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Holiday Survival Guide

Holiday Survival Guide


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The Holiday Survival Guide is featured in the Fall 2009 issue of Charleston's Little Black Book for every busy woman. Featuring recommended businesses, decorating ideas, recipes, the holiday gift guide and more!
The Holiday Survival Guide is featured in the Fall 2009 issue of Charleston's Little Black Book for every busy woman. Featuring recommended businesses, decorating ideas, recipes, the holiday gift guide and more!

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Published by: Betty - Every Busy Woman's Guide on Oct 19, 2009
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betty’s holiday survival guide

betty’s holiday survival guide

Deck the halls, cook the turkey, throw a fabulous party and find the perfect gift. The busy woman’s holiday to-do list can get pretty long. This special section will help you keep your cool and check off your “have-to’s” so that you can have fun! Recipe: p. 8 Party Checklist: p. 6 Stress Relievers: p. 5 Kids Holiday Ideas: p. 10 Gift Guide: p. 4 Holiday Decorations: p. 9 Exclusive content is provided on our Web site, so be sure to sign up for The Black Book Buzz eNewsletter to stay in the know: EveryBusyWoman.com. Enjoy! Betty

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betty buzz: Holiday Gift Guide

Make your list, and check it twice!

Keepsake ornaments with Charleston historic sites & cityscapes at The Gibbes Museum of Art (p. 14)

Save the date with fabulous calendars at Mac & Murphy (p. 14)

Lovely patterned blinders by Chris Notti at Flight 001

Precious stockings with personalized embroidery at Southern Belles (p. 21) A creative way to entertain with Story Club Games Original artwork by Charles Ailstock at Artizom Frame and Gallery (p. 39)

Amazingly-soft towels, washcloths and hand towels at Sweet 185 (p. 30)

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Authentic German nutcrackers at The Christmas Sleigh


betty buzz: Holiday PamPeriNG The holidays can take their toll on the busy woman. This season, commit to slowing down so that you can enjoy it!
• Have a “stay in your PJ’s day” with the family; make hot chocolate and watch holiday movies. • Smell the calm with holiday aromatherapy. (see page 40) • Schedule a massage and/or a mani/pedi as a gift to yourself. (page 30, 35) You deserve it! • Take a book or magazine with you shopping, and have a quiet lunch at your favorite restaurant in between store hopping. (page 23) • Change up your schedule to ease the bustle by taking a long walk in the park instead of rushing to the gym or drawing a hot bath instead of a quick shower.


betty’s holiday survival guide

betty’s holiday survival guide

BETTY BUZZ: PARTY CHECKLIST If you feel overwhelmed at the thought of hosting a party, get organized with the following checklist and never worry about whether you forgot to buy ice before your next big shindig.
❍ Select a date ❍ Choose & Send Invitations (whether to send by mail or email) ❍ Food ❍ Appetizers ______________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________ ❍ Main Course ______________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________ ❍ Sides _______________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________ ❍ Desserts _______________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________ ❍ The Caterer’s Number: see page 22 ❍ Buy ice ❍ Beer Type & Amount: _________________________________________ ❍ Wine Red: ________________________________________________ White: _______________________________________________ ❍ Non-alcoholic beverages Type & Amount: _________________________________________ ❍ Bartender’s Number: ___________________ ❍ Centerpieces ❍ Candles ❍ Wreaths/greenery: see page 9 ❍ Florists: EveryBusyWoman.com ❍ Party Rentals: EveryBusyWoman.com

❍ Beverages

❍ Decorations

❍ Music ❍ Cleaning Services: see page 39 ❍ Cab Service Numbers
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betty buzz: Holiday reCiPe
Butternut & Spaghetti Squash Fontina Gratin
(serves 4 - 6) This can be made the day before & reheated when needed. EQUIPMENT 11 x 7 x 1 1/2 Pyrex Pan Cookie Sheet Spoon Sauté Pan Mixing bowl (any size) Mandoline, Slicer or Sharp Knife Table Spoon STEP ONE 1 large Spaghetti Squash 1 large Butternut Squash 1/4 cup Light Brown Sugar 2T Unsalted Butter Pre-heat oven to 450°. Melt butter in sauté pan. Cut Spaghetti Squash & Butternut Squash in half. Remove seeds with spoon & place squash on cookie sheet. Pour melted butter over squash & sprinkle with brown sugar to lightly cover. Place in oven & cook for about 40-minutes, until squash is soft. Remove from oven & let cool. Turn oven down to 350°. STEP TWO 1 cup Heavy Cream 1 cup Fontina Cheese (grated) 2 large Potatoes 1T Unsalted Butter Salt & Pepper (to taste) 1/4 cup Light Brown Sugar 1/2 t Cinnamon 1/4 t Nutmeg

Take squash & remove the meat from skin with a fork & place in bowl. Put aside. Rinse potatoes under cold water &, with the skin still on, slice them as thin as you can. Butter bottom of Pyrex pan & layer squash on the bottom about 1/4 inch thick. Sprinkle with some grated Fontina Cheese & a third of the cream then add some salt & pepper. Cover that layer with ½ of the sliced potatoes (thin layer). Repeat the process, sprinkling ½ of the brown sugar, ½ cinnamon & ½ nutmeg on next layer. Press layer down with the back of a spoon to make even, then layer the rest of the potato on top. Repeat the last layer again, adding cheese. Place in oven & cook until golden brown.

betty buzz: deCoratioNS 101
Making a Wreath 1. Purchase a wire wreath form at a craft store, or take 2 coat hangers, and form them into the shape of a circle, wrapping them with floral tape to secure them together. 2. Wrap your wreath form using grasses, branches or vines. Overlap your chosen medium, using wire or hot glue to secure it to your wreath form. 3. Add decoration using wire or hot glue to secure it. For Halloween, try wrapped-candy. Thanksgiving wreaths look great with acorns, leaves or small pumpkins. Use pinecones, birds, berries or snowflakes for a Christmas wreath. Silver bells and blue ribbon look beautiful in a Hanukkah wreath. 4. Think outside the “ring”! Wreaths don’t have to be circular, try square and rectangular shapes for a nice change. Decorative items are all around you, like wine corks, bottle caps or tiny framed pictures! Garland Go-To’s 1. Pick your medium: cranberries, popcorn, beads, can tabs, CD’s or decorative paper. 2. String it: for items like cranberries, use a needle and a very-long, sturdy thread. For tabs or CD’s, you can use twine or ribbon. For paper, make a chain by looping the paper into rings and securing them together. 3. Go au natural using evergreen trimmings or dried fall leaves secured together with floral wire.


betty’s holiday survival guide

betty’s holiday survival guide

betty buzz: CHriStmaS WitH tHe KidS
Mom’s Little Elves Help your children be a part of preparing for the holidays by giving them easy tasks to complete. Some ideas: 1) Kids love to bake and are great at stirring, measuring and scooping. 2) Holiday decorations made by your children are the best of all. From making placemats to stringing garland, your kids’ handiwork makes the décor twice as fabulous! See page 21 for some ideas. 3) Setting the table is a great task for children. You can even print out a seating chart and a “table map” for them to follow. 4) Remember: letting your children be a part of preparing for the holidays means accepting imperfections as charming testimonies to the little hands and hearts that helped create your masterpiece. Kids pick up on everything you do, and your stress becomes their stress. Enjoy yourself while creating life-long memories with your children!

Fun Games for the Holidays 1) Bobbing for Apples replace apples with different treats and the water with something “less-messy” like shredded paper if you’d prefer. 2) Musical Chairs last one sitting gets a surprise! 3) Relay Race make it thematic with the holiday, like a “mummy” relay on Halloween, or a Turkey walk on Thanksgiving. 4) Backyard Scavenger Hunt use only natural items (leaves, moss, pinecones, etc.) and have the kids make a nature centerpiece that can go on the table.

Traveling this Holiday Season? See page 43 for tips on traveling with the kids.


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betty buzz: Holiday KeePSaKeS These ideas are a nice way to commemorate the holidays and preserve family traditions.
Have every family member bring a recipe card with the dish they prepare. Compile the recipes into a family blog, recipe box or book.

Get a large piece of poster board and have the kids be in charge of decorating it with the day’s memories. For Thanksgiving, write down what everyone is thankful for, add stickers and draw pictures. For Christmas, write down their wish list, and memories of that season. Display the boards proudly year after year for a fun way to look back!

Start this year by having an annual family picture taken in the same location, like on the stairs of your front porch. You can look back as time passes and see all of the big changes that take place!


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