Christmas is only 20 days away. Let me say that again Christmas is only 20 days away. If you are hosting Christmas you have a lot of work ahead of you. Below is a breakdown of what you need to do, for Christmas Day survival.
Recipe Box Figure out which recipes you want to make. Look for recipes with similar cook temperatures and times. It will make the oven shuffle that much easier.
Test Bake If it’s something you’ve never tried before and you are worried about how it will turn out, do a test bake. If you don’t have the time to do a test bake, make sure you have a backup plan ready. Example: If you are trying to make rolls for the first time, have a store bought option in the freezer just in case things don’t go as planned.
Read Over Even if it something you’ve made a thousand times before, stop and read the recipe again. See if there is anything you can do in advance and add all items needed to the grocery list.
Talk Turkey If you are hosting Christmas Dinner it’s time to talk turkey. Spend the next few days getting your head count for dinner locked down. Once you have a good idea of who is coming do a little Turkey Math and place your order. Hint: 1.5 pounds of uncooked turkey for each person coming to dinner. Don’t worry you will have plenty of leftovers.
Order Your Turkey Ordering a turkey from the grocery store is great, because those are often not frozen. It will save you space since you won’t be slowly defrosting a turkey for days on end in your refrigerator. Hint: If you are buying a large bird, make sure it fits in your stove and fridge. If not opt for two smaller birds.
Take an inventory Make sure you have enough dishes, silverware, bake ware, and serving items for the big day. If you don’t see if you can borrow from guests that are eating at your place. If you don’t have enough check out stores like Ikea. They often let you buy individual items instead of having to get a large set.
Make Multiple Shopping Lists Certain stores have certain things, which means you might need to hit up a few places to get everything you need for Christmas. So, start with one long list, and break it into sections based on store. This way you don’t have to spend one day running around the city, you can do the shopping in stages.
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Now that you have your to do list print a out copy of the Christmas Survival Cheat Sheet get to work. If you’re looking for our original Holiday Prep Worksheet print out your copy here. For those of you who want to add a little fun to Christmas Dinner check out Home For The Holiday Days Edition of Survivor.
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This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Havertys. The opinions and text are all mine.