Thanksgiving Day Hacks

by Karen on November 17, 2017

A Second Me - Thanksgiving Day Hacks

Thanksgiving Day has a stigma for causing stres. Coordinating meals, meal times, and schedules with friends and family can often be a stress inducer. Add cooking for all of those friends and family members and the day may leave you wanting to crawl under a blanket and hide. Trust us, we’ve felt your pain. But, we’ve also found some Thanksgiving Day hacks that may help your Thanksgiving day a success.

 

Preparation

A Second Me - Thanksgiving Day HacksPreparation is key when it comes to Thanksgiving. Whether you’re hosting Thanksgiving Day or are a helpful guest, planning in advance is the easiest method to have a successful day. The earlier you start planning the better. A month in advance, make your Thanksgiving dinner menu and organize a list of all the ingredients you’ll need for the big day. Once you’ve done this, divide your master grocery list into perishables and nonperishables. To avoid lines and potentially being left without an item, buy nonperishables as far in advance as possible. For perishables like the turkey, herbs, and cheese, buy these items a few days in advance.

Once it gets closer to your Thanksgiving Day festivities, look at your Thanksgiving dinner menu and figure out which dishes need to be made on Thanksgiving Day and which dishes can be made in advance. This will save you some time in the kitchen, and will help avoid any potential drama of realizing that you still need to bake dessert but the turkey is in the oven and you can’t adjust the oven temperature.

As a final preparation stress buster, set the table the night before and empty all dishwashers and trash cans. That way you’ll have clean dishes and won’t have to worry about running out of utensils for guests. Also, try to organize and use square and rectangular pans on the actual day of Thanksgiving. By doing so, you’ll be able to fit more dishes in the oven, which means more success and less stress for creating a perfect Thanksgiving Day meal.

 

Hacks

A Second Me - Thanksgiving Day HacksEven with the best planning and preparation, some mishaps on Thanksgiving Day are inevitable. Running out of space in the fridge, keeping foods warm as they finish at different times, and running behind schedule as far as when items are supposed to start cooking are all common mistakes. Should this happen, we scoured the Internet and found some solutions!

If you run out of room in the fridge, use your cooler to store food until it’s time to eat. Pack the cooler with ice packs and layer your dishes within the cooler. Be sure that you have a thermometer nearby because the cooler must stay below 40 degrees Fahrenheit to keep your food fresh. You can also use the cooler as an insulator to keep food warm. Line the bottom of the cooler and your dishes with dishtowels, and keep them steamy until it’s time for food to be served.

If you’re still worried about keeping essential items like mashed potatoes and gravy warm until it’s time for them to be served, look no further. Use a slow cooker on “low” to keep your mashed potatoes warm. To make sure that your gravy stays warm and doesn’t congeal, use a thermos and pour your gravy into the vessel. This will keep it warm until it’s time to be served, and also allows you to pour it easily into it’s final container on the dinner table.

To make sure that you don’t fall behind on your cooking schedule while preparing your food to cook, visit the salad bar at your local grocery store. Oftentimes, salad bars have common prepared vegetables that are bases for many Thanksgiving Day dishes. Pick up chopped vegetables from the salad bar and save yourself chopping time so that you can focus on more important things like cooking the turkey!

A Second Me - Thanksgiving Day Hacks

We hope that some of these Thanksgiving Day preparation tips and hacks have helped you feel more prepared for the upcoming holiday. In addition to providing you with these tips, we can also go groceries shopping for you, help to prepare and organize your menu for Thanksgiving Day, as well as ensure that all other chores in the house are completed. Give us a call, email us, or contact us on social media to duplicate yourself and eliminate stress on Thanksgiving Day all together!

 

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A Sample of Our To-Dos

by Karen on November 3, 2017

A Second Me is an errand service that provides help and expertise in many different areas. From organizing parts of your home, going grocery shopping for you, and even meal prepping with you, A Second Me is more than just an errand service; we duplicate you! With that being said, we wanted to give you three examples of some actual to-do lists that we’ve had for some of our customers. These are some of the most common tasks that we complete, and we love making life easier for our clients.

A Second Me - To Do List

 

Sample Days

Martha’s** To Do List

  • Make beds
  • Go to McLean butcher and pick up pork loin
    • Drop off dry cleaning while in McLean
  • Put on new bullet – start 2 loads of laundry while doing other tasks
  • Organize storage room
  • Cook crockpot pork loin meal
    • Put away wash, vacuum and empty dishwasher while meal cooking
  • Clean kitchen

 

Dave’s** To Do List

  • Drive to grocery store for fresh produce and supplies for meatloaf
  • Meal prep and prepare meatloaf
  • Spend time with Dave
    • Help Dave gather and organize tax paperwork
  • Take out trash and recycling
  • Drive Dave to dental appointment 4:30 PM

 

Mary’s** To Do List

  • Wake up Mary and make her breakfast
  • Drive to store
    • Pickup underwear, coffee, and prescriptions
  • Prepare lunch and snacks for Mary
  • Wash Mary’s clothes
  • Bring Mary to beauty appointment

 

As you can see, we spend a lot of time with our clients making sure that their needs are met and that we are able to help each client complete day to day tasks. These are some actual tasks that we completed, but our services vary depending on each client. If you’re interested in hiring our help, contact us on our website, give us a call at (703) 830-3996, or send us an email. We’re happy to help you copy yourself to get more done!

 

**All names have been changed

 

 

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