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One Week Until Thanksgiving

Nov 17, 2011 05:00PM ● By Anonymous
I mentioned earlier this week that I really like making lists. It keeps me calm, organized, and helps me get everything done. For a holiday like Thanksgiving, lists are not only helpful, they are necessary.

So here's my Thanksgiving plan, written mostly to keep my sanity -- but if it helps you along the way, that's just a secondary benefit. If you need more help than I can give you, here are some helpful resources I've compiled for you. Click away!

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Kelsey's One-Week-Til-Thanksgiving Plan
Friday, November 18th
  • Transfer the turkey from the freezer to the fridge to allow five days for thawing (it's nearly a 21-pound turkey)
  • Visit Corridor Wine & Spirits in Laurel with my husband to pick out beverages. (Annapolis residents, Bin201 and Wine Cellars of Annapolis are both great options with knowledgeable staffs.)
Sunday, November 20th
  • Go grocery shopping for the items I haven't purchased yet ... namely, everything except the turkey. I didn't prepare as much as I thought I might...
Wednesday, November 23rd
Here's where it gets real. Luckily, we have Wednesday off from work, so I can get things done.
  • Make the pumpkin pie and refrigerate.
  • Make the mashed potatoes and refrigerate.
  • Make the corn casserole and refrigerate, unbaked.
  • Make the autumn sangria and refrigerate.
  • Cook the green beans and store in the fridge.
  • Set the table.
Thursday, November 24th
It's here! Dinner will be served at 3.
  • Into the oven the turkey goes! A 20-pound turkey should take between 3.5 and 4 hours, so I will put it in just after 10 a.m.
  • Make the cran-apple relish and store it in the fridge
  • Make the sweet potato salad and store it in the fridge.
  • Make the stuffing and store in the fridge.
  • Take the turkey out at 2 p.m. and let it rest.
  • Put the corn casserole in to bake for 30 minutes.
  • Make the mushroom sauce for the green beans, keep warm on the stove.
  • Turn the heat on the oven down to warm and heat up the mashed potatoes, sweet potato salad, and stuffing.
  • Make the gravy for the turkey.
  • 3 p.m. (-ish): SERVE DINNER!
The other great thing about list is that it helps you realize how much you do (or don't have to do). I thought there was a lot to do in advance, but it turns out that most of the preparation is really on Wednesday and Thursday. That only slightly stresses me out.