Tasty Tuesday: Is it time to push the Thanksgiving Dinner Panic Button?

That’s a picture of my Thanksgiving turkey–still in the deep freeze, still frozen solid. I’m not big on pushing the panic button ever, but it might be time to LOCATE the panic button just in case.

No, it’s not too late to thaw your frozen turkey. It’s not too late to assemble sweet potatos or make cheesy potato casserole. It’s not even too late to make homemade cranberry relish. So, actually, step AWAY from the panic button and start making lists!


One thing to keep in mind is that often there is a more involved way of doing things and an easier way of doing things. For instance, Garlic mashed Potatoes are easier and faster to make than Cheesy Potato Casserole. Nobody will DIE if you make stuffing out of a box instead of making the stuffing from scratch. A regular candied sweet potatoes are easier to whip together than Sweet Potato Praline Casserole. Brown-n-Serve rolls are less work than homemade sourdough. And this is definitely the time to use an Apple Pie Kit out of your freezer if you have them tucked away.

There is absolutely nothing wrong with choosing to do what’s easiest and fastest some years. Sacrificing a little gourmet flavor will be worth far more than the toll on your family of you stressing out. Thanksgiving dinner is usually a very traditional dinner, but it helps to remember that the most important part of that traditional package is the time spent together with people you love.

So if you’re just starting your Thanksgiving prep now and you find yourself looking around for that panic button, take a deep breath. It’s okay to let go of some things, like really work-intensive recipes or dishes that take days to prepare. In fact, when you think about things to be thankful for, you can include being thankful that we don’t NEED to get it all perfect in order to have a wonderful, blessed Thanksgiving.

frozen bird

Barb Kelley

PS: As I promised last week, here’s the recipe for my favorite traditional pumpkin pie–Grandma’s recipe!

PPS: We’ve been “moving furniture around” over in My Sister’s Kitchen. If you discover a broken link in this article, please let me know in the comments so that I can fix it immediately..


  1. Thankfully, I do not have to cook a whole Thanksgiving dinner this year! I do have to make Pumpkin Maple Pie, though!!