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* This post is the last in my “Make Ahead Holidays” series. See other articles in this series on making pies, mashed potatoes, cookies, and other holiday fare at www.preservedhome.com. 

I recently got two deals on sweet potatoes. One was 35 cents a pound, and the second deal was 28 cents a pound. I sold a good portion of the first batch, but kept all of the second batch, which was 40 pounds. How I wish I would have bought yet another box, but maybe I can snag a deal at the farmers market soon. How do I use sweet potatoes? In many, many delicious ways.

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* This post is part of my “Make Ahead Holidays,” series, which will go through Christmas. I will tell you how to make the big day(s) less rushed, and how to make your feast cost the least.

I have a secret . . . I don’t attend cookie exchanges, because after spending hours in the kitchen carefully cutting out cookies, and mixing a batches of expensive ingredients, I normally end up with someone else’s slice and bake as part of my take. It may sound not very Christmas spiritish (new word?), but when that happens, it becomes more of a cookie donation.

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* This post is part of my “Make Ahead Holidays,” series, which will go through Christmas. I will tell you how to make the big day(s) less rushed, and how to make your feast cost the least.

I have no idea where the saying “easier than pie” comes from, because pie is labor intensive. Everyone wants homemade pies, and more than one kind, for the holidays. Yes, you can make them a couple days ahead of time, but it’s still one more thing to do during the holiday rush. The solution is making pies a month or two in advance, and freezing.

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* This post is part of my “Make Ahead Holidays,” series, which will go through Christmas. I will tell you how to make the big day(s) less rushed, and how to make your feast cost the least.

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What’s better than tender, hot rolls from the oven? What a perfect accompaniment to a holiday meal. But who has time to make homemade rolls in the midst of many other dishes needing your attention on the big day? You do.

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* This post is part of my “Make Ahead Holidays,” series, which will go through Christmas. I will tell you how to make the big day(s) less rushed, and how to make your feast cost the least. At the end of the post, I will tell you how to prepare your mashed potatoes ahead of time for the holidays, and serve them hot with no mess, and no re-heating! 

There is a domestic urban myth that potatoes cannot be frozen. Now, you can’t just slice a potato and freeze it, that’s true, it must be treated, but frozen potatoes are a glorious convenience food, and a great way to stock up when prices are almost a give away.

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