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Things NOT to Do on Thanksgiving

We all have that hectic Thanksgiving To-Do list… from cooking to entertaining.  It’s important that in the middle of all of the chaos that we remember what the holiday is truly about… enjoying your loved ones and all of the things that you have to be thankful for.  Here is Garbrielle’s list of things NOT to do on this Thanksgiving holiday.

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Things NOT to Do on Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is probably my favorite holiday.  I love it for several reasons.  It almost always guarantees that I’m getting a four-day weekend.  I get to enjoy time with friends and family, and there is a huge turkey dinner with all the trimmings.  That being said, there are a few holiday traps involved that you should try to avoid. Here are a few things you absolutely should not do this holiday:

#5 DON’T Spend all your time shopping

A few years ago, it was all the rage to start Christmas shopping immediately following the Thanksgiving meal.  That’s not the case this year, as many stores are closing so that their employees can enjoy time with their families.  The “bad” (actually AWESOME) news is that means you get to spend time with your family, too.

#4 DON’T Spend all day cooking and/or cleaning

I usually cook Thanksgiving dinner.  My stove only has two burners (don’t even get me started!) so, this means I usually get up at 4:00AM to start meal prep.  This is not recommended.  You’ll be so tired by the time dinner is served, you won’t be able to enjoy the fruits of your labor. Also, it is absolutely ridiculous to expect one person to cook the entire meal, and expect that same person to have to clean up when everyone leaves.  Consider potluck options, ordering pre-cooked holiday meals, and supplementing as necessary.  I know your grandmother did it all.  But you are not your grandmother!

#3 DON’T Sleep the day away.

I know the tryptophan hits us all.  I am the last person to deny anyone their afternoon nap, but please don’t spend the entire day napping.  Watch the parade.  Try to figure out the recipe for grandma’s rolls. If you doze off during the game, just know that smart phones are everywhere, and someone is bound to catch you with your mouth wide open, and your eyes wide shut.

The next two traps are an incredible balancing act.  You will likely find yourself teetering on the edge of one or both.

#2 DON’T Count calories.

This is a set up for certain failure. Thanksgiving is not the time to go on a fad diet.  Leave your calorie counting apps at the door, the macaroni and cheese I baked a few years ago had something like a gazillion calories per serving (and it tasted amazing).   It’s a time to enjoy yourself.  So do just that!

But…

#1 DON’T over-indulge.

Try to get a small amount of all your favorites, and if there is room after that, go back for the rest.   Leave room for dessert… because dessert is awesome, and somebody will make a peach cobbler, and a pumpkin pie, and an apple pie…

Seriously, the best thing about the Thanksgiving holiday is that we all have so many reasons to be thankful.  Do not let these little things ruin a perfectly good day, and a perfectly delicious meal.  Spend time with the people you love, and be grateful for the chance to do just that.

From iFamily to Yours,

Gabrielle


Thanksgiving Dinner Dine In and Take Out Options in KC

Thanksgiving is only a few weeks away and the bustle of the holiday is rearing its giant turkey head. As many of the population are out shopping for their perfect meal, some of us don’t have the time, space or energy to prepare a meal with our busy lives. Fortunately, there are several restaurants in the area that are opening their doors for the likes of us on this Thanksgiving November 23, 2017.  Ruth, from our iFamily Mom & Dad Squad, has taken some time to seek out some options in the area to save you some time and searching!  Take a look…

Thanksgiving Dinner

Places to Eat

Seasons 52

340 Ward Parkway Kansas City, MO 64112

Advertises a traditional meal including traditional herb stuffing and Yukon mashed potatoes, and mini pumpkin pies. Prices are not available yet but you can call (816) 531-0052 for details and reservations.

McCormick and Schmicks 

448 West 47th Street Kansas City, MO 64112

Advertises a roasted turkey dinner along with the standard menu. You can call (816) 531-6800 for a reservation.

Ophelia’s

201 N. Main, Independence, MO 64050

Advertises Thanksgiving Day buffet, 10:30am-4pm.Adults, $25, children $12. You can call 816.461.4525 for reservations.

J Gilberts

8901 Metcalf Overland Park , KS 66212

Offers a four course meal from 11am-7pm. You can call (913)642-8070 to make a reservation and details.

Grand Street Café 

8815 Renner Rd., Lenexa, KS; and 4740 Grand Ave., Kansas City, MO

Advertising a delicious Thanksgiving dinner buffet from 12pm-4pm complete with turkey, ham and even Prime Rib! Sides include, sweet potatoes, garlic whipped potatoes, homemade gravy, honey glazed carrots, sugar snap peas, green bean casserole, cornbread stuffing a variety of salads and desserts. Yum! Pricing is listed as $27.95 for adults while children are $12.95 for ages 10 and under. To make a reservation you can call Lenexa: 913-601-3500  or Kansas City: 816-516-8000.

Stroud’s 

4200 Shawnee Mission Parkway, Fairway, KS

8301 W. 135th Street, Overland Park, KS

Offering a buffet with a unique pricing plan per child. Children under 12 are 99 cents plus their age and adults are $27.99 for the full buffet. Reservations are required by calling, Fairway, KS (913-262-8500) and Overland Park, KS (913-499-0135).

June’s Cottage

614 Pottawatomie Street Leavenworth KS 66048

Offers a full Thanksgiving dinner buffet with a variety of traditional and unique items to choose from. Beverages include sodas, tea, water and a yummy champagne fountain. Adult Buffet is $21.99, children’s pricing is based on age. This buffet is delicious, I might add! Specific details have not been shared yet but you can call them make a reservation at 913-651-7000.

Take out

 

Stroud’s 

4200 Shawnee Mission Parkway, Fairway, KS

8301 W. 135th Street, Overland Park, KS

You can order in advance a selection of fully cooked sides to pick-up and heated at home to compliment your prepared turkey. Items available are stuffing, yams, and cranberry fruit salad by the half gallon ($12.99) or gallon ($22.99).

Hyvee 

Locations in Kansas and Missouri

You can pre-order a holiday meal pack with option to serve 4-20 guests. You can choose from turkey, ham or prime rib dinners with as many choices of sides that you need to feed your party.

Mcgonigals Market

1307 W. 79th St. KC, MO 66227

Offering a healthier option with turkeys that are minimally processed with no additives or preservatives added at the time of processing. You can order a whole turkey, sliced turkey or even order the entire meal with all the trimmings! Pick up is either Nov. 21 or 22 and your meal will be ready and packaged for reheating at home. Meals can be prepared for anywhere from 4-14 people based upon the options that you choose.

Bob Evan’s 

You can order online and choose from three different feasts turkey and ham, turkey or ham. Each feast serves 4-8 people and comes with a few traditional sides. Ordering options and prices are based upon location.

Keep an eye out for other options that pop up during the next couple weeks and be sure to get your reservations in early!

 

From iFamily to Yours,