Wednesday, November 18, 2009

stress-free Thanksgiving ideas

Thanksgiving is meant to be a time of remembrance, family and thanks, not a holiday of stress and chaos. Here are a few easy ways to stay organized for an enjoyable, stress-free Thanksgiving Day:

1. Plan Your Meal:
Plan your meal from appetizers to dessert on a piece of paper. Make a list of all ingredients needed. Bring your list when you go shopping and check items off as you put them in your cart.

2. Turkey Talk:
First, determine how much room you have in your freezer and refrigerator, and how many people you will be serving. Then, order your turkey. If you need more storage space, perhaps a neighbor or relative can help you out. Rather than defrosting a frozen turkey in water on Thanksgiving Day, defrost it a few days ahead in your refrigerator instead. This saves tons of time and is less messy.

3. Check Your Supplies:
Check your supply of chairs, tables, dishes, glasses, pots, pans, serving plates and utensils. Arrange to buy, rent or borrow anything you don't have.

4. Cook ahead:

Prepare side dishes, deserts, and anything else that you can a day or two before Thanksgiving. On Thanksgiving Day, just heat and serve. You will save tons of time, plus you'll be able to join in the festivities without being stuck in the kitchen.

5. Get Ready the Night Before.
You'll be happy you took care of a few things the night before. Set the table. Get the good silverware out of storage. Lay out your (and your kids') wardrobe…and don’t forget to set your alarm!

6. Give Thanks!

After all, it is Thanksgiving…and it’s a wonderful time to give thanks for health, family, friends and all that life has to offer.

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