We are in full prep mode. Making a bazillion lists. Planning the Thanksgiving menu. Shopping multiple grocery stores. And cooking. And baking. And cooking. And baking.
But in all honesty, I love all the prep. All the planning and list making and cooking make me happy. And I am so grateful for that.
Organization is key. Doing a little bit of prep work everyday, starting a few days before Thanksgiving, sure does save on the energy level on Thanksgiving Day itself.
I started prepping for our Thanksgiving meal last week. I shopped for the nonperishable items last week, and we finished up our perishable shopping yesterday. And, the table is already set.
One of the biggest challenges on a holiday is juggling the cooking time, making sure everything is made and served hot all at the same time. And if you have only one oven like me, well that just forces a good plan to be in place.
Many side dishes can be prepped in advance - just hold off on baking them until Thanksgiving Day. Stuffing and casseroles can all be made a couple days out, and all you then need to do on Thanksgiving is heat them up. Same thing for appetizers. And of course, desserts can be made a couple days out as well.
Today, I'm prepping our appetizers, and making a dessert or two. The turkey will go in the brine tonight and will soak until tomorrow. Then, tomorrow I'll start on the stuffing, and side dishes. And I think I just might make the mix for the Perfect Bloody Mary. That drink is my favorite drink to sip on while I'm in the kitchen on Thanksgiving.
Thanksgiving Day is all about warming up the prepped food, and cooking that turkey.
Give it a try. Heed my advice. Starting prepping your Thanksgiving meal today. It will give you a piece of mind, and maybe even a few moments of peace on Thursday!