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Turkey Day To-Do's

Posts Monday, November 22nd

Happy almost-Thanksgiving! It’s a busy & bustling time up here at the ranch, as our team works hard to get turkeys to each and every home that’s chosen our turkeys for their holiday celebration. It’s a time full of gratitude, long hours, and pitching in wherever needed, such as my husband (and president of Diestel Family Ranch) driving a forklift this week to help fulfill orders.

I hope your week is not *quite* this busy, and that it’s full of anticipatory joy at the gathering of friends and family just around the corner.

In order to help with that holiday happiness, I’ve compiled a to-do list below that should help keep you organized and on-time. Fingers crossed.




  • Count plates, silverware, wine glasses, & water glasses
  • Assign platters and serving utensils for each dish (placing a paper note on each is super helpful for when family tries to “help” in the kitchen next week)
  • Iron napkins and tablecloth
  • Purchase or find containers for leftovers
  • Determine which stockpot to use for making stock after carving bird
  • Empty and clean coolers for beverage storage or brining
  • Clear space in fridge
  • Set table


  • Purchase and chill NA beverages, wine, & beer
  • Buy ice for cocktails & sodas
  • Purchase any last-minute groceries



  • Make cranberries
  • Assemble ingredients for other make-ahead dishes



  • Make pies
  • Tidy public spaces of home



  • Empty dishwasher
  • Start the festivities with a clean sink & a new sponge, so those guests who insist on helping with the dishes will have a clear space to work (hey, we can dream right?)
  • Place a stack of clean dishtowels within easy reach



  • Rest!
  • Sweatpants!
  • Leftovers! We’ve got some recipe ideas for you here.