It's Tuesday or "Day Two" of our Thanksgiving dinner preparations, and so far it is going great. the goal here is to do whatever can be done to make Thursday a relaxing day. If your family is like mine, they start showing up at the house on Wednesday, so I am trying to get everything I can do today.
1. Wash and iron linens.
2. Make sure special dishes are ready.
3. Make sure your final grocery list is complete ( I will make a late night run to avoid the crowds).
4. Make Sweet Potato Casserole.....
Sweet Potato Casserole
8 to 10 Sweet Potatoes
1/2 Cup Butter
1 Can Evaporated Milk
1 + 1 Cups Brown Sugar
2 + 2 Teaspoons Saigon Cinnamon
1 Teas. Vanilla
1 1/2 Cups Chopped Pecans
Peel and dice sweet potatoes into 2 inch chunks and place in a baking dish. Sprinkle with olive oil and sea salt. Bake at 350 degrees until the potatoes are fork tender. Bring out of the oven and place in a large mixer bowl. Add 1/4 cup of the butter, 1 cup of the brown sugar, 2 teaspoons of the cinnamon, vanilla and evaporated milk. Beat together mashing the potatoes and incorporating the ingredients together. I personally like to leave some chunks whole in the mix to add a little "bite" to the casserole.
The other task for today is to chop the onions, carrots, celery, and herbs for the turkey and stuffing. I place them in separate containers and refrigerate until needed. I love doing this ahead of time because it saves time, and my boys don't get realize they are doing little bits of Thanksgiving Day dishes every day...instead of all at once. It's a "mom" mind game!