Christmas Planning – week 4

The Flylady has now started a Super Fling Boogie (basically means getting rid of the clutter around the house) for the lead up to Christmas planning. I’m definitely jumping back on that bandwagon with a vengeance this week – because I’m beginning to feel the sideeffects of having too much focus on the kitchen remodel. The clutter isn’t too bad around here any more (have I mentioned Flylady?!), so my plan of action is to do a 15 minute declutter in each of the main rooms Monday through Friday. Let’s see how that goes… ๐Ÿ˜‰

On the planning side this week, I’m looking over the menus and food that I want to cook this year. As I mentioned in a previous post, we have my family from Scotland staying here for 10 full days. Which means it’s a 24hour merry-go-round of breakfast, lunch, dinner, drinks and snacks. So having a menu plan (and a well-stocked pantry) keeps me sane and less cranky.

I’m making photocopies of the recipes I’m going to do (main courses and desserts) and adding them to the Recipes section of my Holiday Control Journal. I’ve already got some Christmas biscuit recipes in there together with, of course, the Christmas cake that we are all baking next month. Isn’t that right, fellow flybabes? ๐Ÿ™‚

I also like the idea of preparing a few meals to freeze for the month of December when we will otherwise be gadding about and busy with school parties etc. Pippa and Krista gave me the idea for that – thanks girls! ๐Ÿ™‚

For example, I made Danish meatloaf for dinner yesterday. It’s easy to make but the worst part is the clean-up afterwards. So I just doubled the quantities – it all goes in the mixer – one went straight into the oven and the other one (already clad with bacon) I wrapped in baking paper, then put into a freezer bag. So in a couple of weeks time, I’ll pull it out and cook it as usual. Hey presto, no work involved! So now I just need to put on my thinking cap and find some other good recipes to do that way…

Right – I’m off to finish my photocopying. Remember to check out what Pippa, Krista and Candace are up to and see you back here next Sunday! ๐Ÿ™‚