Thanksgiving Ideas

With Thanksgiving just a few days away, I thought I’d do a post sharing some recipe ideas and tips.

Appetizer/Sides

Breads

Sweets

 

Nutella Swirl Pumpkin Cookies

Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays but it’s also one of the most stressful. Target presented me with a small gift card to help minimize Thanksgiving stress and asked me to share my tips for making the holiday easier. The gift card went to good use. I bought baking ingredients and some serving bowls. I also bought these cute salt and pepper shaker sets to decorate my table. And some pumpkin decorated dish cloths.


So here are some of the tips I’ve come up with based on my past Thanksgiving experiences.

1. Make Ahead When Possible– Don’t wait until the day of to make everything. If something can be made ahead of time, do it.

2. Test New Recipes– Last weekend, Mr. K and I had a mini Thanksgiving dinner, giving me a chance to test out new potential recipes and letting him practice deep frying a turkey. There’s been too many Thanksgiving mornings where I’m a complete mess because the recipes didn’t work out right. If you try them ahead of time, you can work out any unexpected problems.

3. Don’t Be Afraid to Ask for Help– Having a few helping hands will make tasks go much faster, even if they are doing something basic like peeling or chopping.

Let me know if you have any tips to add to this list!

2 comments on “Thanksgiving Ideas”

  1. I always plan ahead, otherwise I may never get the meal on the table at a decent hour. Weeks before I draw up the menu and make a cheat sheet/game plan of what I need to do. (I even include the approximate turkey cooking time based on the weight.) 2 weeks before I shop for the turkey and other dry goods. Also check to see if you have the appropriate serving dishes and utensils for all your dishes. The week of, either Monday or Tuesday, I shop for the veggies and fruits. When picking dishes for the menu, I try to choose things that I can do most of the work ahead of time and pour it into the baking dish and refrigerate, so on the day of I either bake or reheat only. Anything that can be made ahead will be made ahead. Desserts are always made ahead type: a Bundt cake, cookies or cheesecake. I’m not a fan of pumpkin pie, but I’m not concerned because I know MIL will bring it.

    • Oh great tips! Thanks for sharing. I actually do lists as well, I completely forget to mention that. I’m glad to hear I’m not the one one making lists and planning ahead.

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