Saturday, November 12, 2011

Countdown to Christmas Week 4

Christmas Countdown

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Welcome to Get Cooking Week! It's the time to focus on holiday meals and menus.

Time to get the kitchen ready before the holiday rush begins.

Week 4

•Divide the Christmas card list into five groups. Write and address the third group this week.

•Complete one-fourth of gifts to make this week.

•Fill out a holiday menu planner for each remaining holiday meal that you will serve in your home. Can you delegate to other family members? What about a potluck holiday meal? Plan one with a potluck menu planner. Simplify holiday cooking!

•Inventory the pantry, and record contents. Make room to stock up on non-perishable holiday staples.

•Check spices for freshness; replace outdated or stale items.

•Start planning holiday baking Try to buy nonperishable holiday foods this week and next week for all upcoming holiday meals.

•Clean out the refrigerator.

•Clean out the freezer, and inventory contents.

•Do a mini-freezer stock up at the supermarket. Purchase or make ahead 5 to 10 entrees into the freezer. Use these meals on busy December evenings.

•Prepare for drop-in visitors. Cheese, crackers, frozen desserts.

•Simplify baking chores: organize a Cookie Swap. Invite 6 to 12 guests to bring as many dozen cookies as there are guests. Swap so that each guest leaves with a lavish assortment of holiday goodies. Freeze immediately.

•Start tracking "Black Friday" sales with a holiday sales planner. Be ready--and organized--to score bargains at the post-Thanksgiving sales!

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