Make a List and Check it Twice!
So how do you add in all the extras, like baking, and still maintain sanity?
Two words… PLAN AHEAD
Because no one has time to run to the store for one missing ingredient, or the brain space to track down the cookie cutters you lent out last year. Therefore, before you get in the mood for holiday baking…
Get Organized! Here’s how.
Create an Ingredients Checklist
Hit the grocery store for the extra staples you’ll need for your recipes such as:
- Sugar (powdered and brown)
- Baking powder
- Baking soda
You get the idea, so start your staples list now.
Gather the tools. Don’t get caught halfway into a baking project only to find the beaters for the mixer are missing. What if you don’t have the right tool? Don’t abort the project, create a substitute.
Don’t have a rolling pin? Use a wine bottle.
No pie plate? Turn your pie into a galette instead. (a free-form crusty cake with fruit filling)
Line up these baking essentials before you start.
- Measuring cups
- Cookie sheets
- Muffin tins
- Baking mats
- Cookie cutters
- Rolling pins
- Pastry blender
- Mixer (and locate those beaters too!
For Good Measure
Read the recipe all the way through.
Measure all of your ingredients BEFORE you preheat your oven.
Make sure you’ve given yourself ample time to complete the task and clean up afterward.
MyTip: clean up starts the minute the pan goes in the oven. Oh yeah… and pull those cookies 1-2 minutes early!
So, you burnt the Ginger Snaps
I want to encourage you by letting you know, “it’s okay to make mistakes—we’re still learning.” I’m only here because I made plenty of them along the way, but not without learning from them. I’ve been guilty of winging-it only to find out at the last minute that the vanilla bottle only contains a few droplets, or that some handsome late-night snacker devoured the chocolate morsels, or I remembered I broke my favorite pie plate after rolling the pie crust. (That’s how I figured out the same ingredients could be used to make a galette.)
Every year I make a list of what to do better or different to elevate the outcome next time. I’ve lived and learned through these angsty times in order to relay this important message to you:
Prior planning prevents a heap of frustration this busy time of year!
Happy Baking, because if it’s not fun why do it?
Hugs out! Laura
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