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Stop the Madness

December 14th, 2011 at 08:32 am

As I have been trying to simplify my life even more, I often wonder how to handle the holidays. Not only do I cook all day on Thanksgiving only to sit down at the table for 20 minutes to eat and then clean for hours, I have two children with birthdays in December along with the Christmas and New Year's madness.

I started my baking today and because the print on the jar is so small, I misread how much of one ingredient I needed to add to the recipe. Needless to say, my fudge did not turn out, at all. Now, I make this fudge every year, with no problems, but today seems to be a little more challenging.

And then it dawned on me, why am I baking at all. No one in this house needs all the goodies on my list of items "to get baked". I really only need to bake something, if the occasion arises.

So, I decided to make one more batch of fudge only, with the correct amount of ingredients and put the rest of my baking ingredients away until someone needs something.

I know that my family appreciates all the goodies, but I have one child who is hypo-glycemic, one with low blood sugar, one that will just eat sugary items and then not be hungry for healthy food and my husband who is a total chocoholic and needs to visit the dentist. Then there is me. I am not actually overweight, but I would like to loose about 10 pounds and right now I seem to be craving a salad.

So, I am stopping all the madness and closing the baking cabinet door.

6 Responses to “Stop the Madness”

  1. Frügal Says:

    Sounds to me like you need to employ the children and spouse in cleanup.

    Whenever I visit my wife's family for the holidays, we all partake in cleanup. Except their youngest teenage daughter, of course, because she thinks the whole world is out to ruin her 4.0 GPA... >.

  2. DeniseNTexas Says:

    Way to go on that! I can see making one or two batches of goodies but you have good points in this and might as well stop the madness. I love it. Smile

  3. laura Says:


    I am doing my annual baking frenzy over the next two days: gingerbread cookies and ornaments for the kids' teachers and school staff.

    I am limiting my "baking" to the annual peppermint bark that I make Christmas morning with my older daughter. I also used two $10 off any Fannie May purchase and have some mint meltaways and some chocolate carmels hiding in my closet (cool and dry).

    I've scaled back on my menu given my MIL is bringing some of the Polish foods we miss from olden days of happy family get-togethers with DH's side of family (death and fighting has separated us from those times). Those items include mock chicken legs (pork on a stick), some cucumber type salad, and something else. I'm sticking to providing the ham, green bean casserole, a jello mold, and mashed potatoes and dinner rolls. Easy peasy, given what I usually do.

    Good for you to thinking about a new normal rountine for your family - and healthier to boot!

  4. creditcardfree Says:

    Sounds like a great plan to me! Only do the minimum. Much more just leads to overeating.

  5. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    Good plan!!

  6. Campfrugal Says:

    It would be different if my children were still little and wanted to help mix, bake, frost and decorate the goodies, but I have been finding myself alone in the kitchen a lot lately, and I thought, what for. It is time to change some of our traditions and transition into some new ones.

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