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How to Create a Stress-Free Thanksgiving Feast

November 23, 2017

Thanksgiving is one of those holidays many families look forward to all year long. It’s a time for relatives to reunite and enjoy one another’s company. But it can also be a stressful time, especially if you’re planning to buy one of the new homes in Phenix City AL before the end of the year. Here are a few hosting tips, tricks and hacks to make this year’s Thanksgiving feast a stress-free experience.

Food Prep Hacks

Stuffin’ Muffins – Serve up individual stuffing portions so everyone gets just the right amount. Prepare your stuffing ahead of time, and then spoon a pre-measured amount into each muffin cup before baking. Once the portions are done, they can be transferred to a larger container, chilled and then reheated right before dinner. View the recipe here.

Bacon Wrapped Turkey – Your guests will be amazed at how moist your turkey is if you wrap it in bacon before roasting. The bacon seasons and bastes the meat, while delivering a crisp skin that is sure to delight everyone.

Slow Cooker Service – It can be challenging to manage your stove and oven space during meal preparation, so put your slow cooker to use to free up some space. Mashed potatoes cook especially well this way. Here’s a tasty recipe to try.

Love those Shortcuts – Baking a homemade pie is a labor of love, but sometimes, it’s just not worth all that labor. So save yourself some stress and buy ready-made pie crust from the store. No one has to know you didn’t do all the work yourself!

Table Setting Tips

Keep Centerpieces Simple – There’s no need to spend an arm and a leg on fancy floral centerpieces. Simple Mason jars can add a festive feel to the table without putting a dent in your wallet. Place a few sprigs of greenery, fresh cranberries, or acorns inside the jar, along with a votive candle and you’ve got a delightful centerpiece to brighten your table.

Kid Friendly Place Mats – Keep children entertained before, during and after the meal with holiday place mats that feature mad-libs, word searches, quizzes, and more. All you’ll need on turkey day is some pencils and crayons for the kids, or those young at heart! Here’s a sample placemat to give you some ideas.

A “Krafty” Table Covering – It’s practically a given that someone may spill food on your favorite tablecloth during the Thanksgiving feast. Rather than worry that the stain will be there forever, cover your table with Kraft paper instead. Give your guests (kids included) some markers and crayons to decorate the table before the meal. Once everyone’s eaten, just crumple the paper up and throw it away!

Contact the trusted real estate agents at Rose Anne Erickson Realty today to make one of the new homes in Phenix City AL yours!

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