Countdown to the Holidays! How can we help?
Thanksgiving is approaching! Before you know it…it’s Christmas. Ah!!! These are the months where we all tend to lost track of time and feel that we don’t really have much of it. Family Matters will help you manage your time so you can get more out of your busy day. We are a trusted, valuable asset to any busy person’s life and create more time in your day by eliminating those tasks and errands that keep you from enjoying life and your family. Imagine the free time you would have doing what you want to do if you took advantage of at least one of our services.
You may not have the time or energy to focus on Thanksgiving Preparation. We totally get that it’s a stressful one. Call us for a FREE consultation and we can discuss what you need help with for this Thanksgiving. We can get a HUGE chunk of your holiday prepping done for you! Do you need help prepping? Grocery shopping? Whatever you need to make your life easier, we are here to help! Thanksgiving is such a beautiful holiday. The family is gathered together, sharing stories, memories and spending quality time over a great home cooked dinner. However, cooking (let alone preparing for) Thanksgiving dinner is a momentous task. Here are 5 tips on how to save time for that busy day!
1. Instead of Your Fridge, Use an Ice Chest!
Fridge space is limited and super precious. If you’re having a bigger dinner party, consider this! Clear out those bottles that take too much space like, salad dressing, jars, beverages and stow them in the garage in a cooler filled with ice packs. OR use it for an opposite purpose: If it’s insulated use it to keep things warm. Line it with aluminum foil, add some folded towels and fill it with hot dishes as they come out of the oven. Don’t go melting your cooler now!
2. Nobody Likes Cold Mashed Potatoes…Ever!
Your mashed potatoes are done but you need to keep them under low heat but, of course, every stove top burner is taken. Pressure cookers are miracle workers. Butter the pressure cooker insert, add heavy cream, and place your potatoes in. At low heat, stir every hour and keep your eye on it. This will keep your mashed potatoes warm and ready to serve! Less stress!
3. This is Genius!
Tape your printed out recipes or notes on your cabinets INSTEAD of referring back to your phone. Cooking Thanksgiving dinner requires you to be very involved with your hands. Give or take, you’re probably going to have more than 3 recipes to follow. This tip means no fussing through the several tabs on your phone or tablet. It’s so much easier to look up and see exactly what you need to do next! ALSO: print out a measurement conversion sheet like the on shown below!
4. Salad Bar
Save yourself the time and trouble from prepping the salad ingredients. Your local supermarket salad bar is your best friend! Get the individual ingredients: sliced onions, bacon, shredded cheese, sliced bell peppers and sliced beets to go! Huge time saver!
5. Get Everyone Involved
By that we mean in the last 15 minutes of cooking, have every do little tasks. Assign someone to fill the water cups, hang up the coats, get the kids ready, set table, open the wine…This will leave you time to hone in on the last details of cooking!