We had an awesome and successful Thanksgiving this year. We made everything on our list, finished cooking on time, and everyone enjoyed the meal.
I started the prep a few days ahead of time. I brined the bird and I chopped up a huge container's worth of vegetables. The evening before, I made the dessert, cranberry sauce, and bread dough. Then, on Thanksgiving morning, we started cooking around 9AM. My sister and I made everything.
It's always a lot of work to pull this all off, but it's also super fun and really rewarding. This is always my favorite meal of the year.