Category: Christmas

Do you stress over what to take to a potluck? Learn how you can save time and energy with a “signature dish”

What's your -Signature Dish--Tis the season for potlucks and parties….

The truth is …..as much as I enjoy cooking and entertaining ….. thinking about what to make and take for picnics, BBQ’s, and potlucks used to stress me out.  Now I don’t have to think about it or stress about it because I take the same things over and over.  Yep….it’s true!  That doesn’t mean that I never switch it up…..it means if I am in the mood to switch it up I do, and if I feel stress coming on over it I rely on my tried and true dishes that I can make quickly and easily and that still have the “wow factor”.  I even have a couple of recipes saved on my computer to print and give out to guests upon request.

In the beginning I felt a bit guilty about rotating the same recipes….

Then….. one day…… I realized this HUGE TRUTH…… musicians, magicians, comedians and motivational speakers do this very same thing!!!!!! They play the same songs, do the same tricks, and tell the same jokes and stories over and over again.  That’s how they get good at it and that’s how this idea saves time and energy!   They play to different audiences so their content is fresh to each new audience.  And yes there might be a bit of overlap from time to time but even that has its place.  Just like they don’t have to learn new songs, tricks, jokes and stories for every new gig…..you don’t have to learn a new recipe every time!!!!!  Repetition is now my friend and I am guilt free!

So….what is a signature dish?

 Wikipedia’s  definition of a signature dish is a recipe that identifies an individual chef. Ideally it should be unique and allow an informed gastronome to name the chef in a blind tasting. It can be thought of as the culinary equivalent of an artist finding their own style, or an author finding their own voice. In practice a chef’s signature dish often changes with time or they may claim several signature dishes.

Suzi’s definition of a signature dish is…any dish that you enjoy making and taking often.  It can be one that people look forward to you bringing because it’s not one of their signature dishes.  Or, it can also be one that you take to new or different groups.    As far as I’m concerned, it doesn’t have to be one that you created on your own, though of course it can be. For me it is dishes that have received rave reviews when I’ve taken them and I love rave reviews 🙂

May your Holidays be stress free days!

Here are a two of my signature dishes…..feel free to adopt them as your own.  They are yours now 🙂

 

Tropical Cole Slaw for a Crowd RecipeApple Oatmeal Crunch

Here is your Christmas 2014 Organizer Notebook Pages!

Create your own 2014 Christmas Organizer Notebook with these Printable Pages!Christmas Organizer 2014 pic

I am very excited to bring to you these printable pages for you to create your own  Christmas 2014 Organizer Notebook  Use this notebook to follow along with my 6 week plan to create the perfect holiday season 

You will need:

  • One 2″ 3 ring binder
  • about 5 or so plastic sleeves
  • Printed pages

Notebook and sleeves

Step by step instructions:

  • Place 1st page in the front cover of your notebook

Notebook

  •  Next place the recipe, gift receipts, memories 2014, and miscellaneous stuff pages into plastic sleeves and insert into binder

Sleeved pages

  • Punch holes into remaining pages and insert into binder

Notebook with pages

  • That’s it!

Use the sleeved recipe, receipt, memory and miscellaneous pages to drop items into that get easily lost such as recipes you cut out from a magazine or whatever. This helps to keep everything in one place and easily accessible.  Make extra copies of daily to do pages as needed and of course add anything you like that will help you stay organized.

Don’t delay….Start today!

It’s not too late to get started.  We are barely into the first week!  Take the time to get started today!  I promise you will be very glad you did.  Christmas is coming to town whether you are ready or not….so why not get ready.  The sooner the better.

Wishing you the best Christmas ever!

Suzi

 

 

 

Yikes! It’s 6 weeks until Christmas…have no fear, Suzi is here!

Wishing you a Merry Christmas
It’s 6 weeks until Christmas!

It’s true!  The holiday season is upon us and Christmas is only six short weeks away!  Just in case that thought sends your head spinning and your heart racing, I am inviting you to join me on my Christmas Countdown journey.  Just download my  6 week plan to create the perfect holiday season book and then subscribe to my blog Class Is In and follow along.  I will be sharing some of my time tested tips and tricks and be your coach and cheerleader along the way.

As we know….everything begins we a thought.  There is a simple way to turn thoughts into things and that is by turning the thought into a vision and then creating a plan and taking action.  That is exactly what we will do on this journey together.  We will create….

  • A Vision
  • A Master Plan
  • Weekly Action Plans
  • Shopping Lists
  • and much more

We will be discussing things like… gift giving, decorating, and menu planning.  I will also be sharing and demonstrating recipes that are included in the book. You can look for a demonstration video or two along the way as well.

I’m very excited to share this wonderful journey together.  I promise this can be your best and most stress free holiday season yet!

Let’s get started!  If you haven’t yet downloaded my 6 week plan to create the perfect holiday season book, please do so now 🙂