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Thanksgiving on short notice
scary, yes, but it CAN be done!
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:
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!