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Beating Christmas Cooking Stress


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                                       Use H-O-L-L-Y to Beat Christmas Cooking Stress
                                                      By Kristin Johnson

  Use H-O-L-L-Y to Beat Christmas Cooking Stress
 by: Kristin Johnson

What does holly, that untidy traditional greenery you just have to festoon your house with every year,
have to do with not tearing your hair out before it's even Thanksgiving? Plenty. You can use
H-O-L-L-Y to help you get organized.

1. H: Help

How many times have you tried to do the perfect turkey all by yourself just so your mother-in-law would
be impressed? Here's a reality check: (a) If your mother-in-law is any kind of a real woman, she
remembers that her mother-in-law put the exact same pressure on her, and (b) if she's the kind of
person who complains because the cranberries come from a can, she's the kind of person who
complains anyway and would be unhappy if she couldn't try to make you look like an incompetent
nitwit, and how a woman like that could raise your wonderful husband is beyond everyone.

If that husband is such a great guy, get him in the kitchen. Sit down and plan what the two of you
really want---he might not want a six-course dinner, which is fine, because you don't either. Get the
kids involved. By now some of them are at that stage where they want to show off what they can do
"all by myself," and you know that even though you hate your daughter's taste in music, she did make
killer stuffing last Thanksgiving. And your son makes a great omelet for Christmas morning. Then
there's your sister who loves to chat, so put her to work while you listen to her endless monologue.

Electronic help is great too---use a PDA or the family computer to keep a list of recipes and
ingredients. There are many great, sometimes free, computer programs available.

2. O: Oh-No

Let's face it. You'll make mistakes. The sugar cookies will burn. You can always "eat" your mistakes
and try again---just don't try a new recipe for the first time Christmas Day. In fact, plan for your
mistakes. That's right. Most of us spend so much time agonizing over avoiding mistakes we forget
that they are going to happen anyway, and not necessarily at our hands. So your best girlfriend Susan

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brought over deviled ham instead of double chocolate cake...there's a reason we have bakeries, right?
Just cheerfully accept the mistake and move on. People can get over a slightly too well-done roast,
but they will be downright uncomfortable if you spend the entire dinner moaning about it.

3. L: Love

You know Christmas is the season of love, and you can have as much fun with take-out pizza as you
can with an elegant dinner if the company is right. One sure way to recapture love is to bake cookies
together. There's nothing like the sight of kids rolling dough and decorating their works of art.

4. L: Let It Be

Sorry for the Paul McCartney overtones, but once you have your plan in place, stick to it---that doesn't
mean you can't compromise slightly. Agonizing over turkey versus tofu causes you to lose your
appetite, and is as harmful to your cooking as disorganization. Sticking to a decision and keeping your
plan, no matter what everyone else thinks, gives you peace of mind.

5. Y: You

Remember that there will be stress around the holidays, but that your mind can choose not to give in.
You can choose to refuse another beer because "I'm frazzled" or avoid inviting people you really can't
stand just because your mind thinks you have an obligation to be popular and kill yourself feeding 25
people. You can throw snowballs, or, if you live in California, go throw some water on the
wildfires...just take your mind off your cooking. You'll rediscover just why it is you're cooking and what
you love about Christmas.

So that's your H-O-L-L-Y for a happy holiday. And when all else fails, there's chocolate.

Copyright Kristin Johnson.

Kristin Johnson is co-author of the “highly recommended” Midwest Book Review pick, Christmas
Cookies Are For Giving: Stories, Recipes and Tips for Making Heartwarming Gifts (ISBN:
0-9723473-9-9). A downloadablemedia kit is available at our Web site,, or e-mail the publisher ( to receive a
printed media kit and sample copy of the book. More articles available at

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                                                         Low Carb Christmas!
                                                           By Jan McCracken

Low Carb Christmas! by Jan McCracken

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Copyright, 2003
Jan McCracken
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Who says that Low Carbers can’t participate in all the joys of
Christmas Cookin’? Set yourself up for a Merry Low Carb Christmas this year!

We all have treasured memories stored up in our hearts of our own past Christmas times and much of
that is around FOOD and specially prepared Christmas treats.

I would spend days cooking for holiday parties, for drop-in guests, for gifts and just for nibbling through
the season. So, you see, it isn’t just about the food! There are a whole lot of emotions intertwined in
“Christmas Cooking”!

Living the Low Carb Lifestyle we may feel “deprived” and think that we can’t participate in the ritual of
Christmas cooking and making special memory treats.

WRONG! You can build Christmas goodies to your hearts content this year. The secret in filling your
low carb heart with the spirit of Christmas is NOT TO FILL your tummy with Low Carb
Christmas treats!

Did you know that research shows that the “first bite” tastes the same as the “tenth bite”? ‘Nuf said?

I invite you to my website that is all about Low Carb Christmas Cookin’ and you will see that we have
great, old-fashioned recipes “mouth-watering” ready for you and they are “real food

Let the spirit of Christmas fill your Low Carb Heart! And, Merry, Merry Low Carb Christmas!

About the author: Jan McCracken is author & self-publisher of 35
gift books & cookbooks. Laugh & cook with this fun-loving, old-fashioned cook who insists that food

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taste like “the real stuff” without the carbs… no one will ever know it’s Low Carb!
Low Carb Christmas Cookin’
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 Jan McCracken is author and self-publisher of over 35 gift books and cookbooks. Born in the Midwest
and former owner/innkeeper of a country bed and breakfast in Branson, MO, she has been cooking
since she was seventeen years old (she won’t tell us how many years that is!). Jan has been living the
low carb lifestyle for almost eight years.

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