Speaking of pies, we have a whole category devoted to pies on our blog. You can start with my mom's absolutely best crust recipe here and go onto the many other varieties of pies that are all delicious, here. For even more pie ideas, you can download our For the Love of Pie ebook. You might find a new, wonderful pie to add to your Thanksgiving dessert table this year!
Shopping: Now it is time to look at your recipes and make your shopping list. Right now there are tons of good sales on all of the fixings for a Thanksgiving Dinner. (This is also a good time to stock up on canned goods for your pantry and to buy food for donations to food banks!) Check your ads! If you will also want a turkey for Christmas, get one now and put it in the freezer because the prices are at their best right now! Here are a few things to add to your shopping list that you may not have thought about:
- Freezer Storage Bags!
- Containers that seal and won't leak. Here are a couple suggestions:
- If you are using paper plates, get good sturdy ones. I prefer to use real plates for big dinners, because they look prettier, they are sturdy enough to handle the gravy and other juicy foods and won't fall apart under a knife. Also, make sure you have enough dessert plates! I like to check the clearance aisles for good deals on pretty dishes. Here are some dessert dishes I picked up for just .59 a plate! I love the color!
- Plastic wrap, or another fun thing to do to send home leftovers in is to make your own wax cloths like Maddy blogged about here. We use them all of the time and they are a great way to be a little more green. They would be a nice little gift to send home with your guests, wrapped around some leftover dinner rolls perhaps!
- Make sure the turkey is in the refrigerator defrosting by Monday at the latest. Big turkeys take longer.
- Clean the house really well on Tuesday.
- Bake the pies, rolls and other desserts on Wednesday, because the oven will be very busy on Thursday with the turkey, stuffing, sweet potatoes, etc.
- After baking on Wednesday, sweep and straighten the house and set the table, unless you have very tiny children who will just mess it up. Then you can have someone help you with it on Thursday.
- Thursday morning, make the stuffing. I put a couple of Tablespoons in the bird for flavor, but bake most of it in a casserole dish. Prepare the turkey by rinsing it and removing the giblets. When the turkey is done roasting later on, don't forget to remove the stuffing from the inside.
- When the turkey comes out of the oven, pop in the stuffing, sweet potatoes and green bean casserole while it rests. Move the turkey to a platter to rest and make the gravy in the bottom of the roasting pan.