Today is "Kitchen Day". Usually my Kitchen Day is Friday, but because of unusual circumstances that I wont take the time for, this week it is on Thursday. Kitchen Day is the day I focus on getting ahead in my baking and meal planning for the next week. I know some amazing moms who do Kitchen Days once a month and get ALL of their month's baking done on that one day. I'm nowhere near that yet.
I simply look at my weeks menu (or make one first so I can look at it) and make a list of everything I can get done ahead of time. Today we're not tackling too much. Our list for the day looks like this~
Make corn chowder and put it in the crock pot for dinner
Make Sour Cream Pear Pie
Make pear butter
Bake biscuits for dinner and for breakfast tomorrow
Make gravy for breakfast tomorrow
Cook chicken for soup tomorrow night
Mix dry ingredients for pancakes
Mix dry ingredients for coffee cake
But before I start, I have a hard fast rule that I stick too. The kitchen MUST be clean before I start ANYTHING!!! It is too easy to start a batch of bread, make more mess and then I'm too swamped to keep going.
Last night I made the poor decision to not clean the kitchen. Bad idea. As a result, this is what greeted me this morning. (Look! It's dark outside! I'm really getting up earlier!)