The weather's growing cooler, and the leaves are just beginning to turn crimson and gold. The chill in the air makes me feel all homemakery. ~smile~ This is the perfect time to begin preparing for the busy holiday season ahead. For our family, busy usually begins in November. My daughters will have practice for the Christmas musical at church, my sons will have hunting season, my husband will need my help at the restaurant when the buses come in November, and I will be the one making sure everyone does school, gets to jobs and meetings, eats, and has clean clothes to wear. ~smile~
Here are some strategies I have implemented in the past. I hope to get a head start by doing some of these things this month and early next month.
Prepare double batches of soups and casseroles. I do this on normal evenings as I'm preparing dinner. It's easy to put the extra in the freezer for a busy day meal. Just be sure to label it. It's no fun to think you're thawing chili only to find that it's spaghetti sauce!
I'll be sharing favorite soup recipes over the next few weeks to help you. For now, I think you'll find some lovely soups and stews in this list. An Autumn Mix: Warming Up with Soups and Stews... A List of Favorites
Begin now to prepare cookies for your family often. I bake a dozen for the family to enjoy now and freeze the rest for busy November and December days. I often shape the dough into balls for easy thawing and baking right on the cookie sheet. This is a huge help when unexpected guests pop in during the holidays or you find that you need a treat to take to a gathering. I've some of my favorites listed on my Recipes page.
Now's the time to gather ideas and make your lists. Look at all the ideas you've come up with over the last few months. Start making lists. Think about what you'd like the next few months to look like and start breaking it all down into steps. Gift lists, event lists, craft lists, cleaning lists, hospitality lists, friends you want to connect with lists, Pinterest lists— you name it, you can make a list for it. ~smile~
Well, I've given you something to think about. Go, think, scribble a few thoughts down, and try some of my soups. Have a terrific week!
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