T minus 10

Its ten weeks to Christmas. Why did nobody you tell me? The Christmas Plan went a bit skew whiff.

It’s looking like this will be my last Christmas as a working mum. Woohoo, bring it on. But this does mean that I’m going to have to start being really organised for Christmas. And I mean really, properly, grown up style organised. Not just sitting down at some point in September and making a handful of lists which I either never refer back to or I manage to convince myself that I’ve all the time in the world and still do nothing about the lists.

I’ve been a little better this year because I decided very early on that I would make all the presents I will be giving this year. I normally make some, but over the last few years I’ve noticed that the handmade gifts go down a whole lot better than the shop bought ones, so handmade for all.

I actually checked one of my lists a few nights ago and realised that I still have to knit, one glove, six hats, a hooded scarf, two washcloths and I need to finish a baby blanket all before Christmas (Eek). So I’ve started to knit in the car on the way to and from work. Hopefully this should fix that problem.

This still leaves the issue of baked goods for Christmas presents.

I had thought of giving gifts in a jar to some of my aunts with younger children, but changed my mind because I could well imagine Toots opening a jar containing brownie mix on Christmas morning and immediately wanting to make them even though every oven and burner in my house is filled to capacity and then crying her little heart out and ruining Christmas. Alright, that’s probably a worst case scenario, but still it could happen.

So I’ll be making all the gifts up in full since I have a couple of days off work right before Christmas.

I checked my freezer stash of things I’ve been putting aside for Christmas. Apparently, I either dreamt that I’d put away more things, or I’ve been dipping into the stash without realising it. I had 3lbs of frozen butter and slightly less than 1lb of frozen cream cheese (which actually still works quite well when you beat the living daylights out of it for frosting).

I did my monthly shop at the weekend and Asda had Dromona butter on rollback to £1 for a 1lb block. So I bought eight. Don’t worry, they’ll get used.
I also have around two dozen eggs frozen from an offer at the beginning of the month. For some reason they seem to freeze and defrost a lot better if they’re separated into whites and yolks and then frozen in twos.

But still, normally by now, I’d have already planned what I’m cooking on Christmas day and I haven’t. This means that normally I have my shopping list made and I can start to buy freezable things when I see them on offer, but I haven’t.

Normally, I’ve at least started to buy extra chocolate and peanut butter and pecans for all the cookies which I will make and freeze ahead of time so that I just have to bake when people are coming. But that isn’t done either.

So basically, if I’m completely honest, my plan just didn’t work this year. I didn’t stick to it, I thought I had more time than I actually did and I got sidetracked again and again.

What I need is some help. Do you have any great simple recipes which don’t need a 1001 ingredients, or a way to better organise yourself (bearing in mind that I haven’t been able to get my head round the home management folder yet, so I’m not that bright). What about a pattern for a one hour beanie hat, do you have that, can you point me in the right direction.

I’d appreciate it. A lot. Thanks.
Not technically a true WFMW, although the egg thing kid of qualifies as a tip. For some more ideas from properly grown up organised people head over to Rocks in my Dryer.


  1. EEEEeeeeek!

    Only 10 weeks....lots to do.....!

  2. 10 weeks? Where did this year go! Thanks for stopping by my blog and letting me know there were other unorganized people like myself that are scattered bloggers!

  3. I'm far from ready to think of Christmas. The year is going by fast.
    I enjoyed your blog thanks.

  4. Here's one that's always a big hit at my annual Christmas Eve party. I got it from a magazine called "Taste of Home." They actually microwave the meatballs but I find it is easier to just brown them in the oven for about twenty minutes at 350 F. (Sorry if you have to convert to Celsius!)


    2 eggs
    1 envelope onion soup mix
    1/2 cup seasoned bread crumbs
    1/4 cup chopped dried cranberries
    2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley
    1-1/2 pounds lean ground beef

    The best part is that you can make these as far ahead as you like and freeze them! Just thaw them out before you heat them up with the sauce.

    I prefer to have the sauce assembled the day before I need it (or that day).

    1 can (16 ounces) whole-berry cranberry sauce
    3/4 cup ketchup
    1/2 cup beef broth
    3 tablespoons brown sugar
    3 tablespoons finely chopped onion
    2 teaspoons cider vinegar

    Here's an organization idea for you. Get out your cookie recipes and a bunch of those plastic zipper bags. Measure out dry ingredients for each recipe into the bags, then label them. What I like to do is to clip the recipe to the bag, too. If you do a few of these at once, you'll get all the flour mess out of the way in one shot, LOL! And half of the recipe will be ready to go when you want to make the cookies.


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