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Tuesday, October 11, 2011


It is not too early to plan ahead for the upcoming holiday season. We all know how hectic the last two months can be.  So the question is how can get ahead now? Here are some tips that may work for you.

1. Shopping for food. If you see an item that you know you will need that is on sale get an extra amount.  For example things like celery or onions can be chopped in your food processor and then frozen in freezer bags for up to two months.  Often just before the holiday frozen foods go on sale. That is the time to buy puff pastry or pie shells to be used later.  Just look around and you will find some things you need later that will be more expensive then.

2. If you want to make some gifts to give, check your recipe now.  What do you have on hand?  What will you need?  Do you have the pans or other items needed? Disposable aluminum pans often go in short supply around the holidays.

3. MAKE A PLAN - PLAN A MENU NOW. If you have family and friends coming over plan your menu now and make sure that no one has any allergies or that you have alternatives. If you wait until latter the choices are limited.  Making a plan now gives you more time with family and takes a lot of stress out of the holiday season.

4. Relax and take a deep breath. It will be fine and you will have everything under control.If not so what? You did all you could and the rest is up to the Universe!! The important thing is to enjoy your holidays.  Preparing ahead will help you minimize the stress and enjoy more of the season.