Thursday, November 17, 2011

Thanksgiving Preparations Have Started!!

I am a big crazy holiday person!!  All of my grandkids will be coming this year, so I am getting some activities together to keep them entertained.  I have seven grandchildren, ages, 3, 5, 5, 7, 8, 9 and 10.  I think I have that right.  I will be cooking for 14 people.  I always have to get started early.  I like to have lots of fun things for the kids to do after dinner, so I have started on that today.  I checked out websites on the internet to find projects, games and color pages.  I found three cute projects and some Thanksgiving crossword puzzles.  There were some picture puzzles for the young kids and harder ones for the older kids.  I found a cute word search for the older kids also.  I will have to pick up a few things for the kids projects at the store this week and I always buy an abundance of crayola crayons when they are on sale before school starts.  Everyone gets their own box of crayons so there is no fighting!!!  I have also decided to try some  "Bingo"  this year.  I think all of the kids are old enough and even great grandma can play that also!  I will have to pick up some prizes and make sure that everyone wins!!





I am going to get my table set this weekend.  This is a big job and I like to fuss over it!  Everyone will have a place card and I just love to set a pretty table.  So if I do it this weekend, I can play with it for a while.  I bet you are all going, WHAT??  Already??  Is she crazy? Well yes, what I will do after I have it set, is throw clean sheets over the tables to keep dust off of the dishes.  I will also get my grocery shopping done.  Everything will be ready to go by Monday.  I have done a heavy cleaning this week, so I think if I just give everyone the "evil eye",  we can keep it straightened enough to just go over the tops of things on Wednesday.  I make the dinner by myself, so I have a system that works for me.  On Monday I make homemade noodles for my husband, and on Tuesday, I will start some of my food.  I can make my pie crust and my pumpkin pie filling and just refrigerate it separately until Thursday morning.  This works great!  On Tuesday I will make my cranberry salad, get my Turkey starting to defrost.   On Wednesday, I will make my broth from the giblets and start the dressing.  I will put my bread in the oven to dry out and I cut up all the celery, onion, etc. and put in the refrigerator. I even have a great recipe for mashed potatoes that I make the day before.  I didn't believe that these would be good when a friend gave me the recipe, but I knew she was a great cook.  I took her word for it, and have used the recipe ever since.  It is nice not to have to mash potatoes when you are trying to carve the turkey and make gravy.   Everything is ready to be mixed together on Thursday morning!  I can make a couple of vegetable casseroles also on Wednesday.  I have used this schedule for years.  I have a written time table of when each item needs to go into the oven or start cooking on the stove.  By 1:00pm, it will all come together and we will eat our Thanksgiving feast!! 

On Friday, I will collapse!!  Just kidding!!  If I don't have time to write another note, everyone have a Very Blessed Thanksgiving!!!!  Cindy











2 comments:

Enid said...

Your preparations for Thanksgiving are wonderful and so organized...
Is there a chance you could post some pictures of your table?

I am in prep mode today, made the stuffing, cooking the giblets, making the place cards, which are fresh pears, that have a leaf shaped
paper attached to the stem of the pear with twine, with the guest name printed on them. Got the idea online.

Now I am off to get the house in order...

I like you, will collapse on Friday, which I always do, after such a big day or days before.

My sewing room is waiting for me too...

Have a Blessed and Happy Thanksgiving!

Cynthia said...

Oh I am sorry Enid, I wish I would of seen this comment earlier. I took some movies, but I didn't take any with the regular camera. Your pears sound like such a cute idea, I may have to copy you. I ended up with a bad cold on Friday. That usually happens to me. I think I go into hyper mode and then when the holiday is over, I come back to earth and get sick. You sound just like me and I bet you are very organized also. My mom always says I need to slow down because every time anyone needs something done they call me. She says if you need something done, give the job to a busy person. Oh well, I guess that is just my nature, but I love anything that is cooking, sewing, or decorating!! I hope your Thanksgiving was wonderful! Cindy
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