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Posted by on Nov 24, 2013 in Elevate, Family, Inspiration, Soul Food | 0 comments

Do it for Yourself: Prepare to Succeed!

Do it for Yourself: Prepare to Succeed!


“After a good dinner one can forgive anybody, even one’s own relations.”
― Oscar Wilde

Do not Wait.

This is not the week for procrastinating. And after years and years of Thanksgivings under your pretty belt, you should know this. This year, set yourself up for success!

On Thanksgiving you are playing one of two roles. You are either the hostess, and you are already sweating over everything you need to do and all the people you are going to feed. Or you are a guest. It doesn’t matter if you are the guest of a friend, family member or in the home you were raised in, your role as a guest is also important.

For the Hostess…

Pace yourself! Start baking today. Get your pie crust made now, and have it ready to go for Wednesday baking. Take an hour today and make your cranberry sauce. It will sit just fine until Thursday. Boil your eggs on Tuesday night, and have them peeled and ready to go. Jello salad {totally a must} can be made on Tuesday night as well. And for the love of all things holy, get that turkey in a brine! Yes. Just, trust me. You can thank me later. Brown sugar, sea salt, a little fennel, and some garlic. Two days in that brine and your guests will be talking about your turkey for years to come. Don’t worry, the recipe for the turkey is coming later today. Save your super fresh dishes for Thursday morning, and then keep them warm in the oven while you enjoy your guests! Thanksgiving is stressful enough without killing yourself trying make it all come together in one short day. Prepare to succeed!

And for the Guest…

Show up happy. Be ready to lift, sift, mix, whip, pour and set. Please do not show up empty handed. Your mama raised you better than that. Bring a pie, or flowers {not a poinsettia}, a great bottle of wine or some chocolate for the hostess. Everyone loves chocolate! Try everything on the table; it will make the hostess feel like a hero. Last, whether you are the BFF or a new friend, offer to help clear & wash. She may say no, but she will be happy that you offered. In your role, you can also prepare to succeed.