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21 Days to a Simple Christmas: Day 16

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It’s Day 16 of the 21 Days to a Simple Christmas Challenge!

Today, we’re talking about Christmas decorating. I encourage you to find some way to add a little Christmas decor or Christmas spirit to your home today — even just lighting a Christmas-scented candle, playing Christmas music, or making Homemade Christmas potpourri.

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If you need some ideas, you might enjoy scrolling through the Simple Christmas posts I shared last year.

What are your favorite quick and simple ways to decorate for Christmas?

Day 16 Project

1. Read chapter 9 from Celebrating & Savoring a Simple Christmas. (Did you sign up for your free copy yet? If not, click here and fill out the form to be emailed a copy.)

2. Find one simple way to add a little Christmas decor or Christmas cheer to your home today.

3. Come back tonight around 8 p.m. and share about your Christmas decor or ways that you can simply add some Christmas cheer to your home. I’ll share some pictures of our Christmas decor, too.

21 Days to a Simple Christmas: Day 15 {Update}

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It’s Day 15 of the 21 Days to a Simple Christmas Challenge!

Today, I did some Christmas Freezer Cooking. I was planning to make three different recipes, but we spent all afternoon at the ice-skating rink, so we ended up only having enough time to make two recipes while we were making dinner tonight.

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Here’s what we made:

Both recipes were a big success — which made me so happy! 🙂

Did you do any Christmas Freezer Cooking? If so, tell us what you made in the comments or share the link to your blog post (if you’re blogging about the challenge).

21 Days to a Simple Christmas: Day 15

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It’s Day 15 of the 21 Days to a Simple Christmas Challenge!

Today, we’re doing some Christmas Freezer Cooking. If you missed this post with ideas on what to make, be sure to read it.

I’m planning to make:

What are you planning to make? Share the recipe links in the comments!

Day 15 Project

1. If you haven’t done so already, read chapter 8 from Celebrating & Savoring a Simple Christmas. (Did you sign up for your free copy yet? If not, click here and fill out the form to be emailed a copy.)

2. Plan & make 2-4 recipes to make today. These can be Christmas goodies or things for your Christmas meals. You choose!

3. Come back tonight around 8 p.m. and share how your freezer cooking went — and I’ll share about mine, too!

21 Days to a Simple Christmas: Day 14

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It’s Day 14 of the 21 Days to a Simple Christmas Challenge!

Today, we’re gearing up for some Christmas Freezer Cooking. If you missed this post with ideas on what to make, be sure to read it.

I’ll be planning my list, making a shopping list, and buying groceries for the items I’ll be making.

What are some of your favorite Christmas foods to make ahead and freeze? Share the recipe links in the comments!

Day 14 Project

1. If you haven’t done so already, read chapter 8 from Celebrating & Savoring a Simple Christmas. (Did you sign up for your free copy yet? If not, click here and fill out the form to be emailed a copy.)

2. Choose at least 2-4 recipes to make this week and purchase any ingredients you need to buy to make them. These can be Christmas goodies or things for your Christmas meals. You choose! I’m going to be picking some Christmas goodies — probably things off my Recipes I Want to Try Pinterest board. I’ll let you know what I choose on Monday.

3. Come back tonight around 8 p.m. and share the list of what you’re planning to make — and I’ll share mine, too!

21 Days to a Simple Christmas: Days 12 & 13

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It’s Day 12 & 13 of the 21 Days to a Simple Christmas Challenge!

Delicious food is one of the best things about Christmas, in my opinion! 🙂 But who wants to slave away in the kitchen all day on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day?

Here are a some ideas of things you can make ahead of time and freeze to make your Christmas meal preparations smoother and leave you more time to just savor the season:

1. Cookie Dough

Make up a double or triple batch of cookie dough and keep it in the freezer to give as gifts or to use when company drops by unexpectedly or you need a treat to take to a gathering at the last minute. Here’s one of my favorite Chocolate Chip Cookie recipes.

2. Baking Mix

Make Homemade Baking Mix in order to quickly whip up a pan of Cinnamon Roll Biscuits for Christmas morning. You can use it in place of Bisquick in any recipe.

3. Biscuit Dough

One year, I made biscuit dough ahead of time and stuck it in the freezer to be able to quickly make Brown Sugar Biscuit Twists for a Christmas Brunch at my family’s house the day after Christmas.

4. Scone Mixes

You can put together the dry ingredients from a scone recipe like this Glazed Cinnamon Scone recipe and freeze them. Then, it’s a snap to whip up a batch of scones since you’ll already have the dry ingredients measured out.

5. Scone Dough

If you want to really speed up prep time for scones, you can also make the dough up ahead of time and cut the scones and flash freeze them. Just pull them out, thaw, and bake to have fresh scones without almost zero effort! Our very favorite scone recipe is this Pumpkin Scone recipe (you can also find a gluten-free version here.)

6. Cinnamon Rolls

Fresh Cinnamon Rolls just can’t be beat, but they can be time-consuming to make! Reduce your workload by making the dough in the bread machine and then roll out, cut, and freeze them. Find detailed directions on how to freeze, thaw, and bake Cinnamon Rolls here.

7. Butterhorns

Looking for a delicious roll recipe that can be made ahead and frozen? Check out our family’s Butterhorn recipe. It’s a little time-intensive, but oh so worth it!

8. Christmas Candy

What’s Christmas without candy? My World’s Easiest Christmas Candy recipe is a winner–and it can be made ahead and frozen (if any of it lasts that long!)

9. Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

This Chocolate Chip Banana Bread freezes really well and is perfect to make ahead in little loaf pans and give as gifts or to serve for a Christmas brunch. Not a banana bread fan? Try my Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffin recipe.

10. Drink Mixes

Homemade drink mixes are great to give as gifts or to have on hand to serve at Christmas get-togethers. Plus, you can keep them for months in the freezer!

What are some of your favorite Christmas foods to make ahead and freeze? Share the recipe links in the comments!

Day 12 & 13 Project

1. Read chapter 8 from Celebrating & Savoring a Simple Christmas. (Did you sign up for your free copy yet? If not, click here and fill out the form to be emailed a copy.)

2. Choose at least 2-4 recipes to make next week. These can be Christmas goodies or things for your Christmas meals. You choose! I’m going to be picking some Christmas goodies — probably things off my Recipes I Want to Try Pinterest board. I’ll let you know what I choose on Monday.

3. Take some time to just stop and enjoy your Sunday — even if it’s just 5 minutes of quiet or taking time to write down blessings from this past week. Step back and refresh, relax, and refuel. Life doesn’t always need to be lived at breakneck speed!

21 Days to a Simple Christmas: Day 11 {Update}

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It’s Day 11 of the 21 Days to a Simple Christmas Challenge!

21 Days to a Simple Christmas

I gathered together some of our Christmas and winter-themed books today to read to the children. Here’s what I came up with:

  • The Story of Christmas
  • The Lost Milk Jar
  • Three Happy Days
  • Curious George in the Snow
  • Happy Seasons
  • The Christmas Story
  • Uncle Rick’s Holiday Book
  • Katy and the Big Snow

We also requested all of these books that were available from our library.

21 Days to a Simple Christmas

And here are the two Christmas-related books I’m reading this December: A Winter Dream by Richard Paul Evans and The Greatest Gift by Ann Voskamp.

What Christmas/Winter-themed books are you planning to read/reading this December? If so, I’d love to have you share your list or a link to your blog post (if you posted about it).