Today's hint is to finalize your holiday gathering/party/family traditions/food to share with others menu. I plan to do that right now. I had rough draft of what I was going to cook for all of those occasions, and I have been picking up a few ingredients as they have been on sale, but I am going to make the final plan today. Then I will make the master grocery list and break it down by which store I will purchase each item from. I will be shopping at Kroger and Sam's. I will put the ingredients in categories based on when I will need to buy them.
- non-perishables--things that I can buy today and will last all the way to Christmas Day
- perishables I need each week--for instance I have a party to attend tomorrow, but I will also be needing fresh food for Christmas Day. I will be making 3 or maybe 4 trips to Kroger between now and December 25th. I am going to plan my lists for each trip, assigning the necessary perishable items for each trip--based on what I am cooking for.
Also today I am going to look at my calendar and plan at least three baking days. I learned long ago that conducting a marathon session in the kitchen, trying to complete all of my holiday baking in one day, is no fun! After a couple of hours, we are no longer making pleasant memories! So I break the cooking into three or even four sessions. For instance, making and decorating sugar cookies with the children will be all that we cook on that day!
Here is a tentative look at my holiday cooking plans:
- sugar cookies with the children
- special cookies/baked goods that we only make in December--some of these we will eat, and some we will package to share with others
- oysters crackers and Reindeer food--we ALWAYS make these to package to share, and we also save some for us to nibble on.
- my extended family's party (I am taking pound cake, crunchy romaine salad, and something else--I haven't decided yet)
- Jimmy's extended family's party (I am taking ham and I have to plan the rest today!)
- Christmas Eve supper--soup
- Christmas Day--mocha punch, Pioneer Woman cinnamon rolls, breakfast casserole, grilled steak, steamed shrimp, hash brown potato casserole, salad
I am going to get started on all of these lists right now! How is your holiday cooking coming along?