Monday, November 20, 2017

Making a List and Checking It Thrice

Before any successful grocery shopping trip, especially one before a big holiday, it is important to take inventory of what you have and make a list of what you need.

I've already decided what will be on the menu and I have my recipes set before me.  What do I have and what do I need?


*another sweet Brambly Hedge Illustration by Jill Barklem*

My Thanksgiving menu is made up of traditional dishes.

Turkey
Mashed Potatoes
Stuffing
Gravy
Vegetable (usually garden peas ~ not canned)
Cranberries
Heavenly Hash (fruit salad with marshmallows and whipped cream)
Dinner Rolls (often homemade yeast rolls)

And then there is dessert!

Pumpkin Pie topped with Whipped Cream
A Fruit Pie (often blueberry apple) topped with Ice Cream

Housecleaning is a necessary chore but done with a skip in my step thinking about the holiday.  I love listening to Thanksgiving hymns while I work.  I am grateful for a home to clean.

Have you decided on your Thanksgiving menu?  Is your list made?

16 comments:

  1. I love Brambley hedge! It makes me want to be in that little cabin or nook! And yes we have a trip planned to Earth Fare to get our goodies tomorrow. It will just be the 2 of us but we still always have a nice dinner. Sweet hugs!

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    1. Diane, I've never heard of Earth Fare before. Sounds like a wonderful place. A quiet holiday is very nice indeed! I think we'll have a quiet Christmas but a crazy New Year!

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  2. Hi Gina~

    I love your attitude about Thanksgiving!! I love it too!

    We are having, ham, turkey, twice baked potatoes, sweet potato casserole, stuffing, rolls, cranberries, creamed corn, some kind of sweet salad, (I haven't decided on it yet), and dessert. Dessert will be a wonderful, apple spice cake with cream cheese frosting and eggnog ice cream, and something chocolate! Wow, do you think we are over-doers...probably! And yes, my list is made! I will do shopping tomorrow as well...almost the big day!

    Hugs and Love,
    Barb

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    1. Barb, I'll be right over!!! Your menu sounds heavenly! The best of luck with your grocery shopping! xx

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  3. Planning makes everything go much smoother. Sounds like you have everything in hand. We ate our turkey back in October, so it's fun seeing everyone's menus without thinking I'll have to cook! Happy Thanksgiving.

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    1. Lorrie, sometimes I will just get a turkey breast instead of a big turkey. If it's just the two of us, a breast is the prefect size. I love to look at everyone's menus too!!

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  4. What a sweet illustration, Gina. Your menu sounds wonderful - especially the apple-blueberry pie! I am not hosting this year, so all I have to do is bake some pies. It's nice to get a break, but I know my kitchen will miss having everyone together here. I hope your Thanksgiving is lovely and full of sweet blessings xo Karen

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    1. Karen, I can relate to your kitchen missing everyone. My home misses having all 4 children, spouses, and grandchildren. If I'm real quiet, I can sometimes hear an echo of all the laughter and drama. xo

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  5. We do't have Thanksgiving in England. Maybe we should. Your menu sounds very tasty.

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    1. Thank you, Elizabeth. It will be tasty and hopefully some leftover for Friday and Saturday!

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  6. Today is my cleaning day Gina. Even though we will not be here for Thanksgiving, I like to leave my house all tidy to greet me when I return.

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    1. Arlene, I do that too. Then there is no dread of returning home and immediately having to clean.

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  7. Just went and bought everything yesterday

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    1. Connie, you are ahead of the game! I'll sleep well tonight!

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  8. Could you share your Heavenly Hash recipe, please? Your menu sounds amazing!

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    1. Hi Chrissy. I most certainly will soon.

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