Thanksgiving is arguably the best day of the year for food. I know that I look forward to stuffing, mashed potatoes and cranberry sauce all year round just for this one day to indulge until I'm a dress size larger.

Here are a few tips and tricks for cooking Thanksgiving dinner for you and your friends this year.

  • Go with turkey breast instead of a whole bird. It will save you money and time the morning of the big day.
  • Make the sides the night before that way you don't have to scramble to get everything cooked in time. All you'll have to do is reheat the sides so you can focus on the turkey.
  • Consider cooking the mashed potatoes in a slow-cooker that way you can toss them in and let it all take care of itself. They'll cook, you'll mash and then you'll add butter, milk, garlic, salt and pepper, and let it all cook together to perfection!
  • Make plating easy! Save dishes by using nice, simple bake ware to cook your sides in so that you don't have to transfer them into different dishes afterwards before placing them on the table.

Remember to be thankful for the food that you have to eat, the friends and family that you are sharing your day with, and (hopefully) for the extra hands they will offer you to help with cleaning the dishes!

(via Pop Sugar)