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Are You Ready For Turkey Day?

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Photo by Paul Hawthorne/Getty Images

Before you know it Thanksgiving will be here and the question is, will you be ready?

Just to make sure you are, here are four things you can do right now that will help a lot.

1. Pick your menu. It’s easier to come up with a plan when you’re not pressed for time, and if you pick wisely you can save money too.

2. Order your turkey. Turkeys are for sale everywhere in November, but if you want to order a special turkey (like a heritage breed) or a turkey from a smaller farm with limited supply, now is the time to order one.

3. Buy the right tools. Is your roasting pan in need of replacing? Do you have a meat thermometer or a gravy separator? Buying things you may need now will prevent a last-minute dash out the door when the day draws near (and you’ll get the tools you need with plenty of time to spare).

4. Invite your guests and ask them to bring a dish to share. Everybody has a specialty so give them a chance to show it off! They will have something to brag about and you will have a little less work to do yourself. Draw up your guest list and ask them what they want to bring. If you want them to bring something specific, don’t be afraid to ask.

And remember, when all else fails, go out for dinner or do like I do and go home for the holidays! Nobody cooks Thanksgiving dinner like Mom. But remember to offer to help running errands, doing prep work and definitely cleaning up after so that Mom is really thankful that you came home.

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