For the majority of us Christmas is one of the best times of the year, but it can get a little hectic trying to organise lunches, parties and get all the Chrissy presents purchased and wrapped.
So we have a few tips to help you save time so you enjoy the festive season with your family and friends.
– By hiring a cleaner or gardener to get the house and BBQ areas spick and span before you have a house full of people on Christmas day can save a lot of stress leading into the break.
– Have a few extra gifts in the cupboard for those unexpected guest who tend to pop in over the holiday season. Stock your pantry with some boxes of chocolates, that way you won’t have to rush out should you get a last minute call from your friends up the road.
– Make a list of the foods you will be serving and then prepare as much as possible ahead of time. Fruit minced pies, shortbread and Christmas cake can all be cooked and stored in the freezer. If you have made Christmas Pudding and added a slosh of alcohol, it will keep in the fridge for up to six months.
– Don’t wait in long queues finding a park or at the checkout, jump online and do your groceries. You can “click and collect” through the drive through bay for free or have it delivered for a small cost.
– Ask your guests to bring a nibbles plate, salad or dessert that way it’s not all left to you to prepare on the day.
Want a quick and easy recipe for a yummy chocolate snack. Below is a recipe to make Tim Tam Cheesecake Bites that I’m sure will be a hit at every table – YUMO:
250g packet of Tim Tams
250g cream cheese/ can use condensed milk to make sweeter
300 g milk chocolate
100g white chocolate * optional
– Crush Tim Tams in a food processor, add cream cheese and mix well
– Roll into teaspoon sized balls. Freeze for a minimum of 30 minutes
– Melt milk chocolate, coat each ball well with chocolate while still frozen
– Melt white chocolate and drizzle over balls to decorate.
These make great presents too in a nice jar or in cellophane with ribbon.
From all the team at JBS we wish you a safe and relaxing break, and look forward to working together in 2016.