Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Monday, November 21, 2011

Holiday Grand Plan--Dining Room Week

This is Dining Room Week.  Here is the actual link to the page on organizedchristmas.com.
Deadline week! Week Thirteen, Dining Room Week, sees us move into the holiday season, and it's time for a reality check.
Thanksgiving Day falls on Thursday for our American friends and ushers in the holiday season, so this week's cleaning and organizing focus is the dining room. Holiday prep chores center on Thanksgiving and turn to planning the celebration ahead.
Ready? Let's get organized with Dining Room Week in the Holiday Grand Plan!
 Holiday Prep:
  • Deadline Week: If homemade gifts are not done, put them away. After Thanksgiving weekend and go buy something. This is not a contest, this is life.
  • Get everything out for Thanksgiving Dinner and prepare everything that can be done ahead of time. Make sure enough dishes are available.
  • Stock bathrooms and first aid kit.
  • Wednesday: Use one of the Freezer Meals, buy a salad at the store...
  • Friday or Saturday: Have children make/set up Advent Calendar.
  • Set up the Creche area and add figures each day as we read from an Advent book. Continue until Jan. 6 when the wise men come.
  • Let kids get out and inspect Christmas decorations; test tree and other lights, replace bulbs.

The recommendation to put away homemade gifts if they are not done, well, I'll still be making stuff till the last minute.  I'm plugging away and homemade stuff will be started in earnest on Sunday when I put all the Thanksgiving stuff away. 

I will definitely be getting everything out for Thanksgiving Dinner.  Dishes, linens, glasses, serveware, etc. 

I will also check the linens and make sure I have nice hand towels, etc. 

And I will most definitely be getting all the Christmas decorations out on Sunday.  No Advent Calender or Creche, but all the other stuff for sure.

Monday, November 14, 2011

Holiday Grand Plan--Twofer

Yes, it's a two for one week for the Holiday Grand Plan--I totally skipped last week.  Well, that's how it goes around here when I work six out of nine days.  Looking back, it was probably because I had a cuckoo ending to the end of Saturday's shift--three deliveries in the last hour of the shift, two beautiful, one scary with a good ending.  Emotionally, it takes me a while to get back on track, especially when I'm the charge nurse two nights in a row. 

So here you go--TWO weeks of Holiday Grand Plan! 

It's a good week to have a twofer as they are Garage/Storage Week and Attic/Storage Week.  Last week was Garage Week.  Here is the actual link to Garage/Storage Week.

"Week Eleven, Garage/Storage Week, at the Holiday Grand Plan gets us into garage and storage areas. The waning days of Autumn are a good time to rout out household storage areas, so we're ready to access extra tables, chairs and seasonal decorations.
In holiday prep, we look ahead to the Thanksgiving meal, and see to the family's holiday clothing.
Ready? Let's get organized with Garage Week in the Holiday Grand Plan!"

Deep Cleaning/Organizing Area: Garage

Holiday Prep:

  • Make one batch of Holiday Goodies.
  • Make one extra meal for freezer again labeled HOLIDAY MEAL.
  • Buy two canned food items from menus (get 2 of each item, one to use and one to donate to food drive).
  • Buy 1/8th of TO BUY gifts. Save all receipts, note return policy before buying. Ask for gift boxes.
  • Wrap and label packages. If needing to ship, get some shipping boxes now and store packages in them.
  • Work at least 1 hour a day on homemade gifts.
  • Review and revise menus and other plans.
  • Plan table setting
  • Plan centerpiece, make as much as possible now (or order it from florist).
  • Reserve any items needed to be borrowed or rented.
  • Get everyone's holiday clothes purchased/cleaned/pressed.
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Attic Week
Cooler weather makes it easy to check and organize the attic and storage areas during Week Twelve, Attic Week. We continue to move toward Thanksgiving in holiday prep. Are you working on holiday gifts?
Ready? Let's get organized with Attic Week in the Holiday Grand Plan!
Here is the actual link to Attic Week. 

Holiday Prep:

  • Make one batch of Holiday Goodies.
  • Make one extra meal for freezer again labeled HOLIDAY MEAL.
  • Buy two canned food items from menus (get 2 of each item, one to use and one to donate to food drive).
  • Buy 1/8th of TO BUY gifts. Save all receipts, note return policy before buying. Ask for gift boxes.
  • Wrap and label packages. If needing to ship, get some shipping boxes now and store packages in them.
  • Work at least 1 hour a day on homemade gifts.
  • Make place cards.
  • Make 3x5 card for each serving dish, list what goes in it, garnish, how much before dinner can it go in and serving silverware used with it; tape it to edge of dish.
  • Be sure all dishes are clean!
  • Borrow or buy any additional serving dishes needed.
  • Buy reusable foil bakeware from party paper place.
  • Are linens clean and ready? Unfold and verify that all spots can be hidden by centerpiece.
  • Work on centerpiece.






Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

I made a Halloween bag for Grandbuddy, using the pattern so graciously supplied by homemadebyjill.com.  The pattern was easy, well-written and very quick to make. 


Sunday, October 30, 2011

Holiday Grand Plan Week Ten

This week is the Family Room.

Here is the actual link to the page on the Holiday Grand Plan site.


Moving into the heart of the household, it's Week Ten at the Holiday Grand Plan: Family Room Week! We'll clean and organize this central area of family life as we begin to think ahead to holiday visitors in holiday prep. Keep working on those gifts!
Ready? Let's get organized with the Holiday Grand Plan!
I will definitely be deep cleaning in this room as it gets a LOT of use at our house. I will get out the step ladder to clean windows and wipe down the ceiling fan. 

The list of things to do this week are to make some holiday type breads and freeze them (recipes to come).  I will continue to work on the homemade gifts.  I will polish the silverware this week.  (Ugh, not a job I like, but Dear Hubby does like to, so I will snag him to help me and it will make it a lot easier to do for me.   I will take down the Halloween decorations, and put up more Thanksgiving-y type decorations.  And, lastly, I will make sure there is plenty of room in the front closet for hanging guest coats. 


Sunday, October 23, 2011

Holiday Grand Plan Week Nine


This week is Pantry and Closets Week. 

Here is the actual link to the page on the Holiday Grand Plan site.

I want to work on my front closet as the weather is getting cooler and I want to make sure we have enough hats, scarves, gloves/mittens and coats.  I will also be working on the linen closet--it needs some tweaking.  Sweet Husband will be reconfiguring his office closet.  The rest of my closets are in pretty good shape.


I will be restocking the bar this week.  I will continue to work on homemade gifts.  I will buy holiday cards this week.  I will resend the Thanksgiving invitation.  I am not expecting any guests, so no preps needed there.  I am hoping that despite all the cuts we have had in benefits and the other penny-pinching measures there have been at work that we will still be getting our free turkey. 

Holiday Grand Plan Week Eight

Thought I posted this last week.  Ooops.

Here is the actual link to the page on the Holiday Grand Plan site.

It's Kitchen Week at the Holiday Grand Plan!

Deep cleaning is in order for the kitchen.  I'll be adding to the Holiday Goodies.  I'll also buy a few things for snacks such as nuts to the pantry.  I will also continue to work on the homemade gifts.

This is also Checkpoint Week.  I will review the progress on Christmas prep and adjust as needed.

Part of Checkpoint Week is finalizing decorations and plans for Halloween.  I have decorated for Halloween and when I take pictures I will post them.  Just need to buy the candy for the kids. 

Monday, October 10, 2011

Holiday Grand Plan Week Seven

Here is the actual link to this week.

This week I am hoping work will settle down and I can do some catchup on cleaning.  It is Guest Room Week, but I will be working on my Cra(P)ft Room.  I have a LOT of projects planned, and I am hoping to get each project and instructions in individual bags.  

Make one batch of Holiday Goodies.  Again, I am debating whether I need to bake anymore goodies at all this week.  So, recipe to be posted later?

I will buy several bags of frozen rolls this week for the freezer.  In lieu of buying frozen goods for the ACO pantry, I will buy flour and sugar. 

I will continue to work on homemade gifts.

Part of the activities for this week are to decorate for Halloween.  I have a few things to put up, but mostly decorating for Halloween is finished. 


If you are crazy about Halloween and need some help getting organized, you might want to follow the Halloween CountdownThe site, magicalholidayhome.com, is one I have linked to before and is very helpful for getting organized for various holidays.  I do wish they would get more holidays online, particularly Thanksgiving, but you can use the basic plan and adjust it for yourself.  I like this list for organizing Thanksgiving.

Catchup for Week Six Holiday Grand Plan

Because work has been so overwhelming, I did not post for Organized Christmas Week Six.  So I will attempt to catch up a bit and do that in this post and then do a post for Week Seven as well this morning.  Oh.  I will be doing some catch up in actual activity around the house, too, as I am expecting this avalanche of babies to slow down this week.

Here is the actual link to the page for Week Six.

And here is what I am going to do this week:


This week, I will focus on the guest bedroom for deep-cleaning, decluttering and organizing.

I will make a batch of Holiday Goodies for the freezer.  I think.  I am still debating which "goodie" it will be or if there will be any additions.

This week I will add items for the Fast Fruit Salad to the pantry and for the ACO pantry.  Here is the recipe:

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FAST FRUIT SALAD

1 large can fruit cocktail
2 small cans of mandarin oranges
2 small cans of pineapple tidbits
1 (10 oz.) pkg. frozen sliced strawberries
1 small pkg. of vanilla pudding

Drain all juice from canned fruit and SAVE.  Add 1-1/2 cups of juice to vanilla pudding, cook over medium heat till thick.  Stir often.  Cool, then add fruit and thawed strawberries.  Refrigerate. 

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I'll continue to work on homemade gifts.

I'll get Hubby to check the smoke detectors and change the batteries.

I will replenish the guest bathroom with overnight stuff for the guests--shampoo, bath soap, deodorant, lotion, toothbrush, toothpaste, kleenex, etc. 

Because of this----

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                                                                     there is this at work:



Only millions more.  It has been crazy busy!  Crazy I tell you!  Not only from the January 5th snowfall, but February 4th snowfall.  We are all praying for a small breather.  I know, I know, job security. 

Speaking of breathers, we had about two inches of rainfall yesterday.  Phew.  We are particularly glad for that.  It was nice to listen to the rain and veg out on the couch yesterday and recoup before I go back to work tonight.