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The Misadventures of Mrs. B: It's All In The Planning

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Tuesday, November 23, 2010

It's All In The Planning

What you see above you is my extra awesome (screenshot) layout of how things are going to be cooked for the BIG DAY, aka Thanksgiving*.

First half is tomorrow, when I want to get started at 9:00 with prepping ingredients - chopping, slicing, you get the idea.  Then it's time to cook! Anything with a topping will be baked without it, then reheated on Thursday.  I just get the feeling that those lovely fried onions won't be so lovely after sitting in the fridge overnight.  Same thing with the crunchy sweet potato topping and the yummy, golden cheesy goodness of the spinach gratin.  The stuffing will be baked tomorrow then reheated in the crock pot on Thursday since I don't forsee any room in the oven for it once that turkey gets out and the reheats go in! Rolls will be baked and frozen since they reheat like a dream.  I can almost taste them now...

Do I expect things to go as I've planned? No.  Of course not.  This is ME we're talking about.

But no one can say I didn't try.  The goal isn't perfection, anyway.  The goal is to be able to take some time on Thursday to relax, enjoy the company and not go into fits of time-crunched hysteria.  I also padded my times in order to be able to take pictures for y'all!

So that's why I did this.  Not because I'm a helpless control freak.  But because I know myself and how forgetful I can be.

And dang.  I forgot the peach cobbler.  Back to the drawing board, I guess...! (See? Told ya!)

How do YOU plan the cooking on holidays? (if you're the cook - if not, do you bring a dish to the party?)

*Rob caught a look at this and asked me who I got the idea from.  I gave him a dirty look at even insinuating that I couldn't come up with this by myself!

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Blogger Tonya said...

You had me at "planning" I LOVE spread sheets, but I don't cook. Still very impressed.

Thanks for stopping by Letters For Lucas today and for your comments on my letter to Anonymous.

I am your newest follower.

Good luck with your Thanksgiving.

November 23, 2010 at 12:37 PM

Blogger Real Life Reslers said...

Wow!!!! Now that's what I call planning! We will be out of town for this Thanksgiving (starting tomorrow actually). We are going to Cleveland because my Dad is having sugery for prostate cancer (please pray for him). So we are eating at my brother's house. My sister in law and I are doing everything we can to channel the likes of Julia Child and Rachel Ray lol! I think you are the one we should have been going for hehehe

November 23, 2010 at 12:53 PM

Blogger Kelly @ The Startup Wife said...

Wow, you are ORGANIZED! I am so impressed. I'll start cooking today ... but I'm making less involved dishes than you are, I think, so it won't be too bad. Haha, I love the spreadsheets!

November 23, 2010 at 1:44 PM

Blogger MrsJenB said...

Tonya, thanks for coming on over!

RLR, I'm sending many prayers your way. I hope that all goes as well as it possibly can.

Kelly, what are you making???

November 23, 2010 at 1:55 PM

Blogger TheGirl said...

I love it. You rock, Binocular.

November 24, 2010 at 7:19 PM

Blogger Holly said...

That is fabulous! I am so impressed. No one came to visit us this year (boo, hoo) so we did not rally have to plan (yeah!). Hope you had a great day!

November 26, 2010 at 1:21 AM


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