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This is the first year since my daughter was born that I'm not cooking up that deliciousness Turkey Day dinner!! As much as I'm looking forward to a year off from all the stresses that come a long with hosting such an epic holiday meal, I must admit I sorta miss all the planning!!! Knowing Thanksgiving is days away and I'm not running around like a crazy person making sure I have everything ready to out do my last years self just feels all sorts of goofy & like I'm forgetting to do things since I now have all this "free time".
Since I know many of you are in the process of making this Turkey Day and epic event for your family, I thought I would pass on a few of my very own Thanksgiving Dinner Hacks!
1~ Keep your gravy lump free!
Add quick mixing flour instead of all purpose flour when making your gravy!
2~ Always go with a Pinot Nior!
Light, fruity and pairs well with that turkey and all the fixings!!
3~ Sweet Potatoes
Instead of an hour in the oven, six minutes in the microwave will give you the same results.
4~ Extra Cranberries?
Put a spoonful in a champagne flute and top with some bubbly to make a delicious after dinner Bellini!
5~ Chill a bottle of wine quickly.
Toss a bowl of ice with a few handfuls of salt. Place your wine bottle into a pot, or similar container, and pour over with the ice. Next, fill the pot with ice cold water to the neck of the bottle. Your wine will be chilled within 10 minutes.
6~ Purchase a 3-tier oven rack
If you know you can't prepare the sides and dessert ahead of time, this is the hack for you!!!! Recommended places: Amazon, Bed Bath & Beyond, Walmart, and Williams-Sonoma.
7 ~ Prep all your veggies a day or two ahead and keep them in the fridge.
Peel those potatoes and carrots, chop onions, wash greens, and do basically any other prep steps called for in the recipes you're using. This is the kind of thing that will feel crazy when you're doing it, and AWESOME the next day when you realize you already did.
8~ Set the table the night before
You will thank yourself when you have 10 minutes before your guest start showing up and haven't had a second to even think about the dinning room! A sigh of relief when you remember you took care of the tablescape the night before!
Are you hosting Thanksgiving dinner this year?
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11/20/2016 09:23:39 pm
I love that idea too. I agree with you, these ideas can be used for other holiday celebrations around the world.
11/20/2016 05:36:25 pm
We dont celebrate thanksgiving in the UK but these aweosme hacks, definitely useful even for christmas
11/20/2016 06:27:01 pm
Delicious. I was not planning on hosting Thanksgiving but someone my MIL is coming over. The good thing is we are ordering out. Yay me.
11/20/2016 07:22:34 pm
That is a great hack for keeping your gravy lump free. I always enjoy pouring creamy gravy on my Thanksgiving dishes.
11/20/2016 07:42:26 pm
What great ideas! I don't have to cook this year so I am SO excited.
11/20/2016 07:47:56 pm
Super awesome hacks right here!! I am a newly wed so these sure come in handy :) Thank you for sharing and helping a sister out!
11/20/2016 10:05:02 pm
I'm making Pumpkin Pie for Thanksgiving. I also love lots of veggies and sweet potatoes. Yum!
11/20/2016 11:02:29 pm
Wow! love the idea. I have been doing the "cutting vegetables beforehand" for sometime now and it is very very helpful. Takes lot of work away from the last minute preparations.
11/21/2016 07:56:07 am
We live in Australia so Thanksgiving is not something we celebrate. Although I think I would like to celebrate it one year just to say that we did it!
11/21/2016 08:01:28 am
Everything looks absolutely delicious. I can't get enough of sweet potatoes during the holidays. I but them buy the box full at our Farmer's Market.
11/21/2016 08:23:57 am
I need one of the three tiered oven racks. That alone will save a lot of time especially when baking pies!
11/21/2016 10:08:51 am
Awesome ideas! These will definitely make life easier when it comes to preparing for Thanksgiving! I'm going to bookmark this post!
11/21/2016 10:35:50 am
I love your tips! I saw an advertisement for that three rack oven tier and thought is was a brilliant idea, I may just have to get one now!
11/21/2016 11:42:54 am
I love your idea of adding cranberry to the drinks. It sounds simply delicious!
11/21/2016 12:48:01 pm
OMG the cranberry bellini idea alone just knocked my socks off! I can't wait to try this dreamy tarty concoction!
11/21/2016 01:34:52 pm
I am hosting Thanksgiving this year for my family of 6 and several guests... It should be interesting. Great hacks you have here! :-)
11/21/2016 02:05:36 pm
HOLD THE PHONE - your tall champagne bucket is to live for! We totally love this. Thanks for sharing these lovely photos and divine tips. XO
11/21/2016 02:36:54 pm
I need to get a 3 tier oven rack for when I need more room. I always use the microwave when I need to cook my potatoes in a hurry.
11/21/2016 04:01:38 pm
These are some really great tips! I like the idea of using a 3-tier oven rack. That would make cooking a big meal much easier.
11/21/2016 05:04:27 pm
Thank you for sharing. These are great hack I will be using this Thanksgiving. I need all the help I can get,
11/21/2016 06:42:34 pm
I was just telling my mom that cranberries are necessary for this year. Great choices.
11/21/2016 08:17:14 pm
I am hosting this year, so I will need lots and lots of Pinot Noir. Thanks for these great tips! I need all the help I can get to make it through Thanksgiving dinner.
11/21/2016 08:29:05 pm
These looks so neat! Our Thanksgiving had already passed a month ago. I'm pinning this. Cranberries is a must. Lovely post!
11/21/2016 08:43:10 pm
Those are all very helpful advice especially since Thanksgiving can be a little stressful. There's so much to think about and hacks like this will make life easier!
11/21/2016 11:50:48 pm
I am always so stressed over turkey dinner. I love the idea of the 3-tier racks. That will help me so much.
11/22/2016 12:50:22 am
Those are some really fabulous tips! Especially the one to avoid the lumps in the gravy.
11/22/2016 11:24:56 am
Those are all great ideas! It's an especially great idea to do that food prep, peeling and cutting the day before. If everything works out well, I do plan on having family over for dinner this year, yes!
11/22/2016 02:00:21 pm
The 3 tier rack is awesome especially when you have a lot of entrée options.
11/22/2016 02:16:32 pm
Great ways to make the holiday dinner better
11/22/2016 02:49:02 pm
Great tips to live by! I love the pinot noir one!
11/22/2016 03:27:27 pm
These pictures of Thanksgiving are beautiful! It makes me so excited to get Thanksgiving
11/23/2016 10:10:58 am
I'm loving that gravy hack. I must try that this year. And I always go with Pinot to, can't beat it!
11/23/2016 10:20:04 pm
The pinot Noir and the 3 tier rack are genius! I need to find a rack like this for the christmas holiday
11/24/2016 01:26:23 am
I know right?!? Maybe you can find one in goodwill.
11/25/2016 07:37:34 pm
These are all great ideas! We tried setting the table beforehand, and that really saved some time!
11/27/2016 12:15:38 am
omg that 3 tier over rack is a must!! i recently use my oven a lot for cooking, since i dont have slowcooked this is the next best thing for me to use for cooking everything all at once and gives me extra time to do something else
11/28/2016 02:10:00 am
Along with the leftovers, we have a ton of cranberry sauce left. I am making those bellinis tomorrow!
12/2/2016 02:35:27 pm
All of these are such great ideas. I will use them for other holiday gatherings too.
Agnes Dela Cruz
12/5/2016 09:13:17 pm
So much food and so much fun to share it with the whole fam!
12/5/2016 10:56:47 pm
Those were a great meal and I would be gladly flattered if you ask me to come and join you on you thanksgiving party.
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