Thursday, October 2, 2014

Day 2: Pop-in Visitor Helps

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“It’s 10 in the morning and your phone rings…you answer only to find out that a friend down the street is on her way over to bring you something. You know all too well, that her bringing you something also involves 30 minutes of chatting. You put the phone down and look at your frazzled self in the mirror. You haven’t even brushed your teeth, your youngest is still running around in their diaper, and it looks like you haven’t cleaned in a week. You don’t have a snack for her children or your children, and you have nothing fancy to offer.”

 messy kitchen









Ever have something similar happen to you? My topic this year isn’t on tidying tips for household stuff, but I do have a helpful post from last years 31 series on keeping up with that part of the home. When that’s kept up it is easy to run around purposefully in times like these instead of looking like a chicken with it’s head chopped off. You can find that post here.

Instead we are going to jump into some Food helps for these pop-in visitors. Isn’t it usually around lunch-time or children’s snack-time that this happens? I mean, it seems to always be snack time for my 2 little girls, but nonetheless I love to have a few things in order in my kitchen to help with these moments!

  • Always have Cookie dough! You are probably scratching your head and asking, “What in the world, lady, are you crazy?” Probably, but this has always been something I’ve done and it works wonders for pop-in visitors or those spontaneous, “Wanna come over?” invitations. It’s easy to open the fridge and scoop out some dough and pop it in the oven for freshly made cookies for your visitors. It beats running around trying to scrape up something from the dark corner of the pantry all the while hoping it’s not stale.

You can use my recipe below or grab a few tubes of the store-bought kind during your next grocery shop.


Molly’s Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough

1 c. butter

1 c. oil

2 cup brown sugar

2 cup white sugar

4 eggs

4 tsp. vanilla

6 cups flour

2 tsp. soda

2 tsp. salt

1 1/2 bags chocolate chips or any flavor chips or m&ms

Cream the sugars, butter, and oil. Then, add 1 egg at a time, vanilla and then the remaining ingredients. Bake for 6-8 minutes at 375.

  • Keep your sinks empty as much as possible. I know, you are swamped and it gets crazy. Who wants to finish the dishes after working in the kitchen for hours preparing food? But, it’s always better to wake up in the morning without having to stare at yesterday’s messes.
  • Have a good amount of drink options available for your guests. I have jars of coffee/tea options, sodas in the garage, juice for children, and of course lots of ice cubes and water! Having some of these in eyesight or in a fun jar works wonders so you can keep an eye when they are getting low so you never run out. Join me on October 7th to see how I use Jars all over my kitchen.

These are just a few of the things I love to have going on in my kitchen to help make those pop-ins less stressful and still be organized and yummy.

 chocolate chip cookies

Hop over tomorrow and see how I love throwing themed birthday parties on a dime.