Monday: You should have taken your turkey out of the freezer. If you miss this first step you're screwed. Just sayin'. Take the turkey wings out of the freezer, too.
Make gravy (I double the recipe from yesterday)
Clean the house, wash the dishes to be used, polish silver, set the table.
Wednesday - Let's get as much done today as we can, so that tomorrow morning we can put in the turkey and sit down with our friends for a Bloody Mary, shall we?
Saute onions and celery for stuffing (put in fridge for tomorrow)
Inject turkey with brine (1/4 c. salt, 2 T. brown sugar, 1 quart veg stock.)
Make corn pudding (recipe from yesterday)
Make Pilgrim hat cookies
Assemble pineapple souffle (don't bake)(recipe from yesterday)
Prepare cranberry mixture for brie (recipe from yesterday)
Make jello salad
Make Bloody Marys (Yes!)
No, I didn't forget it was Tutorial Tuesday. Want to make a Pilgrim Hat with your kids? My 3rd grader has to dress in Pilgrim attire for the next 3 days in school, and we were able to whip up this little ditty from Family Fun Magazine in about 20 minutes! (I made a few changes)
2 pieces black paper (we used a black poster board)
7- by 25-inch rectangle
a 13-inch-wide circle
2 1/2- by 25-inch colored paper strip
4 x 3 inch yellow paper square for buckle
To make the hat, wrap the rectangular piece of paper around your child's head and mark with chalk where the edges touch. Remove the paper and use a stapler to attach the ends of the paper at the place you've just marked, forming a tube.
Place the hat top in the center of the 13-inch paper circle (I traced my large frying pan!) and trace around the circumference, leaving about a 3-inch hat brim. Set aside the hat top.
Using chalk, divide the circle into eight pie slices or spokes. Cut along the spokes (but do not cut around the outside of the circle) so that you have eight pointed flaps.
Slip the paper circle over the hat top, leaving the pointed flaps sticking up. Tape them to the hat top (the top of the hat will be open). *I used poster board and found this step most difficult. You will need two hands to slide the brim over the tube. That little rim is stubborn!
Measure the paper band so that it fits around the hat. Staple it to size and slide over outside of the hat to cover the folded-over flaps you taped.
Here are the steps in the following photos:
**Meet me back here tomorrow for your Thanksgiving Day schedule**