Top 10 Thanksgiving Tips
November 19, 2009
Need help to figure out how to have the best Thanksgiving celebration ever?
Here are 10 ideas to help you.
1. Tasty recipes
Try some exciting new recipes. Some ideas are Herb-Roasted Turkey with Cider Baste; Turkey Cutlets with Spinach, Crab, and Asiago Cheese Sauce; Roasted Diced Yams With Smoked Paprika; and Pumpkin Cake With Snow Glaze and Spiced Vanilla. Read the recipe two or three times to understand it before preparation or practice the recipe a week before Thanksgiving.
2. Harvest table decorations
Use small white pumpkins, a candle placed atop a pumpkin and surrounded with flowers, or harvest vegetables for centerpieces.
3. Delicious, inexpensive wines
Select one of the wines from this list of recommendations to complement your Thanksgiving dinner.
4. Turkey thawing
Use FoodSafety.gov to figure out how long it will take a frozen turkey to thaw. For example, a 12- to 16-pound turkey will thaw in three to four days in the refrigerator.
5. Pie storage
Refrigerate pies made with eggs, including pecan, after you’ve cooled them quickly and after you serve pieces. Fruit pies can be covered and stored on the counter for up to two days, but for best quality refrigerate, especially in a warm climate.
6. Activities for kids
Check out this website to pick out activities for your children to help keep them occupied during the hustle and bustle of getting ready for Thanksgiving. Also think through jobs that you can give them to help with holiday preparations.
7. Stress reduction
Stay calm by planning ahead, meditating, being flexible, and asking people to help.
8. A green Thanksgiving
Think green by simplifying the day, using candles, serving locally grown food, and offering organic beverages.
9. Road trip savings
Save money if you’re traveling by properly inflating your tires, driving at or under 60 milers per hour, using public transportation, or renting a fuel-efficient vehicle.
10. Thanksgiving vacations
Take a vacation during the Thanksgiving holiday and visit your family at another time of the year.
Since I live so far from family it's a thrill to have some visitors for the holiday for the first time in 10 years! Thanksgiving has always felt too small when it's just our nuclear family. The kids are excited to play pin the hat on the pilgrim and set up the turkey centerpiece.
Posted by: Lisa | November 20, 2009 at 05:49 AM
I'm glad you're going to have a big Thanksgiving celebration. The activities for the children are great.
Posted by: Rita | November 21, 2009 at 11:21 PM
Thanks for sharing the Top 10 Thanksgiving Tips. It was nice going through it. Your blog is informative and helpful.
Posted by: Hampers | December 01, 2009 at 03:17 AM
Great tips for Thanksgiving. All very helpful and useful for making the dinner even better.
Posted by: hampers | May 28, 2012 at 04:18 PM