This takes preparation.The winter holidays are about quality time with your friends and family. But, the holidays are also about delicious treats made by everyone’s favorite home cook. Although it may sound difficult, it’s possible to balance out the stress of cooking, and spend quality time with loved ones. Here are some tips!

Start Now… Or as soon as possible. Procrastination is a way to guarantee stress, so to avoid it just simply start making those cookies today!

Plan out Menus and Recipes. For your meals, start as soon as possible and write down exactly what you want to cook, and what to buy next time you visit Sparkle. This will save you time at the store and time in the kitchen!

Delegate. If there are willing helpers, pass some tasks along to them. Not only will this ease the pressure, it will also give you some company to talk to as well, which also can be a stress reliever.

Be Ambitious… But don’t go too far. This is where many people get their high dose of holiday stress. It’s best to not take on too much in such a short period of time. Be realistic on how much time it will take to get everything done!

Don’t Forget other Holiday To-Dos. Think of all the gift buying, wrapping, cleaning, decorating and card-writing you have to do. Now combine that with cooking for everyone. Talk about busy!

These are valuable tips for cooking during the holidays. If you tend to get stressed in the kitchen around the holidays, using these tips will have a positive impact when it matters! Remember, preparation goes a long way. Be sure to stop at your local Sparkle Market for your holiday needs!