With just over a week to go, it is time to get ready for Thanksgiving!

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Decrease stress this year and do what you can to prepare for Thanksgiving Now!

Having to prepare an entire feast for your immediate family can be stressful enough on a typical day, but when you add in extended family, in-laws, and friends, the amount of preparation required can push you over the edge of sanity.

So in an effort to keep things calm during a busy time of year and to continue to live a simple, yet satisfying life, we have listed out several things that you can do now to prepare for Thanksgiving.

Yes, these are the things you can and should do at least a week ahead of time.

So this year help yourself out and do what you can now, so that you can actually enjoy Thanksgiving Day the way it was meant to be.

What To Do Now To Prepare For Thanksgiving

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Confirm your guests list and determine if you have enough place settings ahead of time.

1. Confirm Your Guest List

Find out now who is going to be able to come to the event and what food will be prepared by others.

Knowing how much food to plan for and how many place settings ahead of time will help you have the correct amount of materials well in advance of the date.

2. Take Inventory of Supplies

As soon as you confirm the guest list, take an inventory of utensils, plates, napkins, and non-perishable items that you have on hand. There is no need to purchase another bottle of poultry seasoning for the third year in a row if there is still some in your pantry!

Write down now what you need to purchase or borrow. At the next trip to the grocery, purchase non-perishable items to decrease the pressure of a larger grocery shopping closer to Thanksgiving when the store is packed and the shelves are bare.

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Make your own homemade vegetable/chicken stock by simmering in a pot/crockpot or even in the Instant Pot!

3. Make Homemade Stock

Get your veggies and/or chicken bones out now and make your own stock. Homemade stock is much healthier and tastes much better than store-bought stock.

It is easy to make in your crockpot and can be done while you sleep. See How To Make Your Own Stock.  If you have purchased an Instant Pot/Pressure Cooker, your stock will be made in less than 2 hours!

Refrigerate or freeze the stock until you are ready to use it.

4. Make Pie Crust/Pies Now

Did you know that can make pie crust and/or pies now and freeze them?

If you truly think about it, there are frozen pie crusts and even whole pies in the freezer section of the grocery store.

There is no reason that you can’t freeze your homemade version.  The morning of Thanksgiving just pull them out to defrost while the meal is being prepared.  See: The Easiest Homemade Pie Crust Recipe.

5. Make And Freeze Sauces/Gravy

One of the best things that you can do now to prepare for Thanksgiving is to make your cranberry sauce and gravy ahead of time.

One of the most stressful moments in the kitchen on Thanksgiving Day is the process of preparing the gravy.

It’s not hard to actually make homemade gravy, however, the kitchen is typically full of your guests who are anxiously awaiting the meal and you are stuck making the gravy as the bird rests and the guests hover.

Decrease your stress by using some of your freshly made stock to make your gravy right now. (See our Gravy Recipe).  Pour it in a freezer safe container and the morning of Thanksgiving, pull it out to thaw and simply reheat as the bird is resting.

Cranberry sauce is also simple to make and freezes well. We freeze ours in the serving dish that we use so there is no need to transfer it to a different bowl and create another dirty dish.

So do yourself a favor and get a jump-start on a no-stress Thanksgiving Holiday!

Enjoy!

Mary and Jim

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8 thoughts on “What You Can Do NOW To Prepare For Thanksgiving To Decrease Stress!

  • November 23, 2017 at 11:24 am
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    I froze up my broccoli from the garden this year. Do you have a good recipe for serving it fresh?

  • November 15, 2017 at 7:49 am
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    We don’t have a big gathering for the holiday, so we just have a small turkey breast that I cook in the crock pot. That alone makes things so much easier. Sounds like you have this holiday thing down pat!

  • November 15, 2017 at 7:13 am
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    Hello from the Netherlands,
    Would like to say thankyou for your lovely blog and helpful information.
    May i ask a question please, what is do you eat at christmas? My family eat turkey most years , have tried other things but turkey wins mostly.
    At this moment i am making your no kneed bread to go with our homemade soup, Haha.
    This summer my man built me a chicken run which i am looking out onto while writing to you.
    In my freezer is this years crop, not as much as i hoped but the rain was awlful this year.
    Next will be beter i pray.
    Hope you have a wonderful thankgiving.
    Sarah

  • November 14, 2017 at 8:50 am
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    Great advice! I just got an Instant Pot so will be making my own chicken broth! I’m letting everyone bring a dish this year instead of me doing it all. I think it will be so much easier!

    • November 14, 2017 at 9:17 am
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      We LOVE our Instant Pot!!! It’s so easy to make your own broth in a fraction of the time!

  • November 14, 2017 at 8:26 am
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    Thank you, simple ideas, but in this age of too much info for Holiday prep, this is just what I needed today! Thank you!

    • November 14, 2017 at 9:17 am
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      You are so welcome! Hope it helps

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