Timing the Turkey

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The biggest question on Thanksgiving day, is how to get dinner on the table at the right time! What time do you have to get up? What time does the turkey need to be in the oven?

I have dinner at around 5. I know the turkey needs to come out of the oven at 4:15 ish…It has to sit for 20 minutes before it can be cut, and allow 10-16 minutes for cutting. The other dishes that need to be finished off in the oven can go in at that time.

The biggest turkey I could find this year is just about 21 lbs. 21 lbs. x 15 minutes per pound /60  is 5.25 hours. So figure I need the turkey in by 11 am.

I need a half hour just to wake up and be sort of functioning. I allow an hour for washing the turkey, stuffing it and getting it all buttered up and ready. It doesn’t have to take that long, but I allow it, just in case… so I have to be up by 9:30.

If your dinner is at 3, you would have to be up by 7:30.

If the rest of your dinner takes more time than the turkey, you are working way too hard!

There you have it!

Find recipes for traditional Thanksgiving Dinner here

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Free Thanksgiving Planner

dancingsmWell guys, it is here. The Thanksgiving Dash. 2 weeks until Thanksgiving. A little over 6 weeks til Christmas. But I can make Thanksgiving easier with the free Thanksgiving planner – How to Dance Through Thanksgiving.

You’ll get a full keep your sanity plan -

  • Things to buy now
  • Inventory and planning
  • Cleaning schedule
  • Menu plan
  • Step-by-step dinner plan

I’ve been doing this for a lot of years, and I’ve got it down to a science!

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Eat anything you want – just do this

I just watched this interesting video on why so many people have stopped cooking, and what it is costing us.

“Poor women who cook are healthier than affluent women who don’t”

Which would also mean that their kids are healthier too, wouldn’t you think?

One thing he seemed to drone on about is how much time cooking takes. You know what? Tonight I had steak, baked potato and salad. Cooking time – 10 minutes. Dishes – one plate, one bowl, one pan. And it cost less than a value meal. Think about that…

There is a whole database of fast and brain dead simple recipes here for you -

2 months til Christmas

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I know, you didn’t want to hear that. Its a few days before Halloween, a month before Thanksgiving, and 2 months til Christmas!

This time of year things start to go so fast. You just finish up the fall yard work and suddenly its Nov. It feels like a few days and suddenly its Thanksgiving and Black Friday. Why can’t January and February go that fast?

Anyway – this year we’re going to be on top of it, right? Here are some things you’ll want to get done in the next couple of weeks -  Continue reading