Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Ready for the Holidays : Food Preparations

I've been under the weather this week, so please forgive me with the lack of posts! Let's keep going with our series, shall we?

On Thanksgiving day, I will literally be in marathon mode! My family is gathering for a Thanksgiving lunch and then I'm cooking dinner for my sweet husband's family. We will be on turkey overload.... Yay for that!

To pull this off successfully, I'm going to prep things ahead of time. Anything I can do to make life easier on Thursday will make life so much more manageable. We could all use a stress free holiday, am I right???

For my family's meal, I have been instructed to bring sweet potato casserole, deviled eggs, and a dessert. Luckily, I can make everything in advance and have it ready to go! I plan to bake my premade sweet potatoes right before showing up so they're nice and fresh! I'm going to prep all that this evening. I will use disposable baking tins for the sweet potatoes and dessert so that clean up is super easy for us too! In my fridge, the items going to my family's meal will be on one designated shelf and not mixed up with the second meal.

Ryan is going to free up my oven on Thanksgiving Day by smoking our turkey for his family's meal. This is a huge help to me! If you can fry or smoke your turkey, do so because you'll have room in the oven for other yummy things!

The night before Thanksgiving, I will make each of my side dishes in advance and stop just before the baking process. I will make my dressing, sweet potato casserole, broccoli casserole, and corn casserole in advance. On Thanksgiving morning, I will cook my green beans in the crockpot all day. All of the items that need to be baked will fit in the oven together. It honestly cannot get any easier when it comes to cooking a big meal for the family.

I will also set my dinner table the night before. This gives me an opportunity to make sure I have dinner plates, glasses, and silverware set out neatly. I can also make sure every dish has a specific platter and space to set.

About an hour before your family and friends arrive, light candles throughout your home. Go ahead and make sure you and the rest of your family look presentable. Set out drinks and bake your bread.

You did it!!!!

A successful Thanksgiving meal is all in the planning and prep work! Take the time to focus on your family instead of stressing over the meal.

Don't forget to set up your camera and tripod to take a pictures!
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