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Have you been to the grocery store the past few days? Insanity! Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays, hands down. However, I do not enjoy the craziness of this time of year.
I am trying to be much more mindful this season of keeping things simple and not overwhelming myself this time of year. Here are a few things I will be doing this week to keep Thanksgiving a joy in our household.
1. Grocery shopping ahead of time
We are doing all of our grocery shopping ahead of time for Turkey day. Granted, we will probably need to run out to get that “one” thing we forget, but getting it all done ahead of time is so much easier than going Wednesday or Thursday for items. Plus, it is much cheaper, too.
2. Eating easy until Thanksgiving
I hadn’t had a Hot Pocket in AGES. At least five years. Ok, so maybe it isn’t the healthiest choice, but I loved having these HOT POCKETS® sandwiches (pepperoni w/garlic buttery seasoned crust) in my freezer last night for an easy way to fill our bellies between errands. I got them at Walmart in the freezer aisle. I paired it with a wonderful tossed salad, and in between shopping and ice skating my daughter and I were able to enjoy something without much prep, cooking, or cleaning up! And we burned off those calories at the ice skating rink. Win-win. We don’t plan to do any heavy cooking until Thanksgiving, and having easy food items with no prep help us keep our sanity and enjoy the long house of cooking on the day of feasting. Even my hubby had to dive into the box when he saw them.
3. Delegate out responsibilities
Our family shares cooking responsibilities. We sign up ahead of time for a few food items, so the host doesn’t feel like they are hosting AND cooking everything. This is really fun too, because then we all share new recipes and exchange new ideas.
4. Prepping food items ahead of time
Making pies, cooking aromatics, and chopping vegetables ahead of time can really cut down on the work load on the big day so you can spend more time with friends and family instead of in the kitchen.
5. Practicing Gratitude
It is easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of busyness this time of year without really taking a moment to enjoy the significance of these special days. Taking a moment to really foster a heart of thankfulness can really impact your days as you go about special planning and preparation.