Thanksgiving Countdown Challenge T(hanksgiving) -6 Tip

That’s it! Take the turkey out of the freezer & put it in the fridge. I always put a big towel under the turkey to catch any liquid that runs off as it thaws. You need a break if you did your shopping already. If you plan to do it over the week-end, get up really early! Everyone else is going to be at the store too!


You might also create a schedule of the items that need to go in the oven & things that need to be cooked in the microwave. You want to get all the food on the table & have it all HOT! Take time NOW to determine the cooking time on your dishes & schedule their cooking time.

The 12 No-no’s of Thanksgiving #12 Never Forget Gratitude

Thanksgiving can be incredibly stressful. So much to do & very litle time in which to do it, no matter how late it is in the month. You can take much of the stress out of the season when you avoid these 12 No-no’s for Thanksgiving. In this series, Jean Ann points out some of the things we do that create our stress, then offers ways to make the Holiday more joyful.

In this episode, Jean Ann reminds you it’s not Thanksgiving without gratitude.

Thanksgiving Countdown Challenge T(hanksgiving) -7 Tip

One week until Thanksgiving. Take breath. Everything is great. Today I want to talk to you about grocery shopping. The stores are very busy right now. I think the best time to shop is early, early in the morning. Most stores do stock work overnight. This means things are often well-stocked first thing in the morning. Stores also tend to be quiet early in the morning. Try to get there when they open so you can avoid the crowds.


Now, a word of warning: tempting as it is, try to refrain from doing your grocery shopping on your way home from work. I know how it is. You’re already out. You don’t want to make a special trip. You just want to get it done. Yes, you and hundreds of other people! The stores are PACKED during rush hour with people stopping to pick up a few things on their way home on a regular day. At Thanksgiving, it is just a mad house. Save yourself the aggravation by getting up very early & heading to the stores. In a few short hours you can be done. Then you can relax & take a nap!

The 12 No-no’s of Thanksgiving #11 Never Overestimate Your Abilities

Thanksgiving can be incredibly stressful. So much to do & very litle time in which to do it, no matter how late it is in the month. You can take much of the stress out of the season when you avoid these 12 No-no’s for Thanksgiving. In this series, Jean Ann points out some of the things we do that create our stress, then offers ways to make the Holiday more joyful.

In this  episode, Jean Ann warns you about biting off more than you can chew.

The 12 No-no’s of Thanksgiving #10 Never Shop without Your Lists

Thanksgiving can be incredibly stressful. So much to do & very little time in which to do it, no matter how late it is in the month. You can take much of the stress out of the season when you avoid these 12 No-no’s for Thanksgiving. In this series, Jean Ann points out some of the things we do that create our stress, then offers ways to make the Holiday more joyful.

In this episode, Jean Ann explains why your shopping lists are so very important & why your must ALWAYS have them with you.

Thanksgiving Countdown Challenge T(hanksgiving) -8 Tip

Almost time to hit the stores! Time to go over your shopping lists one more time. Study your menu. Make certain all the necessary ingredients are added to your list. It’s easy to forget the little things that go into a recipe, like a seasoning you only use once a year or that you need extra butter for various recipes, not just the dinner rolls.


Check, double check, check again. Look over the ads to make certain your lists contain items you want to purchase at specific stores. Yes, I know this sounds tedious but it’s better to take the time in the relaxing comfort of your home rather than trying to remember if you have baking powder in your pantry. Work smarter, not harder by planning ahead before you go out!

23 Elegant and Easy Thanksgiving Table Settings

23 Elegant and Easy Thanksgiving Table Settings

I like to set a beautiful table when I entertain. Corny as it may sound, I see my table as a lovely accessory that adorns my meal. The table & the food compliment one another.

I know many of you may panic at the thought of having to set a table for Thanksgiving, or any occasion this Holiday season. Table settings don’t have to be elaborate or expensive. You simply build them up, one item at a time, step back after each layer & look to see where you need more. Like accessories to an outfit, your table setting should compliment your menu, not overwhelm it! If you turkey gets lost in the setting, you have done too much.

Also, guests must be able to talk to one another across the table. If you have stacked your centerpiece so high that no one can see across it, again, you have done too much. Remember, bit by bit.

Still confused? Country Living to the rescue! They have put together 23 elegant & EASY table settings for you. I LOVE the rustic look to the setting in the photo above. Use these ideas to create your table or as a starting point for a creation of your own.

And when you are done, remember Coco Chanel’s advice concerning accessories, “Remove the last piece you put on!” Even Coco knew, we always go one step too far!

Table Settings

Thanksgiving Countdown Challenge T(hanksgiving) -9 Tip

Time to make a new series of lists. This set breaks down all your grocery needs & lists them on a page for each specific store along with the price of the items at that store. I like to make it easy to go in & quickly pick up the things I need, then move on to the next store.


Many stores create large displays in the front with many of the non-perishable items for easy shopping. You can quickly scan this area for the things you need to save yourself from wandering the entire store.


As I mentioned, I buy multiple turkeys & other Thanksgiving ingredients to enjoy the rest of the year. Most stores require you to buy a certain $ amount of groceries to get the low, low price on the turkey. So I make sure I get as close to that $ amount as possible. I want to avoid spending a fortune on Thanksgiving. I also try to stock up on basics that go on sale during Thanksgiving, like canned vegetables & sugar.


Spend time doing your homework so you don’t need to work so hard at the store. It seriously cuts down on your stress!

The 12 No-no’s of Thanksgiving #9 Never Overestimate Your Time

Thanksgiving can be incredibly stressful. So much to do & very little time in which to do it, no matter how late it is in the month. You can take much of the stress out of the season when you avoid these 12 No-no’s for Thanksgiving. In this series, Jean Ann points out some of the things we do that create our stress, then offers ways to make the Holiday more joyful.

In this episode, Jean Ann offers ways to avoid stress by creating a schedule for Thanksgiving prep.