Thursday, November 17, 2011

Timing Is Everything

Thanksgiving Day is nearly here.  Somehow I don't think that this year I will be meeting the gold-standard depicted in my watercolor interpretation of the classic 1943 Norman Rockwell painting, Freedom from Want.

There are just a few differences, really.  I don't wear my hair in a bun.  My glasses are not wire rimmed.  And I swear that I do not, and never have, worn a frilly white apron - honest!

All of that aside.  It's a week from Thanksgiving and haven't spent a minute of time thinking about just what I will do for the day.

I know what the expectations are from my man and beast.  A perfectly cooked meal, football and lots of leftovers in the freezer.  

I am so not prepared!!!

Fortunately for me, I've been down this road before.  I've danced the dance.  I've sung the song.  I've ... you get the picture.

So here's the plan.  This year since we are not having guests I will do Thanksgiving "light".  Just the traditional dishes.  No extra stuff.  I swear as God as my witness I will not be baking 24 pies the night before!!! (It really wasn't that hard, but I was exhausted the entire weekend and they took hours to deliver.)

Okay, so the plan:

     Pumpkin Bread for breakfast
     Antipasto platter for snacking
     Turkey - 12-15 lbs. (I will not have to cook for a week!!!!)
     Mashed potatoes
     Creamed onions
     Green beans with almonds
     Cranberry sauce
     Gravy, Au Jus, Giblet gravy
     Pumpkin pie with whipped cream

     Dear Honey

  The Secret Weapon:

Saturday before Thanksgiving:  
     Grocery shop

Sunday before Thanksgiving:
     Locate all holiday cooking pans, serving utensils, corny turkey flower vase
     Make pumpkin bread for Thanksgiving breakfast

Monday before Thanksgiving:
     Make cranberry sauce

Tuesday before Thanksgiving:
     Make pie crust

Wednesday before Thanksgiving:
     Make pie
     Prep all vegetables
     Put together antipasto tray for snacking

     8am - Make the stuffing
     9am - Bird in oven, cook giblets
    10am - Set the table
    11am - Cook Potatoes, go pick some flowers for the table
    12 pm - Cook vegetables, put in oven-proof pans (1940s Pyrex, of course!)
     1 pm - Mash potatoes, put in over-proof pan
     2 pm - Bird is done, bake rolls, make gravy and au jus
     3 pm - Dinner is served
     4 pm - Wash up, food away
     5 pm - Nap
     6 pm - Play with puppy
     7 pm - Whip cream, eat pie
     8 pm - Nap some more

Day after Thanksgiving:
     Process leftovers:
          Mini turkey casseroles
          Turkey soup
          Turkey sandwich prep
          Turkey broth cubes (for winter cooking)
     Make more pumpkin pie for my Dear Honey and the neighbors.

This is my plan.  It's a good plan.  This year I pledge to follow the plan and have dinner on the table before 9pm.  I really will.  Honest.  Seriously.  Stop laughing! 

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