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    Awesome Tina! I'll be using my change jar money too!

    Yesterday I ran to the party store and to the quilt shop. I skipped the health food store for another time because it was on the other side of town. I have three stores left, but not a lot of funds left. I'm still saving my change jar until Nov. 30 when I get paid again. I will use my change jar then with the bit extra I will have for the other stuff I need.

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    Strawberry,
    Lylac, here, checking in.

    As far as Christmas shopping I plan on being done tomorrow God-willing. Now, don't get too proud of me, lol, as dh and I decided a long time ago that we just couldn't afford a lot of gifts since we are living on one income and I can't work. So, we are only buying gifts for my parents and for each other. As much as I love my friends, we really don't buy for one another and that is fine by me. If anything, like yourself I will do some baking. I cannot eat sugar, so even that will be limited (too tempting). I will probably make some quick breads - a variety. I also love doing stockings, it is my favorite part about gifts, has been since I was little.

    My menu is pretty much planned - although not as tempting as yours sounds, I will post (also, I don't follow recipes, I just wing it - so I can't really give out recipes, lol). I have lots of food restrictions so my menu reflects that.

    I now need to plan my grocery list until Dec. 31st. I will be working on that in the next day or so. I will have to shop in November (before Thanksgiving & maybe after) but I am hoping and praying I can stay out of the stores for December. Thanksgiving food will be purchased tomorrow also & frozen if need be.

    I'll put my menu in the next post. Looking forward to your progress.

    Lylac

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    Meals for Nov./Dec.

    Roast chicken, veg. (2)
    Eat out (breakfast meal)
    Burgers, veg. (3)
    Tuna gravy over rice (2)
    Pork chops, applesauce, veg. (2)
    Baked chicken & rice (2)
    Leftovers
    Thanksgiving
    Leftovers
    Tacos (2)
    Chicken Wings, cel. & carrots (2)
    Tuna spaghetti (red sauce) (2)
    Chicken & rice soup (2)
    Leftover soup (2)
    Beef stew (2)
    Hot dogs, baked beans (2)
    Roast, veggies
    Leftovers
    Hot dogs & salad
    BBQ chicken, rice, corn
    Beef & veg. soup
    Leftovers
    Stuffed peppers
    Baked fish, zucchini
    Eggs, bacon & french toast
    Christmas Eve
    Leftovers
    Beans with ham
    Stuffed cabbage
    Steak, salad & rice pilaf

    *2 additional meals will be out for celebrations

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    Good idea Strawberry! I need to get organized here too. With a Christmas wedding I just don't have time for last minute shopping this year. So...

    ~ tonight I'm going through my gift stockpile to see what I have for Christmas gifts.

    ~ I am also going to make a baking/cooking list and a grocery list for all that. I actually think I may have one stashed away from last year...

    ~ I'm going to plan deep cleaning of the house too...two rooms a week until Christmas.

    ~ I'm going to sit down with a schedule and work in tree shopping etc., with wedding shopping. gotta figure out when we'll be doing the Christmas baking too.

    Should be a riot!

    Jean

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    Michele - Don't those change jars come in handy A few times I was very tempted to take some money out but I stayed strong. It's a good thing dh didn't know about it or he would have talked me into using it a few times.

    Lylac - You're doing so well. You have your plan for shopping and baking, and you've completed you menu. You'll be finished before you know it.

    Jean - You can do it!!! Your plan looks great. I'll be watching your progress.

    I'm so tired It was one of those days.....but I did get two gifts for dd. Now I just need one gift for my oldest ds. I'm seeing the light at the end of this tunnel

    I also picked up a little gift for my nephew's baby. My nephew's family comes over for Christmas dinner with us and they have 3 young children. Months ago I had picked up gifts for two of the children and now I've gotten the youngest ones too. I got all their gifts on clearance and spent a total of $10 for all three gifts.

    I look forward to hearing about everyone's progress. I'm thinking December is going to be nice and relaxing. No shopping

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    Tina, your doing a wonderful job. I'm continuing to cheer you on.

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    Thanks CJ

    I've learned so much here at the village that is helping me achieve my goal.

    And....I've learned a lot about goals from you

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    Well that took longer than I thought! The menus for Dec. 22 - 25th are as follows:

    Dec. 22nd
    B- on your own
    L - on your own
    S - chili

    Dec. 23rd
    B - Waffles or aebleskiver (Danish pancake balls)
    L - Pita sandwiches with hummus, veggies and salad
    S - Restaurant meal

    Dec. 24th
    Brunch - Waffles, applesauce/peaches, ricotta cheese, maple syrup
    Dinner - Mandarin orange salad, tortiere, carrots, broccoli, relishes and pickles, rice pudding, spiced cranberry cider.

    Dec. 25
    Brunch - spinach quiche, bagels and cream cheese, and fruit.
    Dinner - turkey, dressing, mashed potatoes, peas, carrots, relishes and pickles, spinach salad, saskatoon pie and ice cream, wine and punch.

    We decided to just have two meals on Dec. 24 and 25. Everyone can snack inbetween. I want people to be hungry for the wedding reception wine and cheese on the 24th. And everyone's going to be really full on the 25th from the 24th!

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    We decided to buy Christmas cards this year, instead of me making...takes too much time to make.

    I started the Christmas letter. Need to transfer it to this computer and print it out for dh to edit.

    We went through the gift box together and found we have to buy for 4 men. I bought for 2 of them on Saturday, so only 2 to go. These are parcels that have to be mailed.

    Arranged house cleaning with dh for when he's home.

    Set up a Christmas/wedding baking schedule for the week of Dec. 5th.

    Set up a deadline for tree shopping. I'm thinking artificial would be real nice. Though we have no place to store it when Christmas is over. So maybe it'll be a real one this year after all.

    Next post is my grocery list...Wish me luck!

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    My grocery list:

    Lard - 2 lbs.
    eggs - 22
    butter - 9 1/4 c.
    leeks - 3
    yogurt - 3 c.
    ground pork - 1 1/2 lbs.
    onions - 2 large
    potatoes - 20 medium
    raspberry jam - 1 c.
    powdered icing sugar - 6 c.
    pumpkin - 14 oz.
    Dutch cocoa - 1 c.
    hazelnuts - 1/2 c.
    fine coconut - 2 c.
    chopped walnuts - 1 c.
    vanilla custard powder - 4 tbsp.
    smooth peanut butter - 1 c
    ricotta cheese
    maple syrup
    applesauce
    mandarin oranges - canned
    leaf lettuce
    whipping cream - 4 c.
    milk - 4 c.
    cinnamon sticks - 12
    whole almonds - 1
    half and half - 2 c.
    dried cranberries - 1/2 c.
    whole allspice - 2 tbsp.
    apple cider - 2 qts.
    oranges - 2
    bagels - 2 dozen
    cream cheese - 3 pkgs.
    saskatoon jam
    carrots
    broccoli
    spinach - 1 lb.
    alfalfa sprouts - 1/2 c.
    feta cheese - 1/4 c.
    sunflower seeds - 2 tbsp.
    ice-cream
    Brie cheese

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    Oh, and the menu for the wedding reception, of which I'm only responsible for a small part of the food, is as follows:

    Chicken wings
    Mini-quiche
    Sausage rolls
    Fruit tray
    Cracker, cheese and meat tray
    Cheese ball
    Crab dip in bread
    Spinach dip in bread
    Welsh cakes and Brie (me)
    Nanaimo bars (me)
    Raspberry ribbon cookies (me)
    Cream puffs
    Punch
    Tea
    Coffee
    Wine
    Champagne

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    My baking week is as follows:

    Monday - pastry dishes: Saskatoon pies (2), spinach quiche (3 recipes), tortiere (2 recipes).

    Tuesday - cookie day: Finnish nut logs, spritz, almond cookies, raspberry ribbons (2).

    Wednesday - more cookies: Oatmeal shortbread, Dutch chocolate shortbread, Nanaimo bars.

    Thursday - Candy day: peanut butter cups.

    Friday - Pumpkin cheesecake (for general snack/tea during the holidays).

    We're all getting together at the groom's mom's house the day before the wedding to do most of the wedding baking/cooking.

    So all Christmas shopping needs to be done by Dec. 21st...and wrapping by the afternoon of the 22nd.

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    Oh...and I've started doubling recipes and freezing leftovers for the holidays to make meal prep easier.

    jean

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    WOW Jean, you're one busy lady.

    Your menu sounds wonderful and your baking list sound delightful

    You seem very organized. I guess that's a must with having a Christmas wedding.

    Great idea about freezing dinners now to help easy your load.

    Well done!!!

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    Wow, you guys are great!

    I stopped at the health food store today for:

    several kinds of nuts for candy making
    Flowers for Thanksgiving table
    Coffee
    ingredients for snack mix

    I still have to go to Joann Fabrics (Tomorrow)

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