Tis the season to be…..stressed, panicked and overworked!! Fa la la la la la la la la!
I love the holidays. I really I do. The holiday season is one of the most magical times of the year. It brings friends and families together and reminds me of how fortunate I am to have such a great support system. HOWEVER the two weeks leading up to the holidays brings me nothing but “aceto” as my Italian mother would say!! The stress of planning for the perfect holiday party, picking the perfect presents, serving amazing dishes and creating the best treat for our annual cookie swap is overwhelming to say the least.
Luckily I’ve done my research! Below are a list of tips, tricks, recipes and resources to help you tackle the stress so that you can relax and enjoy your loved ones this holiday season.
Controlled Chaos in the Kitchen!
During the holidays everything revolves around the kitchen. So I need to make sure all my equipment is in in tip-top shape! Sears Home Services, that nation’s number 1 provider of appliances, has some great tips to make sure your appliances are running properly so that you can entertain with ease.
One do-it-yourself project they recommend is cleaning your refrigerator’s condenser coils. It’s simple. Twice a year I take a coil brush and brush the condenser coils located either under or behind the fridge. This will remove dirt, pet hair and more. Something as simple as cleaning your condenser coils will prevent expensive repairs and will make your refrigerator run more efficiently.
If you don’t have time for DIY appliance maintenance, you can visit SearsHomeServices.com/checkup to schedule a Kitchen & Laundry Appliance Check-Up from Sears Home Services. One their expert technicians will come to your house to perform a 64 point-inspection of your kitchen or laundry appliances. You will be ready to turn out dinner and dessert for the 30 guests you are expecting on Christmas day!!
Hostess with the Mostess
In my opinion a holiday is not a holiday without the French’s Classic Green Bean Casserole. Apparently I’m not the only one who feels that way. Did you know that over 30 million will be served during the holiday season. And cant you just taste the French’s Crispy Fried Onions on top?
If you are looking to create a new classic yet timeless dish I would try French’s Crunchy Onion Bacon Potatoes. Both recipes are perfect for busy moms and home chefs to make during the holiday. Its delicious and made with Potatoes, Bacon, Cheese and French’s Crispy Fried Onions. Or if you want to update either classic and add some spice to your dish by toping it with French’s Crispy Jalapenos! You can find more recipes at Frenchs.com.
The Perfect Treat
The best part of making holiday treats, is making it with my family. Since my kids are just 6 and 8 years-old I love these easy, no-bake Scotcheroos. They are a delicious, chocolate-y and peanut butter-y rice cereal treat made with Karo Light Corn Syrup. These Christmas trees and classic Scotcheroos with candy toppings are a perfect addition to your holiday party or cookie swap.
They are an incredibly versatile treat. I love customizing them with candy decorations, cookie cutters or food coloring. Not only are they a great treat but my kids and I make several batches at once so we can gift them in gift bags and tins.
For mor recipes go to www.karosyrup.com/Recipes
Save More Stress Less
I’m always looking for ways to save around the holidays. It can be an expensive and sometimes stressful time of year.
My favorite budget stretching secret weapon is RedPlum. It helps you score the best deals and coupons not only on holiday gifts, but also on everything you’ll need for entertaining like groceries, serving trays, utensils…even coupons for dining out for when you need a break from it all you!
Be sure to check the mail for promotional offers from retailers you love or go to RedPlum.com for additional deals and steals! RedPlum will help you take the financial worry and stress out of the holidays.
Keeping the Magic Alive
My daughter Joslin is 8 and my son Harris is 5. They still believe in tooth fairies, elves and Santa. The magic is still alive in their hearts and I plan I keeping that way for as long as possible. My daughter Joslin’s face is going to light up this year because I got Santa to make a personalized message for her on PortableNorthPole.com
I cant wait to see her face when she sees this video…
If you are looking to start a modern holiday tradition and bring Christmas magic to someone special in your life just go to PortableNorthPole.com and entered my child’s name, uploaded her photo, and what gift she’d like for Christmas. It’s FREE to try at PortableNorthPole.com, or download the app for IOS and Android.
I hope all of these tips, products, recipes and resources help you relax and unwind this holiday season! Happy holiday to you all!