Thanksgiving Organization Post

Because Thanksgiving is two weeks out, as of tomorrow, and I need to feel like I’m organized in order to be excited and get stuff done.

I ordered a free range, organic, ethical turkey yesterday and am not sure how much it’ll end up costing, but won’t tell you anyway.  I have the menu planned out, and just made a preliminary grocery list.

Menu will include:

Cheese board, as mentioned earlier (cheeses, charcuteries, olives, nuts, apple butter, honey, grapes, etc)

Wine, apple cider

Pear-Thyme brined turkey, with pear-thyme gravy

Aunt Carol’s sweet potato casserole

Browned butter mashed potatoes

Green bean casserole with fried shallots

Cranberry sauce and cranberry salad a la Faith

Stuffing (I think Stephen made a cornbread stuffing last year but can’t remember for sure)

Also Faith said she can bring some bread or rolls.

Grandma’s magic chocolate pie, of course

And Faith also said she might bring a custard pie

So like I said, if anyone wants to come, there will be PLENTY of food.  The leftovers is like half of my motivation behind doing Thanksgiving at home.  Oh my gosh I can’t wait.  Last year I had a cold on Thanksgiving and it was really sad because I couldn’t really taste much.  But THIS year I am going to be healthy.  I can just tell.

Things to do before the week of the 26th, then, include

  • Cleaning up the garage so I can easily get to the roasting turkey
  • Bring roaster down from attic, clean it
  • Wash all linens, iron, etc
  • Figure out table decorations
  • Deep clean entire house
  • Make pie dough, freeze
  • Clean out refrigerator (need to have enough room to brine the turkey)
  • Grocery shopping probably the weekend of the 21st (if we don’t go camping that weekend)

It’s going to be hard to forgo Fallout for these tasks, but I’ll get it done.  Although I might play more Fallout tonight.  It’s basically the same as Skyrim, guys, except that the setting is completely different.  But otherwise!

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3 thoughts on “Thanksgiving Organization Post”

  1. I’m starting to seriously get upset that I can’t be there. That being said, this entry makes me smile. I love your love of thanksgiving and making all the delicious foods. ALSO, I think you should celebrate your birthday and invite me over to eat leftovers. Finally, deep cleaning your house made me laugh. That would be like 20 different bullet points on my to-do list mainly because I like to cross-out my bullet points as I go to get that sense of accomplishment.


  2. Haha, Katie, I agree. Deep-cleaning the house always has like twelve sub-bullets. Guess what Erin ol’ sis?? I’m having a combination Friendsgiving /birthday thing next weekend. I might make a blog post with my menu. It’ll be my first time roasting a turkey, and I need help. Can you write a post detailing your process plz thx


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