As they say, “If it weren’t for the last minute nothing would ever get done.” Bless you if you are one of the organized. Not being in that class, I really appreciated these last minute tips from some friends.

Hopefully you do not have to face an empty shopping cart at this point in time, and by now you have all that you need for your Thanksgiving dinner.

Michelle from Everyday Celebrating shared this idea which helps assure you are not left in the missing a key ingredient bind, “I group ingredients in my pantry by dish.  Like everything needed to make corn pudding goes together, etc.. Sometimes I even label every item with sticky notes.  Why?  Because I find that a lot of my recipes call for the same things, I want to make sure every dish has all the ingredients. It’s just one more double check that I’m not missing something.”

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Another good tip comes from Michelle : Now is the perfect time to make sure all your dishes and glasses are washed if you’re using china/stemware that may be in storage collecting dust.

If you’re using silver, get to polishing!  A great activity the kids can help with!

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These printable lists from Laura at Organizing Your Way, which I wish that I had a few weeks ago,  but they will be used for next year as well as other events.

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Prepare as much of the food ahead of time as possible. Delegate, always have a dish in mind to assign when a guest asks “is there is something that I could bring?” A very important tip is to be mindful of the turkey thawing time. A still frozen turkey Thanksgiving is not a good start for your increasingly busy day. NEVER thaw a frozen turkey at room temperature.

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Turkey Frozen Thawing Methods:

  • Recommended: Thawing in the Refrigerator
    Leave the bird in its original wrapping and place it on a tray in the refrigerator. Allow 5 hours per pound or 3-4 days for a 14-19 pound turkey to defrost.
  • “Quick” Thawing:
    Place turkey in its original wrapping in sink and cover with COLD water. Change the water every 1/2 hour to maintain the temperature. Allow 1/2 hour per pound to defrost the turkey. Most turkeys will take from 5 to 10 hours to thaw.
  • Microwave Thawing: NOT RECOMMENDED
    Microwave ovens do not heat evenly, and they also heat quicker along the bone. Microwave thawing of a turkey is generally not recommended.

Turkey Thawing Time in the Refrigerator (40 degrees F):
Approximately 24 hours per 5 pounds

Whole Turkey Weight Thawing Time
8 to 12 lbs 1 to 2 days
12 to 16 lbs 2 to 3 days
16 to 20 lbs 3 to 4 days
20 to 24 lbs 4 to 5 days

Turkey Thawing Time in Cold Water: Approximately 30 minutes per pound.
Change water every 1/2 hour.

Whole Turkey Weight Thawing Time
8 to 12 lbs 4 to 6 hours
12 to 16 lbs 6 to 8 hours
16 to 20 lbs 8 to 10 hours
20 to 24 lbs

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November 23 is National “Eat a Cranberry Day”, here is a Thanksgiving cranberry mold recipe to try.

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Even the littlest kids can contribute to the Thanksgiving cooking with this Make and Serve Pumpkin Apple Pie.

 

 

 

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Turkey Handprint Cookies. Family Corner says  “Kids will get a kick out of watching their handprints turn into turkeys. This fun group activity allows kids to not only make their own creations, but eat them too!”

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Get the DYI amazing Turkey Cupcakes recipe from Amazing Moms.

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You might not want this feathery turkey for your Thanksgiving table center piece, but what a clever hostess gift to take over the river and through the woods to Grandmother’s house for her powder room. It is a decorated tissue box, would you have guessed that?