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7 Tips To Make Thanksgiving Easier

  1. thanksDo everything you can in advance!
  2. Many recipes can be made ahead and frozen (like cheeseballs, cookies, cakes)
  3. Slice and chop vegetables you’ll need for recipes up to 3 days before you need them, just seal them in an air tight container
  4. Pies can be prepared ahead of time then frozen until a couple of days before you want to bake them.
  5. Use your crockpot!  Find a side dish that can be cooked in your crockpot and you’ll have one less thing taking up your oven and stove.  Plus, most crockpot recipes can be prepared the night before then you just have to start it when you are ready!
  6. If something messes up, don’t worry!  It’s not that big of a deal, it won’t be remembered, and that one thing isn’t the reason you are celebrating anyway!  Take a deep breathe and remember that!
  7. Remind yourself that your guests didn’t come because your house was somehow rumored to be perfect, they came because they love you!  So if you forgot to deep clean something, or clean it at all, don’t feel bad or even apologize for missing it!  They don’t care, and that’s one other thing no one will remember!

 Do you have any tips or shortcuts?

We’re all ears!

 

 

Originally posted 2013-11-18 00:35:37.

DIY Thanksgiving Centerpiece

I decided to take a shot at making a centerpiece.  I had never made one before, but given that my Granny has a flower shop, located in Russellville, AR,  (quick plug and shout out to all the wonderful ladies and gentleman who do such great work at Cathy’s Flowers and Gifts) that I have worked at and played in a million times, I figured I could handle it!
True to form, I did it with stuff I could find around the house and yard.  I try not to go buy anything when at all possible!  For those of you who’ve missed it, we have established that I am FRUGAL, not CHEAP!  LOL.  Anyway, I didn’t have to buy anything, the floral stuff, straw, and old candy corn were going to be thrown away from church, so no cost there either!  😀
I wanted it to be a little taller than just the table, so I made a stand out of cans, then put a towel over them and a tray on top.  The towel keeps it from scratching the tray.  😀

 

I took an old scrub top I had that was solid brown and covered the tray with it.  I just folded it in so that no one could tell it was a shirt.

 

DIY Thanksgiving Centerpiece
I took a Mason jar and filled it partially with dried beans, then stuck the sticks in the way I wanted and filled the rest of the jar.  In the middle are pistachio shells that Chief Zoo Keeper so kindly put in a jar instead of throwing away.  When I saw the jar, I was pleased for once that he doesn’t clean up after himself!  Small blessings!  On one side I put a leaf toward the bottom of the sticks to make it look like it was falling.  😀
I spread the straw stuff around the outside of the jar, then arranged flowers and leaves.  I stuck in my Give Thanks piece, which worked out perfectly since I had no idea what I was going to do with it!

 

Here is my finished product!  I used varying sizes of sticks found around the yard and stuck the leaves in the grooves of the sticks so there is no gluing!  Next year, I can find new sticks and do it again without throwing away anything!  Yay!
Hope you enjoy it and are inspired to make the perfect centerpiece for your family!  We are so blessed and I love the little reminders to give thanks all around the house!  Stick around and check out the Zoo!!!  There are kinds of things you might just like for your Zoo!

Originally posted 2011-11-03 21:27:00.