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Thanksgiving Tip: So You're a Procrastinator...

Thanksgiving Tip: So You're a Procrastinator...

So you're a procrastinator who happens to be hosting Thanksgiving dinner. You've done nothing to prepare and Thanksgiving is tomorrow! Don't worry: With help from the store, you can put together an elegant and delicious dinner in just 24 short hours. Here's how:

  • Take a deep breath. Remember, Thanksgiving is about spending time with loved ones and being thankful, not about being chained to your stove.
  • Jazz up store brought products. Stove Top stuffing tastes homemade when you add fresh chopped parsley, sage, sauteed mushrooms, and celery.
  • Enhance boxed mashed potatoes with sour cream, cheese, garlic, or fresh herbs.
  • Top frozen green beans with sliced almonds, bacon, or chopped roasted red peppers.
  • Get a reasonably priced, oven-ready, no thaw Jennie-O turkey.
  • Place canned cranberry and premade/packet gravy in your best serving dishes. This way no one can tell you didn't make it from scratch.
  • Buy a frozen pie or pick up one from your local bakery.
  • When all else fails, grab your phone and see if you can get reservations at a restaurant that is serving Thanksgiving dinner. If they're all booked, order Chinese takeout.

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SusanTeufel SusanTeufel 8 years
Sorry, but I can make all that from scratch in 24 hours... *shrug* I hate boxed potatoes with a passion. And packaged gravy... I love stove top stuffing though :)
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
Gotta get on the ball.
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
kathleenjoy you'd be surprised!!!
michichan michichan 9 years
What about the traditional yams?
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
fashionhore I know what you mean. Thanksgiving is all about the real potatoes!!
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
Hahahaha great tips!!
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 9 years
Ew I would never make a dinner like that!!!
michichan michichan 9 years
Safeway instant meals are my savior. Just hide the box.
I would hate to be invited to someone's house for Thanksgiving dinner and then it end up being a complete half assed attempt. If you don't wanna go through the effort of making a REAL Thanksgiving meal, don't invite people to eat.
Lourdan_Hazei Lourdan_Hazei 9 years
In a hurry and on a budget - sometimes you have to make sacrifices. Boxed potatoes and all. These tips can be helpful, but it doesn't mean a person is lazy or whatnot. Anyway I guarantee ya'll that our first solo Thanksgiving is more about us being together and being thankful for all we DO have - than about whether the stuffing is from a box or homemade. Its been a rough year. Being alive, healthy (ish) and together is all that really matters. Having a turkey and the rest is just icing on our proverbial cake. Peace, love & joy, folks. Keep the judgementalism (is that even a word? lol) out of it. :)
kathleenjoy kathleenjoy 9 years
ewww boxed potatoes ... surely no one is that lazy?
colormesticky colormesticky 9 years
Or split the work up with your guests. You do the turkey, they can each bring a dish. Delegate!
mamaseacat mamaseacat 9 years
If you're that last minute, it's better to just order your turkey from Safeway or Raley's. It'll taste more homemade and it's takes less time.
Emiily Emiily 9 years
Both of my families are making crappy Thanksgiving dinners. I work so I won't be at either. But when I have my own Thanksgiving dinner it's going to be perfect & gourmet (and all finely purchased from Neiman Marcus...haha, no just some things that I know I can't make). Either way, I am fine with left over store bought pie, taters, and turkey.
misslarue misslarue 9 years
I agree with everyone-not much needs to be done in advance. I am however making the cranberry sauce and Ciabatta bread stuffing today!
runnergeek runnergeek 9 years
or go with snoopy's thanksgiving meal..popcorn, jellybeans, and 2 slices of buttered toast
susanec susanec 9 years
Seriously. Convenience food really doesn't take much less time. I've never done anything the day before either.
leelah leelah 9 years
um. ew.
Liss1 Liss1 9 years
Even if you have not started yet you can still do everything homemade. I only do baking the day before you don't have to do anything in advance if you don't have the time. Actually i don't know any one who does anything in advance except maybe cook pies and bake bread. Relax everything will get done in one day!
fashionhore fashionhore 9 years
This just sounds like a nightmare of a Thanksgiving dinner to me. I understand frozen veggies and no thaw turkeys, but boxed mashed potatoes, powdered gravy, and no homemade pies or dessert? I would sooner eat Chinese food. Maybe it's because I have been spoiled all my life with cooked all day thanksgiving dinners.
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