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NaBloPoMo 2011- Holiday Survival

November 17, 2011

It’s ben a while since Ive done a cooking post.

My in laws are here and I have been scrambling to keep up with everything. Dinners have been a mix of J’s favorites–his mom is an awesome cook!–and quick and easy things that we can use to feed a crowd.

I’m hosting a Thanksgiving Feast for close to 30 next week and I feel woefully behind in preparing for it 🙂

Today, I would like to talk about Holiday Survival in the Kitchen. I find that having key ingredients on hand helps make this time a bit less stressful while cooking.

Things you Need:




Brown Sugar

Baking Powder

Baking Soda



Half and Half

Whipping Cream

Real Butter (It is a holiday!)

Sour Cream

Chicken Stock  and or Vegetable Stock (I buy it by the quart and hoard it)

Cranberries–fresh can be frozen, canned can keep forever 🙂

Pie Crusts or Puff Pastry


Green Onions–These can be chopped and frozen in empty water bottles ahead of time. Just shake them out when you need them! Thanks Pinterest for a fantastic idea!!



Vanilla Extract


Pumpkin Pie Spice



Poultry Seasoning


Boxed Cornbread mixes for stuffing


Obviously there is much more to it–but this is the first wave of ensuring that I am not screaming my head off on the big day going “Where is the ________????”

I’m working on the whole menu. I will try to have it up tomorrow!

What are your holiday must haves??



One Comment leave one →
  1. November 18, 2011 12:23 am

    wine…must have wine

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