November 24, 2009

Surviving the Holiday Blitz

It seems that the holidays rush in and out faster every year. I love this time of year and I want to savor and enjoy every moment of the family time, sparkling decorations and tradition. It is also our busiest time of year at Bidwell Botanicals so it's definitely a juggling act to get everything done and still have time to relax. I thought I would share a few strategies with you that I've come up with over the years that help me balance the crazy with the calm so I can enjoy the season.
  • I do a lot of my gift shopping online. Not only do I save gas and don't have to stand in line, I also find unique gifts that I wouldn't find in the big box stores.
  • Love to make cookies? Me too! Save time by making a base recipe and adding different ingredients to make lots of different cookies from one main batch!
  • Hosting a brunch? I started making breakfast casseroles a few years ago and they are delicious life savers! I put the main ingredients together the night before and pop it in the fridge. Remove 30 minutes prior to baking in the morning and you can serve it warm and have time to make mimosas and mingle with your guests.
  • Cooking for a crowd can wear you out. Try making as many things ahead of time as you can so you only have to make a few things the days of the feast. Desserts, side dishes and even the main course can be made in advance and reheated before serving. Here's a planning guide that helps.
Make it a priority to slow down and enjoy the warm feelings of the holidays that are here and gone so quickly. It's really the little things in life that make it all worth while. Spending time with your family and friends sharing good food, good drink and good conversation will help to make the season merry and bright. Cheers!

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