During the holidays, it is easy to get very caught up in buying, buying, buying and going overboard with things. Buying things for the house, buying presents, buying special food. There are people who already have quite a bit of “stuff” and do not need more. My sister fits in that category and I did not want to contribute to her simplifying process by buying her more stuff. I’ve also noticed that many times she winds up getting take-out food at the end of the day because she is tired from carting my brother in law around or doing other errands. (He doesn’t drive much anymore).
I am trying to simplify my life in many ways and wanted to incorporate that into my holidays this past season. So, I was wracking my brain trying to figure out what to do for them for the holidays. Finally, I decided to promise to bring them a dinner every month for twelve months. (A dinner that I would cook).
It has worked out very nicely. They were pleased and it works for me. I try to make something that can be frozen or refrigerated so that it can be saved for another day if they have other plans. It doesn’t have to be fancy. The first time I made spaghetti casserole. Today I made lentil soup and homemade bread. Next month I may do borek or a Turkish stew.
It is handy because I just make more of what I am making for us. I may adjust the seasonings a little, but essentially it is the same. And pop it into a dish that will travel and we are good to go. They have been pleased and it has been fun to do this. Obviously, this will only work if the person to whom you want to gift this lives within easy driving distance.