Countdown to an Organized Christmas: Recipes


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{If you’ve missed the previous posts in this series you can find them here.}

We’ve been hitting a few somewhat “un-fun” (yeah, I just made up a word) Christmas organizational tasks lately so I felt the need to lighten things up a bit.

One of my favorite parts of the holiday season is the food.  I love to cook, and I especially love to cook big holiday meals!  And even though I’m not much of a baker, I still enjoy baking during Christmastime.

Our family has several Christmas traditions that revolve around food.  There are more than a few tried and true recipes that just have to be made at Christmas.  I’m sure it wouldn’t take much thought for you to come up with a few food traditions that your family has as well.

Today’s post focuses on the recipes that we use during the holidays.  

Every year — without fail — during our married life my husband and I have made two things at Christmas:  mince pies and cheese straws.  (Neither of which I had tried before we were married, I must add!)  It was a tradition at his household while he was growing up, and it continues to be so at our house now.  I would even go so far as to say that is the only time we cook together every year!  (I know cooking together must work for some couples, but I’m pretty sure divorce would be imminent if we had to cook together on a daily basis.  And I’m only half joking.)  I’m sure that soon my daughter will replace me during these baking sessions — my husband speaks of the fond memories he has baking these items with his own mother, and that’s something I think would be sweet to pass down to our children as well.

My family really didn’t have any traditions in the kitchen (Mom didn’t like us in her kitchen…. maybe that’s where I get it from?) but since I’ve married we have come up with a few of our own traditions.  Every year my husband puts together a gingerbread house and I decorate it.  This year I’m planning to try my hand at making my own gingerbread (wish me luck!) instead of buying a kit.  C is old enough this year to help with the decorations and I can’t wait to share that time with her.

But anyway, I’m starting to get off topic.  (I do that a lot!)

A few years ago when I started my own Christmas Control Journal I wrote down all of the recipes that I like to make during the holidays.  This keeps them all in one place — I don’t have to find multiple cookbooks or try and read my grandmother’s scrawl on a faded piece of paper.  All I need is my handy dandy CCJ!

And so, the homework:

Today’s Assignment:  Take a few minutes today and think of all of the recipes that you use during the holidays.  Include Thanksgiving in there as well if you host a dinner or you’re known for a signature dish that you bring to a get together.  Even if you know the recipe by heart and don’t need to write it down, do it anyway!  This CCJ may benefit your children some day; you just never know!  {I often wish my grandmother had written down more of her recipes — some are lost forever.}  Don’t forget appetizers, side items or your famous dressing recipe.  And be sure and include any drinks recipes as well:  apple cider, hot chocolate, or whatever you traditionally make.  Oh, and what about cookies, pies, and all of the sweets?  Definitely don’t leave those out!

Today’s Printable:  CCJ recipes — Print multiple copies if needed.  As always, if this doesn’t suit your needs please use something else!


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