Saturday, November 19, 2011

Simplify the Season Baking!

Last week we discussed traditions.  Thanks for sharing your memories and traditions with me.  It seems that there was one overwhelming theme through many of your responses.  Everyone loves a good Christmas Cookie! 

This week’s challenge is to plan out your Christmas baking.  For this, I have a few “rules” to live by that will keep you from going insane.

#1 - Don’t go overboard!
Pick a couple of favorites and do them. It’s hectic trying to bake 7 or even 5 DIFFERENT goodies.
Get your books out early (like now) and make a list of ingredients so that you can start grocery shopping for them a little at a time.  Your bank account may thank you.

#2 - Schedule time – whether you do a little of prep/baking over the course of several days or you spend one huge weekend in the kitchen… PLAN IT.

#3 - Consider Baking with a friend. Each pick 2 goodies to make. Make twice as much as you usually would. Then split. Not only do you have more goodies to go around, you are building in fellowship with friends during an especially busy time of year. You’re also investing time in a fellow human being, which lets them know that they are important!  I have fantastic memories of sharing baking with friends as an adult. 


#4 - If you’re baking at home, remember that even little (washed!) hands can help. It’s important to invest in those littlest hands as often as we can!  I have great childhood memories of baking Christmas Cookies with my mom and older brother. 
Let a pint-sized helper add the ingredients into the big mixing bowl, stir with a spatula or spoon, even crack an egg!  Sure it’s messy, but messes can be cleaned up.  Want more motivation to involve your kiddos (or grand-kiddos)?  This is a great way to discuss fractions while having fun.  Plus it reinforces that some math is useful in everyday life!  Really.  It is.  I promise! 


If you are in the Jacksonville/St. Johns area and would like your home better organized (or you want some help Simplifying YOUR Season), and would like the assistance of a professional organizer, e-mail  You can also find me on Facebook by clicking HERE or by searching for Organize With Julie.  Stalk me on twitter @juliebavi.

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