My Experiences Within Motherhood, & my Attempts to Maintain a Personal Life Outside of It.

My experiences within motherhood and my attempt to maintain a personal life outside of it.
...Here I record my own self discipline: My commitment not to "let myself go". My promise to seek my God and follow my passions.
My attempt to do so despite and amidst the chaos of chasing around my high-energy kids while learning the French culture...

Monday, November 22, 2010

Countdown to Thanksgiving: Only 3 More Days!

Whew!  I'm getting anxious and excited about everything that is approaching...
  
While I still haven't nailed down that perfect dessert, I did accomplish a lot today.  After completing a very thorough two-hour shopping spree around the grocery store, my refrigerator is stocked for Thanksgiving... almost.  I'm a little terrified because the most essential & precious (need I say ridiculously tasty)Thanksgiving herb, sage, was sold out at our local Winco.  They didn't even have flat leaf parsley.  I'll be checking other stores and returning tomorrow to see if I can retrieve my precious herb or the stuffing just won't be the same!

Beyond our massive grocery store excursion, I have completed my "Thanksgiving Day Game Plan" list so that I am fully prepared for the efforts that are about to take place.  I figured this was the best way to ensure that I didn't miss any details on the big day.  I first wrote out all the different dishes and desserts that will be prepared in my kitchen, complete with oven temperatures and cooking times... a staggering 12 dishes! (Am I nuts?!)  Then I proceeded to type out my detailed 3-day schedule... Observe the madness that will be commending in my household all beginning tomorrow:

Thanksgiving Day Game Plan
Two days before…
  • ·       make cranberry sauce & refrigerate
  • ·       print off all recipes, organize
  •         do any final shopping

The day before…
  • ·       remove pomegranate seeds & make salad dressing
  • ·       make seasoning salt for turkey
  • ·       make pie crusts and chill
  • ·       prepare stuffing:  cook & combine dry ingredients, refrigerate
  • ·       bake pies and pumpkin tart
  • ·       Set table, clear counter top
  • ·       Get out designated serving dishes

The Big Day…
  • ·       Wash Turkey
  • ·       Prepare Turkey stock
  • ·       Roast turkey thighs for gravy
  • ·       Make gravy, refrigerate
  • ·       Get out ingredients for cider
  • ·       Prepare cracker cheese platter for lunch/appetizers
  • ·       Have mom make corn pudding
  • ·       Set out and organize all ingredients for each dish

Three hours before dinner…
  • ·       Preheat oven to 425 °
  • ·       Make herb butter
  • ·       Season and stuff turkey
  • ·       Put turkey in the oven
  • ·       Finish prepping stuffing
  • ·       Make cider & apple water
  • ·       Make “stuffing” mix for apples

1 hour before dinner…
  • ·       Check turkey temp
  • ·       Make seasoning for green beans
  • ·       Begin peeling sweet potatoes
  • ·       Put John on mashed potatoes
  • ·       Start roasting sweet potatoes 15 min before bird comes out
  • ·       Make sweet potato glaze
  • ·       Have mom start green beans
  • ·       Start heating gravy
  • ·       Pull out bird, tent and let rest 20 min.
  • ·       Turn down oven heat, bake stuffing and re-warm corn pudding
  • ·       Prepare salad and baked apples go in oven
  • ·       Serve feast!

 ...I'm already tired just thinking about it!  However, at least I now have a plan all laid out, and I can go into the rest of the week confident that I know what I'm doing (or can at least act like I know what I'm doing!) 
 
It all starts tomorrow!  Say a little prayer for me and wish me luck, friends!

1 comment:

Julie said...

PHEW! That is a ton of work. I am not cooking this year but when I do, I make about the same amount of food. I hope it turns out great, I have a sneaky suspicion it will.