This Thanksgiving do not let the stress of the holiday get the best of you. A recent study conducted by Safeway found that 58 percent of holiday hosts say they are most disappointed by the fact that they’re too busy preparing and serving food that they can’t sit down and enjoy alongside their company. In an effort to curb these stats, here are Tips & Recipes that will maximize the time parents are able to spend with their kids – and still prepare a delicious meal, and have festive décor to warm the home.
While mom and dad are busy in the kitchen, the little ones can make festive jack-o-littles double as great Thanksgiving Day accents or place cards for the dinner table. Pick up a few Jack-o-Littles and assorted ribbons from your local Safeway or nearby grocer. Take gold, brown and silver metallic paints and create designs on the Jack-O-Littles. Top them off with holiday ribbon. You can even use permanent markers to write names on the ribbon to make a festive place card and place on top of guests’ tape.
Two Hour Turkey: Chef Jeff Anderson
Executive chef of Safeway’s Culinary Kitchens, has prepared a recipe that allows hosts to whip up a turkey no matter what the circumstance. Click here for the recipe
Décor tips from Debi Lilly – Traditional Thanksgiving Meal Tips
- Create a custom tabletop by “striping” satin ribbon, weaving pieces over or under as you add them to the design.
- Set the center of the table with vivid, seasonal floral centerpieces with accents of twig for a natural, rustic finish.
- Layer organic, seasonal dried beans and nuts in glass vases, topped with scented candles to create a dramatic table.
- Turn min pumpkins into beautiful votive holders, carving out the top with a knife, to insert a petite votive candle
- The details make the difference – twist fresh Rosemary or Thyme springs into rings, and dinner napkins look and smell delicious.
Leftover Makeover by Chef Jeff
Of Safeway’s Culinary Kitchens, has a full array of recipes that to use for your leftovers, so you & your loved ones are not stuck having the same tired Thanksgiving leftovers weeks after the holiday; recipes like Turkey Ribolitta Soup, and Warm Turkey and Bacon Salad.
These simple and elegant touches will impress your family, and de-stress your Thanksgiving.