Monday, November 21, 2011

Preparing for Thanksgiving


I spent some time over the weekend planning how I was going to get everything done that I need to do for Thanksgiving and the days following.  I’m going to share with you how I did that exactly and what I got done this Monday before Thanksgiving.

First off (Saturday), I started by getting out all my recipes and lists that had anything to do with our Thanksgiving Meal.  I went through each menu item and took inventory on the ingredients.  If I didn’t already have what I needed, I wrote it on my list for whatever store I was shopping at.  I like to have one piece of paper with subtitles of the places I am planning on shopping.  So in this case, one column for Trader Joe’s and one column for Costco.

After I finished making my lists, I pulled off 5 lined posted notes and stuck them to the table.  I gave each post-it a title:  Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Take to Friend’s house.

Then I went through my menu and wrote various dishes down on each day.


  • Make Bread for Sandwiches


  • Pumpkin Whoopie Pies
  • Cranberry Chutney
  • Coconut Bon-Bons
  • Apple Pie x 2
  • Quiche for Wednesday


  • Pumpkin White Chocolate Cheese Cake
  • Twice Baked Smashed Potatoes
  • Deviled Eggs
  • Wild Rice Casserole


  • Turkey
  • Butternut Squash w/Thyme
  • Steamed Carrots
  • Honey Glazed Rolls
  • Gravy
  • Quinoa Salad
  • Soak Beans for Friday (Mr. Taffy and I will be gone all day, but I still have to feed my little people!  They are going to have Honduras Burritos.)

Take to Friends (We are actually going visiting twice, so I have two lists that say the same thing with subtitles.)


  • Coconut Bon-Bons
  • Pumpkin Cheesecake
  • Pumpkin Whoopie Pies
  • Gifts
  • Hostess Gift


  • Turkey and Cheese Braid x 2
  • Apple Pie and Whip Cream


In case I forgot to mention it, we aren’t doing school this week.  haha!

So today being Monday I got really ambitious and made bread and a whole bunch more.  I’ll show you!


I made 4 loaves of bread and 2 dozen of these knot rolls.  The bread is for leftover turkey sandwiches and for lunches this week.  The rolls are for leftovers too.  I made some thanksgiving rolls last week and I’ll be making another kind on Thursday.


Ready for the Freezer!


These cinnamon rolls are raw, I covered them and stuck them in the freezer.  Once they are frozen I’ll bag them up and save them for the weekend after Thanksgiving-for a special “I love my family” treat.


A single batch of granola, for me.  I love a couple tablespoons mixed in yogurt for a mid-morning snack.


Granola Bars for the kids to snack on this week.  Isn’t if funny how people still have to eat everyday, even though I’m spending everyday getting ready for a one big day of eating?  Hmmm….Smile


Gluten (and soy) free Peanut Butter Cookies for the boy’s lunches.  This is my mom’s recipe that I’ll share soon.


And finally, Blue-Raspberry made Trail Mix for his siblings.  He loves to make this and he’s so good at it.  We only use a little bit of M & M’s, but the rest is peanuts, almonds, raisins and craisins.


You can see a little bit of my mess in the background too.

The last thing I did was grind enough wheat for the rest of my baking needs.  Phew!  My back hurts, but I’m very happy and I have a nice sense of accomplishment.  Off to make dinner!


Mrs. Taffy


  1. Nice to see how the pros do it! My little family shouldn't be a very big struggle! : )

  2. You are one busy lady! We are going ultra simple this year which I am looking forward to. Tomorrow is pie baking and cranberry sauce day. The children will help and we'll have fun cooking together. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!


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