Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Almost Thanksgiving

Pumpkin Cake, at Dean & Deluca


  • Need to give yourself a quick manicure so your hands look nice for the holiday? I need to, I don't want to show up at Thanksgiving with chipped nail polish.

  • Add 15 minutes to your normal exercise routine today - Thanksgiving preparedness!

  • Gather phone numbers of people you want to call on Thanksgiving to wish a happy holiday.

  • Sweep the entryway to your home, both outdoors and inside.

  • Gather cameras, chargers and batteries you'll use tomorrow. Charge up phones and cameras tonight.


If you're going out of town for Thanksgiving, you can enjoy coming home in a few days to clean bathrooms. If you're hosting, you need all your bathrooms to be spotless for guests. I'm not hosting Thanksgiving, but I'm having a casual party the night before.

If you have a big crowd coming, more than one bathroom may be in use at the same time. So you might want to clean all of the bathrooms in your home, not just the guest bathroom.

Clean mirrors, light fixtures, sinks and counters. Scrub the toilet, see if the bathtub and shower need any work. Finish by mopping floors, replacing hand towels and rugs/mats with clean ones, stocking toilet paper and Kleenex. Do you have a vase of fresh flowers in the guest bathroom? A candle you can light later on in the evening?

LOVELY BLOGS: Brown Eyed Baker

The author of Brown Eyed Baker grew up in an Italian kitchen. She shares her recipes and love of food. Recent posts include Mashed Sweet Potato Brulee, Fresh Green Bean Casserole, and tips on cooking the Thanksgiving turkey. Her cranberry walnut rolls look absolutely amazing.


Chunky Pumpkin Soup (Chocolate & Zucchini)

DIY Christmas Snow Village for Kids to Make From Boxes (Ziggity Zoom Parents)

Ginger-Spice Cranberry-Apple Streusel Pie (Fine Cooking)

How the Thanksgiving Cooking is Passed Down From Mother to Daughter (Slate)

Holiday Bliss Project Patterns (Victoria Magazine)

How to Handle Kitchen Fires (The Early Show)

How to Make Chocolate-Filled Mini Turkey Tarts (The Kitchn)

Improving Storebought Dishes (Food and Wine)

Modern Flowers for Thanksgiving (Epicurious)

Savory Stuffings (Coastal Living)

Thanksgiving Pies (Saveur)

Turkey Day Etiquette (Lindaraxa's Garden)

Why Food Writers Secretly Hate the Thanksgiving Feast (Slate)

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