Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Tuesday Tidbit-Holiday Baking Prep

It's here. At least, it's right around the corner. Can you feel it breathing down your neck? Like an lion on the hunt, here it comes. . . . Holiday Madness. For me, I like to try to have the crux of things together by Thanksgiving. And to my absolute horror, I find that Thanksgiving is here NEXT WEEK. How did THAT happen? I love Thanksgiving- a day to feast with family and friends and to simply reflect on the goodness of life. And while things may not be what they have been in years past, this Thanksgiving will still be a very good day, with so, so much for which to be thankful.

Now, it's the days following Thanksgiving that create an absolute frenzy. But in the spirit of SIMPLIFYING, I'm taking a few moments to streamline some shopping trips before all the craziness begins. I'm a holiday baker. I can't help myself. christmas cookiesThanksgiving and Christmas are a MAJOR reason to make 8 different kinds of cookies and breads and candies and pies and whatever other delicious recipe presents itself. So one of my  Thanksgiving habits is to shop for my Thanksgiving meal and all of my keepable baking supplies (butter-because it can be frozen-, flour, chocolate chips, sugar, chocolate chips, candies, spices, cream of tartar, chocolate chips . . . ) at the same time.
This helps me with three things:
  1. I get the supplies on sale. This is usually the best price on baked goods for the entire season.
  2. I now have the supplies and can bake at my leisure without having to make a separate baking supplies trip.
  3. I don’t know if they do this where you live, but in order to get your turkey for, I don't know, $.059 a pound, you have to spend $50. Otherwise, your turkey is $1.99 a pound. Since we cook a huge bird, I have no interest in paying that amount. And baking supplies add up quickly, so it easily helps me meet the $50 condition.

So, while you are planning for Thanksgiving, if you plan on doing any major holiday baking, make your list and take it with you. That way, you kill two birds, or turkeys, if you please, with one stone. I'm taking 15-20 minutes to make my list today!

Yours, relishing the thought of turkey and Nieman Marcus Cookies!!!!!



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  2. Thanks for joining us, Alena. Glad to have you with us!