Prepping Dry Ingredients Ahead Of Time For The Holiday Baking & Cooking.
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Before all the chaos begins start pre-measuring all the dry ingredients for your holiday cooking and baking recipes. I prefer storing large recipes in empty jars. I also like to use those tiny storage containers from Tupperware for the spices needed for...pumpkin pie for example. Masking tape works just fine for labeling the containers and it removes easily for washing. On baking day all I have to do is reach for a jar, add the wet ingredients and bake. So easy! Spreads out the cost, too.
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I love to bake from scratch for my family on vacation. It's cumbersome to take ingredients along so I combine the dry ingredients in zip lock baggies before I go. On the outside of the bag, I write the wet ingredients that need to be added and the temp and time on the bag so I can bake for my family when we are on vacation.
Today I put oats, flour, brown sugar, nutmeg and cinnamon in a ziplock, on the front I put "crisp", add butter/margine. Bake at 375 for 30 minutes. I also do this with muffins, cookies, quick breads, etc. It's also really, really fast to bake!
Saying No,Thank You to Candy/Cookie Fundraisers And Give a Donation of $ instead
On this Valentine's Day, I thought it would be interesting to have a say- no- to -sweets-secret! I have a neighbor whose child has school fundraisers using catalogs to buy cookie dough for baking ahead. I bought TWO tubs of choc. chip cookie dough last year and when no one was able to come to the cookie-bake I had scheduled for my child during the holidays,AFTER the holidays when I was cleaning out the freezer and saw the cookie dough,I baked it all and ATE them in 2 wks!~Gained 5 lbs & lost it
So I made a New Year's Resolution not to buy the dough anymore.So when she came around with the fundraiser,I said no,politely ,but my hubby came up with a GREAT IDEA--let the CHILD choose a tub of cookies and DONATE THE $! That way I get to help WITHOUT putting on any weight !!!Works for me!!
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