cranberry Sauce.  I'm making THIS recipe.
  • If you need extra tables or chairs, gather them NOW and put them in the dinning room.  
  • Iron tablecloth and napkins...set table.
Day Before:
  • Assemble any casseroles or dishes to be baked on Thanksgiving day.
  • Make Desserts.  Don't forget to try THIS Pumpkin Pie recipe.
  • Clean and prep the turkey.  You can see my detailed instructions HERE.  
  • Prepare stuffing for turkey but do NOT stuff the turkey (refrigerate until morning)
  • Prepare appetizers...dip, mini quiche, etc.  
  • Prepare vegies and slice cheese for appetizers.  Place in a ziplock bag and store in the refrigerator.
Morning of Thanksgiving:
  • Add stuffing to Turkey and cook turkey according to directions.
  • Peel and cut potatoes for mashed potatoes (let set in water until ready to cook)
1-2 Hours before guests arrive:
  • Assemble appetizer trays
  • Make Mashed Potatoes (keep warm on stove top)
  • Bake any side dishes (keep warm on stove top)
  • Steam any fresh vegetables you are beans, carrots.  
  • Once the turkey is cooked, remove from oven and cover with aluminum foil until you're ready to slice it.  I like to slice my turkey before my guests arrive.  
  • Place the biscuits or rolls on a baking tray and have them ready to go in the oven 30 minutes before serving.
  • Make gravy from drippings.
Don't forget to take a few minutes to relax before everyone arrives. 
 Put some lipstick on.  Make sure you take off your apron.
Light a few candles, put some pretty music on.  
  And most importantly, don't forget to take plenty of photos of your table and the food.  

YES, everyone takes a photo with the turkey on the platter!  

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