The Holidays are in full swing!! Everywhere we go it seems like we are surrounded by holiday colors, and aromas. We are often consumed by looming threats of Holiday overindulgence! The pressure of it all can take a stressful toll on us and systematically rob us of any enjoyment…….unless we keep it simple. Finding a balance between hosting family and friends is the key to enjoying the holidays ourselves.
Fortunately, there are several tips that can help us through this busy holiday times:
-keep ingredients for a few simple recipes in your pantry, fridge and freezer. This makes for stress-free cooking for planned events or unexpected guests.
-jarred olives, peppers, pickles and store-bought hummus along with a few different cheeses and crackers make for a quick appetizer platter that everyone will love
-frozen puff-pastry or pie dough can save time and can be used in breakfast dishes or appetizers with the addition of a few simple pantry ingredients.
-have a selection of sparkling water, seltzer, red and white wine on hand for unexpected drop-in guests.
-try setting the table the day before a family dinner including platters that will be used for serving so that you know how much table room that you have and can make changes as needed.
-gather together a few of your favorite holiday recipes including appetizers, breakfasts and desserts, that way you are not searching multiple sources at the last minute
-accept offers by others to bring food/drink to the event. People hate arriving empty-handed and this will help you out too!
-remember to use your crockpot! It’s a great tool to load up in the morning and have a dish ready by dinner time!
-designate a few plastic bins with labels for seasonal decorations to make decorating a breeze (don’t forget to label the sides of the bins instead of the lid which often is covered up when they are stacked).
-designate a day in advance of the holidays to prepare and freeze a few dishes that will save you time during the holidays.
-Check out a few of these make-ahead recipes for your fridge and freezer
Crockpot Taco Soup
Make Ahead Breakfast Casserole
Hatch Green Chile and Tomato Egg Casserole
Caprese Salad Christmas Wreath
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