I think I’m drowning y’all in holiday stuff this week. Mostly because if you plan well, you can remove a lot of the hassle and actually enjoy the holiday season.
Here’s a little something from the archives about meal planning:
Over the years I’ve done most of the cooking in my home. It’s not my favorite job (though I do love baking goodies), but it’s an important one, so I’m always looking for good helps to make cooking easier and bring variety to my meals.
I know that it’s a blessing to sit down to a good meal and, of course, there is couple time to be had at meals or with a shared treat. Well-prepared food can bring much good to the atmosphere of your home and your marriage.
I received this email with a helpful cooking tip from a generous wife (thanks, Melissa!), so I thought I’d pass it on to y’all.
I have been following your blog since BEFORE I was married. I have now been married 2 1/2 years, and my husband and I just welcomed a little girl into our lives! This is my first tip suggestion.
I subscribe to Allrecipes daily recipe emails.
These messages only contain the recipes that have been rated with top stars, so they are bound to be good. Obviously, I don’t have time to make them all, however, I save the ones I think look like something my husband and I would like to what they call the “Recipe Box”. Then I have an easy way to get ideas for meals on a weekly basis. You can even create a shopping list from the recipe link. We have lost weight, eat more meals together, and I feel so much less stress than I do flipping through one of the many cookbooks relatives and friends have thought I would need.
As a sanity saver, I encourage y’all to plan out your meals for the holiday season. There is so much going on, it’s nice to be able to know what you are fixing for dinner at the beginning of the day instead of at three in the afternoon [groan]. You could write them on your family calendar or put a list on your fridge. You might also wish to write out your holiday baking plans. (Just a thought: When you write out plans it’s easy to see if you are overloading yourself or if your plans are reasonable and doable. Don’t be afraid to simplify and enjoy the holidays.)
What is your favorite meal planning resource?
You don’t have to cook fancy or complicated masterpieces – just good food from fresh ingredients. Julia Child
Prayer Prompt ♥ Ask God to help you plan meals and make meal time fun and intimate.
Calm.Healthy.Sexy: 5 Ways to Slow Down and Enjoy Christmas this Year A sane voice in the chaos of the holidays.
The Generous Husband: Choose Your Ruts Carefully Where do you want to go in life? In your marriage?
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