Thanksgiving is almost here! It’s my favorite holiday and features all my favorite things: Cooking, family, relaxing, wine, blazing fires, card games, pies, football and kids running and playing! No gift giving expectations, the weather allows plenty of outside time, and it’s a time to recognize the meaning that your friends and family bring to your life. Thanksgiving! I love every minute of it.
A big added bonus, for me, is that our family tradition is to host. My family comes in from Lake Ocononee and Rome, GA. My in-laws come in from Florida and Connecticut. And I savor the 3 or 4 days of the year that we are all together.
Did I mention that I love to cook and I’m head chef for ~20 people during our Thanksgiving visit? Yes, I cook 3-4 days for 20 people and I still have time to enjoy and savor the time with my family. What’s my secret? Planning. Yes, It’s all about creating a plan that fits our family’s needs, then following through with some hard work, while enjoying the process.
Josh Chamberlain’s Thanksgiving Plan
Finalize the menu for the week
Grocery shop at the YDFM
Buy beer, wine and bourbon
Audrey (my mother-in-law and sous chef) and I check for missing ingredients
Make another run to the farmers market
Start the pie dough
Drink wine and relax
Cook black eyed peas
Bake mac & cheese
Roast brussel sprouts
Audrey and I each make a soup for our yearly “Soup Off” (she normally wins)
Attend neighbors pre-Thanksgiving party
Make the gravy
Savor the feast
Family pictures with Cathy Davis
The weekend is only just beginning!!
It’s a plan with lots of room for a wonderful week with family and friends.
*Does anyone see the parallels to financial planning? If you want to talk turkey, contact me.
Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family!