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Teflon always dressed for Thanksgiving.. In this photo he was an Indian for Thanksgiving.. I think Thanksgiving was Teflon’s favorite holiday.. He loved T Day!!! ( His nickname was “T” so naturally he thought were celebrating him:)

Today I thought I would share my Thanksgiving menu and shopping list along with my agenda, in hopes that it will help you.  I found that when I organize my Thanksgiving day tasks, that Thanksgiving can be a fun … ah..almost relaxing holiday for the one who does the planning, shopping and cooking:)  Here is how I organize my Thanksgiving:)

  1. I make a menu of the items that I am planning to serve
  2. Then I type out my Thanksgiving menu and label it in a computer file as Thanksgiving 2012 (or whatever year:)
  3. Then I make a shopping list of all the things that I need to make these recipes.  I include anything that I may already have but well, I just better pick it up just in case, such as butter, one cannot have enough butter during the holidays:)
  4. Then I sit my fellow down and tell him that after Friday.. this Friday, that it is hands off in the kitchen.  The only thing he is allowed to go into the kitchen for is milk, Cherrios, and coffee.  EVERYTHING else is off limits!!! ( I do this so that I have time to arrange the refrigerator, without it getting rearranged.. and so that I know for sure what I have and need.. a few years I did not do this and well….. this is the best solution.. he knows I mean business during the holidays!!)
  5. Then I sit down and make an order of operations.  This allows me to tell at a glance what I need to do and what needs to be done each day.
  6. Then I attach all the recipes that I use for my Thanksgiving meal.  I never used to do this; but, I have found that it is so much easier to do Thanksgiving with all the recipes attached to the menu and shopping list.  It also makes it a breeze the following year.  All I have to do is change a few things and that is it… It is already planned:)  This also makes it easy if you have someone offer to help you.  You can send them the recipe or read it off to them:)
  7. Then I print off all the documents and put them in sheet protectors and place them in a blinder:)  This is wonderful for future use… and the next year all you have to do is switch around and add recipes that you are or aren’t making.  It is really nice.  I used to use this cookbook and that cookbook and this internet recipe and just finding the recipes was a challenge:)  Not anymore.  ( I just scan them if they are in a cookbook or save and print if online.)
  8. Then I call my friend, and go to Happy Hour; because I know it will be the last free moment until the crazy shopping and cooking frenzy begins…. 🙂

I would love to hear your tips for planning Thanksgiving dinner:)

Please note:    I did not include the recipes… since this already is a really long post 🙂  but I will be posting some of the recipes later:)  But my file has the recipes attached to this same document:)

Thanksgiving 2012 Margie’s House Menu

  • Old Bay Turkey
  • Civil War Corn pudding
  • Bourbon Sweet potatoes
  • Mashed potatoes
  • Gravy
  • Creamed spinach
  • Buttertop dinner rolls
  • Stuffing with apples/cranberries
  • Cranberry bourbon sauce
  • Macaroni &cheese
  • 14 Carat Carrot cake
  • Chocolate Chip Cookies
  • Pumpkin pie

Shopping list

Meat

  • 12-15 lb turkey
  • Turkey legs for stock

Diary

  • Heavy cream (2 liters)
  • Cream cheese (2 packages)
  • Sour cream
  • Unsalted butter
  • Half-n-half
  • Eggs
  • Milk
  • Cheddar cheese

Frozen

  • Corn (if fresh does not look good or is too expensive)
  • Spinach (2 ½ lbs)

Fruits

  • Cranberries (1 lb)
  • Granny smith apples

Vegetables

  • Corn
  • Onions (at least 2 bags)
  • Celery
  • Carrots (one large bag)
  • Turnips
  • Parsnips
  • Potatoes
  • Sweet potatoes

Fresh Herbs

  • Sage
  • Chives
  • thyme

Pantry

  • rye flour
  • all purpose flour
  • Chocolate chips
  • vanilla extract
  • light brown sugar
  • cane sugar
  • sugar in the raw
  • Elbow macaroni
  • Bread Flour
  • Yeast

Alcohol  

  • bourbon

Please note… my fellow is going to the grocery for me… so I revised the list to make it more fellow friendly (and I realized I needed a  few more things & I had a few things .. While he is at the Grocery I am starting the baking & cooking.  I am already ahead of the game, as I have already made my 14 Carat Carrot Cake & the 1940’s Chocolate Chip cookies… let the Thanksgiving Kitchen Officially Commence!:)

Shopping list

Meat

  • 12-15 lb turkey
  • Turkey legs for stock (2 legs)

Diary

  • Heavy cream (2 quart)
  • Cream cheese (2 packages)
  • Sour cream
  • Unsalted butter(1 lb)
  • Half-n-half (1 quart)
  • Eggs (4 dozen)
  • Milk (1 gallon)
  • EXTRA SHARP Cheddar cheese

Frozen

  • Spinach (2 ½ lbs)

Fruits

  • FRESH Cranberries (2 lb)
  • Granny smith apples (4 or 5 lb bag)
  • Navel oranges (2)

Vegetables

  • Corn on the cob 6 cobs (unshucked if possible)
  • Onions (at least 2 bags)
  • Celery
  • Carrots (one large bag)
  • Turnips (2)
  • Parsnips (2)
  • Potatoes  (5 lb bag Red Bliss or Yukon Gold)
  • Sweet potatoes (4)

Fresh Herbs

  • Sage
  • Chives
  • Parsley , flat or curly it doesn’t matter
  • Thyme (VERY IMPORTANT)

Pantry

  • Bread Flour
  • Yeast (Red Star Yeast in a JAR- only get the yeast in a jar;)
  • rye flour
  • unbleached all purpose flour
  • REAL vanilla extract
  • light brown sugar (1 lb)
  • Confectioner’s sugar (1 lb)
  • sugar in the raw
  • Elbow macaroni
  • Evaporated milk (4 cans)
  • Pumpkin puree (2 cans)

Alcohol 

  • bourbon (Jack Daniels is fine)

Order of Operations

  • Old Bay Turkey

Make day of service. Put in oven first thing. Will take about 7 hours to cook.

  • Civil War Corn pudding

Make day of service.   Put in oven as soon as turkey is done.

  • Bourbon Sweet potatoes

Make on Sunday.  Freeze and take out day of service.

  • Mashed potatoes

Make day of service while corn pudding is cooking.

  • Gravy

Make on Sunday.  Freeze and take out day of service.

  • Buttertop Dinner Rolls

Make on Saturday.  Freeze and take out day of service.

  • Creamed spinach

Make on Sunday.  Freeze and take out day of service.

  • Stuffing with apples/cranberries

Make on Saturday.  Freeze and take out day of service.

  • Macaroni & Cheese

Make on Saturday.  Freeze and take out day of service.

  • Cranberry bourbon sauce

Make on Saturday.  Freeze and take out day of service.

  • 14 Carat Carrot cake

Make on Saturday.  Freeze and take out day of service- Last minute

  • 1940’s Chocolate chip cookies

Make on Saturday.  Freeze and take out day of service

  • Pumpkin pie

Make Crust Saturday, freeze and take out for pie on Thursday.  Make pie on Thursday.

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