Gameplan For a Perfect Thanksgiving

23 Nov

One week ahead
Confirm guests and dishes they’re bringing. Pot-luck all the way, people!

8:00 am
Cuddly lie-in with the Hubbs and doggies.

8:15 am
Kick rowdy doggies out for disturbing lie-in.

10:00 am
Clean the house

  • dishes
  • tidy up
  • vacuum
  • clean bathroom
  • wipe tables/dust
  • make bedroom presentable for coats and bags. Because they have such high standards.

11:00 am

  • Quarter celery, onion, carrots, out in roasting pan
  • Cube bread
  • Slice fennel
  • Chop carrot, onion, sage
  • Peel & chop apples
  • Brown sausage
  • Trim green beans
  • Half and peel pearl onions

12:00 pm
Make cranberry sauce & vanilla bean whipped cream

12:30 pm
Do prep work dishes

1:00 pm
Light lunch, with pre-game mimosa

2:00 pm

  • Take organic, free range, hormone free, just like the pilgrims enjoyed it, turkey out of fridge & put in roasting pan
  • Preheat oven to 325°

2:15 pm
Cook sausage, fennel, and carmalized apple stuffing components and combine, set aside

3:00 pm
Bird goes into oven

3:30 – 4:00 pm
Guests arrive

3:40 pm
Put water on to boil for green beans

4:00 pm

  • Cover stuffing, pop into oven
  • Cook balsamic glazed green beans with pearl onions

4:30 pm

  • Turkey out of oven, on cutting board to rest
  • Turn oven to 400°
  • Start gravy

4:40 pm
Uncover stuffing

4:50 pm
Put beans into oven to warm

5:00 pm
Stuffing out of oven, carve turkey

5:15 pm
Sit down with family and enjoy a sumptuous feast with perfectly paired wine

6:00 pm
Start food-coma recovery process

6:30 pm
Take dogs for a walk to shake off the coma

7:30 pm
Eat homemade pumpkin and pecan pies with eggnog, courtesy of my middle sister.

8:30 pm
All guests go home, leaving hubbs and I to enjoy a nightcap and surreptitiously pick morsels of turkey out of the Tupperware.

9:30 pm
Enjoy an early night, courtesy of tryptophan.

Do you have a perfect plan for Thanksgiving, or are ya just gonna wing it? Have people over, or just family? What’s your perfect Thanksgiving plan?

5 Responses to “Gameplan For a Perfect Thanksgiving”

  1. aunt Annette November 24, 2011 at 7:17 am #

    How the heck does your turkey take only 1 1/2 hours to roast??

    • Christy Aylesworth November 24, 2011 at 10:50 am #

      I roast in pieces! I did the whole turkey thing once, and it was nice, but we don’t have room for the big reveal and carving ceremony, so no need to cook a showpiece. I don’t think I’ll ever go back, because it takes only 1.5 hours, browns beautifully, and never gets dry! 🙂

  2. katieleigh November 24, 2011 at 5:18 pm #

    This is hilarious – and a great plan! We did a potluck with friends at church, and it was lovely. Hope you had a happy Thanksgiving!


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