Frugal Luxuries: Newsletter Classics
- Every evening, after dinner, I would choose an old movie to watch on video or television (I enjoy watching those with a holiday theme...to spark my enthusiasm). I settled myself in a comfortable seat in the family room to prepare the apples [for the apple pies I planned to give as gifts]. Flanked by two large mixing bowls, I peeled and cored apples over bowl #1. Next I cut the peeled apples into slices directly over bowl #2 (I also added a bit of lemon juice at the bottom of the bowl beforehand, to prevent the apples from browning). This process continued until all of the apples were processed, taking about two hours. I then seasoned the apples with cinnamon, nutmeg, sugar and cloves and set them, covered, in the refrigerator. The following evening, while playing my favorite Christmas music, I prepared a quantity of pie crusts, and proceeded to bake the apple pies. [See HERE for more on easy food prep.]
- My "movie watching strategy" is also quite effective for many craft projects as well. You may settle yourself in a comfortable chair and hand sew or craft over a deep (2 inch) lap-size tray (you may substitute cardboard boxes, or jelly roll pans if you have no trays available). Doing this keeps your mess within a confined space (the tray) and makes clean up simple and easy. If your project requires several days, you may set aside your tray (perhaps on a closet shelf) until you have a chance to finish.
- Create a master craft and cooking/baking list helps you to budget your time. Because you are able to see at a glance... click HERE to read remainder of this (much longer) post!