Post # 1
Thankfully, our company let us leave at 1:00 (est) today and I have been able to get a head start on the Turkey Day preparation! Are you cooking/hosting and if so:
(1) Are FH/DH’s family coming to dinner?
(2) What have you prepared ahead of time?
(3) What would you NOT make ahead of time?
(4) Have you hit the bottle of wine yet? lol!
I just peeled five pounds of carrots, two pounds of celery and about to start on the onions (can’t you just feel the procrastination!). After that will be the green bean casserole and the stuffing. I don’t think I want to do mashed potatoes early – I’m afraid they’ll be too starchy.
Almost time for that wine! 😉
Post # 3
We are hosting our dinner tonight; my family, inlaws and a couple friends so 12 total. Last night I baked the pies (2 pumpkin, 1 cream cheese), cookies and chopped up the veggies for stuffing. I plan to serve at 7:30 so the turkeys in, stuffing is cooking in crockpot, gravy is about to be made (it’s a make ahead recipe with other stock), potatoes are peeled and sitting in water and will start those at 6:30 and green bean casserole is mixed in my dish but in the refrigerator. I bake that when the turkey is done. I’m ready to eat! I always try to work ahead as much as possible. It gets harder closer to serving time with people coming in etc.
Post # 4
@MissGreen: Sounds delish! You’re house must smell AMAZING right now!!
Post # 5
We’re going to DH’s aunt’s house, but we’re doing it semi-potluck style. I’ve been baking since about 7AM today. So far I’m make 4 sweet potato pies, 2 apple pies, 2 crabnberry walnut bread loaves, I have 2 pans of rolls (half regular dinner rolls, half sweet potato dinner rolls) and one more pan that’s still rising. My arms are sore from all the rolling and kneading, lol.
Post # 6
🙂 It does and I’m starving! I keep nibbling on the stuffing!!! I have got to stop….
Post # 7
I always do my mashed potatoes a day early. The next day, I just add in some more butter and cream, heat them up piping hot, give ’em stir, and they’re perfect.
Post # 8
I made a double-layer chocolate cake to take to my grandma’s house tomorrow. 🙂 We live in an apartment, so having people over isn’t really an option.
Post # 9
I am making Mac and cheese, corn casserole, sweet potatoes, stuffing, homemade rolls, and two desserts. Thanksgiving is at my house tomorrow at 2…. I have been sitting on the couch all day in my pajamas on my iPad. I have lots of cooking and cleaning to still do!
Post # 10
I’m going to my future in-laws for Thanksgiving. I’ve been chosen as one of the dessert bringers since the first year I went three years ago. I’m making chocolate pecan pie and pumpkin bars (kind of like cake) with cream cheese frosting. I’m going to a mini-Thanksgiving at a friend’s house tonight, and I made a pumpkin cheesecake.
I always bake the day before 🙂
Post # 11
@MissGreen:I made stuffing in the crockpot last year and it was awesome! I cannot locate the recipe anywhere though, do you mind posting your recipe?
Post # 12
My parents are hosting Thanksgiving, but tonight I’m making green bean casserole, my husband is making sausage stuffing with gravy (southern style), and I’m baking a peach cobbler. I’m debating making my Ritz cracker mac and cheese, but that might be food overload.
Post # 13
I started Monday (we’re having Thanksgiving today – I’m just waiting for people to get here…)
Made the creamed onions, the innards to the stuffing (ie, cooked the onion and celery and sausage, but didn’t combine it with bread cubes) on Monday.
Yesterday I made the butternut squash with pecans, craisins and onions but didn’t add the craisins. Also made the apple pie #1 (which didn’t turn out well) and the pumpkin cheesecake (which did), and cut the bread into cubes to stale up for stuffing. And made the broccoli/velveeta innards and the ritz cracker crumbs for the broccoli ala ritz, but didn’t put them together so the crumbs wouldn’t sog.
And today I made the stuffing, the turkey, my mashed potatoes are going now and I’m warming everything else up. Oh, and I made a second apple pie this morning… it turned out much better than the first. 🙂
Phew! Pretty much, I figured everything except mashed potatoes could be done ahead… though made sure that things that would get soggy weren’t combined til this afternoon. And no… haven’t hit the wine yet… but it’s looking reeeaaalll appealing along about now…
Post # 14
I started nothing early and just finished eating my Thanksgiving dinner. =)
Post # 15
I’m not actually cooking Thanksgiving but I’m visiting my parents right now and we’re (they’re) hosting 20 people tomorrow for dinner. So far, we’ve got the turkeys all prepared and ready to toss in the oven tomorrow morning. We’ve peeled 15 lbs of potatoes and have them sitting in water right now – we won’t cook them until tomorrow so they’re fresh, but getting them peeled a day early makes life easy! The pies are all made, as is the cranberry sauce, and jello molds. The rolls are ready to throw in the oven as well and the stuffing has been prepared and is ready to throw in the oven with the turkeys tomorrow.
So bottom line is that pretty much everything is ready to go – we just need to throw it all in the oven/on the stove tomorrow and everything should be ready to go for dinner at 4!
And to answer your question – no, neither Darling Husband nor his family will be here. Darling Husband is still back in Australia (couldn’t get the two weeks off work to come home with me), and his family is in England – they don’t celebrate Thanksgiving anyway.
And no, I haven’t hit the bottle of wine yet although I would LOVE to have a glass of red in hand right now. Alas, being 10 weeks pregnant sort of puts a damper on that idea!
Post # 16
(1) Are FH/DH’s family coming to dinner? No but we are hosting people without families who would otherwise be alone 🙂
(2) What have you prepared ahead of time? Yesterday I made 3 apple pies and 3 pumpkin pies. Today I made the squash, the stuffing, deviled eggs, and am currently working on a death by chocolate cake.
(3) What would you NOT make ahead of time? I would not make the turkey, gravy or crescent rolls ahead of time.
(4) Have you hit the bottle of wine yet? lol! I almost wish that was an option for me but I am allergic.