Monday, December 9, 2013
January Jeans 2014: Cut the Recipe by Half-and-Skip some Recipes
Half the usual recipe: This is actually my oldest daughter's idea. She told me that we should make smaller amounts of each holiday food. Instead of doubling a recipe of cookies to make 6 dozen, we should make just one recipe of 3 dozen cookies. Give most of them away, and leave just a few for taste testing among the family. A few treats is all that is needed to have fun with holiday baking.
Only make some favorite recipes: More types of cookies is not necessarily better. Really, who needs buckets of cookies as leftovers? I have so much trouble tossing out extra cookies that nobody else in the family will eat--except me--but I don't want to eat them either. So many women I know hate tossing out food. It's just better to never bake it in the first place.
How many pies does a family really need? One slice per guest who wants pie. More than that, it's high calorie leftovers.
Smaller amounts of treat foods for holiday dinner: For holiday dinners, we are planning to make smaller amounts of treat foods with no anticipated leftovers. When it's done, it's really done. (I probably will make a double-dose of veggies, though, for leftovers.) I was thinking about how *wonderful* it would to be to have less leftovers to put away and manage in the fridge. Yay.
Skip some excess foods: There have been holidays where I made so many types of foods that they all didn't fit on the table, or I forgot to serve something I made. We have decided on a more simple Christmas dinner this year. We'll pick some family favorites and skip some excess recipes entirely. It's easier, and no one will miss the upteenth food on the menu.
One bag of candy to be shared, and no candy in stockings: Teen son told me to save my money by not buying candy for stockings. One bag of candy shared is not much candy per person, and this one change saves about $15 in my household (we did this last year). This might not work if you have little ones, but it sure does with a bunch of older kids. A little candy is fun, but a lot of candy is just excessive and stomach-ache making.
I anticipate that all of these strategies will keep everyone slimmer but also save me money. What will I do with the money saved? How about a holiday movie with the kids?! :D
What do *you* think? Are you planning to cut recipes or any related idea for the holidays? And, as usual, please say whatever you'd like to add.
Have a Happy Day!
P.S. Please see the list of January Jeans Club Members/Blog links. This is such a cool international group! We have people from 9 countries participating! We have people from at least 10 U.S. states participating too. Go check out someone else's blog! If I missed your name on this list, just tell me and I'll add you on. :D