Thursday, December 8, 2011

Friday Favorites

Don't forget to enter my fun little giveaway.  Today's the last day.  Go here to enter to win a special edition OXO Good Cookie spatula, plus a couple of other goodies from me!

Here are a few things I've added to my Pinterest boards recently...

Salty Caramel Oat Bars from Cookies and Cups
the blog is full of amazingly yummy stuff!
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Source: via Jennifer (HomeMatters) on Pinterest

Lots of gifts from your kitchen from Talk Crafty To Me

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Source: via Jennifer (HomeMatters) on Pinterest

Rubber Door Mat Wall Art...I am SO doing this project after Christmas!!
The description says it is a black rubber doormat and it's sprayed with Heirloom White spray paint.  LOVE!
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Source: via Jennifer (HomeMatters) on Pinterest

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend.  My family and I will be busy with all sorts of festive fun...attending a birthday party for Jesus with the kids at our church, finishing our Christmas shopping, whipping up some goodies in the kitchen for gift-giving and enjoying a family movie night with a Christmas classic (haven't decided yet ~ maybe Elf...that's a cute one!).  

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Making Christmas Memories

Making family memories is important to me.  I especially enjoy it at Christmas time, which has always been a favorite for me.  Although big exciting things can make for great memories, I think it tends to be the little things that stick with us. 

My daughter shared something with me the other day that just made me smile.  She said, "Mom, do you know what I really love to do sometimes during Christmas?  I love it when it's dark except for the Christmas tree lights and we snuggle up and watch a Christmas movie together.  I feel all happy and safe." 

See, it's the little things.

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So, this season we'll definitely have a few movie nights all snuggled together watching a Christmas classic.  Last year we introduced our kids to A Christmas Story.  That's definitely a classic and favorite in our home.

I'm also looking forward to riding around town looking at all the pretty Christmas lights, reading Christmas stories with the kids and baking cookies. 

What kinds of memory-making activities are you looking forward to?

Monday, December 5, 2011

Cranberry Hootycreeks and a Giveaway!

It's that time of year when thoughts turn to baking all sorts of cookies.  I want to share one of my favorites with you. 
Cranberry Hootycreeks Recipe    A few years ago I received one of those cute jars with cookie ingredients layered in it.  The attached recipe was called Cranberry Hootycreeks...what a strange name, right?  Well, I have no idea what the name is all about but I can tell you that this is one yummy cookie!  These are great for gifts whether you make the layered jars or bake a batch for someone.  Or just enjoy them yourself like I did today!  I hope you give them a try (see recipe below).

This is also a great time for me to share a little something with you from OXO.  I was recently chosen by OXO to receive one of their Be A Good Cookie spatulas to try out.  I love the products this company makes and have quite a few in my kitchen.  This is a great spatula for cookies.  It's made of silicone and the
end gives just a little to make it easy to slip under the cookie to lift off the baking sheet.  The size is great making it easy to use, even on a sheet crowded with lots of cookies.  The handle has a non-slip cover that is just a little soft and is very comfy to hold.  

To make this cute little spatula even better, the Be A Good Cookie spatulas support Cookies for Kids Cancer, which is an organization that raises money for pediatric cancer research and was founded by two OXO employees whose son was diagnosed with cancer.  Proceeds from the sale of these special spatulas will go to the organization.  As a survivor of childhood cancer myself, I just love supporting this cause.  These special spatulas are sold at Bed, Bath & Beyond, as well as Amazon.  I'm attaching some of these to the cookie jars I'm making for gifts this year. 

Click HERE to learn more about Cookies for Kids Cancer.

OXO wants you to have one of these spatulas too!  They have provided one for me to give away to one lucky reader (and I'm throwing in a little something too...some cookie cutters and cute Christmas napkins!). 

**To enter, simply leave me a comment below about your favorite Christmas cookie. 

This giveaway will end at 11:59pm on Friday, December 9th.  One winner will be chosen via and will be notified by email.  If the winner does not respond within 48 hrs, a new winner will be chosen. 

And now, on to the recipe...


Cranberry Hootycreeks

5/8 cup flour
1/2 cup oats
1/2 cup flour
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
1/3 cup packed brown sugar
1/3 cup white sugar
1/2 cup dried cranberries
1/2 cup white chocolate chips
1/2 cup chopped nuts (I've used walnuts and pecans...both work well)
*if layering in a jar for gifts, layer in the order above and attach the following recipe*

Preheat oven to 350.  In a medium bowl, beat 1/2 cup softened butter, 1 egg, and 1 tsp. vanilla until fluffy.  Add jar of dry ingredients and mix by hand.  Drop by heaping spoonful onto cookie sheet.  Bake for 8-10 minutes or until edges start to brown. 

 **Disclosure:  I was provided a Good Cookie spatula by OXO to try out and review and was provided a second one to give away.  All opinions expressed are truthful and 100% my own. 

I'm joining Tempt My Tummy Tuesday.  Check out what everyone's cooking this week!