That's no fun!
And holidays are meant to be fun. So here are some quick fixes to simplify your Thanksgiving dinner preparation and cleanup process, so that you can focus on enjoying the once-a-year delightful holiday!
1) Disposable Roasting Pan
Sure, it might not be the most environmentally-friendly, eco-responsible choice out there, but this is one of those cases where I plead moderation and make up for my eco-irresponsibility by being a little more cautious somewhere else (like making sure to switch off lights when I leave the room). The last thing you want to have to bother with after a delicious Thanksgiving dinner, when your stomach is full and everyone is settling down in the living room to digest their pecan pie (a la mode, of course) is scrub away at a real pan.
Just say no to proper bakeware.
2) Large Cooler
Your fridge is going to be so full with sides, spreads, desserts, and so on that there won't be any space for drinks. Filling a large cooler with ice (you can buy a big bag for just a dollar or two) is a great way to keep drinks cool without causing a fridge-valance.
|Because no full fridge is that neat.|
What a great way to minimize clean up! I know having to wash endless measuring cups and spoons, as well as all the cooking spoons, can be a real hassle when I'm putting together a nice meal with lots of different parts and where I have to follow a recipe.
These are a great time-saving invention!
This might be a bit of an unexpected addition to the list, but trust me - almost everything is less stressful and more fun with music! So give your Thanksgiving dinner prep a soundtrack and let yourself really enjoy it.
If you're really festive (y'all know I've been in the holiday spirit since just before Halloween) you can tune in to the Christmas station on Pandora!
5) A Store-Bought Pecan Pie
Baking desserts is always great, but if you're so busy with the meal - just get the pie from the store. I think they taste just as good, sometimes better! Making a crust is just so time consuming and it's important that the pie is just right since, in my opinion (and that's obviously what matters, guys, come on) it's the best part of the meal.
I've pretty much always had a store-bought pecan pie and I love it!
Having given you five ways to skimp, here's a commonly recommended 'trick' that I recommend avoiding: don't serve canned and bottled drinks just to try to make cleanup easier. It's expensive, environmentally unfriendly, detracts from the perceived quality of the meal, and only really saves you labor if you don't have a dishwasher.
If you're an adult who cooks and don't have a dishwasher? Um, GET ONE. Now.
Also, THANKSGIVING GUYS. IS ALMOST HERE. Which means it's almost Christmas!
And me on Christmas morning?
Are you hosting Thanksgiving dinner this year?
What's your favorite thing about hosting?
Which of these tips do you already use?