HGP — Week 4 — Master Bedroom

After this week, we will have completed a month of the Holiday Grand Plan. Do you believe it?

This week we will be working on the Master Bedroom. We will be deep cleaning, decluttering and making this a haven.

Holiday Preps•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 list of any table and bathroom linens that need replacing before the holidays, and pick up a few each week.

We will be printing out our holiday budget page, gift closet inventory page, and our Internet/catalog tracker form.

A married woman must often leave God at the altar in order to find Him in her housework ~~St. Francis of Rome

Menu Planning Monday — September 14

Monday
Baked Chicken
Seasoned Rice
Green Beans

Tuesday
Spaghetti
Salad
Fruit Cups

Wednesday
Meatballs & Gravy
Egg Noodles
Salad

Thursday
Pork Chops
Broccoli
Mashed Potatoes

Friday
Homemade Pizza
Salad

Saturday
Liz’s Birthday

Family Fest at Mount Saint Mary’s

Sunday
Crock Pot Roast
Potatoes
Carrots
Green Beans

A married woman must often leave God at the altar in order to find Him in her housework ~~St. Francis of Rome

HGP — Week 3 — Entry/Foyer Week

This is getting up a little late. Sorry about that. The weekend was a weekend….

This week we are focusing on our entry and foyer areas. Deep clean and declutter the area to make it inviting for all.

Holiday Prep

~~ 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).

~ Keep 2 boxes in a pantry area or storage place to put these in so that they are not used in everyday cooking – make sure to label them so that when food drives start your holiday supply stays intact and the food drive gets the food purchased for it.

~ Buy all supplies for homemade gifts. Package each project with directions and other information in zipper food storage bag and place in a basket or box in craft/sewing area.

~~ Buy film, camera batteries, blank videotapes. Hide them; write yourself a note.

How is your Grand Plan going?

A married woman must often leave God at the altar in order to find Him in her housework ~~St. Francis of Rome

Grace Before Meals

As most of you know, my oldest is now away at Mount Saint Mary’s University. She is loving it up there. She has made some friends already. She has had a couple of bumps along the way. The most notable being injuring her shoulder playing a “friendly” game of tennis. She basically dislocated it and has messed up all the tendons in the area. She will be starting physical therapy next week. In about a month we head back to the orthopod to see if anything else (think surgery) will need to be done.

At the seminary at Mount Saint Mary’s there is a priest called Father Leo. He has a ministry called Grace before Meals. This movement encourages families to eat together as often as possible, talk while you prepare the meals, say grace before you eat, and having meaningful conversation while you eat.

In June, Father Leo was challenged to a Throwdown by Bobby Flay of the Food Network. They cooked steak fajitas. It was a great show to watch and Father Leo was a hoot, especially when he pulled out the Rosary while waiting for the judging results. Thankfully Fr. Leo won, but we all knew he would because of his “connections.”

I encourage you all head over to the Grace Before Meals site and sign up for the newsletter. Fr. Leo is trying have his show picked up by PBS. I think it would a wonderful thing for all families to see how important the family dinner is to maintaining a close family.

And if you are interested, Fr. Leo has a book out too. It is on my Christmas Wish List.

A married woman must often leave God at the altar in order to find Him in her housework ~~St. Francis of Rome

Menu Planning Monday — September 7

Monday
Chinese Chicken and Rice
Green Beans

Tuesday
Pork Chops
Baked Potatoes
Carrots

Wednesday
Meatballs and Gravy
Egg Noodles
Cauliflower

Thursday
Spaghetti
Salad
Homemade Garlic Rolls

Friday
Homemade Pizza
Salad

Saturday
Baked Chicken
Sweet Potatoes
Green Beans

Sunday
Crockpot Roast
Seasoned Rice
Broccoli

A married woman must often leave God at the altar in order to find Him in her housework ~~St. Francis of Rome

Holiday Grand Plan Week 2 — Question Week

This is the week we continue to make our lists. And get in touch with what was most important to us, our values. I found this to be the most important thing for me. I realized I didn’t need to make 20 different types of cookies. My family loves just 4 types. What a relief! No more spending hours in the the kitchen making things that people ate and didn’t really enjoy. I also found out that I don’t like to run around visiting people on the Christmas Eve. So we don’t. I will drop off presents to others the week before.

So take the time to define and refine what is important to you and your family.

This week we are working on the living room.

Holiday Prep

~ Buy extra flour, sugar, shortening, etc.

~ Make one extra meal for the freezer labeled HOLIDAY MEAL. This should be large enough to feed the family plus two people.

Browse Week

~ Develop ideas for gifts, decorations.

~ Order Christmas cards and address labels.

~ For your friends of other religions take the time to find out what their major holiday is and look for an appropriate card to send to them at that time.

~ Divide gift responsibilities with other family members.

Questions to Ask

~ Do I see Christmas time primarily as a time for entertaining friends and renewing long lost acquaintances or as a time for family?

~ How much emphasis do our Christmas activities place on the spiritual side of Christmas?

~ How involved is my family in the Christmas preparation?

~ What activities are particularly important to our family at Christmas? To myself?

~ Why do we observe the traditions we do in our house?

~ How important is an elaborately decorated house, homemade gifts or food, to my feelings about Christmas?

~ What would my ideal Christmas be like?

Forms to Print Out

~ gifts to make list
~ holiday menu planner
~ freezer inventory

A married woman must often leave God at the altar in order to find Him in her housework ~~St. Francis of Rome