Today I was able to track my new oven; it's been shipped and is slated for arrival on Tuesday! While traditionally I start my annual cookie bake-off the Friday after Thanksgiving, I'm thinking of moving it up a week this year, which means if all goes according to plan, I may very well be baking next Wednesday afternoon.
So this weekend I think I'll work on the kitchen some. The cutlery drawers have again fallen victim to Mystery Crumbs, and there are a few cabinets that are potential avalanche-zones with small, sliding mountains of supplies. The refrigerator is actually Not That Bad; I just need to toss a few things and wipe down the shelves.
Cleaning and organizing the cabinets and fridge is crucial in order to make room for the supplies needed to bake 12 dozen each of a dozen types of cookies: a couple bottles of vanilla, half a dozen different types of sprinkles, several pounds of chocolate, and 10 pounds each of of flour and sugar, not to mention the sundry nuts, seeds, oats, peanut butter, cereals, dates, and jams that various recipes call for. Oh, and 20 pounds of butter. So you can see how it's helpful to clear the decks and get everything sparkly clean and organized beforehand.
Here's a short list of my Organization plans this weekend:
- decide which cookies to bake this year
- determine supplies; make a list
- clean and organize the two food cabinets and the three pots-and-pans cabinets
- get out cookie supplies (cookie press, cookie cutters, etc.); clean and organize
- get out cookie tins; wash and get ready
- write out 30 holiday cards
What about you? Are you having people over for T-day? This weekend is the perfect weekend to do a little kitchen organizing and determine your shopping list. Not hosting T-day this year? Perfect! You can use the time to tackle project you've been putting off or to re-charge your batteries before the season mania begins.