Gathering together to give thanks is a great event to experience – you don’t want to be distracted with last minute forgotten details. If you are the host, be realistic with planning your time and considering your skills. Keep the menu familiar, traditional, and delegate. Decide what you want to do, and then recruit others to do their favorites. Remember to factor in the time it will take to clean, shop, cook, decorate and set the table, and do as much as you can ahead of time. If you have guests with special diets, keep their needs in mind and ask them to bring what they want to eat and share. For a great Thanksgiving checklist click here.
Stick to tried and true recipes. Map a plan of what you will do each day leading up to the event to spread out the tasks. The earlier you select your recipes, make a shopping list, and have all the ingredients and cooking tools on hand, the easier it will be. Remember, a turkey may need 4-5 days to thaw in the refrigerator, so give yourself an extra day to be sure it is ready to be cooked. Here are a few food prep tips:
Enjoy the feast with family and friends, take turns sharing what you are thankful for, and plan to take a walk afterwards to enjoy the outdoors!
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If your enemy is hungry, give him food to eat; if he is thirsty, water to drink. Proverbs 25:21
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