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    Talking My Christmas challenge

    I thought if I'd post this then you all can help me be accountable.

    My goal is to not have to go into any stores in Dec. Well, not quite. I will do one grocery shop a week or so before Christmas to buy fresh produce or anything I may have forgotten. I may get someone to pick up milk or eggs for me once but I do not want to go into any store. I can tell this is going to be hard for me because I already am thinking up excuses for maybe needing to go shopping.

    I run into the grocery store on Sunday and it was crazy. People everywhere, shopping carts in the middle of aisles, slipping twice on the ice getting into the store, not to mention pushing the shopping cart through to snow, and the rise in prices. Last week a bag of icing sugar was $1.79 and yesterday it was $3.99. That’s a huge increase!

    Here’s the start of my plan that I’ll post before I chicken out. I’ll be adding to this during the next week and then I’ll post on how I’m doing during the month of December and things that I’ve learned.

    To be finished Christmas shopping for all gifts including stocking stuffers by Nov 30th.
    To plan my menu for the rest of Nov. as well as the month of Dec.
    To plan all Christmas baking for us as well as all that will be used for gifts.
    To make a list of all groceries needed till the end of Dec and all baking supplies and then shop and hide special items so family does not consume.

    I’ll add more later.

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    You can do it, Tina!!!!

    Holy cow!! $3.99 for powdered sugar???!!!!! YIKES!!!.....you'd think it was gold or something!!!! LOL!!

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    You can do it! We're behind ya!


    KJ

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    I've planned my menu till the end of Dec and I've got my Christmas baking list almost finished. I'll post my menu later.

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    Sounds great Tina! You can do it! I hate going into any store during December. It's crazy here! I'm sorry about the price of powdered sugar! That is a rip off! I still need to get my candymaking chocolate and a few other items, but otherwise I won't be out there either!

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    That's a great plan Tina!!

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    Menu for the next 48 days

    Sticky chicken, mashed potatoes, broccoli
    Lazy lasagna casserole
    Shrimp Penne Alfredo, garlic bread, salad (Dd’s 17th birthday dinner)
    Taco Salad
    Lazy man’s cabbage rolls
    Ham, hash brown casserole, peas
    Ham & Broccoli Pie
    Chicken Hurry, oven fries, corn, tomato wedges
    Pea Soup, fresh bread
    Meatloaf, mashed potatoes, raw carrot sticks, cream corn
    Chicken Chow Mein
    Burritos
    Spaghetti with meat sauce (2x)
    Pancakes
    Pizza (2x)
    Homemade shake and bake chicken, rice, green beans, corn
    Deer stroganoff, egg noodles, carrots
    Homemade hamburger helper
    Chili, rice, taco chips
    Toasted Egg Sandwiches
    Baked Salmon, baked potato, carrots, spinach
    Hamburger Stew, biscuits
    Potato Flake Chicken, scalloped potatoes, frozen mixed veggies
    Cream of Broccoli Soup, fresh buns
    Roast beef, mashed potatoes, carrots, peas
    Tomato Soup, grilled cheese
    Scalloped meatball casserole
    Sweet & Sour Chicken with green peppers and pineapple, rice
    Homemade Perogies
    Shepherd’s Pie
    Beef and barley soup, fresh buns
    Chicken Fajita’s
    Fried rice with some sort of leftover meat
    Potato pancakes, bacon, eggs
    Creamy chicken pasta casserole
    Hamburger patties, baked potatoes, carrots
    Chicken Stir Fry, rice
    Pizza Fondue
    Turkey dinner with all the trimmings
    Turkey dinner left overs
    Hot turkey sandwiches
    Turkey soup, buns
    Marzetti, salad
    Tuna burgers in buns, oven fries
    Pork Chow Mein
    Spanish Potato Omelet

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    I couldn't edit the last post to include this.

    All the meat I need to buy is bacon, shrimp, 12 pieces of chicken, and one package of ground beef. I have all the other meats in the freezer.

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    Baking List

    Nanaimo bars
    Magic bars
    Whipped Shortbread
    Chocolate Chip Shortbread
    Peanut Butter Logs
    Butter tarts
    Mini Mincemeat tarts
    Pecan Pie Mini Muffins
    Pumpkin loaves
    Ginger Cookies
    Raspberry Poppyseed shortbread
    Mint Ritz cookies
    White Fudge
    Chocolate Fudge
    Peanut Butter Fudge

    I think that’s it; I might tweak it a bit before the end of the month. I realize it might look like a lot of sweets but 5 gifts for family members comes out of that. I told the children that I’m not making chocolates this year and there was some sad faces. I let them each pick one favourite goodie to add the list.

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    Wow! I haven't even started my Christmas shopping yet. I better get busy this weekend. It looks like you have a great plan. I don't think I'll be done by Nov. 30. I can't believe the price of powdered sugar.. Your menu looks great. I know you can do it!

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    About the powdered sugar; today I went to Costco and it was still $1.79 so I bought 3 packages No way was I going to pay over double the usual price.

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    Good for you Strawberry!

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    awesome! and your menus sound great!

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    you have some wonderful ideas. although i enjoy celebrating Christmas & Thanksgiving, i really hate the traffic and the madness that comes along with it where i am at, so i try to get things done early too. i wish that i lived in a small, simple area where things are slowed down......

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    I never go into a mall on weekends and never into a mall post Thanksgiving. Of course I made that rule when I actually would go into a mall more than a couple times a year - gee, I guess I really have improved.

    I usually avoid all shopping on weekends thoughout the year - I'm home with the kids and don't have to squeeze my errands into the weekends - I either take the kids or go after DH gets home. I hate the crowds and the traffic as well as the cranky people.

    I find I enjoy the holidays so much more if I'm not stressing out over how much more present buying I need to do. So that's the best part of getting it done early.

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