We are half way through our first week. It's time to check in and see what kind of progress we've made. This is "list week" so it requires more brain power than anything will and we all know that sometimes that's the hardest thing to muster. If you find you just can't get to all of your lists, just start with one or two. For me, it was tackling our menus. Christmas and Thanksgiving menus are set, with room for minor changes here and there (and by that I mean discovering that my brother has an intolerance for yet another entire food group). Tomorrow and the next day, I've got to get to my gift lists. But those generally flow a little faster.
If you are planning to join me in preparing your freezer meals for the busy holiday season, I suggest you concentrate on that list. Preparation begins next week. Find some favorite family recipes that you know you can freeze for a couple months or weeks and make a list of the ingredients needed to make them. Feel free to plan one of these into your weekly menu now to avoid extra cooking. All you have to do is double your recipe one night. Then, eat one portion, freeze the other. While you're out and about, stop by your local dollar store and stock up on some tin foil, tin pans, and plastic containers to avoid emptying your every day supply.
Over the next few days, I'll be sharing some of my family's favorites. Hopefully that will give you some good ideas and help to jumpstart your food prep.
If you've yet to begin your list making, it's not too late. One list a day for the next few days and you'll be well on your way. Don't focus on what you haven't done. Focus on what you can still do. Remember, any progress will make your holidays easier! Happy list making!