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Excuse me Ma’am, your ‘enthusiasm’ is showing… ~ 4 Spoon Saving Holiday Suggestions

{Photo from Avanti Press, City Christmas Cards.}

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YES I KNOW IT’S AUGUST 3!  It’s 107 degrees outside my window, sweat is running in rivulets down unmentionable parts, and my last garden plant has gasped its final breath in the throes of a long and hopeless battle with heat exhaustion.  I wanna dream, dammit!  I want to be transported to a land that smells of cinnamon, pine, and inexhaustible expectation!  Where troubles melt like lemon drops, away above ‘stockinged’ chimney tops~that’s where you’ll find me~

Don’t worry, your not the only one I bug the **** out of with my excessive love for the holidays.  Those who know me well look for the purple/orange/pumpkin lights on the FIRST OF OCTOBER.  This is the beginning.  The start of all that is sacred to my fall loving, costume wearing, pie baking, Nativity scene arranging heart.

Now, if you will but peek around the bend in the road, you will see the approach of the ‘Season Of Dwindling Spoons’.  Even though it lies somewhat in the distance, you and I both know it’ll come faster than green grass through a Thanksgiving goose.  Below is a list of spoon salvaging/sanity keeping/’I don’t need the opiates at this time, thank you’, tips to help the ‘energy impaired’ enjoy the holidays. (play the ‘annoyingly out of place at this point in the calendar’ music while you peruse the useful tips below)~

Holiday Spoon Saving Sanity Suggestions~

1} Start shopping now whenever possible. Make a list of those you will be buying gifts for and be on the lookout as you are out and about.  Nothing is more stressful than last minute shopping.

2} As soon as wrapping paper is available, BUY IT!  When you buy a present, try to wrap it as soon as you can.  Nothing is more stressful than last minute wrapping.  Except last minute shopping. That’s more stressful.

3} It is not necessary to bake every last holiday recipe that’s made it’s way down through the generations.  ‘Grandma Matilda’ may have had 37 different types of cookies on the table for 25 days, you are not ‘failing’ if you follow a different path.  Choose 2 or 3 (or less) of your favorites to make.  If you have a family that clamors for a multitude of treats, tell them they may pick ONE, or if you have a particularly democratic brood, pick 2 or three from a hat.  Also, bake and freeze starting now on a day here or there when you feel like it, and have the energy to do so.  This way it’s one less pressure in December.

4} Think of not throwing that holiday get together.  No one’s going to die if you don’t give a party.  Speaking of parties, you are also not obligated to go to every single event you are invited to.  Pick one or two where there will be people there who will encourage and nourish you rather than the emotional vampires who love to sleaze around the outside perimeter looking for a way to drain the life out of you (oh by the way, that includes ‘family’).


{Sarah See Andersen~Sarah’s Scribbles}

~Recipe Of The Week & Great Gift Giving Idea


~White Chocolate Nut Butter Spread w/Pretzels*~

~1 1/2 cups salted nuts of choice: peanuts/cashews/almonds

~4 oz good quality white chocolate, melted

~pretzel pieces

Process nuts in food processor until it becomes smooth, this could take anywhere from 5-20 min scrape down often.  Add white chocolate and stir in pretzels.


*Recipe adapted from Bakerita

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  • Reply
    Julie is Hostess At Heart
    August 4 at 8:38 am

    I think I would eat my arm if you spread this on it!

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      August 4 at 9:07 am

      Ha! Ha! It is good!

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    August 5 at 1:45 pm

    OMG! this happens to me too! In the middle of summer I start thinking of cinnamon and how to decorate this year for the holidays!!! I love the holidays!!!
    Love the white chocolate nut butter recipe, will definitely try it!
    Thanks for this, I found you at Inspire me Wednesday!

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      August 5 at 5:25 pm

      Ha! Ha! Well met kindred spirit! 😉

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    Lee Good
    August 7 at 12:11 am

    Your funny! You made me smile and I do agree with your handy shopping hints. I must say i am a bit Bah Humbug about Christmas so maybe these ideas will/may help.??

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      August 7 at 10:42 am

      Oh definitely Lee! Make the holiday ‘yours’ without having to fulfill the unrealistic expectations of others!!

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    Vicki Montague - The Free From Fairy
    August 7 at 4:04 am

    You are so right that getting prepared for Christmas now would make fabulous sense. Every year I think I will do it and every year I just can’t!!! I like the idea of baking and putting things in the freezer. Inspired! I also love this recipe. Yum!!

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      August 7 at 10:44 am

      Me too! I said for years I was going to get a head start and never did, then last year I got all my shopping done by Thanksgiving and only baked 2 things. It was glorious, one of my best Christmases ever!

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    August 9 at 7:49 am

    Hi Red,
    Great minds think alike! I have been thinking a lot in the last week about how I want to decorate for Christmas. Last year I made my decorations much simpler but still pretty and that is my rule to follow from now on. I use to decorate every nook & cranny but it became so overwhelming and caused me much pain & distress that I had to simplify things – so I did. If I purchase new decorations I only consider easy things to put up that will last a while.
    I always buy my gifts very early – I have already bought a few which most are from on-line. I don’t wrap them until nearer Christmas but by beginning of November I normally have everything I need.
    I haven’t baked a lot of cookies for a long time.
    For year I had a big Christmas / Birthday party (for my Mother) and have at least 20 or more people over – making lasagne and loads of food. Last year I came to the realization that I could no longer do it. I cut the party down to a dinner with my Mother and my one Sister’s and her huband.
    I made the decision that when I wear myself out I do not enjoy Christmas and it becomes a chore and that is not what Christmas should be about.
    Your recipe sounds delicious and healthy. Thanks for sharing on Real Food Fridays. Pinned & twitted.

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      August 9 at 11:06 am

      I know exactly what you mean Marla! I’ve ruined Christmases for myself and others by doing too much and trying to make it ‘perfect’. And, isn’t ‘online Christmas shopping’ the best thing since the invention of sliced bread?! Don’t know where I’d be without it 😉

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    August 9 at 1:02 pm

    Nope not bugging me I love everything about Christmas and Halloween and Thanksgiving too. I embrace cinnamon house smells and decorating galore. Great post. Thank you so much for linking up to Share With Me. #sharewithme

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      August 9 at 3:41 pm

      Oh I tell ya, it gets to be this time of year and I start ‘Jonesin’ for the holidays! 😉

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    Deborah Brooks
    August 10 at 10:37 am

    Wow you really do plan ahead! That does look like a fun holiday gift and snack. Thanks for linking up with us today!

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      August 10 at 4:20 pm

      Thanks Deborah 🙂

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    Faith VanderMolen
    August 10 at 5:42 pm

    I’ve only melted dark chocolate into nut butter, but white chocolate I bet is Ah-mazing!! Thanks for sharing this creative recipe today!

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      August 10 at 9:28 pm

      Thanks Faith, it was the ‘white chocolate’ that got me to try it! And yes, it is absolutely delicious 😉

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    Deborah Davis
    August 10 at 8:28 pm

    I love the holidays too! Who can resist this delectable White Chocolate Nut Butter Spread w/Pretzels? Thanks for sharing your healthy and delicious treat with us on the Plant-based Potluck Party. I’m pinning and sharing.

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      August 10 at 9:28 pm

      Thank you once again Deborah! 🙂

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    Brandi Clevinger
    August 13 at 7:54 am

    LOL I LOVE your post! It had me cracking up this morning! We love, love, love Halloween, Fall, and Christmas in our home. The holidays are our favorite times and we go all out for it.

    Even though it’s only August, your post is perfect timing for those of us with a chronic illness. We have to plan ahead and you gave great tips to avoid the major holiday flares.

    Thank you for sharing your post at #ChronicFridayLinkup! I pinned your post to the Chronic Friday Linkup board at http://www.pinterest.com/beingfibromom

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      August 13 at 9:52 am

      Thank you Brandi 😉 I LOVE to hear from fellow Spoonies when something I write is helpful 🙂

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