It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Thanksgiving

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Wow!  Thanksgiving is next week.  I can’t believe it.  Recently I had the privilege to guest post on the fun and informative blog Play! Eat! Grow!.  There I shared in one post several of the things I have blogged over the years here regarding how I prepare for the actual meal on Thanksgiving.  But as anyone knows that has hosted the big day AND hosted guests in her home leading up to that big day….there is a LOT more to plan than one meal.

My meal planning is coming along thanks to the tips I shared at Play! Eat! Grow! on November 14.  See…I’ve already been shopping:

Here are many of the shelf items that I purchased this week.

Then there is the refrigerator…..

Remember don’t worry about how much butter or sour cream….just enjoy!

One thing that I do is mark the special Thanksgiving items with a “T”.  This reminds me not to use it and also lets my family know that it has a higher purpose at a later time. 🙂

I don’t just think about food as I prepare for the week but also all the other little things you need to have when hosting the meal and having house guests.

Paper Goods:

  • paper towels
  • toilet paper
  • paper plates for leftovers on Thursday and those spur-of-the-moment dessert needs
  • napkins (of course one must have cute napkins to go along with the paper plates!)
  • good “to go” containers for those that live close enough to take some of the bountiful meal home with them at the end of the day

Cleaning Items:

  • Dishwasher detergent- it is my nightmare to run out of this and be forced to wash everything by hand after standing all day to prepare the meal.
  • Clorox wipes- quick swipes of the bathrooms

Food things that are not a part of the Big Meal:

  • Easy Breakfast for Thursday morning—This year Entenmann‘s won sometimes it is Pillsbury.
  • Snacks- chips, dips, veggies to munch
  • Amoroso’s rolls for leftovers  (Like I’ve said before…If God ever takes us from PA, I will miss Amoroso’s rolls.)
  • Sandwich items for lunches leading up to Thanksgiving
  • Easy meals for the evenings leading up to Thursday (I’ve been known to freeze a meal or two and pull it out during this week.)
  • Coffee from my favorite place—a treat to myself!

I know the list above is not an exhaustive list but it is a great start and should prime the pump for other things you need to prepare in advance so that you can enjoy the holiday.  It is a time to be thankful not to be ticked off.  So take some time to think through the entire week and see what you may need to do (or give up on) in order to make this a holiday to smile about.

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