There are cards to write, presents to wrap, and friends stopping by. When you're swept up in the holiday whirl, getting a weeknight meal on the table can be a challenge. The solution: Cook the components of this hearty shepherd's pie up to five days in advance, and then assemble and bake -- in batches big and small -- whenever the joyous chaos allows.
HOW TO - Share Your Seeds It's a nice idea to share some just-purchased seeds with friends and family who are interested in gardening. Encourage green thumbs by packaging some seeds into a card with a message. This card holds a gift of herbs, but vegetable seeds would be just as welcome.