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Thanksgiving Tip: Make a List or Two

If you have not begun to think about Thanksgiving, stop what you are doing, grab a pad and a pen, and make a list. Or twenty.

Start with the menu; if you are designating certain courses to friends or families do so on the list. Continue with the guest list, the things you want to get accomplished before Thursday — polish silver, buy a roasting rack, etc. — and the decorations. Plan out any other meals you may be making during that week.

Finally, make the most important list of all, the grocery list. Carefully read through each recipe and write down all the ingredients you will need. Use one sheet of paper for groceries you can buy in advance and another sheet for last minute things that will need to be picked up the day before or that morning. Once you have finished a task be sure to cross it off the list; after all, it's the most satisfying part of making a list!


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aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
I must have lists, or else I feel confused.
nikodarling nikodarling 9 years
I couldn't live without my lists. Especially when it comes to something major like a holiday.
mamaseacat mamaseacat 9 years
This is what I do when I just buy groceries for the week. I'm really quite anal.
kikidawn kikidawn 9 years
I love lists!! And you are right the best part is marking off what is done! :) I make a list every week of things I have to do ... at the beginning it's a little bit of a downer having this long list w/ nothing marked off... but by Wednesday it's better and then Friday it's awesome!! :)
Hope5 Hope5 9 years
I've My list made out and bought!
kiwitwist kiwitwist 9 years
I have two on the go. One with non-perishable items then one with perishable.
totonlaura totonlaura 9 years
List is a must imagine having to back to the store on Thanksgiving because you forgot something.
turkeytalk turkeytalk 9 years
Of course you have to make a list. Lists are essential to make sure you don't forget anything. If you really want to make sure not to forget anything you can check out the blog I created along with Safeway that provides tips, inspiration and information to make the Thanksgiving Holiday a little less stressful, a little more extraordinary, and a whole lot of YUM! Check it out at
Linda-McP Linda-McP 9 years
Ha Ha. Just finished making my grocery shopping list and then read this. Can't wait for Thanksgiving!
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 9 years
Lists are the BEST for everything!!! Packing, shopping, chritmas, thanksgiving, etc...
fragiletearz fragiletearz 9 years
She's makin a list and checkin it twice.... I'm a list person so this makes me happy!
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
Lists are mandatory when my family preps for Thanksgiving.
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