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Countdown To Thanksgiving: What To Prep Tuesday

11/22/2011 11:46 am ET | Updated Aug 31, 2012

Let's face it: Thanksgiving is a lot of work. Between the stuffings and the sides, and the gravies, and the pies, the fourth Thursday in November is hardly a day off. The holiday is one of our favorites, but by the time the turkey is on the table, we're usually just thankful to be done.

This year we're doing it differently. Instead of knocking ourselves out on Thursday, we're going to prepare the meal in advance. We'll do the cranberry sauce on Monday and pop some cornbread in the freezer, Tuesday we'll make soup, and on Wednesday we'll prep the sides. Thursday all we'll have to do is put the turkey in the oven and throw together a simple salad -- and then we'll sit down, with family and friends, and give our thanks for that.

Stay tuned this week for our plans to make life easier on Wednesday and the day of the big feast.

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Countdown to Thanksgiving: What to Prep Tuesday