Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Thanksgiving Must Haves

It is snowing for the first time this winter here in Utah and it is sticking! I was born & raised in Southern California & normally hate the cold winters, but for some reason I am happy about this crazy weather day. Maybe it's because I am reminded of how close all the holidays really are.

Speaking of holidays, I read a lot of blogs and for some reason I haven't seen any posts about Thanksgiving! It's like everyone got too excited about Christmas and just skipped right over it! Don't worry you guys, I may have posted a Christmas ornament tutorial yesterday, but I have not forgotten about our country's lovely food centered holiday! (Sure it's about more than just food, but what is a Thanksgiving without turkey?!)

The other night I actually had a dream we were hosting Thanksgiving & were completely unprepared. All we had made was the turkey. I was scrambling to make some last minute mashed potatoes--without gravy =(  as everyone was walking in the door! Oh, what a nightmare!

Don't catch yourselves unprepared, Check out these 8 Thanksgiving Must Haves!

Be prepared this Thanksgiving & check out these Thanksgiving Day essentials!



Be prepared this Thanksgiving & check out these Thanksgiving Day essentials!


How great is this OXO Good Grips Poultry Lifter?! I've always used a combination of forks & tongs to move a whole chicken/turkey and it's always a nightmare! For how cheap this is, it's definitely worth it!

Be prepared this Thanksgiving & check out these Thanksgiving Day essentials!

For some reason, no one ever has these, but really how smart is the Godinger Ceramic Double Warmer Chafing Dish with Serving Stand? It's not even half as expensive as some of those electric warming dishes, but still keeps your food warm & looks nice.


Be prepared this Thanksgiving & check out these Thanksgiving Day essentials!

A lot of people like to bust out the "good" china for holidays, and I agree. Definitely a great idea when you have a SMALL family gathering, but if you're hosting a large family get together, I'd opt for Reflections Plastic Silverware, 160 Pieces. It looks nice and it's less clean up. We hosted a family brunch the other day with only 10 people, but we definitely did disposable plates & silverware. No one will be offended, so why not make your life easier?

Be prepared this Thanksgiving & check out these Thanksgiving Day essentials!

A good roasting pan is essential for Turkey Day, but we live on one income over here so I'm not about to spend over $100 on one, which is why I like the Cuisinart Stainless 16-Inch Rectangular Roaster with Rack. It's got great reviews and is half the price of most.

If that's still a little out of budget you can either use one of your cooling racks & stick that in the pan or crumple up some sheets of aluminum foil & put them in the bottom of the pan to lift that turkey!

Be prepared this Thanksgiving & check out these Thanksgiving Day essentials!

Most people have a turkey baster, we actually didn't. I think it got thrown out in the move? So I actually went and purchased this one, OXO Good Grips Angled Turkey Baster with Cleaning Brush, because it was the only one they had. I was actually pretty surprised at how much I liked it. 

First off it comes with a cleaning brush that reaches all the way in there, but also, it has a little plastic stand attached (see in picture above) that lets it rest on the counter with the tip pointed up so you don't get drippings everywhere. Such a basic item, but I love it more than ones I've had in the past.

Be prepared this Thanksgiving & check out these Thanksgiving Day essentials!


For reasons that should be obvious, a Top Chef 2-Piece Carving Set makes the list of Thanksgiving Must-Haves!

Be prepared this Thanksgiving & check out these Thanksgiving Day essentials!


So I actually saw one of these at Costco the other day, but couldn't see find the price. Crockpot's always get me excited for some reason. I love the idea of the Crock-Pot Hook Up Connectable Entertaining System because you can have multiple going at once and doesn't take up as much space as a bunch of separate crock pots. I imagine putting a breakfast casserole or overnight french toast in there to make it so I don't have to cook breakfast Thanksgiving morning on top of everything else!


Be prepared this Thanksgiving & check out these Thanksgiving Day essentials!


Okay, so while this could be used for Thanksgiving, this is something I'm personally purchasing for the day after. I have always wanted a OXO Good Grips V-Blade Mandoline Slicer (I know I'm a dork). And I was watching Chef Anne on Food Network make these delicious looking salt & vinegar chips! Ever since I've been thinking about how perfect that would be for all the leftover potatoes I always have lying around after Thanksgiving. They normally start growing roots & get thrown away, but not this year!

I hope you all have a fantastic holiday season! Let me know some of your favorite essentials in the comments below! And while you're commenting, I'd love to hear a favorite Thanksgiving tradition! We are trying to implement family traditions this year since our family is growing!

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