The Ultimate Thanksgiving Checklist
Yes, that’s right. Thanksgiving is just over one week away. Whether you’ll be cooking the works for a “friendsgiving” style celebration or you’re taking a dish over to mom and dad’s—you can’t procrastinate meal planning any longer.
Cooking for Thanksgiving can be overwhelming. Let’s be honest, even Monica Geller’s turkey ended up on Joey’s head. But, have no fear, we’ve got you covered. We’ve created the ultimate checklist guaranteed to help you rock Turkey Day 2013.
Okay, let’s start with the big one, the turkey. Cooking doesn’t have to be as intense as it seems, we promise. Here are five recipes we think you’ll love.
– Turkey Roasted with Herb Butter (Brit + Co.)
– Pancetta-Sage Turkey with Pancetta-Sage Gravy (Epicurious)
– Spanish Turkey with Oregano, Paprika and Sage (Chatelaine)
– Bacon and Onion Turkey (Better Homes and Gardens)
– Orange Roasted Turkey (Grandmother’s Kitchen)
While the turkey may get all the glory, we all know sides are always the classic faves. From traditional stuffing recipes to new takes on mashed potatoes, there’s no such thing as TOO many sides at Thanksgiving. Here are 7 such recipes we’re thinking about serving this year.
– Celery Root & Sage Mash (Brit + Co.)
– Creamy Cauliflower Mash (Brit + Co.)
– Parsnip & Carrot Mash (Brit + Co.)
– Applesauce Mac & Cheese (Adventures in Cooking)
– Pumpkin Dinner Rolls (Beyond Kimchee)
– Brussels Sprout Kebabs (Pure Vege)
– Sangria Cranberry Sauce (SheKnows)
No Thanksgiving meal is complete without the perfect stuffing. Whether you’re looking for something savory, “sweet,” or even gluten-free, we’ve got you covered.
–Vegan Stuffing Muffin (Brit + Co.)
– Apple, Sage, and Sausage Stuffing (Saveur)
– Chestnut and Pearl Onion Stuffing (The Splendid Table)
– Roasted Acorn Squash With Pistachio Stuffing (A Couple Cooks)
– Gluten-Free Cornbread Stuffing (Little Leopard Book)
– No-Fuss Stuffing (Laura’s Sweet Spot)
– Rosemary Whole Wheat Stuffing with Figs and Hazelnuts (Vegetarian Times)
There are more ways than you think to eat (and drink) fall’s favorite flavor. Don’t miss a few of our favorite ways to go pumpkin.
– The Ultimate Pumpkin Pie (Brit + Co.)
– Biscoff Pumpkin Pie Cookie Cups (Lemons for Lulu)
– Spiced Pumpkin Chai Blondie (Brit + Co.)
– Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies (Brit + Co.)
– Pull-Apart Pumpkin Pie Bread with Maple Glaze (Brit + Co.)
– Chocolate Pumpkin Pecan Cupcakes (The Honour System)
Food isn’t the only thing that requires planning for Thanksgiving. We found some fabulously fall ways to trick out your table.
– Pumpkin Succulent Planter (Made + Remade)
– Centerpiece Basket (Brit + Co.)
– Natural Glam (Refinery29)
– Welcome Pumpkin (Better Homes and Gardens)
– Vegetable Vases (Brit + Co.)
– Twine-Wrapped Jar Vases (Apartment Therapy)
– Feeder Centerpiece (Vintage Whites Blog)
– Neon Dyed Napkins (Brit + Co.)
– Elbows Off The Table Napkins (Brit + Co.)
No matter how much food you eat at Thanksgiving dinner, there’s always room for a little something sweet. We’ve got a few traditional, and… not so traditional Turkey Day treats.
– Oreo Turkey Pops (Brit + Co.)
– Salted Caramel Cheesecake (Brit + Co.)
– No-Bake Oreo Truffles (Brit + Co.)
– Gingerbread Cheesecake (The Intrepid Baker)
– Pumpkin Seed Puppy Chow (Brit + Co.)
Last but not least, we have Thanksgiving drinks. This is another part of meal planning that tends to fly under the radar. Take your meal up a notch with one of these delicious fall libations.
– Pumpkin Cider Beertail (Brit + Co.)
– Pumpkin Mojito (Yum Sugar)
– Pumpkin Spice Hazelnut Coffee (Poet in the Pantry)
– Pumpkintini (Brit + Co.)
– Spiced Pumpkin Cider (She Knows)
Well, that’s all folks. Our favorite Thanksgiving recipes and ideas are now all in one place. Share your favorite Thanksgiving dishes and decor ideas with us on Twitter or Facebook. We can’t wait to see what your Turkey Day looks like!
It can be intimidating to step out on your own and build a business from the ground up. As part of our collaboration with Office Depot, we're talking with Selfmade alum and solopreneur Colette Lawrence, the faith-based motivator and relationship builder behind The M.E.E. Movement, about ways in which women in business can find success.
B + C: How did you know M.E.E. Movement was your business to start?
The M.E.E Movement represents motivation, empowerment, and encouragement for women. It is what represents me. I did not know at first that it was my business to start, but then the thought of monetizing what I loved came to me. It scared me, however. I registered the business in July 2020 and have been slowly building my wings since.
B + C: What's one strategy that's helped you start your business?
Thinking through and researching what the requirements are to start my business, and then asking questions of people who are in the business. Not all advice worked; however, it helped me to figure out what I needed to do and not to do.
B + C: Did you always know life coaching would be your entrepreneurial path?
(Smiles) No, I did not. I 'stumbled" on it. I knew that people were always coming to me for advice and I found that I loved having conversations with them, especially with women, young and old.
B + C: What was your most valuable takeaway from Selfmade?
My most valuable takeaway was the first day of training: Get out of your own way. There were a lot of great moments and important takeaways from every presenter. However, getting out of my own way, pushing past doubts, was for me my most valuable takeaway. Doing something that I had never done before took courage. If I do not focus on what is happening with me mentally then I cannot deliver to my clients successfully.
B + C: What's one piece of advice you would give to female entrepreneurs on the brink of starting?
Get out of your head. You have something to offer. You have what you need to succeed so go ahead and do it.
B + C: How do you stay motivated?
I stay motivated by listening to music and listening to motivational speakers, and sometimes someone will just reach out and talk about the impact that I made in their life. That adds the extra juice or sauce I need to pummel through the day.
B + C: What's your best organizational tip?
Keep a diary and journal. It's the best way for me to keep organized and it also provides a source motivation as I record not only my "losses" but my wins as well.
B + C: Who inspires you in the entrepreneurial space?
Shirley Toliver – She motivates and empowers and makes me always want to show up.
B + C: What has receiving the Office Depot scholarship to Selfmade done to help you start or grow your business?
The scholarship was a blessing in that all the areas that were covered offered valuable information that I needed, from social media to HR. As a new business owner, I needed to know this to increase my own personal awareness in what it takes to run a successful business. The candidness of the presenters made it easy to see myself in their shoes and helped me to realize that I can also get there.
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