Today We Clean!

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Actually, my friend Lola shared that her mother used to say “we tidy before guests arrive, we clean after.”

Face it, with only three more sleeps until Thanksgiving there is a ton to do. And most of you, like me have to go to work this week.

Here are a few things to do today to make help Thanksgiving day a little easier.

—Clear one flat surface in every public room (don’t forget the bathroom). Put everything that does not belong in that room on that flat surface. Once you have done that in every room, start again, this time bringing things to the rooms where they belong.

Put things away or throw them away. If you don’t have a spot for them immediately put the remaining items in a large plastic bin. Use more if necessary. Store the bins out of the way until after Christmas. On your calendar write where you stored the items on December 31st.

Odds are, when you sort through the bins you can get rid of stuff.

—Dust. Dust only places people can see. Today is not the day to get behind the end table. For even quicker work use a multi surface cleaner. I like Pledge.

20121119-074808.jpgYou can use one cloth for mirrors and glass tables as well as furniture. The up side is it gets clean faster but the down side is it seems to get dusty faster, as well. After the holiday you can use good furniture polish like the picture above. I think Old English is great.

—Vacuum today then spot vacuum Thursday. You may need to redo pathways but you should be good to go if you do a good job today.

—I save mopping the floor for after the turkey is in the oven Thursday morning. I cannot be bothered until most of the food prep is done.

—Check linens. This would include sheets for guest beds. If they need to be washed and changed, time to do it. Iron any table cloths and napkins today. Fold the table cloths width to width until they fit on pant hangers. Use 2-3 hangers to store your cloth until it’s time to set the table.

—Check how many chairs you have against how many you need. It’s a good idea to let cousin Jane know to bring a few before she drives to your house!

—Clean any silver or precious pieces today.

Tomorrow we set the table!

Have a yummy day!!!

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Countdown to Thanksgiving…

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The sun came up today and revealed a lovely crisp autumn morning. My husband I went to early Mass and we stopped at the Orange Cat afterward, as is our custom. I hung out with Dorothy, Tim and my other buddies for a while then decided to get a head start on my a thanksgiving preparation.

I headed over to Tops to pick up some of the things that will not perish prior to their use Wednesday and Thursday.

Today I’m going to make my cranberry compote. This year I am going to double the recipe and preserve some for myself and friends. The house will soon smell so good. I walked around the produce department twice and could not locate the cranberries. I was slightly panicked so I asked Mike Fland, one of my favorite grocers if there were any. He jokingly told me no as he walked to the display and revealed many bags. Phew. Crisis averted.20121118-114619.jpgOne of the key ingredients in the compote are oranges. The pickin’s were slim and I asked Mike about that. He said they were expecting some this morning but my time restraints prevented me from waiting. As I was chatting with my friend Annie, Mike wheeled a cart toward us filled with oranges. How cool is that? That is great customer service and why you never lose when you shop locally. Mike has been with the store for 22 years, starting in 1990. Thanks again Mike!

Sometimes it can take an hour to pick up one thing…you see all kinds of people and catch up between aisles. I saw my friend Annie and she told me she was thinking of making the stuffing recipe I posted yesterday. She asked me a few questions and I showed her the stuffing I was talking about. It is croutons seasoned (or not) in bags.

20121118-114310.jpgIt makes a completely different consistency dressing than one made with bread. It’s the one I was raised on so it’s what I know.

I am never more flattered than when someone tells me they read my column. What blows me away is when they tell me they use my recipes. Please let me know if you ever have any questions about any of the original (or family) recipes I publish. If you can’t make them then what’s the point, you know what I mean?

Have a yummy day!!

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