When cooking for the Thanksgiving feast, plan to double or triple amounts for any freezer-friendly dishes, and tuck the extras into the freezer for later use.
Good freezer candidates include unbaked pie shells, unbaked pies, unbaked stuffing and--surprise!--mashed potatoes. Doubling up when you cook for Thanksgiving will ease the kitchen load in the weeks ahead!
Cook once, feast twice ... for an organized holiday season.
Thanksgiving morning is no time to discover stains on the tablecloth, unpack tarnished flatware or to recall that last season saw the shattering of your favorite turkey platter. (That darn dog!)
Prepare to set a pretty table with a pre-season tabletop check. Inventory and inspect table linens, napkins, serving pieces, holiday china and serving pieces.
Do you need to purchase replacements? Prices are best several weeks before the season, when housewares stores advertise tabletop goods at sale prices. Add any replacements to the seasonal shopping list.
Will you need to polish silver? Add the chore to the calendar, or delegate to an energetic child in need of spending money.
Launder linens and plan centerpieces and candles for an elegant table without the last-minute stress.
Track your findings on a free inventory planner page:
Driving to work or school today, it's hard to avoid the splattered remains of Jack O'Lantern on the street--and the bowl of Halloween candy is looking mighty picked over after the week's Trick-or-Treaters. Time for a decor swap!
Tuck Halloween-specific decorations into a box, and replace them with Autumn or Thanksgiving-themed items to keep holiday decorations looking fresh and timely.
To save on grocery bills, many shoppers visit multiple stores on shopping day, wasting time and gas money. Instead, stagger weekly shopping trips to different stores, buying canned goods at the warehouse store one week, and stocking up on meat at the supermarket the next. Simplify shopping trips, save on gas--and still tap weekly bargains!