Many thanks to all who entered my recent Cookbook contest; today I’d like to share with you some of the terrific cooking decom-stressing tips submitted by the fine folks who entered the drawing.
If yours isn’t included, please forgive me. Wish I could include them all, but I didn’t have enough pages.
Once again, congrats to the winners of the Too Blessed to be Stressed Cookbook drawing:
Grand prize package: Pamela Black
Autographed cookbooks: Carolyn Law, Sueann Walter, and Cheryl Greene.
(All of you need to get me your mailing addresses ASAP in order to receive your prizes by Christmas!!)
Stress-Saving Tips for the Holidays
- From Kay: Make anything that freezes well ahead of time. Then you only have to thaw and reheat, or just serve.
- From Jen: Use a crock pot or even a few crock pots! Just throw everything in and you don’t have a worry for hours.
- From Marie: I use lavender essential oil while I’m cooking. It adds to the aroma.
- From Steph: (this one cracks me up; sounds just me, the sticky note queen!): My fave stress-reducing tip is writing everything down so I don’t forget. I hope I didn’t miss the giveaway. (Deb’s comment: Oops! Forget to write it down, Steph?)
- From Francie: I make several gluten-free pie crusts a month ahead and freeze them. They’re easy to thaw, roll, and fill for my gluten-free grands.
- From Cathy: I learned this the hard way. Now I make as many dishes as possible 1-3 days ahead of time (and freeze or refrigerate); it it’s pies, HIDE THEM! Never will I save everything to make all at once again!
- From Sandra: I enjoy the holiday with a group of friends – we are all seniors with no local families; each brings a different dish. After eating while talking up a storm, we play games and have a ball.
- From Pamela: My favorite way to de-stress for the holy-days is to eat the chocolate I’m baking with. (Deb’s comment: Ah, you’re a gal after my own heart, Pam!)
- Also from Pamela: I say a morning prayer each day for the Lord to be with me in all situations that will arise. Keeps my stress level down knowing that I’m too blessed to be stressed in the first place. (Deb’s comment: Hey, somebody should write a book with that title!)
- From Alita: I make big pots of chili or soup in my slow cooker so we always have something to eat on hand without spending a lot of time cooking.
- Adriana: My family and I make tamales every year, which can be prepared ahead of time. I also shop early in the morning and have everything ready to cook so there’s no rushing or stress later.
- From Carole: Clean each bowl, utensil, and pan as you go. Then during the meal, you can relax knowing that only what is on the table will need clearing and cleaning. I’m all for enjoying time with family after the meal.
- Caroline: My recipe for quick and easy holiday meatloaf: Preheat oven to 350; 2-lbs ground beef, 2 eggs, 1 can onion soup, 1 sleeve salting crackers. Mix all together; I use my hands. Put into a loaf pan and bake about an hour, checking for doneness for the last fifteen minutes (cooking time varies with different ovens).
Love these, don’t you? Anyone have other ideas they’d like to contribute?