You might be fearing the few days ahead filled with peeling potatoes, dicing apples, searching for the perfect cookie cutters for maple leaf shaped ginger cookies (for the over achievers out there), and contemplating turkey recipes- but fear not! My goal this year is to plan ahead so I can ENJOY the process! Here are some game plan tips I’ve been working on to set you up to be sipping Baileys and Cocoa on Gobble’s Eve- instead of fretting.
1) Establish a Menu and Delegate
Upon divvying up the Turkey Day potluck list, I reluctantly but brilliantly agreed to relinquish duty for some dishes. No Monica, not every plate will fulfill your blog worthy picture perfect criteria. Some things can be left in the capable hands of others!
2) Start Cooking and Freezing for “Gobble’s Eves” now!
While Turkey Day is the main event of the week, you don’t want to be worrying about what’s for dinner on Tuesday and Wednesday nights when you are thigh high in trimmings, a turkey brining tub, and getting home late from work…
Make a pot of soup or casserole that you can partition and freeze to make the 2-3 nights before easy as “defrost”… like this awesome Pumpkin Sage Parmesean Casserole Recipe
3) Select Recipes, Write Out, and Execute Shopping Lists
Do ALL of your grocery shopping this weekend. People get really crazed and even mean in the stores the few days before big holidays. Avoid this negative energy whirlwind and just be ahead of the game.
4) Establish a GAME PLAN
Write out a list of action items spread over the 3-4 preceding days to make it all realistically manageable.
Things You Can Do Well in Advance
Pick out what you’re going to wear!
Create a master crafted centerpiece
Move chairs and fully set the table
Select and set out serving platters and serving utensils
Make name tags or wine charms
Things That Freeze Well
Ninja Move #17: You can leave peeled and diced potatoes in the fridge over night, just cover in water.
Best of Luck and Happy Gobbles!