Sunday, November 20, 2016

Thanksgiving Countdown - What's next

I'm going to make a couple of assumptions here.   But first some pictures.
Everyone likes pictures, right? 
This first one is of a centerpiece a friend made some years back for T-Day.  Fresh flowers, lettuce, peppers. It was truly lovely.
Fresh look Thanksgiving centerpiece
Next up my attempts at decorating the tables.

Now to the Nitty Gritty.
If you're hosting Thanksgiving this year, I hope you have your turkey bought and in the fridge thawing. 
That's kinda important.

I hate trying to cook a frozen turkey, it just doesn't work right. 
My turkey is in the fridge, thawing, slowly. 

This really is a case of do as I do.

Last year we hosted Thanksgiving and we ended up with a lot of people, it was pretty crowded here but a lot of fun.

The weekend before I did do a lot of prep work.

1. I checked to make sure all my serving pieces were available and not tucked away into sundry and mysterious places.  I have to keep my Turkey platter on top of the fridge, the only place it will fit.   But, I wrap it in plastic wrap, so it stays clean.
2. I prepped the celery and carrots for the stuffing (well, it's dressing really, cause I cook it outside the bird).
3.Made sure I had sufficient napkins, and then washed all the plates and silverware we were going to be using.
4. Figured out the logistics of the seating, my husband is really good at that.
5. Made a shopping list of any last minute items.  The time to check your pantry is now.  Don't make assumptions that you'll have everything.
6. Go through the fridge, make room, chuck anything that's questionable.  Trust me on this, you will need the room come T-Day.
7. Check the tablecloths, make sure they're clean.  
8. Stock up on Salt and Club soda.  I'll tell you why later on this week. 

And made sure to let all my guests know I was going to make the Turkey, Mashed Potatoes and Gravy and that they had to bring 'the dish' that means Thanksgiving to them.  
Everyone has it, whether it's a jelled salad, or a special pie, or Great Aunt Gertrude's special Sweet Potato Casserole.

We ended up with a variety of great food last year, lots of laughter, and all in all had a great time.

Sidsel Munkholm - Author
Sidsel Munkholm - Author

Sid loves to cook, feed people and have fun in the kitchen. She shares her successes and the involuntary offerings she sometimes gives the kitchen goddess as well. And she's still looking for the mythical fairy to help her clean the kitchen after a marathon cooking session. Currently working on a cookbook showcasing the recipes from her Danish heritage.

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