Advent Begins Sunday

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Hi everyone!

Have you been keeping up with the grand plan? My house is looking really good. I am gearing up for Thanksgiving right now. I have it easy. I am heading to my mom’s.

Although I have purchased 2 turkeys on great sales. So after Thanksgiving away, we can still have a Thanksgiving at home.

Week 11 found us in the garage and/or storage area. I still need to do some work here. We have a ton of pellets for the pellet stove arriving next week that need to go in there.

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Week 12 has us focusing on the attic and storage areas. Since we don’t have a usable Attic I will finish up the garage and get ready for those pellets to arrive.

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Our holiday prep is:
~Make one batch of Holiday Goodies.
~Make one extra meal for freezer again labeled HOLIDAY MEAL.
~Buy two canned food items from menus (get 2 of each item, one to use and one to donate to food drive).
~Buy 1/8th of TO BUY gifts. Save all receipts, note return policy before buying. Ask for gift boxes.
~Wrap and label packages. If needing to ship, get some shipping boxes now and store packages in them.
~Work at least 1 hour a day on homemade gifts.
~Make place cards.
~Make 3×5 card for each serving dish, list what goes in it, garnish, how much before dinner can it go in and serving silverware used with it; tape it to edge of dish.
~Be sure all dishes are clean!
~Borrow or buy any additional serving dishes needed.
~Buy reusable foil bakeware from party paper place.
~Are linens clean and ready? Unfold and verify that all spots can be hidden by centerpiece.
~Work on centerpiece.

Have a wonderful and productive week!

HGP — Weeks 8, 9 and 10

Sorry friends,

Life became totally hectic the last half of October between the babies birthday, Liz’s confirmation and then having illness in the house. Our latest challenge is Douglas, my 10 YO, fell off his scooter on Friday and broke his arm. So Monday we are off to the orthpod to get the cast on.

I hope you all have been keeping up on the HGP plan without me.

Week 8 you were in the kitchen.

Week 9 was the pantry and closets.

This week is the family room.

Our holiday prep for this week includes:

~ Make one batch of Holiday Goodies.
~ Make one extra meal for freezer again labeled HOLIDAY MEAL.
~ Buy two canned food items from menus (get 2 of each item, one to use and one to donate to food drive).
~ Buy 1/8th of TO BUY gifts. Save all receipts, note return policy before buying. Ask for gift boxes.
~ Wrap and label packages. If needing to ship, get some shipping boxes now and store packages in them.
~ Work at least 1 hour a day on homemade gifts.
~ Polish silver; clean glassware (baking soda & water). Put candleholders in freezer to help remove wax. Alcohol removes stains from candles.
~ Take down Halloween decorations. Put up Thanksgiving ones.
~ DO NOT shampoo carpet – partying people spill things.
~ Clean/clear library/front hall closet so there will be room for guests’ coats. Give unwanted coats to charity. Store other stuff in attic in empty luggage.

Here is to getting back on track for the rest of the holiday season!