5 Ways To Simplify The Holidays


| 12/9/2016 9:55:00 AM


Tags: Crock Pot Hot Chocolate, Holidays, Christmas, Cookie Dough, Pie Crust, Homemade Gifts,

Rachel

Hi, my name is Rachel, and I make the holidays more work than they have to be.

We have all been guilty of it. Ten pies, five hundred cookies, turkey, ham, prime rib, fudge, three different kinds of corn, cleaning cleaning cleaning, and waaaay too much shopping.

It is the season of excess, but it doesn't have to mean excess stress! Here are 5 things I have started doing to make my life (and the lives of those who live with me) easier around the holidays. Plus our recipe for crock pot hot chocolate, which is sure to become a holiday favorite with your family, too!

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Apple pie

1. Make pie dough ahead of time, when you actually have time to do it. I like to make four batches of pie dough, shape them into discs, wrap them in plastic wrap, and freeze them in a freezer bag until I need them. Just get them out to thaw in the fridge the night before you need to bake a pie. They are ready to be rolled, filled, and baked, and you don't have to worry about cleaning up extra dishes. The added bonus is that the dough will be chilled to perfection! Another thing you can do to eliminate pie pressure during the holidays is to can your own pie filling during the season; then all you have to do is dump it in and bake it according to your recipes directions.




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