How do you like my new banner? It's a photo of some of my favorite ornaments from my Christmas tree! I put up the tree yesterday and had so much fun. I always enjoy pulling out the ornaments and seeing new ones we've acquired during the year. The sequined Santa suit and the Disney disco ball Mickey head are two new ones. Aren't they fun? I love bling on a Christmas tree! :) My Mom gave me the Starbucks cup a couple of years ago. So cute!
I can't *do* December without being ultra-organized. Besides the normal, everyday activities, there are Christmas parties and outings, shopping trips, hours of wrapping packages, holiday baking.....and I want to do it ALL! So I've figured out a good system this year. I made my own little 12x12 scrapbooked December calendar page where I've written in all of the scheduled events in red. Then on little green punched, movable squares, I've written dinner menu ideas (I like to keep dinners in December fairly easy) that I can move around and assign to different days in December. Finally, at the top of the calendar I have a list of things I want to bake this month. On days that I decide to bake, I can just choose something from the list and cross it off. Everything I'm going to bake is something that can be frozen. That way I can pull out a few of each thing when we have people over or when we're in the mood for a certain treat. Some people may be thinking, "wow, that is WEIRD that you do this." Well, that's ok. :) But I always look back in January and think "I wish I had done THIS or THAT" and it's always because I ran out of time or didn't fit it in because I was hurrying to finish wrapping presents, shop, or bake. So this year I'm determined to be organized with the musts so I can relax all month and enjoy the blessed Christmas season without worrying if I got something done. :)
I thought I'd share my baking list for December! They are all Martha Stewart recipes (of course!) and all of them are new to our family. I can't wait to try them. I am planning on some lighter, easier dinners for December so we can enjoy all of the sweet extras without too much guilt. :) So..... ::: drumroll ::: here is my master list!
Chocolate Espresso Snowcaps
Thumbprint Cookies (I'm using assorted jams)
Pecan Caramel Shortbread
Shaker Lemon Bars
Chocolate Peppermint Bark (I'm using a dark chocolate instead of the white)
Did you gain 10 pounds reading that list? :)
I'm off to watch Martha and finish decorating the house. Have a blessed day!
"What seems too difficult for us is a sure sign that it belongs to God." - Marie DePree