Our family enjoys the special meal we have for Christmas and also for Resurrection Sunday. That meal was originated by my mom. By popular vote, everyone loves the traditional favorites so we keep having that special meal. My mom has handed the responsibility for those meals down to me along with the recipes.
I have a master shopping list that tells me what to buy. There are many dishes in the meal and generally a single recipe is not enough, so that complicates the ingredient list. Why spend time twice a year redoing that? Once I made the list, I could save it on my computer and just open the file the next time I needed it.
Every year we have 3 family barbecues – Memorial Day, July 4th, and Labor Day. We like the same menu that has been fine tuned through the years by popular vote: hamburgers, hot dogs, brats, picnic eggs, baked beans, chips, chip dip, soda, and dessert (that is different each year). How many pounds of ground beef should I buy? How many packages of hot dogs and of brats? What about chips?
I like having enough for the meal, but I don’t want to have too much left over. Therefore I have a master shopping list for our barbecues that I keep on my computer, and then I fine tune it with each event. I note who was there, what I bought, what was left over. It has made those family meals so much easier when I don’t have to start from scratch with the plan and shopping list each time.
For example, at first, we were buying six pounds of ground beef, and we had so many hamburgers left over that we ate them for quite a while. For this year’s Labor Day, we bought three pounds of ground beef, and we had four hamburgers left over. Perfect! Also a couple of years ago, some began having their hot dog or hamburger in a lettuce wrap. Until I put iceberg lettuce on my master shopping list for the barbecue, we were sending someone back to the store the day of the barbecue for the lettuce that hadn’t been purchased. When it is on the list, it isn’t missed or forgotten.
What about you? Are there ways that you can streamline your holiday meals by tracking your menu, saving shopping lists, and writing down after-action reports such as how many you fed, how much was left over, or what you didn’t have enough of?
Trusting in Jesus,
“In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God
in Christ Jesus concerning you.”
(1 Thessalonians 5:18)