I have all these great ideas for teachers gifts and cookies and cakes and baking in general and then Wham......time always gets away from me and I never end up doing in of it... It's like my poor kids...every year I have this grand cake in mind for their birthdays and I get so busy with customer cake orders I never end up doing the cake I want ...Do you any of you ever feel like this?? I feel like I am letting everyone down because by this time I just want a break ..No baking,No decorating and "Please don't ask me to bring dessert for Christmas dinner""
I never get all the baking I want done.
Part of my issue is my youngest's birthday in the middle of the month.
I put an end to the holiday baking madness of cookies, candies, themed cupcakes, etc. about 5 years ago. I decided that since I bake all year long, the holidays are a good time for me to give it a rest. Besides, there are a lot of people who only bake during the holidays, so now I get to sample everyone else's treats.
I felt a little guilty the first year, but on the other hand my holidays were a lot less stressful and a lot more happier. I never looked back!
Yay, Snowboarder, I agree with you!! I bake all year long, so when I go to pot luck dinners, I DON'T bring dessert! I'm going to one on Saturday and bringing an appetizer and a salad!
And another secret...I **GASP** bought frozen cookie dough from my daughter's school fundraiser! When I need a quick batch of cookies for something, out comes the dough...
don't get me wrong...I love to bake and cook, but something has to give at this time of year!
I do that with EVERYTHING. Make big long lists of all the X I'm going to do (where X is baking, gardening, decorating, cleaning etc). Then when I get halfway through and am exhausted, I'm annoyed with myself because I only got half done!
Take a break - I'm sure you've earned it.
I feel like I am letting everyone down because by this time I just want a break ..
You're probably not letting THEM down .... you're probably letting YOU down because you set such high standards for yourself.
I saw a cartoon once of two alley cats sitting on a fence, one saying to the other: "The secret of my success? Extremely low goals!"
Sometimes to be "successful" (at relaxing and enjoying the holiday), we have to set very low goals on what WE expect US to do.
Kick back .... it's another example of no one notices but us.
When it comes to potlucks (or "covered dish dinners" as we call them around here), I often bring something savory instead of sweet too. If I do bring a dessert, it is DEFINATELY an undecorated one and often it is a pie. This year, kick your feet up and bring green beans to those dinners.
As for my kids' birthdays, I do whatever cake they want. I mark off that date on my cake calendar/planner and refuse any other order for that day. In my opinion, they sacrifice their mom all year to other people's orders so they deserve a great cake for their birthday. In June, my 6-year-old wanted three cakes and guess what she got......three cakes. I would do it for a paying customer and my children pay their dues, just not in monetary form. My youngest will turn 5 on 12/19, DH is 12/25, and my niece is 12/26 and all those dates say "reserved" for me.