I hope you already have your guest list finalized and your turkey should either be currently thawing in the fridge or be on order at the butcher. We prefer fresh. Yes, I do believe it tastes better, but best of all...nothing to take up the precious refrigerator space! We purchase ours from Orchard Prime Meats. They take my order for whatever size I need and then give me a number. Every year I am afraid I am going to lose my number, so I write it in a few places. I ask my daughter to read it back to me, so I am sure not to transpose. I also order my rolls from the local bakery. These will be picked up, along with my turkey on Wednesday afternoon.
Then I clean and brine my bird. Since the bird is usually too big, (We have 20 people on average), I brine it in a soda cooler filled with ice.
Today, Tuesday, is my main cleaning day. Floors are hand washed, stove is cleaned and bathrooms are sparkling. On Thursday, my kids will give a general once over, before guest arrive. Also this is a good day to purchase the liquor you will need, (not just to get through, but for your guests!) This year, along with the standard wine and beer, I plan to offer Irish Coffee and after dinner cordials. Chambord is a perennial favorite.
I also prepare my Classic Cranberry Jello Mold. This gets ever so many compliments. I highly recommend it!
Tomorrow, I make stuffing and pies.
Thursday, I prepare the potatoes in advance and keep them in the slow cooker. I cook the Brussels sprouts, leaving them only part way done, in order to saute them in butter right before serving.
I must be leaving you to your preparations now and continue with my own.