There is no other holiday quite like Thanksgiving.
It’s the time of year where the whole family comes together to celebrate, and almost more importantly, to eat. The savory stuffing; the buttery green beans; the rich, creamy gravy boat passed from hand to hand and poured over fluffy mashed potatoes. It makes me homesick just thinking about it.
But Thanksgiving can also be a huge stressor. With all of the dishes and all of the guests, how do you handle everything?When you start thinking about allthat needs to be done, you might get the urge to just crawl back into bed and under the covers, hoping that some magical elves comeand get everything done for you.
Sadly, that’s not going to happen.
But, if you make sure to avoid these 11 mistakes, your holiday might just go a whole lot more smoothly it could even turn into one that you’ll remember for years to come!
1. Throwing Caution To The Wind
You are a brave, brave soul if you dive headfirst into Thanksgiving Day without a plan. You’re essentially setting yourself up for disaster, because eight side dishes and a big ole bird aren’t all going to appear on Thursday morning on a silver platter by themselves. Organization is your friend!
2. Going To The Grocery Store Last Minute
For one thing, chances are they’ll be all cleaned out of what you need. There certainly won’t be any decent turkeys left. Second, it will be mobbed with last-minute shoppers like yourself. Make your trips ahead of time at least a week!
3. Forgetting About Snacks
Dinner isn’t the only part of Thanksgiving you need to think about. Your guests and you are going to get hungry before dinner time rolls around, so make sure you’ve got some tasty appetizers and even some cocktails (or just beer) to tide everyone over until dinner’s ready.
4. Refusing Help
Don’t be a Thanksgiving hero: It’s not worth it! If you try to do everything on your own, you’ll end up all alone in the kitchen while your family spends quality time together. Plus, youneed help. There is simply too much to be mixed, baked, glazed, basted, chopped, and fried. Cooking together can be the best part!
5. Wearing Tight Pants
Your A-line dress is beautiful, and I’m sure that those new trousers look great on you, but realize that you are about tofeast.That means that loose dresses and forgiving waistlines are your friend. There’s no need to get super fancy: it’s just your family, after all, not the Queen of England.
6. Not Thinking About Oven Time
For the love of cranberry sauce, make a schedule for your oven. If you’re lucky, you’ve got a double decker, but for the restof us, there is but one oven to cook the dozen dishes that need to all make it to the table at the same time. Sit down with a cup of coffee a week beforehand, do the math for cooking times, and make a meticulous schedule for all of your oven needs.
7. Forgetting About Thaw Time
This is no joke, people. For every five pounds of bird, you need 24 hours to thaw. To thaw your turkey, keep it in your refrigerator, not just on the counter or in your chilly garage. If you want to brine your turkey, add that time onto your already days-long thawing process.
8. Leaving Out The Greens
Yes, Thanksgiving is a time to indulge on gravies, butter, and carbs, but that doesn’t mean a veggie can’t make an appearance. I’m not talking about string beans lathered in butter and garlic, though. I’m talking about a fresh, crisp salad to vary the palate. A bit of fresh veggies go a long way.
9. Tossing The Drippings
Those drippings from the turkey are incredibly valuable. Make sure you use that for gravy instead of something from a package!
10. Forgetting The Vegetarians
You don’t have to make a full veggie meal, but make sure that you have someside dishes that don’t have bits of bacon or prosciuttoin them. Most vegetarians are happy to make a hearty meal out of side dishes, and not every dish needs to have meat in it to be delicious! Stuffing, potatoes, and green beans are great dishes to keep veggie-friendly. Make sure you check to see if any other guests have other dietary restrictions, too.
11. Skimping On Food
The worst travesty to happen on Thanksgiving Day is torun out of food to eat. Not only are people left wanting the night of, but you don’t have any leftovers for the week or weeks to come! Isn’t that one of the best parts of the holiday? Also, make sure there is plenty of wine if you are a family who likes to imbibe.
Have you ever made any of these Thanksgiving mistakes? Please SHARE with family and friends before it’s too late!
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