Nine days. Yes, NINE DAYS! That’s all the time left between now and Christmas.
For youngsters, that countdown is cause for joy and excitement. For adults who are a bit behind on their holiday preparations, it can be cause for panic.
Planning. Scheduling. Decorating. Shopping. Baking. Packaging. Cooking.
So much to do. So little time.
In the spirit of how-to-get-a-lot-done-in-a-short-period-of-time, I have come across a few quick fixes to share with you readers.
The first two items came from one of the holiday treat days at the Daily Globe. Each week in December leading up to Christmas, a different department is responsible for providing a selection of goodies for interdepartmental devouring. Cara Petersen, the Globe’s circulation manager, came toting a kid-pleasing (and we adults liked it, too) dip for animal crackers, while her assistant, Erica Fouch, provided a savory counterpoint, 3-2-1 Dip. Both are easy-to-throw-together options for holiday entertaining.
2 cups plain yogurt
One 8-ounce container frozen whipped topping, thawed
One 18-.9-ounce box confetti cake mix
In a large bowl, mix together cake mix, plain yogurt and whipped topping until completely combined and no lumps are visible. Cover with plastic wrap and allow to chill for about 4 hours. Garnish with additional sprinkles if desired and serve with animal crackers or Teddy Grahams.
Three 8-ounce packages cream cheese
Two 10-ounce cans Rotel tomatoes & chilies
1 pound sausage, cooked.
Combine all ingredients. Microwave until heated through, or combine in slow cooker to keep warm for serving.
Serve with tortilla chips.
From my own file of ideas, I share a quick fix for holiday decor — one that I employed this year.
The wreath that decorates the front door of our house (shown at left) resulted from something I saw in a magazine. Over the last couple of years, I’ve placed a tinsel-bedecked wreath on the door, but the sun took its toll, discoloring and melting the plastic covering. But I kept the wreath form, hoping I could do something new with it this year.
The magazine suggested wrapping a knit scarf around a wreath form, and I just happened to have some hand-knit ones in bright colors. Since my form was dimensional, not flat, it took three of the scarves to completely cover it. I used duct tape to secure the ends to the back and started wrapping. Within about a minute, I had a lovely wreath, and another minute took care of the addition of a glittery bow. The best part for me — the sun’s rays won’t melt it.