I have to admit that Rachel made me feel pretty guilty when I read this post in which she said she was revving up for Thanksgiving…and it was only Halloween! OY! I’ve barely put my Christmas decorations away.
Actually when it comes to Thanksgiving, I am supremely organized. The only thing is that the organization is purely in my head. It hasn’t manifested itself in any practical way…yet. But that’s about to change:
Ready Start Go!!!
Here is my countdown to Thanksgiving…well, it’s far too early to think about the actual cooking. No, I’m wrong, we can THINK about it all we want, and in fact we should be, but there are other ancillary concerns for the Thanksgiving host.
Oh, one little note about the cooking, before we begin –
From the day after the LAST Thanksgiving, keep a file of possible Thanksgiving recipe choices and try them out them out throughout the year. (You still have a bit of time to do that.)
Up to three months before Thanksgiving -
Do anything that will not have to be redone by Thursday, November 27th. That includes painting the kitchen, cleaning out the basement or garage or découpaging an old table, so that those things are out of the way.
Start to firm up the menu. Definite recipes should go into one file with a plastic sleeve, so they can get through the cooking onslaught relatively unscathed. Keep a pen handy to note any changes.
Week of November 10th – 16th
Clean oven. This means no spitting, grease-type foods can be cooked until after November 27th.
Organize anything that doesn’t have to do with cooking - guest room linens, getting fishing gear out of the dining room…it’s still too early to wash the wine glasses, but you can iron the tablecloth and get the kids to carry stuff down to the basement.
Make your lists and buy staples – flour, sugar, nuts, dishwasher soap, plenty of sponges, garbage bags, cleaning products
Week of November 17th – 23nd
Anything that can be frozen, MAKE NOW.
For me that’s cranberry sauce, my four pie crusts – 2 shortcrust for Pecan Pies, Graham Cracker crust for Pumpkin Chiffon Pie and a mystery crust for a yet as undetermined pie number 4…that I better hurry up and decide upon.
Polish the silver. Okay, you can wash the wine glasses now if you have somewhere to put them when they’re clean.
Clean the house by the Sunday before Thanksgiving. You never know when you might have unexpected early houseguests. Quick touchups only, after that date.
Buy any non-perishables you have left on your list. Do not buy your extra toilet paper and paper towels at the same time as you’re buying 12 pounds of potatoes and a huge turkey.
November 24rd until T-Day
Sorry, you’ll have to wait a bit for that list. I still have a table to découpage.