Organized Mom on November 25th, 2009

I have to tell you, I am a house cleaning, desk clearing, laundry washing, hard working, multi-tasking MOFO this week. And today, I just could not sit down. I kept thinking of “one more thing” to do. I knew if I sat down that’d be it for the day. So I kept going from thing to thing. But I was crossing things off of the master list. Woo!

I ran to the grocery store today to get some last minute things. Milk, marshmallows, whole cranberries, stuff for green bean casserole (I wouldn’t care if NO ONE ELSE in the house liked it – I would still make it), whipped cream for the pie, and some more rolls. Here’s the crazy thing, in the grocery store I normally hate. No, really, I can’t stand it. But today they had a great big Thanksgiving display right at the front of the store. Most of the stuff I needed was right there. Right there! I almost fainted! Within a minute of walking into the store I had over half my shopping list crossed off.

I practically did a happy dance right there in the aisle. It’s the little things, y’all.

The house is clean. We have a few more dishes to wash in the morning. The turkey doesn’t need to hit the oven until about 9, but does need to come out of the fridge much earlier. So we’ll still be getting up early. But here’s what’s great about all we have to do. Much of it can be done at a leisurely pace. A little chopping here, a little sautéing there. I will not put pressure on myself, no matter how long our menu is.

And I actually made up a menu to help me remember what we need to do. Otherwise, I’ll forget the carrots or corn or something. Our menu:

  • Turkey (duh)
  • Dressing (duh) (cooking this in the crock pot)
  • Gravy (DUH)
  • Garlic & basil mashed potatoes
  • Glazed sweet potatoes (recipe from my beloved Better Homes & Gardens cookbook)
  • Green bean casserole (cooking this in the other crock pot & finishing off in the oven)
  • White corn
  • Brown sugar-glazed carrots (another recipe from Better Homes & Gardens)
  • Rolls (simple brown-n-serve – doing the other rolls at Christmas)
  • Pumpkin pie

I think that’s everything off of the top of my head – because I’m too lazy to walk into the kitchen and double-check (hey, it’s chilly in here & I’m snuggled under a cover on the couch).

I am cheating and using boxed stuffing because I still need to have my mom teach me how to make hers. But I’ll also be sautéing onions and celery to add to it. And lots of sage (I absolutely cannot have turkey and gravy without sage dressing). It really tastes pretty good that way.

Are you feeling ready for tomorrow?

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