3 Easy Ways to Keep It Together This Thanksgiving

The holidays can be stressful and with Thanksgiving right around the corner we moms tend to forget about ourselves, because we're so busy taking care of others. That’s why I’m partnering with Alouette, to share three easy ways to make sure you don’t forget to eat while you’re busy feeding everyone else this Thanksgiving.

Thanksgiving has always been an enormous deal for us, especially now that we’re in a state with no family close by. When we lived in NYC we would head to my in-laws or any other relatives home for Thanksgiving, and left all the cooking to them, with the exception of one dish that we would carry along. Now that we’re relatively thousands of miles away from everyone, it means that I have to prepare our Thanksgiving meal by myself. I generally spend hours in the kitchen on Thanksgiving Day making sure everything is ready. It's just what we do as moms! I have a family of six, and all with different eating habits and tastes. My oldest is a vegetarian, so for her there is a fish made, while Madison, Mikael and I just LOVE Cornish Hens. My husband has to have his ham while Kyle is all about the turkey, and let's not forget the sides! When I think about how much time is going to be spent in the kitchen, it's enough to make me want to disappear for a while, but that's not going to be possible. So how do you keep it all together and not forget yourself in the meantime? In my experience, these three effortless tips will help ensure that your day goes by a lot easier.

1. Snack while cooking
One thing we moms always tend to forget is ourselves, especially when we're in the kitchen. As moms we tend to put our families first, and we're all so busy making sure that everything is just right, that everyone is fed and happy, that sometimes we even forget to feed ourselves! I love that Alouette Garlic and Herbs Soft Spreadable cheese is so easy to grab out of the fridge, pop off the top and dip a few veggies in. Let’s face it, we’re already cutting up tons of vegetables for the side dishes, might as well feed yourself while you’re cooking! To make sure I don’t forget to feed myself while I’m cooking for everyone else, I always make sure to keep a snack on hand … and maybe even a glass of wine!

2. Make a list
Make a list (and check it twice) of all the things that you need beforehand so that you'll be ready on the big day. Start with your grocery list, then follow up with everything that you will need for the big day. Having a list will help ensure that things run smoothly, and that you're not pulling your hair out.

3. Enlist help
We like to think that we can do it all alone, but there is no reason why you shouldn't ask for and receive help. Get everyone involved and allocate a chore for each member of the family. The little ones can set the table while the grown-ups can help with bigger things such as the cooking. They're all going to eat right? So why not enlist their help to get everything ready.

While all of these tips are helpful, I can’t stress how important #1 is to make sure you are energized throughout all the festivities.  Alouette makes it easy to keep it together, especially in the snacking department. It’s sold at most grocery stores, so it’s quick to pick up while you’re shopping for other ingredients for the main event. For me while I'm in the kitchen preparing meals, especially my veggies for other meals, I can easily dip my veggies in the Alouette Garlic & Herbs Soft Spreadable Cheese spread. I simply pop the top off of the Garlic & Herbs Soft Spreadable Cheese and dip a few of the veggies that I'm cutting up for my other dishes. The spread tastes especially great with celery and carrots, which I use for my Cornish Hens, and cherry tomatoes which are used for my salads. I get to satiate my hunger without skipping a beat in the kitchen!

So even though you're busy in the kitchen, I want to take this moment to remind you that it doesn't mean that you should forget about yourself this holiday season. Keep Alouette Garlic & Herbs Soft Spreadable Cheese on hand. It's great for all occasion and tastes amazing! Don't just take my word for it. Give it a try yourself!

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  1. Oh right... your Thanksgiving is coming up! Exciting!

    Great tips! Often all that cooking can be exhausting... it's so important to keep those energy levels up! I second the snacks (and especially the glass of wine). *wink*

    This dip looks and sounds lovely - thanks for sharing!

  2. It is so iportant for the cook, help and head dishwasher to take care of themself once in a while. A glass of wine at least and a little snack while we get everything ready works perfectly.

  3. These are such great tips! I definitely want to get some of this soft spreadable cheese for dipping while I'm cooking! Also thinking my kids would love it for dipping their baby carrots as well-- And yes to making a list!

  4. This is a easy tip for Thanksgiving. I love the list idea too, list always help a ton.

  5. These are all great tips! My husband is in charge this year, as I am working. I will show this to him!

  6. Great tips! I agree 100% that we should enlist help. If they are big enough to eat there is some job they can do. List making saves so much stress for me. I make list about almost any important event, special meal or anything I am even partially hosting. And that Aloutette Garlic and herb soft cheese sounds amazing for snacking alone or during a get together.

  7. I think I love Cornish Hens too! Spreadable cheese are my jam. I have this exact variety and it's SO GOOD. I usually pair it with crackers but carrots? Brilliant.

  8. Snacking while preparing is such a good tip! I'm always starving while preparing and it makes me grumpy and frustrated.

  9. These are helpful tips. Snack is so important when preparing for Thanksgiving or other occasion. Sometimes we just do what we can and forget about eating anything.

  10. I know Thanksgiving can be hectic, especially when you have a lot of family coming over. It's great to enlist help, and not push all the weight on you. And snacking while cooking I am guilty of doing many times over lol. It helps me wait and be patient.

  11. These are some great tips! Whilst we don't celebrate Thanksgiving in the UK, we do celebrate Christmas and it is the same kind of stress! Its important to follow steps like this to stay sane :)

  12. Oh yes, thanks giving is coming and Thank you for sharing these tips although here in our country was not celebrating the thanks giving but I'm sure this is really helpful to those preparing for thanks giving.

  13. Thanks giving day was coming and haven't ready for it, Glad that you share this tips.

  14. Because of you, I am now a fan of Alouette Cream Spreadable Cheese!! This stuff is SO good and a hit at any party!


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