The kitchen is a busy place in most homes during Christmas. In order to keep it fun and not a drudgery, I’ve come up with six ways to simplify your work, so you can still be (L)oven your kitchen by the time December 25th arrives!
- Get dinner in the crock pot first thing in the morning on a day when you know you’re going to be doing a marathon baking event. That way you won’t have to stop your progress to fix a meal. It will also keep your oven free for those cookies!
- Get any cookie dough that has to be refrigerated into the fridge on one day, and then bake the cookies the next day. If you do all the mixing on one day and the rolling and baking on the next you won’t be as worn out!
- When you have a few extra minutes, fill a Ziploc bag with the dry ingredients for the cookies, sweet breads, or muffins you’re going to bake in the near future. Label the bag. Then on the day when you mix up the dough, you’ll simply have to pour and stir! You’ve created your own baking mix!!
- Keep hot, soapy water in the kitchen sink. As you work, put your baking utensils in the water. Wash them up when the dough is complete, or the cookies are in the oven. The kitchen will be clean when you’re finished and you can turn off the light and go take a hot bath!
- Enlist in help! If you have children, let them put the sprinkles on, crush the candy canes, or chop the nuts (with a hand chopper).
You could also invite some friends (or your grown daughters/daughters-in-law) over and have each one bring the ingredients for a cookie recipe. Work together on one recipe at a time. You won’t believe how fast the work goes! Divide the spoil between each of you when you’re finished.
- Make some treats that require NO BAKING – (like these Chocolate Peanut butter stacks that we LOOOOVE. Recipe below)
There are many other No-Bake options –
If you haven’t had these and you’re a chocolate and peanut butter fan, trust me when I say that you need these in your life!!
Chocolate Peanut Butter Stacks
Spread crackers with peanut butter, top with another cracker. Dip crackers into melted chocolate bark.I melt my chocolate in the microwave, stirring every 30 seconds until completely melted. Set cookies on waxed paper until chocolate hardens.
By simplifying things in the kitchen, you’re also staying refreshed during a busy time of the year!