by Maria Gracia
1. LEAVE COOKING AND CLEANING BEHIND. These days, many people opt
to go out for Thanksgiving, instead of cooking and cleaning at home.
If you're an extremely busy person, this may also work for you.
If you don't want to miss the feeling of being at home, perhaps
you might have the main course at a restaurant, and later have pie
and coffee at home. In addition, lots of supermarkets and restaurants
offer fully cooked Thanksgiving dinners. You simply pick everything
up and place it on your table ready to be served, and if you must
add a personal touch, make one special dish of your own.
2. PREPARE FOR TRAVELING. If you're traveling this Thanksgiving,
be sure to make your packing list well ahead of time. Check items
off as you're putting them into your luggage. Bring this list with
you and use it to repack when you're ready to return home. By the
way, I usually suggest that you travel a few days before Thanksgiving
and come back a few days after the Thanksgiving rush. Otherwise,
you're going to spend a lot of time in airports, on the road, in
3. LET'S TALK TURKEY. First, determine how much room you have in
your freezer and refrigerator, and how many people you will be serving.
Then, order your turkey. If you need more storage space, perhaps
a neighbor or relative can help you out. Rather than defrosting
a frozen turkey in water on Thanksgiving Day, defrost it a few days
ahead in your refrigerator instead. This saves tons of time!
4. INVITE GUESTS IN A SNAP. If you haven't already sent out invitations,
you may consider simply calling possible guests instead. You won't
have to spend a ton of time writing and mailing, and you usually
get an RSVP immediately.
5. CHECK YOUR INVENTORY. Check your supply of chairs, tables, dishes,
glasses, pots, pans, serving plates and utensils. Arrange to buy,
rent or borrow anything you don't have.
6. PLAN YOUR MEAL. Plan your meal from appetizers to dessert on
a piece of paper. Make a list of all ingredients needed. Bring your
list when you go shopping and check items off as you put them in
7. COOK AHEAD. Make any meals that you can well ahead of time,
and freeze them. On Thanksgiving Day, just defrost, heat and serve.
You will save tons of time, plus you'll be able to join in the festivities
without being stuck in the kitchen.
8. GET READY THE NIGHT BEFORE. You'll be happy you took care of
a few things the night before. Set the table. Get the good silverware
out of storage. Lay out your wardrobe--and your kids' wardrobes.
9. DON'T FORGET THE IMPORTANT STUFF. Thanksgiving is a wonderful
time to be thankful for health, family, friends and all that life
has to offer. Some people choose to say grace. Others prefer to
simply have a moment of silence before dinner and football. Still
others like to make time to read a Thanksgiving Story or a poem.
Make a list of the things you want to do to make the day a special
one and reference your list so you don't forget them.
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