I don’t know about you, but having freshly cut or purchased cut fruit start to wilt and soften irks me. I spend money on great hand picked fruit only to have the leftovers end up not being touched once open. I really don’t like wasting money. It wasn’t bad or anything, just Wilted.
Problem solved! I happen to have in my freezer some puff pastry. You definitely can make your own, but I happen to have bought some frozen puff pastry over the New Year.
So to start, this really isn’t a typical recipe, more of a guide. I had leftover cut and cleaned strawberries, cantaloupe and pineapple in storage containers for my family to snack on. Wilted several days later, I decided to create a filling with it. You will have to defrost the pastry as it is kept frozen. If using your own, roll out in a rectangle.
So, I started with mixing the cantaloupe and strawberries in a saucepan on medium heat and the pineapple on its own in another saucepan on medium heat. I then added about 1/4 to 1/2 cup of sugar to each (I had about 2 cups of strawberry cantaloupe mix for 1/2 cup sugar and 1 cup pineapple with 1/4 cup of sugar), and let is cook down until it was very thick almost paste like consistency. Time varies here depending on fruit. I then rolled out my pastry into a rectangle and cut horizontally in the middle, I eyeballed it. I then cut individual rectangles about 2×3 inches in size roughly and filled them with the mixture. I folded over all four edges after filling. Then, Bake at 400 until puffed and lightly brown. I’m sure you can use other kinds of fruit as well. This is a great way to not waste food and save time and money.
Most of my readers know my blog is focused on savings. After the Holiday malaise or should you be hit with whatever flu or bug this 2020 should bring your way and your on the mend, finding a quick way to undress your holiday decor can be on your back burner. Procrastinate NOT!
A few short tips and tricks to help pack and reduce for next year:
Have a central location for your storage tools, whether boxes, crates, bags, for only what your keeping for next year.
Another location for all items needing recycling or donating. Remember donation is a great way to give decor that has life left. Otherwise, recycle. Some areas, like mine, have a lighting recycling drive schedule which can only be a limited time. So check your local area or ask a friend if they do this in their area.
Now, remember to have a container on hand for all those hooks, sticky wall tacks, etc that need to come down. Recycle any paper, donate holiday gift bags too. Remember, take those batteries out of decor to preserve them for next year. Check your locale for battery and bulb recycling. Keep this list for next year in with your stored holiday decorations.
A step stool or ladder for higher up items.
Now that stations are setup, think about your general color scheme for next year, keep only what you love and let go of the rest.
This is a great way to store less, keep your beloved items, share holiday items with others next year and recycle those broken lights. All while clearing away your holiday decor. Remember, even if it takes a couple of days, it’s the progress that’s important.
Finally after your containers are put up, space in your home is open for the new year to be welcomed in and your time and mind clear.