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The holidays can be overwhelming and I find the best advice I can offer you is to be prepared and plan ahead. This way, you can spend most of your time making holiday memories with your family. We start at the beginning of December by putting up the tree so that we have plenty of time for more family traditions.
Stores like Costco help make it easier to celebrate the holidays. By buying everyday household products in advance, I have more time to enjoy holiday traditions such as baking my grandmother’s favorite butter cookies with my girls.
Costco helps me prepare for holiday visitors. I must say, in the past, I had found myself running out of basic household items such as Procter & Gamble laundry detergent, paper towels or dish soap. No one wants to be running out to the store on December 24th to get these items.
To prepare for the holidays, I head to Costco to save time and purchase items that I would not want to run out of at the last minute. Costco makes it easy to save and stock up on necessary household items such as:
Bounty Paper Towels
Febreze Air Effects
Since there are so many great items at Costco, I tend to make trips to get household items and food separately. This trip, I focused on products that I know I needed and by getting them in advance, I would be set for the holiday season.
Stocking up on laundry detergent before the holidays helps everyday chores run smoothly so that we can focus on making the season bright with family holiday traditions.
By purchasing Downy Unstopables, I wash all my holiday towels and extra sheets for guests a few weeks before and I know that they will still smell fresh!
I was so happy to find the Limited Edition Febreze Air Effects. Holiday scents help to get us in the mood and although we have a faux tree, a few sprays of Febreze Jolly Pine fills the house with a fresh scent for Christmas.
Now that my basic household items are purchased, it is time to focus on a special family tradition. Each year, we start our holiday baking off by making my Grandmother’s Butter Cookie recipe.
I have seen variations of this recipe where you can color the dough and add other flavors but I choose to keep them simple. That is how grandma liked them! Here is the recipe in her handwriting.
Butter Cookie Recipe
4 cups of sifted flour
1 cup sugar
1 lb butter – room temperature
Everyone should wash hands really well. You will be mixing the dough with your hands so this is important.
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
Instead of putting a cup at a time into the sifter, I put a 1/2 cup at a time so that they get more turns sifting.
Kids love to sift. I have two different kinds for them to use.
Crack the egg in another bowl to avoid getting shells in the mix.
You cannot mix with a mixer.
Once all ingredients have been added, you will need to mix with your hands.
It takes about 5 minutes to get the dough completely mixed.
I love using the cookie gun. The one pictured is similar to one that my grandmother had. It takes a few times but I found a click and a half click creates the perfect amount of dough.
While the cookies are in the oven, it is time to clean up the mess. Good thing Bounty and Dawn Platinum Advanced Power will come to the rescue!
We stat off wiping the table crumbs with Bounty Paper Towels.
Once the cookies are ready to come off the tray and cool, I bring the trays to the sink and use Dawn for an easy cleanup. By planning ahead and purchasing Dawn and Bounty at Costco, I was ready for this mess!
How will you be preparing ahead of time so that you can enjoy the holidays and all of your family traditions?