I mentioned before that Thanksgiving is our holiday – MY holiday, the one I get to do and host for other people. We have our own little Thanksgiving traditions, such as the turkey is always fried, and we watch all the Everybody Loves Raymond Thanksgiving episodes (that’s mostly just me, but I can’t help it, I love Raymond).
Since I do Thanksgiving, in order to make sure everything gets done on time and I don’t lose my mind, I have to write out my baking schedule and plan in advance. We only have one little oven, and even though the turkey is deep fried (I’ll never roast a turkey unless our deep fryer dies, and then we’ll just buy a new deep fryer) pretty much everything else goes through the oven.
This year, it’s just going to be the three of us, so it’s not the most elaborate menu (which is odd, because I always want to try more exotic things – like a pumpkin roll, which in my family is exotic – but never do because no one else would eat it) but we’re keeping things simple this year.
I still need my schedule. And two days worth of work.
How do you handle Thanksgiving prep? Do you get to go to a big family potluck? Or do you do it all yourself?