Rule number three: Do as much ahead of time as possible.
Once my approach to homemaking became more orderly—when I sat down and planned a week rather than allowing each day to just happen—I could foresee setting aside special time in preparation for a special event. Frozen salads could be mixed on Tuesday. I could prepare the chicken divan on Thursday evening and then place it in the refrigerator. I could bake the dessert some morning after breakfast, when all the accumulated dishes could be washed at the same time.
Friday’s dinner became a breeze. Nothing is more satisfactory than to be able to take a nap on the afternoon of an event, or to spend the morning at the library with the children.
In fact, because my schedule is now necessarily tight, doing ahead has become a game. I collect those recipes which do not require last-minute preparation—soufflés are out! I treasure foods which look great, taste terrific, but which require a minimum of kitchen time.
The trusted old standbys are utilized frequently. I test myself against the ease of a hospitality occasion. Hard work indicates that I am slipping back into old habits, running behind, not managing my time well, not planning or preparing ahead, doing too much, not being dependent on the Lord’s strength, but on my own. An aching back is a sure sign that I need to reevaluate.
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