Our family has several tv shows that we enjoy watching together. We use commercial breaks to do a rapid cleanup. Obviously it's nothing major - recycling the paper, picking up dirty laundry, stacking dishes - but it's amazing the amount of work you can get done in 2 minute bursts!
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I couldn't live without my stick blender (immersion blender)- Makes smoothies and soups so much easier to prepare when you don't have to transfer from the blender and clean up is a breeze!
When my mother was in her 90s, she didn't like big gatherings with lots of kids. So there was just my mother, my husband and me for holidays. We used to cook a big dinner anyway, then one year we decided to go to Denny's for dinner. It would not be my first choice for a holiday dinner, but it was the only place open on Thanksgiving and Christmas. However, it worked out well because: it was 1)convenient 2)inexpensive.. (click title for more info)
..3)and informal. It involved 4)no shopping 5)no prepartion 6)no cleanup 7)and everyone could order what s/he wanted. The wait staff were very accommodating to my elderly mother who ate very slowly and wanted her milk warmed just right.
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