Every year just after our big holiday get-togethers, I write down tips for next year. I have to do it now while it is still fresh in my mind. It’s good to have a little notebook that you keep with your holiday decorations so you will find it in time next year.
This year I’m noting that for the two days after Christmas we don’t need to cook. By then we have plenty of leftovers that everyone is happy to fix for themselves. We supplemented that with some take-and-bake pizza for the kids. The second night we added some Chinese take-out to have enough for the adults. These are high quality leftovers so nobody minds eating them. It’s sometimes an even better feast than the first time around.
I also note which recipes turned out great & which need some changes, like more pepper or whatever. Some items tasted great, but were just not needed. So I note that too. I also go through the Christmas card list to make any changes to addresses. I make notes about where I could improve on keeping to the holiday budget. I note which recipes were the quickest, easiest, & most liked. One that won in those categories this year was brie. I covered the top of a brie cheese with strawberry jam & served it with round crackers. It tasted almost like cheese cake & was wonderful. Talk about easy. That would be good at just about any party.
I write on my recipes how long it took to prepare and any changes in baking/cooking times. I found that one recipe took me 2 hours to prepare when the recipe said it would take 15 minutes to prepare. That’s valuable information to me for the next time I want to make it.
I do hate packing up the decorations, but whenever I do that I really enjoy getting the house cleaned up again.