Happy Thanksgiving Week! Yes, it's really here!
you us may be getting a little stressed at this point. Thanksgiving is but a couple of days away. Mmmm... I'm dreaming of sweet potato casserole with lots of pecans! Oh, pinch me and wake me up! Back to planning.
- First, take a deep breath. Now, go take your turkey out of the freezer. Put it in the refrigerator to thaw slowly and safely. Are you still reading? Stop it! Go get that turkey in the fridge and meet me back here in five minutes. ~smile~
We have a lot of control over how much tension we have in our own minds over holiday dinners. Planning is so very important.
- Plan your meals for each day from now until the end of the weekend. Try to use the food you have on hand as much as possible to save your money for special items you will need to celebrate. Plan for a few impromptu snacks as well. Write this out for every meal. Then make a list of every item you will need. Example
- Now, ask yourself a few questions. Where will you be for Thanksgiving? Will you be providing the meal? Bringing something to a dinner? Traveling? Needing snacks for the car? Candles? Decorations? Jot down any notes you might need.
- Make a cooking timeline. I had to follow a timeline when my children were little, and I did most of the cooking. Now that the kids and my hubby help me cook, it's not as critical as it once was, but I still have to know what to cook when!
First, shop your pantry and freezer. Check off what you already have. You should be left with a shopping list. Check it twice and add anything else you need.
Now, plan to go to the store as soon as possible. Take your list!
I know it's coming fast, but pray, breathe, and believe that you can get it all done peacefully. Remember—perfect is only in magazines and books.
This is your real life.
Live it well by enjoying the journey.
Happy Thanksgiving preparations,
Who will be following her own advice!