Not all in my {head}...

Last night, I sat down and began my Thanksgiving "Meal" plan....it's at my house and I try to make it simple {but it NEVER is}. I try to eliminate some dishes but {I never do!}

I have found that I just need to write it all down...My life can be hectic and busy but as long as it's on the piece of paper and NOT all in my "head". All is good!

Do you feel better when you write all that {stuff} down?

Here is my pile of cookbooks I scanned today {I always try to add a new recipe or two but I have so many oldies and {goldies}.

Two hours later...I have one big list and I will be ready to push that grocery cart with all the other people and their grocery carts plus a {turkey} or two.

Now...I have to think about the table...YES, I set my table almost a week ahead....BY the time it's actually Thanksgiving...I have to pull out the feather duster and dust the plates and forks...

22 comments:

Tara G. said...

I have a binder with various forms for household organization. I feel loads better after writing it down. Lists are my BFFs.

Cherie said...

I love how you think! I too am a planner - I have to be because I have so many irons in the fire.

I love seeing all your cookbooks and your planning sheet - I actually think that is a fun part of the holidays.

I SO wish I could set my table a week early - that would be awesome!

Jeni said...

I would love to see a picture of your table when you get it together! I looked at Hobby Lobby tonight for a table runner....to start our new tradition you shared....no luck so I am still on the hunt!

I make a list every morning for my day. Also of crafts I need to make for the month like b-day cards, kids class stuff, gifts for others. Right now my list is long and overwhelming...I think I can...I think I can...I think I can...

KK said...

Wow, we are just going to Cracker Barrell!

Yiota said...

Wow! That is one long list!
Yes, I do prefer to write things down and then clear my head.
I love the picture with all the cookbooks open.

duchess said...

I love planning the big special dinners. I think about it for a long time & always enjoy trying something new. Have fun.

Busy Bee Suz said...

Yes, writing things down get them out of my head!!! YOu have quite a list....I can't set my table that early cause of the 3 felines!!!
Good luck.

Jboo said...

You are so organized! Looks like you have a great plan going there!

Janet

Jo said...

I am a list queen ~ my life would be a chaos if I didn't have it all written down.

Love the runner idea.

Jo

Darlene said...

We too have to plan out our meal and write out our ingredients (so we don't forget anything!). We haven't added anything new in a few years cause we already make so much (LOVED recipes) for a "small" family gathering!

Joycee said...

You have found the secret to having a perfect holiday...plan, plan, and then plan some more! This year my cookbooks don't understand what's going on. They are all on the bookshelf instead of spread across the dining room table...we are going to oldest daughter's house for Thanksgiving!
joy c.

Ruby Red Slippers said...

I love it!!!
Between my parents, my sister, and husband-I don't have to do much...This looks like a lot of work for one girl!!!
(I would need a MAJOR list!)

~The Robin's Nest~ said...

I am a major list maker too~♥

Have fun!

Robin~♥

Organized Chaos said...

So what would it take to convince you to post your shopping list as well as the dishes you are making. You would completely eliminate so much stress from my "to do" list this week!!!!!!!! If you're laughing...I'm serious!

April said...

You are way more organized than me...I stand in awe!

LuLu said...

Oh can I hire you to come and help me get excited to make my list! I'm having Thanksgiving for my little crew and the turkey fever hasn't hit me yet! even after 10 pumpkin spiced lattes! :)
xo,
LuLu

Just call me Peach ;-) said...

I have to write stuff down too...I am so scatter brained I would be lost without my paper and Pen! I'm enjoying catching up on all of the posts I have missed this month!

Debbie said...

I always plan meals and shopping lists - every day of my life! I love being prepared.

carissa... brown eyed fox said...

list of all types! oh yes... i would FORGET! :)

i think that's exciting... that it's at your home... a ton of work i can imagine... but a blessing the same!
Thanksgiving is my FAVORITE day of the year... being surrounding by family is simply the best!

i think i need to start a list! :)

SPEAKING FROM THE CRIB said...

you got an award at the crib on monday don't know if you knew that or not

Katie said...

It looks like you are a wonderful cook. I am working on cooking lately that is something I need help with. Just not enough time and lots of needs at dinner time. I want to make some new meals though.My kids are really picky so it is not a lot of fun. I am working on them though.

Ruth said...

I will be hosting Thanksgiving here, too. I have for my in-laws for most of the last 12 years. A couple of times we tried something different but I love hosting it.

I have my list all made up too.

Ruth