"What the....." I hear you yell! "It's only May and you are thinking about December! You're mad woman!"
Well if you've got this far into my blog you will know that I have never lived in a mainstream manner, so call me mad and I will agree with you!
So here's my plan; every week I will be making something that can be used in gift baskets for my friends, family and the tot's teachers.
Here are some of the things I will be making
Lavender scented soap (will collect the flower heads to use in these)
Gift tags made from last years Xmas cards
Embroidered gift cards
I will also be working to a timetable for my baking and checking out the dried fruits from now on to see what I can buy while it's not at a premium 'everybody wants it now' price.
Here is my timetable;
All year long look at wine specials and buy a bottle a month to put away and forget about.
Buy all the children's gifts at the July sales. Make them as many gifts as possible.
September: Make jelly's and any liqueurs you need
October: make Xmas puddings, mincemeat, soak fruits for Xmas cake
November: make Xmas cake, make gingerbread cakes and freeze them, make cookie doughs to freeze. Think about what you want to eat over the festive season, start to buy cheeses.
December: make pastry cases to freeze, make turkish delight, and other lollies. In the second week of December, ice your Xmas cake. Third week in December, defrost your cookie dough and bake your cookies. You can then freeze the baked cookies in freezer safe containers until you need them.
More to follow later.