Love to Eat Turkey

Hey Thanksgiving. It’s 7:11 a.m. on Sunday. The kids knew I had a lot to do today so they very considerately woke me up at 6:15. I’ve got my lists. I’ve got my old clothes on.

I’m coming at ya today.

Today is mega cleaning day. The foyer, the living room, and the dining room are getting the full treatment. Wood floors mopped. Cobwebs struck down from high corners. Cat box area to undergo a Level 5 decontamination, after which I will probably stop and take a Silkwood shower.

New light bulbs for the dining room chandelier. A thorough dusting of all furniture. I already decluttered these rooms last week, so the cleaning should go smoothly.

Then it’s on to the family room rug, which needs a steam cleaning, especially after Stomach Bug Saturday yesterday. (It’s so sad watching a 3-year-old who has never vomited before. You know what’s coming, but they don’t. They are so shocked by it! And consequently they know nothing about aiming for the toilet or the bucket or what have you.)

Realistically, that’s probably all I will get done today, since I also have to make spaghetti gravy for dinner and do some prep for my son’s birthday party, which is on Wednesday.

For Monday, I have scheduled a run to Whole Foods to get potatoes for the mashed potatoes, as well as the usual produce for the week. I am responsible for those and the green bean casserole. My parents and sister are bringing the turkey, gravy, stuffing, sweet potatoes, apple pie, cole slaw, and ravioli and gravy (Italy represent). I picked up my ShopRite food order last night, which has the green bean stuff, and cake mix and frosting for my son’s b-day party cupcakes, which I will make on Tuesday (no, not making them from scratch this time!). I already cleaned the refrigerator, on Friday, as well as some appliances.


Monday and Tuesday, I’ll finish up the cleaning and decluttering and pick up whatever things I realize I’m missing. I really feel like trying to track down some Turkey Hill Pumpkin Pie flavor ice cream, even though it would be overkill (I have a pumpkin cheesecake from a school fundraiser, and there will be a Friendly’s ice cream cake for celebrating my son’s b-day (again) with the family).

I’d like to do something crafty as far as napkin rings (Pinterest time). And I would like to do something as far as “giving thanks,” whether we just all go around the table and say something, or a more physical representation of the idea. (Pinterest again.)

In terms of frugality, I don’t think this is going to be too bad. I only have the two dishes to make. The staples like soda, butter, grated cheese, etc., I had already or got on sale from ShopRite. I already have a tablecloth, cloth napkins, and a centerpiece that my mother-in-law made.

I’d be curious to see how the cost of all the food this year compares to the time a couple years ago when my mom bought the entire spread from Acme.

I wanted to try to make a different side dish, something we’ve never had before, but I just don’t think I will have the time.

It’s going to be a crazy week, but fun. Tuesday night, I’ll be getting together with my sister and my girlfriends :). The Bounce U party on Wednesday should be fun. I’ll probably make the mashed potatoes Wednesday night and the GB casserole Thursday morning.

Then, at long last, it will be time for turkey, football (Eagles vs. Dallas! Nice), cousins playing together, patting down my 89-year-old far-gone grandfather to see if he lifted any valuables, arguing with my husband over some aspect of hospitality, and food coma.

I won’t be going shopping, because as much as I love a bargain, I find shopping on Thanksgiving itself pretty crass, all around. Just my opinion. Black Friday itself, I don’t have a problem with, but I have to save my energy for my friend’s family’s annual pub crawl on Friday afternoon.

So let me get a cup of coffee and get started, cause I’ve got miles to go before I crawl.



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