Organizing My Seasonal Game Plan

sicilian-chicken-souI’m taking part in a girlfriend reconnaissance mission this weekend. A bunch of great friends and I are bravely going to start looking for Christmas presents. I’ve never started shopping this late before, but my year has been one that has been more-than-heavily-scheduled, and this was the first available weekend when several of the other women didn’t already have other plans. So, we strike out, armed with our debit cards and shopping lists. Before I go, I’m putting soup in the crockpot to have simmering and savory for hubby to eat while I’m gone, and ready for me to grab a bowlful when I stumble back through the door. Here’s a favorite of my family that your family might also enjoy–Sicilian Chicken Soup. Once the soup is cooking nicely Saturday morning, I’ll grab my car keys and head out to meet up with my friends. We’re expecting a successful mission, so Our Great 2015 Girlfriend Holiday Recon will get home in the evening worn out, laughed out, and probably maxed out on our budgets. But we plan on not having to do this again for 2015. There’s only so much fun one woman’s body can handle.

Triple Chocolate Cheesecake Oreo CrustBut no, I don’t think we’ll all necessarily be done with our gifts for the year.  I’ll be doing some additional online shopping (wonder if Santa does much of his shopping by clicking). I’ll also be doing some craftier gifting varieties, too. Here are a few of the ideas I’m already getting from websites:

  • A Gift in a Tin: Christmas Baking Kits – where you can get the detail on the baking kit and also some sample pics of other terrific ideas like Cold Winter Kits and Spa Kits in a tin
  • 15 Homemade Gifts that Aren’t Cheesy offers easy craft ideas that produce some really wonderful gifts
  • and for my food giving gifts this year I’m giving Triple Chocolate Cheesecake with Oreo Crust–here’s the recipe to try with a warning that you may have to make many more than planned since pieces tend to disappear out of the family fridge when one is left unattended. Even when I label one with a sign that says “Do Not Eat This–It’s a Gift.”  Maybe I ought to start saying they’re “poisoned for authorial research” instead–Nah, my family would likely try a piece anyway. LOL

Cozy Holiday Escapes-Amazon coverFinally, my gift to my readers this year is a group effort with some of my wonderful author girlfriends. I’ve talked about the Cozy Holiday Escapes anthology. It’s been on sale a week now at our special giftable price of 99 cents, and readers are giving back by posting wonderful reviews. If you’d like some light-mystery, character-driven stories to read when you put your feet up after this year’s Christmas tasks, we would love if you’d take a look at our anthology. It’s only available through the holiday season–then just like Santa and all the seasonal decorations it will disappear from sight. Click my Where to Buy My Books link for all the clickable links to all the booksellers. I’ve included a new Bodies of Art story “Seasonal Switches” as well as the Organized Mystery “Organized for Christmas Wishes.” Best of all, you might discover a new author to read or discover an old favorite.

So that’s my game plan for the weekend. How about you. Do you have a shopping/gifting strategy in place this year?

About ritterames

Ritter Ames is the USA Today Bestselling author of the Bodies of Art Mysteries and the Organized Mysteries series. When she’s not writing or brainstorming new mysteries, Ritter is usually trying to get her favorite blond Labrador retriever to stay out of the pond, or keep her grouchy black cat from trying to give the dog away on Freecycle. The first two books in her Bodies of Art series were released in early-2016 by Henery Press, and the third was released October 11, 2016. She's currently working on the first book in a new series.
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7 Responses to Organizing My Seasonal Game Plan

  1. tempewytch says:

    I am doing it on-line! Crutches and frantic shoppers do not make a good pairing 😦

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  2. ritterames says:

    I totally agree! If I didn’t have this girls-day-out thing going, mine would likely be done from the comfort of my keyboard, too,. And really, I’m expecting Saturday to be more looking than buying. I have a feeling most of what I like will be available cheaper online. Take care!

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  3. galehr says:

    I’m doing mine online as well — it makes it so much easier to have ’em shipped rather than shipping them myself, them getting lost, not arriving for the holidays….what a nightmare! And now I hafta try that chocolate demon recipe you have posted…. :>) Have fun this weekend!

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  4. ritterames says:

    Absolutely. I don’t have to ship that much, but even so online is the way to go. And yes, the cheesecake is wonderful, Gale, and the perfect way to usher in the season 🙂

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  5. Love and envy the shopping day! When I lived close to Houston, we did that every year; you bring back great memories. Thanks for the links, that cake alone is worth the blog! And of course, loved Cozy Holiday Escapes. It would be great at a much higher price, but it does feel like a wonderful gift from friends.

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  6. ritterames says:

    I’m so glad you liked the anthology, Jeanie. I loved working with these authors, and the project has really been a joy, so I hope that all translates into the final product 🙂 Yes, it’s so fun to shop with girlfriends–or just get out with a bunch of girlfriends. I keep thinking that as I get older life will start slowing down and I’ll have more time for these kinds of things, but it seems like all of us are getting more busy instead of less. So, we’ll just take advantage when we can.

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  7. Meagan says:

    It saves you fuel dollars and the problem of earning multiple outings towards
    the retailer.

    Like

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