Thursday, November 17, 2011
Preparing for Thanksgiving
“But thanks be to God! He gives us victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.” 1 Corinthians 15:57 (NIV)
Are you anxious with Thanksgiving right around the corner? Don't be! Make your list of things that need to be done and do them in a timely manner so that you aren't stressed over Thanksgiving. This is especially important if you are preparing for a large number of family members. Here are some tips to add to your list to make things go smoother.
Turkey tips: If buying a whole turkey you need 1 pound per person. For a boneless breast plan 1/2 LB per person. Thawing: Frozen turkey needs 1 day in the fridge for every 4 pounds....so refrigerate a 12 LB turkey for 3 days. Basting: It can help the turkey brown evenly but the opening of the oven door can prolong baking time. A better way to keep it juicy is to pour some warmed broth over the carved slices.
Bread: Make the dough for your bread or rolls at the first part of the week. Allow the dough to rise fully once, shape it, wrap it well in freezer-safe plastic wrap or foil and freeze. When ready to bake, thaw the dough in the refrigerator. This will
usually take at least a few hours or overnight. Set it in a warm place and give it its second rise and bake.
If you have a bread machine use it to mix the dough. Bake the bread the night before the big day and refresh it in a 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) oven for 10 minutes just before serving.
Want to make your guests feel special? Set a vase of Sunflowers in their room! They are a touch of fall, freshness, & color to their room.
Having a Woodwick Pumpkin Candle will add a fall scent as well, getting your guests in the mood for a fabulous holiday!
Remember that you don't have get stressed out for your Thanksgiving Dinner to be a huge success. Plan what to do each day leading up to the big day, enjoy your friends & family during this time counting your many blessings that God has given you.
Enjoy your week with those you love~