Thanksgiving Dinner Cooking Planner

I don’t know about you but Thanksgiving Day is always filled with chaos. Fun chaos. But chaos nonetheless. With the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade playing in the background, I take to the kitchen prepared to tackle the day’s feast.

I carefully lay out all the ingredients for the delicious dishes (grouping them by recipe, of course) and then take a deep breath.

How am I going to get this all done? Efficiently would be nice.

Inevitably, my kitchen is covered in post-it notes reminding me when to put a dish in and when, oh, and at the right temperature. And wait… did those go in together? Or did I want to cook them separately? Shoot.

To wrangle all the chaos, I’ve created a simple printable chart. Click the links below to download.

Lawrence Made Thanksgiving Cooking Planner

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7 Kitchen Tools I Can’t Live Without

Cooking is one of my greatest joys. I find quite a bit of personal fulfillment in making something delicious for my family while exploring new flavor pairings and food. However, it hasn’t always been that way. I used to loathe cooking because it took too long and nothing ever turned out how I wanted. Lots of undercooked or charred to a crisp chicken. Soggy veggies. Over-flavored noodles. I just couldn’t seem to get it right.

Then I took a knife skills class at Sur La Table. It was a gift that completely changed my relationship with food. You’re probably wondering how a knife class changed my cooking. Well, let me tell you…

Lawrence Made Essential Kitchen Tools Pin

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Baby Storage Bins

During my pregnancy, I received a lot of advice about everything under the sun from taking care of the baby to keeping my sanity. Some of the best tips I received were related to the latter, including how a little forethought with organization can go a long way.

One particularly organized friend gave me this tip, and I already know I’ll be eternally grateful.

To reduce clutter and keep your wits about you, buy storage containers for items baby will outgrow… now.

Knowing we plan to have a second baby, we planned to keep as much of baby’s stuff as reasonable, but it didn’t really occur to me to have bins ready to go before baby even arrived.

Here’s the dose of the reality my friend gave me.

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