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Three boys, one dog, one chinchilla…Sometimes, you just have to STOP…and Count To Ten.

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The countdown begins!  Only a few more weeks until FAMILY and FRIENDS descend upon your house bringing glad tidings and good will.  Be assured, they will ALSO bring along empty bellies in need of nourishment.  BUT, don’t worry…I’m here to tell you how I #PlanAhead and with little stress, make the easiest family size meals.

It all starts with a short shopping list of goodies to keep on hand for those surprise guests.  Head on over to Walmart and grab the following:

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  • Stouffer’s Party Size Lasagna with Meat Sauce
  • Stouffer’s Party Size Macaroni and Cheese
  • Digiorno Rising Crust Pizza (Pepperoni is usually a safe bet)
  • Dreyer’s Limited Edition Light Peppermint Wonderland Ice Cream
  • Dreyer’s Limited Edition Light A Very Merry Eggnogg Ice Cream
  • lettuce (tomatoes, cucumbers, carrots, dressing, croutons)
  • garlic bread (frozen will be easier to keep on hand)
  • lemon/lime soda

The Plan:

To keep these frozen foods in YOUR freezer, so there’s NO stress when company arrives.  It’s all there and ready to go.

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Salad…keep a big bowl made in the refrigerator.  Not only will you have a healthy snack when you’re craving something, you will always have a fresh salad ready for your family and friends.

When time is really tight, only needing 20 minutes to cook the Digiorno pizza is a LIFE SAVER!  Just add a side salad and you’ll look like a rock star!

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You guys know that I’m from the south…and just LOVE my macaroni and cheese.  By serving it in a cute dish with green peas…you’ll have people wondering how long you were cooking in the kitchen before they arrived!

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and…then, the crowd favorite….LASAGNA!  Not only will this heat up your house while cooking and fill the air with the wonderful aroma of tomato sauce and garlic…you’ll fill the bellies and mouths of your pickiest glad-tiding visitors!

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Served with a side salad (that you’ve kept ready in the fridge) and some garlic bread (that you just pulled from the freezer)…a feast for the eyes.

Now…if you got everything on my shopping list, you’ll also have some ice cream in the freezer.  Time to pull it out…add a little lemon/lime soda…and you have a most wonderful frosty drink to serve with your meals.

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Your guests will be pleased, their bellies full, and you should give yourself a pat on the back for making it through another holiday season without breaking your back OR the bank!

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Which food would YOU purchase to #PlanAhead for your holiday guests?