With all of the obligations today, it may be harder to cook and bake from scratch. Instead of buying stuff ready from the store you may be able to save time and money by some ideas from Sandra Lee’s Semi Homemade. She gives ideas of using some items from the grocery store and adding some of your own touches so it seems like it was homemade from you.
She also has several ideas of tablescapes and decorating for different holidays and ocassions.
Here is a recent article about using a cake mix to make holiday cookies.