Let the cooking begin! That’s what’s going on at my house – preparations for tomorrow’s big meal with the family. But just for fun, here are a few last minute tips to help your preparations go smoother:
1. While you’re cooking, clean as you go!!!
2. If you’re hosting, don’t worry about cleaning the house. Tidy, vacuum or sweep and touch-up the bathroom. Really – that’s all that’s necessary at this point.
3. If you’re making mashed potatoes, be sure to cut the chunks or slices in uniform sizes so they’ll get done at the same time.
4. Plan. Plan. Plan. I have a list in my planner of everything that needs done today and tomorrow. Not only does that help me, but it also helps anyone who’s assisting me. They can look at the list and see what needs done. Include every detail you can think of, even setting out the salt & pepper and butter.
5. Do as much ahead of time as you possibly can. Along that line, here’s something new I did last year. I got out all the serving bowls and spoons for each dish and labeled them with the food they would hold. That made it easier for people who were helping me and then I wasn’t searching frantically for dishes.
We’ll also set up the tables and chairs tonight! Then we don’t have to worry about that tomorrow.
6. Use your crock pots as much as you can. I’m making my mashed potatoes ahead and tomorrow I’ll put them in the crock pot to heat up for the meal.
7. Let others help! Thanksgiving dinner is a lot of work so don’t try to do it all yourself.
8. And most of all, try not to stress because that takes all the fun out of it. Just relax, do the best you can, and look forward to a fun time with the family.