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Thanksgiving on short notice

Updated on November 23, 2011
Thanksgiving '09 at my house- the set table
Thanksgiving '09 at my house- the set table | Source
Thanksgiving '09 at my house- the turkey fresh out the oven
Thanksgiving '09 at my house- the turkey fresh out the oven | Source
Thanksgiving '09 at my house- the mashed potatoes
Thanksgiving '09 at my house- the mashed potatoes | Source
Thanksgiving '09 at my house- the beans
Thanksgiving '09 at my house- the beans | Source
Thanksgiving '09 at my house- the stuffing
Thanksgiving '09 at my house- the stuffing | Source
Thanksgiving '09 at my house-candied yams
Thanksgiving '09 at my house-candied yams | Source
Thanksgiving '09 at my house- the spread
Thanksgiving '09 at my house- the spread | Source

scary, yes, but it CAN be done!

Hello fellow hubbers! Hope you are having a great day! Any special plans for this Thanksgiving weekend if you celebrate it?

This week, I thought I could just sit at home and study for exams that are coming up next week and in December. I thought I would get a breather also from the everyday hectic work week. However, that was not to be the case. My husband sprang some news on me last evening, saying that we are going to host Thanksgiving this year. I was shocked, because this was not planned, and I was really hoping to finish up some schoolwork. So here I am today, taking a break from my panic from last night.

Anyways, I had thought about it and calmed down since he told me. So last night, my husband and I strolled the aisles of Wal-mart up and down to see what we would need for the party. I picked up cans of pumpkin filling, yams and evaporated milk. I also picked up a pie shell, some frozen beans, some eggs and some Reddi-whip topping for the pie. I was debating about the cranberry sauce though. I have never really been fond of it.

However, I thought about the people that are coming over for dinner tomorrow evening. Some of those people have never had a Thanksgiving dinner before as they are from different countries. So I thought, hey, I'm doing everything else, why not have the cranberry sauce as well? I could spice it up a bit for them so that the tartness doesn't overpower the rest of the food.

I did, however, forget a few things. I forgot the stuffing and the gravy. I need to go out to get them today along with an already prepared turkey. I have tried doing the turkey myself, but I really do not like taking the insides out of a turkey. It is not fun and it stinks. So I thought, let me buy an already prepared turkey (or at least one that just needs to be cooked with everything marinated/taken care of).

This evening, I plan to start cooking the side dishes and the desserts. Tomorrow I will cook the turkey. If it is already cooked, I will just heat it thoroughly in the oven a few hours before the guests come over. Our planned menu looks like this for Thanksgiving:

Turkey

Stuffing

Cranberry Sauce

Mashed potatoes

Gravy

Yams

Beans

Pumpkin Pie

Brownies

If any of you want to join us for dinner, it's at 6:30PM. You are welcome to bring something if you want to, but I think we will have more than enough food (as some people wanted to bring something). So come on over! My husband and I look forward to a lovely evening with friends and food!


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    • rlaha profile imageAUTHOR

      rlaha 

      7 years ago from Spartanburg, SC

      Another update: So Thanksgiving is not just on Thursday for us apparently. It is for the whole weekend. We are having company over tonight to eat the leftovers. Hope you all got some rest (or got some bargains) this weekend!

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      rlaha 

      7 years ago from Spartanburg, SC

      Thanks tillsontitan :). I was so tired after everyone left, but it was still a very enjoyable evening.

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      Mary Craig 

      7 years ago from New York

      Congrats on your hub and your dinner! How nice to have a successful Thanksgiving dinner on such short notice.

    • rlaha profile imageAUTHOR

      rlaha 

      7 years ago from Spartanburg, SC

      An update: Thanksgiving dinner at my place last evening was a hit! Everyone loved the food! I hope you all had a great Thanksgiving and are resting instead of deal shopping today!

    • rlaha profile imageAUTHOR

      rlaha 

      7 years ago from Spartanburg, SC

      @bethperry: Hey no problem! We have enough food for everyone! (I made a feast)

      @rebeccamealey: Sure! That sounds wonderful! Hope to see you at 6:30PM :).

      @helmutbiscut: Ah, the in-laws... enjoy! My husband gets to spend Christmas with my parents and he's really not looking forward to it LOL....

      @frogyfish: I made cranberry sauce, but a cranberry salad sounds really yummy! I will let you know tomorrow how it all went down :).

      @Everyone: Have a very Happy Thanksgiving!

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      frogyfish 

      7 years ago from Central United States of America

      I will have to bring the cranberry salad if I come. I can't have Thanksgiving without the cranberries. :-) Hope your dinner/company was nice!

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      helmutbiscut 

      7 years ago from Ohio

      Sounds like fun...I would stop by, but I get to spend the day with my in-laws. : /

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      Rebecca Mealey 

      7 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      I could bring a pumpkin roll.

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      Beth Perry 

      7 years ago from Tennesee

      Better be careful what you ask for..I live very near the Tri-Cities and I got kids with sometimes big appetites, lol!

    • rlaha profile imageAUTHOR

      rlaha 

      7 years ago from Spartanburg, SC

      Now all you have to do is come on over for dinner :)

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      Beth Perry 

      7 years ago from Tennesee

      You've made me hungry, mmmm...!!

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