The day of giving thanks and feasting is nearly upon us. Thanksgiving Is Thursday, November 22 this year. That means that we have less than three weeks to plot, plan, prepare and produce a meal worthy of a Norman Rockwell painting. Sure, no problem, it’s a snap to pull off a plethora of various dishes, all of which have to be cooked at different temperatures, for different lengths of time while all looking and tasting fantastic. What’s that you say? Preparing Thanksgiving dinner can be a nightmare, rife with potential disasters and frustrations? Oh yes, it’s that too, I’ll admit.
When I first got married, we dutifully divided our time each year between my side of the family and my husband’s side, more than once eating two Thanksgiving meals in the same day to appease everyone. Let me just say there were antacids involved. We learned about each other’s family’s different Thanksgiving meal traditions like cranberry relish on my side, gelled cranberry sauce slid out of the can on his; rice stuffing on my side, bread stuffing on his; candied yams and steamed green beans on my side, marshmallow-topped yams and green bean onion-topped casserole on his. We vowed to come up with our own, new traditions when we had kids blending a little of what we both liked from my side and a little of what we liked from his side plus some new dishes we created on our own. It was great – in theory.
Our little plan of family bliss went out the window when I tried to cook my first Thanksgiving meals. The biggest disaster was when I misjudged how long it would take to defrost a turkey. We ended up giving the poor bird repeated hot water baths until it was thawed enough to finally put in the oven. We ate at 10pm that night. I was not off to a good start in the Thanksgiving Dinner department.
Over the next few years, and now with four children, there were other mishaps. Some out of my control but many were simply due to my lack of planning and willingness to accept help from others. I’ll be sharing those stories with you as the That’s IT Mommy blog participates in a special program with Walmart called “A Mishap Free Thanksgiving” intended to help us all share some laughs, commiserate over failures, pass on tips and tricks and basically help each other get to the end of November 22nd proud, stuffed to the gills with great food and thankful that the meal went smoothly. Are you game? Are you ready to share your mishaps (embarrassing or even disastrous), lessons learned and lessons you still need to learn? Great, let’s go!
For all that soul-bearing, one lucky winner will be rewarded with a $50 gift card to Walmart on November 19. To enter to win, simply share your Thanksgiving mishaps, questions, tips and tricks with by commenting on my “A Mishap Free thanksgiving” blogs. Meanwhile, there’s a very helpful website “Walmart’s Countdown to a Mishap Free Thanksgiving” full of recipes and tips at. Check back with the website frequently to see new content that will help you make it through to turkey day. I know I’ll be visiting often because although I have figured out a lot of things over the years, I still have plenty to learn.
GIVEAWAY: One (1) That’s IT Mommy reader will receive a $50 Walmart gift card. This giveaway is open to US residents only (18+). Ends 11/19/12 midnight EST.
* We did not receive monetary compensation for this review. Courtney received a gift card from Walmart free of charge to facilitate this review. Giveaway item will be provided by sponsor. Sponsor has the right to refuse filling prize for duplicate winners from other blogs. This will in no way sway our opinion of the product or service. The review is in our own words and is our opinion. Your results and opinions may differ.