Monday, December 22, 2008

I'm Probably Crazy

I'm probably crazy (an understatement), but my holiday cooking and hosting tends to go smoothly only when I have a preplanned schedule. I think it has something to do with how my mind operates. I don't feel stressed at all, as long as I've done my grocery shopping from a carefully itemized list, set out all of my recipes, and made a cooking/baking schedule so that I don't forget or mistime things. I just finished this week's lists, and am feeling better about the whole thing now. I just need to wrap some more presents, finish J's stocking, clean my house and execute the shopping and cooking schedule...Voila! What can I say? I'm a girl who likes a plan. For my own future reference, and in case my list gets eaten by a paper devouring it is...

Christmas Cooking Schedule

Christmas Eve Day:

Make Cream Puffs
Make Key Lime Cheesecake
Defrost Chocolate Chip Cookies
Defrost and Decorate Christmas Cookies
Prep Overnight Cinnamon Rolls and Refrigerate
Peel and chop potatoes and store in water in pot
Make and Chill Broccoli Salad

Christmas Day:

8:00am- Put Cinnamon Rolls in Oven, Make Frosting & Defrost Frozen Potatoes
10:00am- Make Country Green Beans and store in covered dish for reheat
11:00am- Prep and Bake Turkey 350 degrees 3.5 hours
1:30pm- Start Mashed Potatoes cooking
1:45pm- Mix up and Bake Holiday Potatoes (aka Funeral Potatoes)
2:30pm- Make Gravy and Ham Sauce
2:35pm- Heat up corn
2:40pm- Take out Turkey & Holiday Potatoes & Put in Green beans to reheat 10 min
2:50pm- Mash Potatoes & Warm Hawaiian Rolls
2:55pm- Final Plating all items (Ham, Turkey, Sauce & Gravy, Mashed Potatoes, Holiday Potatoes, Green Beans, Corn, Broccoli Salad, Rolls)
3:00pm- Dinner is Served


angela said...

you are so awesome!!!! No joke I do the same thing. It really does help. Merry christmas!

Erika said...

Glad to know I'm not the only crazy person.