- Don’t Try To Stick an Entire Leftover Turkey in Your Fridge or Freezer – I don’t cook turkey myself, but my Mom would have me divide the bird into turkey bones for Bone Broth and put the turkey slices in Ziploc (store enough to serve 4)
- Store Leftover Cranberry Sauce in Glass or Plastic – if you store it in a glass container instead of pouring over the turkey before storing it will stay fresher longer.
- Remove Stuffing From Turkey Before Refrigerating – to avoid cross-contamination it should be removed from the bird before storing it.
- Don’t Bother Freezing Those Cooked Potatoes! – Mash potatoes freeze well, baked and roasted don’t!
- Contrary to Popular Belief, Pumpkin Pie Freezes Just Fine – You can store a baked pumpkin pie in the freezer and, although the texture might be slightly affected, it should taste exactly the same.
- Apple Pie Can Be Left Out For a Couple of Days, Not Pumpkin! – Leftover pumpkin pie needs to be refrigerated almost immediately, but this isn’t the case with apple pie.
- There’s Nothing Wrong with Freezing Leftover Wine – I’m not crazy . . . it may not maintain the same body or bouquet, but refrigerated or frozen wine is still a perfect cooking ingredient, especially over the colder months in soups, stews, and sauces. (I learned this years ago from Julia Childs – that chick knew wine!)
- Don’t Keep Bread in the Fridge – It’s perfectly fine to leave bread out, and there is absolutely nothing wrong with freezing it, but the bread shouldn’t be refrigerated because doing that will make it dry out and become stale. (I learned this from my “Bread Baker” husband!)
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3 WAYS TO STAY ORGANIZED THIS HOLIDAY SEASON
The holidays can be a joyful time of fun and cheer, but the season can be stressful and exhausting too. Between shopping, entertaining, decorating and celebrating, it can be hard to stay on top of all your to-do lists. Having your home organized ahead of time is a great way to eliminate some of the . . . shall we call it, festive frenzy!
- Making a List & Checking it Twice. One of the most important things you can do to keep your holidays organized is to have a list of all the big and little things, such as, cleaning, shopping, meal preps, activities, and decorating. A list not only ensures you don’t forget, but checking each item off the list gives you a feeling of achievement and that you have clarity in the holiday chaos. Next, add all items to your calendar so you don’t overlook anything. Guests arriving? Holiday music concert? Holiday work dinner? Add it to the calendar. Many families find an electronic calendar that can be shared with family members keeps everyone on the same page. An organized holiday is a Peace & Harmony holiday!
- Do a Deep Clean & Pre-Decor. Before bringing out all the holiday decorations, do a thorough pre-decor cleaning. It’s so much easier to clean before you pull out the holiday decorations and make getting ready to entertain all that much easier. If your home has already been deep cleaned, it shouldn’t take long to run the vacuum and dust off the furniture before guests arrive. Perform a quick home walk through and jot down all the rooms that need to be cleaned and what needs to be done specifically in each room. This is a great time to enlist the help of your family or to hire a cleaning or concierge service for a one-time cleaning. Got clutter? Now’s a great time to sort through the piles and move out anything preventing you from properly cleaning and organizing. This includes mail piles, counter clutter, kids’ toys, and clothes, decide which items to donate or toss.
- Meal Plan & Prep is a Must. Whether you’re hosting big holiday meals or events, doing holiday baking or having guests stay with you during the season, plan out all the meals you’ll be preparing. Don’t forget to count quick breakfasts, snacks, and lunches along with the main holiday meals. Add these meals to your main checklist and note the foods you’ll need to purchase (especially if there are allergies). Print off any recipes you’ll be using to have them at quick reach so you can cross-check the ingredients needed against your shopping list. Double-check your pantry and freezer to see what you already have so you don’t buy double. This is a great time to clean out, clean and organize your fridge and freezer to make room for incoming holiday foods.
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From our home and heart to yours I wish you a Happy Thanksgiving. I know it sounds clique but, you can always find something to be thankful for in your life. Thanksgiving Day is a good day to recommit our energies to giving thanks or just giving. May you have at the table people that love and respect you, plenty of food to feel thankful, and lots of laughter . . .
“The unthankful heart discovers no mercies; but let the thankful heart sweep through the day and, as the magnet finds the iron, so it will find, in every hour, some heavenly blessings!” – Henry Ward Beecher
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