Early Thanksgiving Preparation

Happy Friday, all!  I thought I would share my early Thanksgiving preparation with you…getting ready for this precious one and the rest of the clan to invade my home!

I love to host Thanksgiving and Christmas morning at my home for our growing family.  For Thanksgiving, I open it to all family members including in-laws.

EARLY THANKSGIVING TABLE PREPARATION

Early Thanksgiving Preparation

This has been our old backyard table for years.

Mr. B & I knew it needed to be retired, but we could not agree on what to replace it with.  We have two other backyard sitting areas with comfy sitting so we did not need another one here.

But, the six young grandchildren, more or less, showed us what to do.  When eating or playing in our backyard, one of them inevitably got hurt on these old chairs. They would flip them over.

And they like to eat outside…San Antonio gives us many, many opportunities for that.

Soooooooo……

 

Early Thanksgiving Preparation

Early Thanksgiving Preparation

We decided to purchase this outdoor rug and modern picnic table from Wayfair for eating and playing outside.  Right now, I am thrilled with this purchase.

It is a beautiful piece…it is sturdy…it came quickly after I placed the order and Mr. B was able to put it together!  This is the Bartlesville Rectangular Long Table Set.

Our Thanksgiving usually has kids eating in one place, adults at the dining table, and some adults in front of a football game with TV trays.

I try to accommodate everyone! When the children want to color or paint, I can throw a plastic table cloth over this to protect it.

I am pleased. 

An additional plus is that the old set was donated to a friend’s 20-something son who just purchased a small home. He spray painted it green and it looks like new!

EARLY THANKSGIVING FOOD PREPARATION

Early Thanksgiving Preparation

I finalize my menu early.  Invitations went out this week with assignments for what to bring.

Honestly, the menu rarely changes.  I made this pumpkin pie for the first time last year…and it is a keeper…excellent!  Thanks to Sally!

Early Thanksgiving Preparation

Early Thanksgiving preparation this year has been my reaction to the news about inflation and meat shortages.

I did not want to be without the meat I wanted…like Applewood Bacon.  It is a flavor that ties my meal together!  It goes on top of the dressing like pictured here.

It also goes on the turkey while roasting and in the stock I use for the gravy.

Early Thanksgiving Preparation

I make the stock the night before in a crockpot with a host of different flavors and spices…and turkey legs.

So, I purchased all of the meat early and have it in the freezer…the turkey, applewood bacon, turkey legs, and a ham for the kids…they seem to like ham more.

No worries about leftovers…it always gets eaten…even if in Turkey/Cranberry Sandwiches the day after.

I also purchased plenty of pumpkin ahead of time…so I would not run out.  I am now ready except for the fresh veggies...potatoes to be mashed, sweet potatoes, fresh spices, etc.

I have to say though…we are blessed in Texas…and those with HEB groceries are blessed…because they take good care of us.  

The national news reports bacon to be at $9 a pound…I bought mine for $6 and though it is higher than last year, it is not a game changer…Yet.

Early Thanksgiving Preparation

I have an actual Thanksgiving turkey platter…but if you are looking for one…I saw this beauty, the Plymouth Turkey Platter, this past week at Williams Sonoma. 

ONE MORE EARLY PREPARATION IDEA

Early Thanksgiving Preparation

At the end of my Thanksgiving dinner, when I serve dessert, I declare Christmas to be officially on!

I give everyone a small Christmas gift (a party favor if you will) to get us excited for the next holiday…the BIG EVENT.

Most often, these little gifts are ornaments that I pick out special for those receiving them.  I just purchased all of the gifts, and small gift bags to wrap them so pretty and Christmacy.

I thought the little St. Nicholas Square Santa & Reindeer ornament was cute when I saw it…it is from the Kohl’s classic ornament selection.

Early Thanksgiving Preparation

I am ready!  And so excited about the table…I hope we have good weather that day, but if not, I am certain it will be used. 

A few more ideas to help get you ready:

This time of year is so exciting…..

Now, remember tomorrow is Would You Wear It with Jennifer & me; and Sunday is Joy Note #2 to help encourage us with hope for the remainder of this year and for the new year ahead…..

KEEP SMILING!!

 

By Pamela Lutrell

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