10 Things You Forgot to Add to Your Thanksgiving Shopping List
You have the turkey and the wine, but what are you forgetting to add to your Thanksgiving shopping list you'll wish you had when your extended family starts arriving? Double check this list to make sure you have it all covered.
1) Paper Towels
Who knows how these evaporate so quickly, but you can never have too many paper towels.
2) Meat Thermometer
If you're like me, Thanksgiving is about the only time you use a meat thermometer (and really need it).
3) Leftover Containers
My daughter brings her own, but have some of these on hand to send your friends and relatives home with food so you're not stuck with Thanksgiving sandwiches for the next two weeks.
4) Potato Masher or Ricer
If you want those creamy fluffy taters that everyone envies, you need one of those squiggly potato mashers or vegetable ricers. Nothing smashes spuds like a professional masher. Forget the fork.
Whether you're plowing through Bloody Marys, staying hydrated with water, or hurriedly popping that room temperature bottle of wine that Aunt Linda brought , you're going to want some ice. Stat.
6) Aluminum Foil
It's impossible to finish every dish of food at the same time. While the yams get cold on the counter, the gravy is just getting started. You need some aluminum foil to keep your "done" items warm while the rest of the meal catches up.
7) Dishwasher Soap
I never wash more dishes than on Thanksgiving. Everything but the fancy stuff goes in the dishwasher. Don't open the cupboard and discover an empty jug of Cascade. As the scouts say, be prepared.
8) Board Games
Not everyone finishes a giant meal and retires to the couch to fall asleep in front of the football game. Bring along some games - Scrabble, Taboo, Apples to Apples - to fill the void and drown out Grandpa's snoring.
9) Plastic Plates and Utensils
There's some pretty fancy-looking plastic wear available to buy and no one will judge you for not wanting to wash a table full of plates and forks.
10) Coffee (and cream)
This is just a friendly reminder that pie is not pie without coffee. Yet it’s pretty easy to forget. As you’re clearing the table, start the coffee brewing. You’ll thank us the next morning when you’re up early for shopping specials. The cream doubles as a rich coffee additive or if you whip it, a rich pie topping should someone forget the Cool Whip.