All I've got done is the shopping part.
I was planning on not doing anything special tomorrow for several reasons, but I thought better of declining a
a friend's invite.
So, instead of getting a turkey and simple trimmings plate in trade for a plate of devilled eggs, I am doing all the cooking and most of the cleanup. Everything but some things I already had on hand is being provided, and I upgraded from 3 kinds of frozen veggies to fresh, and the dressing and gravy will be made from scratch. The from scratch mashed potatoes stayed on the original plan.
The turkey they got originally was fully cooked, so it didn't seem like the best idea to stuff it. So it's staying in the freezer for some other time. I like very simple, traditional dressing made with bread and cooked in the bird. But I'm making an extra baking dish of it and will baste it with some turkey juices and probably add a small can of chicken broth to it.
Since it's just the two of us, we're going to make up extra plates from the leftovers and freeze them. If we need to, we'll use the frozen veggies to complete those plates.
We're having ice cream for dessert which cuts the prep time considerably, and I figure that if I do the devilled eggs today, I can do everything else easily while the turkey is roasting. Can start at 8am and be eating between 2-3, and be out of there without having to suffer through any football. I "clean as I go", so the final cleanup will be the worst (no automatic dishwasher).
I'll miss the pies, but I can do those for any occasion, and they require from scratch whipped cream. Last year I did the whole shebang with even more side dishes, had loads of help with the cleanup but it nearly killed me.