lets talk turkey and stuffing and cranberries too!

As you know I love Holidays and I love to plan. I am actually a great planner. I sometimes lack on the follow though but I have found a few tricks to help me with that. I am going to share them in scary detail with you. The best part of all this is that it gets rid of stress and I actually get to enjoy thanksgiving. Welcome to my crazy and follow along for a wonderful happy thanksgiving full of food and home cooking and spending time with the people you love.

  1. The first is that I plan every little tiny detail out. Plan ahead less thinking later so it feels like less work.
  2.  I scheduled my time so I only do a little here and a little there and then again I don’t feel like I am doing a lot of work.
  3. accept help. My mother and I throw this feast together. Also when some one says can I help what can I bring I say YES! I ask them if they have a special dish they would like to bring if they do I cross off the corresponding one on my list. If they don’t I ask “how about the yams?” and then cross of yams.

so let’s get started with the plan. I have binder that was made for me by a dear friend and recurring guest to our table. Before that I had a report folder which I liked a lot too. Find somewhere to keep all you papers all in one place. In mine I keep a November Calendar page and my thanksgiving plan sheet (pictured above) which has the menu, the shopping list and a place to write in who will make the dish when. I use the back for the shopping list too. I then have print out copies of all of my recipes that I will be using in order of their appearance on the menu.  I have given you my menu below and a few links to some recipes. I will be typing up the rest of the recipes to share with you in the next few days. But this will get you started and like I said if you (and I) do a little each day it doesn’t feel like work.


Baked Brie with apples and spicy pecans

fresh fruit platter

raw veggies and homemade hummus

Green Fall Salad

Acorn squash soup

Roast Turkey with herb and Juniper dry rub

BBQ Turkey breast with corn bread stuffing

bread stuffing

Chestnut dressing

green beans

mashed potatoes

Aunt B’s best Broccoli


brandy cranberry sauce

Caramel Apple pie.

Great Grandmothers Pumpkin pie

mince pie

Ice cream and whipped cream.

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