It’s almost Thanksgiving and in all honesty I win in the Thanksgiving Mishap Space.  My now ex-husband left me on Thanksgiving Day in 2005.  So let’s not go there.  You can’t win.

So let’s talk about fun family mishaps.

When it comes to NORMAL Thanksgivings I gave up trying to be the perfect Thanksgiving Mom or Hostess.  It’s all about family and fun and in our case Star Wars movies all day long.  We had to learn to love Thanksgiving again.  Next year will be our first year with my grandson to be, so it will be the best Thanksgiving in forever.  I can’t wait.

I have trouble with the multi-dish meals – trying to fix 15 dishes at once.  I tend to forget something.  The mashed potatoes out of the box.  Heating up the rolls.  The Cranberry Ginger Ale.  And we usually don’t realize it until we are halfway through the meal.

This year is different.  I’m splitting the menu into 5 parts.  One part for each of us.  Each person will be responsible for making sure all ingredients are prepped and ready and timed to finish on schedule.  Yes, the box mashed potatoes and heated rolls guy gets off easy, but I just care about it all getting done.  And taking 15 dishes – ok so it’s more like 8 – and dividing it up leaves 2ish per person.

I think we can handle that.

Now Walmart wants to make sure that your Thanksgiving runs smoothly and are giving you the chance to win a $50 Walmart Gift Card!

Get up to 4 entries for the contest.

Two comments for two entries

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68 Comments on Walmart and Avoiding Thanksgiving Mishaps | Giveaway

  1. Cori Westphal
    November 18, 2012 at 5:11 pm (5 years ago)

    And my best tip is to make lists! Grocery lists, ingredient lists, the pans you’ll need, the amount of time things need to cook, and what order you’ll need to cook them in. Plan plan plan! A little bit of planning can save a ton of time and headache!

    coriwestphal at msn dot com

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  2. Cori Westphal
    November 18, 2012 at 5:09 pm (5 years ago)

    My worst Thanksgiving mishap was forgetting to start the oven when I put the turkey in! It took a good hour for me to realize it was going nowhere!

    coriwestphal at msn dot com

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  3. Kimberly
    November 15, 2012 at 10:45 am (5 years ago)

    I keep Thanksgiving Mishap-Free by planning ahead as much as possible. Making sure that I have all of the necessary, food, ingredients, utensil, pans, and everything easily accessible really helps make things go smoothly.

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  4. Kimberly
    November 15, 2012 at 10:44 am (5 years ago)

    My worst Thanksgiving mishap was when our power went off halfway through the turkey being done in the oven. We made the best of it and had soup, bread and the other items that were ready from our planned meal. Sadly, no turkey though.

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  5. Laura Jacobson
    November 14, 2012 at 5:55 pm (5 years ago)

    I would say my tip is to shop ahead of time and double check you have everything, and enjoy! If something goes wrong…its okay. Its the family time that is most important. :)

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  6. Laura Jacobson
    November 14, 2012 at 5:54 pm (5 years ago)

    My worst mishap was adding too much milk to my homemade mashed potatoes. UGH…they were horrible!

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  7. Thomas Murphy
    November 11, 2012 at 7:38 pm (5 years ago)

    make sure to keep the kids and the adults entertained and just have fun

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  8. Thomas Murphy
    November 11, 2012 at 7:37 pm (5 years ago)

    my worst thanksgiving mishap was when i was helping to transport the turkey to the table and i dropped it. it was so embarassing

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  9. Eve
    November 9, 2012 at 1:25 am (5 years ago)

    My tip is to plan ahead. make some food the day before

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  10. Eve
    November 9, 2012 at 1:24 am (5 years ago)

    I once saw Trisha yearwood on the view saying she cooks her turkey at 500 degrees for an hour to make the perfect turkey. I made the mistake of cooking it for almost 3 hours and it was the driest turkey ever.

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  11. Tabathia B
    November 8, 2012 at 12:26 am (5 years ago)

    I would start cooking the items that take longer times the day before to save time and avoid last minute mishaps
    tbarrettno1 at gmail dot com

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  12. Tabathia B
    November 8, 2012 at 12:25 am (5 years ago)

    Well we were going to fry our turkey using peanut oil and my then-boyfriend basically spilled the oil onto the floor and we ended up using vegetable oil
    tbarrettno1 at gmail dot com

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  13. Tina M
    November 7, 2012 at 6:07 pm (5 years ago)

    I dropped the pie

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  14. steph
    November 7, 2012 at 12:02 am (5 years ago)

    mine was probably on my birthday when thanksgiving was that year and I dropped my cake!

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  15. Amanda Sakovitz
    November 6, 2012 at 10:20 pm (5 years ago)

    keep it simple. dont overwhelm yourself and just have fun!

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  16. Amanda Sakovitz
    November 6, 2012 at 10:20 pm (5 years ago)

    My mishap was spilling cranberry sauce on my grandmother’s white tablecloth

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  17. Sharon
    November 6, 2012 at 10:10 pm (5 years ago)

    Tip: Use a browning bag to cook your turkey in. My Mom swears by them.

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  18. Sharon
    November 6, 2012 at 10:10 pm (5 years ago)

    Our mishap was a common one – the turkey wasn’t fully defrosted by the time we needed to get it in the oven.

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  19. Eleanor@SavingOurWay
    November 6, 2012 at 10:07 pm (5 years ago)

    To prevent my mishaps I now try to do more early prep to lessen the chances of burning or ruining food by taking on too much at once!

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  20. Eleanor@SavingOurWay
    November 6, 2012 at 10:07 pm (5 years ago)

    My biggest/worst mishaps definitely come from trying to manage doing too many things at once in the kitchen.

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  21. Kelly D
    November 6, 2012 at 6:06 pm (5 years ago)

    My tip is to have a potluck with everyone bringing a sidedish, so the stress of preparing the meal isn’t on one person and everything is ready on time.

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  22. Kelly D
    November 6, 2012 at 6:05 pm (5 years ago)

    My worst mishap was when we were having Thanksgiving dinner at my parents and my dad was cooking the Turkey in the grill and the rotisserie broke so it ended up taking hours longer than expected for the turkey to be ready.

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  23. Jessica To
    November 6, 2012 at 5:39 pm (5 years ago)

    My tip is to prepare as much in advance as possible.

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  24. Jessica To
    November 6, 2012 at 5:39 pm (5 years ago)

    My mishap was when I though the brocolli side dish was heated up, but I really was serving it cold.

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  25. Lisa Brown
    November 6, 2012 at 3:42 pm (5 years ago)

    Tip: prepare as much of the food as you can a few days before so you are not bombarded cooking oon the day.
    jslbrown_03 at yahoo dot com

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  26. Lisa Brown
    November 6, 2012 at 3:41 pm (5 years ago)

    Mishap: cooking the pack of gizzards in the turkey. It tasted fine, but I over cooked it.
    jslbrown_03 at yahoo dot com

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  27. Jessie C.
    November 6, 2012 at 2:02 am (5 years ago)

    Always prepare extra ingredients and foods.

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  28. Jessie C.
    November 6, 2012 at 2:02 am (5 years ago)

    Forgot to defrost the bird in advance and ended up serving deli turkey breast to guests.

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  29. Alycia M
    November 5, 2012 at 11:12 pm (5 years ago)

    My tip is just to prepare ahead. I try to make the potatoes, rolls, and some appetizers in advance. It really helps to beat the stress!

    acartwrightmorell at gmail dot com

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  30. Alycia M
    November 5, 2012 at 11:12 pm (5 years ago)

    Worst Thanksgiving mishap – Last year I burned all three pies I was supposed to bring to our get together. I was so embarrassed.

    acartwrightmorell at gmail dot com

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  31. Elena
    November 5, 2012 at 10:31 pm (5 years ago)

    If you buy frozen turkey make sure you fully defrost it before cooking

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  32. Elena
    November 5, 2012 at 10:30 pm (5 years ago)

    I dropped the roasted turkey on the floor

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  33. Shannon Morris
    November 5, 2012 at 9:36 pm (5 years ago)

    My tip is to plan ahead. Or just go out to eat.

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  34. Shannon Morris
    November 5, 2012 at 9:35 pm (5 years ago)

    I once cooked the turkey with the bag if innards still inside. Bad mishap

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  35. Mami2jcn
    November 5, 2012 at 8:37 pm (5 years ago)

    tweet–https://twitter.com/mami2jcn/status/265613576469901312

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  36. Mami2jcn
    November 5, 2012 at 8:35 pm (5 years ago)

    tweet–https://twitter.com/mami2jcn/status/265613198638592001

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  37. Mami2jcn
    November 5, 2012 at 8:34 pm (5 years ago)

    My tip: Take the drippings from the turkey and re-wet it every 20 minutes while it’s in the oven to keep it moist.

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  38. Mami2jcn
    November 5, 2012 at 8:33 pm (5 years ago)

    My mishap was actually not my fault. My mother didn’t refrigerate some cream puffs she bought at the store. I didn’t know she had stored them in her pantry instead of refrigerating them. My husband and I ate some for Thanksgiving dessert and we were throwing up for 3 straight days!

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