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Are you anxious about the approaching holidays? Are you rushed and feel like there is just no time to get ready? Perhaps it’s your turn to host this year, wondering what you can do to get ready?countdown to Thanksgiving

 

Years ago I read an article that included several steps that you can take to get ready for the big day, whether it is Thanksgiving, Christmas or another family gathering. I wrote a few notes on an index card, placed the card in with my recipes and have used the advice every year since then. By following these steps the countdown to Thanksgiving will be seamless.countdown to Thanksgiving

 

First of all figure out the guest list. How many people will actually be coming for the big meal and find out if there are any sort of food allergies.

 

Have your guests help out by contributing a dish or a dessert. Be specific, ask your aunt to bring her wonderful creamed onions or your sister to bring her delicious cherry pie for example. Tell everyone you’ll do the turkey and let your guests bring the sides. Allowing others to contribute will help the countdown to Thanksgiving be easy. Once everyone has decided what they are going to bring you can fill in the missing items.countdown to Thanksgiving

 

Purchase your turkey ahead of time. If you are planning on cooking a fresh turkey place your order 2-3 weeks in advance.

Prepare and assemble any dishes ahead of time. Baked goods and piecrusts can always be made ahead of time and placed in the freezer.

 

The Saturday before Thanksgiving shop for your perishable food. If you have a separate dining room you can even set the table ahead of time. Get out all your china, servicing dishes and various serving utensils.countdown to Thanksgiving

 

Making a stuffing from scratch. On the Monday before Thanksgiving cut up the bread into cubes and place in a plastic bag. If your turkey is in the freezer take it out and put in the refrigerator to thaw.

 

The Tuesday before Thanksgiving cook, peel and mash your sweet potatoes, cover and refrigerate. Chop the onions and celery for the stuffing and refrigerate.

On the day before Thanksgiving prepare the stuffing and refrigerate. Cook the giblet broth for your gravy. Prepare the cranberry molds and refrigerate. Make the creamed onions. If you can, set the table and arrange the centerpiece. Bake any pies or desserts on the menu.countdown to Thanksgiving

 

Thanksgiving morning add the liquid to the stuffing and stuff your turkey. Start roasting the turkey so it will be done 30 minutes before you plan to eat. Set out a few nibbles for your company, this will help tide everyone over until dinner is ready.

 

By following these simple steps the countdown to Thanksgiving will be smooth and stress free. Most important remember what Thanksgiving is all about. It’s not about the turkey or the special dessert, but it is about the family and friends gathered around your table. Be thankful for each person gathered around your table and enjoy the daycountdown to Thanksgiving

Here we are, beginning a brand new year. A year of new beginnings and endless possibilities. Wherever the roads take you during 2017 I wish you all a wonderful year. I so appreciate each and every one of you and the time you take to read my little blog!happynewyear

I grew up with the tradition of going out with the family and cutting down a live Christmas tree. We would head out to a local tree farm, find the perfect tree and cut it down. After we were married we continued this tradition with our children. We did this every year until we moved to Florida and there were no local tree farms around.

 

The first year we lived in Florida our friends shipped us a live tree from LLBean! Yes you can actually ship a live tree through the mail! Not the small tabletop trees they now sell but a full size Christmas tree!Christmas tree

 

When we moved into our first home in Florida we decided that perhaps purchasing an artificial tree would make more sense. At the time (early ’90s) we spent what we thought was a lot of money on an artificial tree – $189! It was a beautiful tree that you would assemble branch by branch. Turns out it was an amazing investment as we used the tree for the next 21 years averaging out to a cost of $9.00 a year! We even moved the tree to Vermont and used it every year!Christmas tree

 

With an eventual move coming up and trying to get rid of the things that we will not move we decided to sell our artificial tree. It was still in excellent condition and although it had lost some needles over the years when it was decorated you really couldn’t tell it was fake.Christmas tree So we sold the tree this fall. Hoping that perhaps we’d have an offer on our home before Christmas.

 

Well that didn’t happen and here we are celebrating yet another Christmas in Vermont. No children or grandchildren home this year but we decided to go out and purchase a live tree from a local tree farm.Christmas tree

 

Our tree is adorable but half the height of our old artificial tree. Not to mention this tree must be watered every day as we have a woodstove and the tree tends to drink water! I imagine the tree will have to come down shortly after Christmas because the needles will start falling out.Christmas tree

 

Bottom line, when we eventually relocate to the Pacific Northwest we will once again invest in an artificial tree. Although I love the smell of a fresh tree the pros of an artificial tree out weigh the enjoyment of a fresh tree.Christmas tree

 

With an artificial tree you can set it up the weekend after Thanksgiving and it will still look as good for New Years. You don’t have to worry about daily watering. The branches are sturdy and can actually be moved so you can hang an ornament just right! The only downside besides the lack of smell is the fact that you have to store it each year.

 

What sort of tree do you have? I was always a live tree type of person but over the years I have changed my mind!frugal tips, prudent living

 

 

 

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