Thanksgiving Prep – My Lists

Here are all my daily lists for preparing for Thanksgiving. I’ve gathered them together from all over this site so you can use them if you want to.  The lists start on Friday, November 18th and go through Thanksgiving Day, November 24th this year, 2016.

You can print this page out and use these lists, adding your own notes, to help you prepare.


Friday, November 18th
Finish making pie crusts for the freezer
Make cornbread and biscuits for dressing, crumble and freeze in plastic bags
Grocery shop for non-perishables
Clean bathroom and do general straightening in the house

Saturday, November 19th
Take turkeys out to defrost
Grocery shop for perishables
Cleaning and laundry

Monday, November 21st
Check on turkeys as they defrost
Clean dining room, put out plates, utensils, etc.
Set out all casserole dishes, pots and pans, see if I have what I need to cook everything
Make Aunt Eura’s Yeast Rolls and put in freezer
Make Cranberry Relish, refrigerate

Tuesday, November 22nd

Brine the turkeys. I’ll use the Traditional Turkey recipe this year!
Assemble casseroles and refrigerate (sweet potato, green bean, any casserole that does not contain breads, baking soda or baking powder.)
Make a Breakfast Casserole for Thursday, freeze or refrigerate

Wednesday, November 23rd
Take Breakfast casserole out of freezer
Bake pies
Make dressing and refrigerate
Make salads
Roast turkey, carve, refrigerate in chicken broth
Make centerpieces
Do last minute laundry

Thursday, November 24th – Thanksgiving Day
Put Breakfast casserole in to bake
Take pies and yeast rolls out of freezer early
Make stuffing
Make mashed potatoes
Reheat turkey
Bake casseroles
Bake yeast rolls
Make gravy

Dinner is ready!

About Sylvia

Sylvia Britton is the owner of the Christian HomeKeeper website and ministry and began the ministry in 1997 when her husband brought home their first PC. She and her husband Mark live in Tennessee and are the parents of 5 grown children and grandparents to five so far. They homeschooled their five children from 1991 to 2016. You can follow Sylvia on Facebook or consider joining her Facebook Group called Christian Homekeepers and Like her official CHK Page on Facebook.
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7 Responses to Thanksgiving Prep – My Lists

  1. granolabrooklyn says:

    Wow! I LOVE the idea of making the turkey ahead of time. It always takes so long to let it set and cool down and then everyone has to wait for you to carve it. What a great idea! This is such a great planner. I have so many applications of your plan going through my head right now. Thanks, Sylvia! Have a blessed Thanksgiving.

  2. Theresa says:

    Thank you for sharing your lists. Can you please tell me how you reheat the turkey? I worry that it will dry out if I make it ahead of time. Thanks 🙂

    • Sylvia says:

      You will carve the turkey and place it in an oven-proof pan or casserole dish, cover the turkey with chicken or turkey broth, then cover the pan tightly and refrigerate. Then to reheat, I place the covered pan of turkey in the oven while I am baking pies and other dishes, so the temperature is usually 350*F. I allow the turkey to reheat for about 35 minutes. If you use a lower temp, you’ll leave it in longer. You can always open the pan and check the turkey to see if its hot enough.
      Let me know if you have other questions.

  3. Dianne says:

    Knowing when to do what is always a problem to me. I would love to have a stress-free holiday meal but I always end up in a frenzy, trying to remember what needs to be done and when. I also downloaded and printed out your Thanksgiving Planner. Thanks for all you do for us.

    • Sylvia says:

      Diane, I hope the planner is a big help to you. I always had trouble getting it all together too, so that’s why I figured out how to do it and wrote the planner.