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halimer

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We love our upright. The chest freezer was just too difficult to use.
 

sweetpumkinpye

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We love our upright. The chest freezer was just too difficult to use.
I agree. We were gifted a chest freezer and although I am grateful it is not what I would have chosen.
 

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When we get the upright up freezer we will be keeping the chest freezer too .. it will be perfect to store the bigger items like whole turkeys and chickens, turkey breasts and hams. I am putting money aside now to stock up on the turkeys later this year when they are cheap LOL.
 

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Vanilla, either buy or make your own.
Or find a friend who lives in a border town in TX, near where your mom's place is, and she volunteers to get you a large bottle from just across the border, and send it home with her sister who is a friend of your sister ... problem solved. ;-) Totally confused? My sister works with a woman who moved north from Harlingen, TX. Her family still lives in TX and whenever she goes home to visit, she takes an order for vanilla. My sister knew I needed a bottle of dark vanilla (from our trip down to check on Mom's place). They got a LARGE quart-size bottle for my sister, who gave it to me over the weekend. I think I'm set for the next 5+ years.
 

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There is usually a wide variety of red paper and foil goods around Independence Day, and lots of long-life condiments. A good time to stock up on those and the red color goes well with the Christmas holidays. As an aside, I typically buy the Christmas M&Ms when they go on sale after the holiday and then separate them into zip-locks for my candy dish and baking -- red for Valentine's Day and green for St. Patrick's Day.
 

sweetpumkinpye

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There is usually a wide variety of red paper and foil goods around Independence Day, and lots of long-life condiments. A good time to stock up on those and the red color goes well with the Christmas holidays. As an aside, I typically buy the Christmas M&Ms when they go on sale after the holiday and then separate them into zip-locks for my candy dish and baking -- red for Valentine's Day and green for St. Patrick's Day.
This is very wise. The last few years I have been looking at "multi purpose" items. For example, greeting cards, I now look at generic floral cards that can be used for Birthdays, sympathy or thinking of you cards.
I look at lollies and chocolates when they are around for holidays and see if I can stock up. For Halloween they stock the small "fun sized" chocolates at a good price. If they are suitable I often buy them for Easter baskets.
 

sweetpumkinpye

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Need to sit and plan other events that we will be hosting prior to Christmas.
I would love to gather in July for a family meal. Maybe not Christmas in July but a family (Winter) BBQ!. Will put out feelers and see what people think.
 
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I have not been doing much Christmas shopping. Usually by now I have many ideas. We do have both DS and DGS a remote control car that has tracks so they can be driven in the snow for Christmas so I guess I really do not need to shop much.
 

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I am making progress and doing well considering we are only in May.
As part of my CIJ plans I will double check menu plans, lists, supplies purchased and see where I am at.
I always fear running out so I always tend to over cater so I know that I will be alright in the end. My attempts to cut back year after year go south towards the end of the year when I get all excited about meals and gifts etc.
 

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I am making progress and doing well considering we are only in May.
As part of my CIJ plans I will double check menu plans, lists, supplies purchased and see where I am at.
I always fear running out so I always tend to over cater so I know that I will be alright in the end. My attempts to cut back year after year go south towards the end of the year when I get all excited about meals and gifts etc.
I know what you mean. Those post-Christmas/Holiday notes on what work/didn't work are so worthwhile. Sometimes I forget to look at them. A few years I printed them out and put them in my recipe binder. I ought to do that or at least put a note in the recipe binder about looking at the notes.
 

sweetpumkinpye

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Mary, you are quite right. I write notes about what worked and what didn't and then disregard the notes. Need to look at this again.
 

sweetpumkinpye

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I have added a very small CIJ lunch. Will not need too much for this as the invitees will be sharing. I will think about what to serve and add it to the list.
 
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