Thanksgiving is such a wonderful holiday. I hate that it seems to get lost between Halloween and Christmas - or at least that's how it seems out in the stores.
I saw Halloween stuff competing with Christmas decorations in the last week of September! Ye Gads.
Meanwhile, maybe some would say I'm just as bad. Why? I'm doing menu planning now. For Thanksgiving. Forty-eight days in advance. Yepper -- crazy, right?
Planning Ahead for Turkey Day
Well, here's the thing. I'm participating in National Novel Writing Month in November, so I need to get ready for that added work load. (Which is writing 50,000 words or more in 30 days. I plan on writing a very bad first draft of a thriller novel. LOL)
But I might be planning for Thanksgiving this week anyway.
Why Plan for Thanksgiving Now?.
Why? It's gonna save me money and time and stress. And it makes me happy.
That is Simple Living, at least in my view.
How is it saving me money and time? Well, I'm planning the whole weekend. Bill will provide his famous hash brown and egg tacos, that's a tradition. There will be leftovers. Natch.
No one in this casa cares about Black Friday, so no worries there. Well, if there's an online special for a TV or laptop for a penny or a dollar, we might be a little interested. Maybe.
Football may be involved. To me, this means snacks. Walks in the park will occur. Naps. Soup. Movies. Fingers crossed, we'll have sweater weather!
Today, I'm going to have all the recipes together, including the snacks and the drinks, right in front of me. I'm buying in bulk at Sam's Club -- and watching the food ads -- for things I can store or freeze and have ready come T-Day.
I'm looking for deals. (Yesterday, I found a nice price for pecans at HEB.)
I'm keeping the recipes simple, too. No Bon Appetit here. Simple stuff. Good stuff.
Plus not so many choices. Two desserts. One kind of coffee. Chips and queso. Turkey Chili. Iced Tea. You get the idea.
I'm excited thinking about Thanksgiving. Counting blessings; eating queso while watching an Alfred Hitchcock movie; the turkey-induced nap.
I'm plotting things that are fun and free. Walking in the park, bringing bread to feed the ducks and geese while the dogs sniff the goose poop? This costs nothing and it's amazing. Memory-making.
Ditto the movie night with popcorn and classic movies. At some point, there may be watching sports on TV; I never do this -- but I'll be writing that thriller novel. As long as no one is hogging the chili con queso, we'll all be fine.
Oh, my, this is fun!!! I like this planning ahead plan. It makes me happy. Maybe it will bring a smile to your face, too, Dear Reader.