3 tips to take it easy and feed your family before the holiday

This time of year can be very stressful if we’re not committed to keeping what matters most first.  I know that’s easier said than done.  However, if we have a large menu planned for Christmas and the week before we’re cooking nonstop, it can be overwhelming and not enjoyable.

Here’s 3 tips to help balance your cooking before the holiday

1. Break out that trusty crockpot!  You know the one you received as a wedding gift 30 years ago. Yeah, that one.  Make a generous hearty soup or stew that’ll last your family a couple days.

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2. Store bought meal or Simi – homemade.   Let me confess now, I’m a food snob! I’m not fond of fast food, don’t purchase store bought macaroni salad etc. So, it’s kind of hard to find good quality Simi – homemade meals when I refuse to try them.  But… One day I was at Costco and found some delicious potato soup. The only reason I knew it was good was because they had samples out.  Last week I went grocery shopping, there wasn’t potato soup, but there was some Chicken Tortilla.  Pair it with a delicious bread to use as a bread bowl or to the side and there’s another easy stress free meal. 

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3. Lastly, leftovers.  Leftovers are a mom’s best friend. Make a large Sunday dinner that will feed your family one extra day. Another option is a meal that can be revamped. Making enough taco meat can be turned it spaghetti the following day with a salad on the side.  How’s that for a stalling tactic?

Remember during this holiday season make your life easier by eliminating extra work.  Most of the time the bulk of cooking, cleaning, entertaining and preparing falls on us.  What do you do to help ease your load during the holiday?

Nicole

Nicole

Helping Moms power on faith, Tune-In to family life, Flip through to do list, Turnip in the garden & tell you what’s on the Menu. Nicole is a wife, mother of 3 and a Chorkie. Blogging and vlogging about the things that she enjoys in life, her family, cooking, gardening, decorating, planning, crafts/diy, thrifting, giving roadside finds new life and more.

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Cleaning Out The Fridge After The Holiday

Let’s get those refrigerators cleaned out
Booooo! Yes, it’s time to start our week off with a fresh slate and clean fridge.   Hopefully, we’re all tired of leftovers and little as possible went to waste if, any.  I didn’t host the holiday and we had enough leftovers for one day, but there’s always those stragglers left behind.

What’s left behind
Like that leftover cranberry sauce, juice from those greens (lol) and let’s not forget the container that somebody ate the last of its contents, but they saw fit to return the container to the fridge, anyway.  So, tonight I emptied the fridge to give it a good cleaning.   Tell me why did I find a hot glue stick in the fridge? Those chittlens’ of mine.

Getting the job done

1.Empty out fridge

2.Toss out anything outdated

3.Clean containers

4.Wipe off items returning to fridge

5.Clean out fridge

6.Return items back to fridge

Sounds easier than it was :-/

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All done!
Did you actually think I’d show a before picture of my refrigerator madness? Nope.  Not going ruin your appetite.   Now everything is clean and looks like I need to go grocery shopping.

What’s the state of your fridge after this past Thanksgiving?

Nicole

Nicole

Helping Moms power on faith, Tune-In to family life, Flip through to do list, Turnip in the garden & tell you what’s on the Menu. Nicole is a wife, mother of 3 and a Chorkie. Blogging and vlogging about the things that she enjoys in life, her family, cooking, gardening, decorating, planning, crafts/diy, thrifting, giving roadside finds new life and more.

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