Saturday, November 12, 2011

A Thanksgiving Timeline...

     When I plan for Thanksgiving, I like to make sure that I know which food I'll be making, what I have already, what I need to buy, and when I'm going to make it.  This is what my lists look like for this year.  (Though this is a much neater version, all in one place.  The "real" version is scribbled on a million scraps of paper which move around on legs of their own and also seem to multiply.  I'm thinking of instituting a breeding program...)

     There are a couple of things on the menu that I haven't and won't give recipes for.  My mashed potatoes and green beans aren't anything to write home about.  They're good places to put butter and gravy and quick things to make the day of that I don't have to think about when I'm focusing on not burning the darn chicken.

Bread Up to 1 month in advance
Pumpkin Monday
Cornbread Tuesday
Stuffing Wednesday
Gravy Wednesday
Cranberries Wednesday
Pears Wednesday
Roast Veg. Wednesday
Dessert Wednesday
Chicken Thursday
Mashed Potatoes Thursday
Green Beans Thursday

Check Lists
Check the Pantry
Check the Fridge
Check the Cellar
Grocery List
brown sugar
whole wheat flour
all purpose flour
bread flour
vegetable oil
olive oil
3/4 C cornmeal
1/4 C grits
1 can evaporated milk
2 C mushroom stock
2 boxes of butter
2 C milk

5 small red potatoes + more for mashed potatoes
3 onions
1 1/2 heads garlic
3 medium apples

1 Quince
1 Parsnip
1 package of Poultry herbs (Rosemary, Sage, Thyme)
1 package of Sage
1 Fruity White wine like Riesling or Pinot Grigio
8 oz Cranberries
1/2 lb Chanterelles
1 Portobello
6 pears
1 box yellow cake mix
1 bottle whipping cream
Fresh Greenbeans
Snowdrift Cider


  1. WOW. I am very impressed with your organization! I, too, scribble everything down on several random pieces of paper. I always forget that I had something important on it and usually end up throwing them away however. The intention is there, at least :)

  2. My paper walks off on little toddler feet before I even get a chance to throw it out half the time...

  3. That is so weird because the same pair of toddler feet run off with my papers as well...


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