Make-Ahead Treats for the Holidays

by Karen on December 15, 2017

 

 

Winter Wonderland: Make-Ahead Treats for the Holidays

The holidays are a busy and indulgent time of year. Visiting friends and family, eating delicious meals, and treating yourself to flavors of the holidays. For us, the holidays include warm cinnamon, cranberry citrus flavors, chocolate, and caramel galore. We’ve found four recipes keeping these holiday flavors in mind, as well as your schedule. All are make-ahead and simple for dessert on the fly!

 

Apple Crisp

Food Network Apple Crisp: Make-Ahead Treats for the Holidays

From foodnetwork.com

Apple crisp is a staple dessert in our book. All of the ingredients are most likely already in your pantry and it’s simple and fast to make. To prepare the perfect apples in your apple crisp all you need are some apples, lemon juice, sugar, butter, heavy cream, flour, cinnamon and salt. For the beloved crisp topping you just need flour, rolled oats, walnuts (if you like them), sugar, butter, and vanilla ice cream (we sincerely hope you like ice cream). Check out this recipe from Food Network that we found. It’s freezer friendly and time conscious.

 

Citrus Shortbread Cookies

Citrus Shortbread Cookies: Make-Ahead Treats for the Holidays

From allrecipes.com

Cookies are almost at all holiday get-togethers and loved by most. The great thing about cookies with thicker cookie dough is that you can make the dough ahead of time and freeze it. When you need cookies in a pinch, you can defrost the dough and have cookies ready to serve before your friends or family arrive. We found this citrus shortbread cookie recipe online from allrecipes.com, and not only does it remind us of the holidays, but the dough is perfect to freeze. The owner of the recipe even mentions that it was “given to [her] by [her] mother-in-law, one of the best cooks that [she] know[s].” Sound like a winner in our books.

Chocolate Espresso Mousse

Chocolate Espresso Mousse: Make-Ahead Treats for the Holidays

Photo by Mitchell Feinberg from realsimple.com

Decadent and heavy desserts during the holidays are a given, but everyone needs a break from the heavy meals sometimes. Lighten things up with this delicious mousse recipe that we found. This chocolate espresso mousse only has five ingredients, and can be whipped up in advance. The only time consuming portion of this recipe is the time spent melting the chocolate, letting it cool, and then letting the mousse refrigerate for 30 minutes after it’s been individually portioned. To decrease time spent in the kitchen the day of a big get-together, make this dessert a day ahead. That way, on the day of the big event, you can focus solely on the decadent meals, and surprise your guests with a light, stress free dessert.

 

 

 

Magic Caramel Bars

Magic Caramel Bars: Make-Ahead Treats for the Holidays

From oprah.com

Need a dessert that travels well and looks like you’ve put a lot of effort into making it? Then these magic caramel bars might be the holiday treat for you. Recommended by the always-reliable Oprah Winfrey, these bars look like you’ve painstakingly made the effort to layer each ingredient perfectly. The trick with these caramel bars is that you bake the crust first, and then sprinkle each ingredient over the crust once it’s baked giving the illusion of perfect layers once the bars are cut. These are also perfect for traveling because they will keep well in an airtight container for up to 2 days and can be easily transported.

 

We hope that we’ve inspired you with some easy holiday treat options for the holidays. Let us know if you make any of the desserts and share pictures on our social media! We’d love to see how they turn out for you.

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Holiday Shopping Made Easy

by Karen on December 1, 2017

During the holidays there’s nothing better than spending time with family, eating holiday food together, and giving a gift that you know will be a hit. The holidays are a magical time spent relaxing and reconnecting with friends and family that you may not have seen all year. This magical time is usually filled with joy, but preparing for those joyous occasions can often lead to stress. Managing multiple schedules, purchasing gifts, and preparing for holiday meal festivities are a lot to handle—in addition to waiting in all of those holidays lines! A Second Me is here to help. We’ve battled the holiday frenzy more times than we can count and know exactly how to avoid the crazy lines and stress that the holidays cause. Let us wait in line for you, help you meal prep for your holiday feast, and even battle the hoards of people and shop for you. In the meantime, check out these top tips that we’ve found to minimize the stress and focus on the joy of the holidays.

 

Make a List

A Second Me - Holiday PlanningOne of the biggest time savers is making a list. Making lists help you stay focused when you’re juggling multiple tasks and can help you organize your thoughts. One of the most helpful lists that we’ve made is a list of potential gifts for friends and family. Keep the list somewhere nearby, like in your phone, and when a friend or family member mentions something that would make a great gift, write it down. That way, even before the holiday season has started, you already know what gifts you want to buy and may have already had the opportunity to buy them before the holiday frenzy sets in.

 

Shop Early

A Second Me - Shop EarlyEveryone knows the saying “the early bird gets the worm.” This saying couldn’t be truer during the holiday season. Try to plan in advance as early as you can to avoid stress and the long lines that come with the holiday season. Shopping in advance may also mean that you can save a few extra bucks because you won’t fall prey to prices that have been increased due to the holidays. If you don’t have time to do shopping earlier, contact A Second Me! We’d be happy to go through your holiday shopping list and find you the best deals both online and in stories.

 

Avoid Black Friday

A Second Me - Stay At Home This may not be a common tip, but avoid doing most of your shopping during Black Friday. If you’ve been planning on buying a gift and know that you can get a good deal on it during Black Friday, brave the lines. Doing all of your shopping on Black Friday may not be your best choice, however. Black Friday shopping is exciting and causes adrenaline to course through your body trying to fight the crowds and get the best deal, but it’s easy to get wrapped up in the frenzy and buy things that you didn’t plan on purchasing because the deal is too enticing. Black Friday is great for odds and ends, but don’t rely on it to get all of your holiday gifts.

 

The holiday season is exciting and it sneaks up faster than you expect. So make a list, plan ahead, and shop early. If you need some help, contact A Second Me. We’re pros at facing the holiday frenzy and can help keep your holiday season full of joy and relaxation.

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Thanksgiving Day Hacks

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Volunteer Services and A Second Me

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Get To Know Our Founder: Karen Prante

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How A Second Me Brings Families Together

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Fall Festivities

September 1, 2017
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The start of the fall season means students go back to school, the temperature starts to drop, and leaves slowly begin to fall to the ground. Despite the telltale signs that winter is on it’s way, fall is one of our favorite seasons and there are still plenty of things to enjoy and do on […]

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Scams Targeting Seniors

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Scammers are becoming more and more resourceful and their stories are more believable than ever. Recently, we’ve experienced some new scams targeting seniors. Their frauds are easy to fall for, and are completely believable. We’re here to help you identify these common scams to help you and your loved ones avoid them. We’ve personally picked […]

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Save Money By Hiring A Second Me

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Many have a love hate relationship with grocery shopping. Sometimes it’s exciting to go to the store when you’re with a friend or significant other and are eager to buy ingredients to try a new recipe. Other times it can be another weekly chore that’s difficult to fit around your already busy schedule. While some […]

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