No, not a Christmas list…a Thanksgiving ingredient list!
I made my list last week and started purchasing items that are non-perishable. I have a box in my laundry room to hold these items so I don’t accidentally use them before the big day! Now I need to figure out what else I can do ahead of time. This year we will have not only my brother-in-law and sister-in-law here but also my in-laws! We are very excited.
Last year I actually made my own pie dough for our pumpkin pie. The pie wasn’t pretty but it sure was tasty. I think I will try to make my own dough again so that will be something I can do this week.
Then there are the table linens….that didn’t even make it to this list. Maybe I need another list for chores to do before the big day! Anyway, I think I will actually iron the table cloth ahead of time—SHOCK! A tablecloth is kind of like painting my nails….I usually think of it last minute (example being having one of my best friends paint my nails on my wedding day after I got dressed). So usually I am ironing the tablecloth after it is placed on the table…that is what a table pad is for, right? 😉
One good thing is that the book fair at school is always right around Thanksgiving. This year we told our girls that we will not be buying books for them from Scholastic. Books are something we can borrow from the library for free. If they would like to purchase books they can do it with their own money. So last night as they began to look and dream over the book fair selections, I proposed a way for them to earn some money….help me get things ready for Thanksgiving! We will see how much they actually earn 🙂
Unfortunately, there just isn’t a lot to be done ahead of time in the food realm except to make a plan and stick to it! I’ve been preparing the entire Thanksgiving dinner for about four years now and I have somewhat of a system down. However, this is the first year I will have guests in my house prior to the big day. That makes it a bit more tricky, but thanks to dinners in the freezer I already know what we will be having with my in-laws in the nights prior to Thanksgiving.
Doing the entire dinner has made me long even more for the family get-togethers that I grew up with. You know, the one where the host home prepares the turkey and then everyone else brings a side and a dessert. Oh, how I miss those. I miss the ease of preparation, all the tasty items from family members, but most of all the fellowship with loved ones. Oh, and who could forget the fun time spent taking the entire family picture!
I am thankful that my table will have a few more loved ones around it this year. We have so much to thank God for. He has carried us through a crazy year and I am thankful that He promises never to leave us as I know life isn’t through throwing curve balls our way.
Enjoy your thanksgiving and remember to give thanks to the one who provides it all–our Heavenly Father.