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Friday, December 19, 2014

The Gift

Christmas is just under a week away! If you're finding yourself thrown into the madness of last-minute gift shopping and stress is mounting, you might like to take 2-3 minutes to watch this video. For me, it brings what's most important back to the forefront of my mind, which brings me peace and reminds me how blessed I am to have received many priceless gifts. I wish you a beautiful holiday season with your friends and families and hope you find peace and joy and gratitude in the weeks ahead of us!

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Thursday, December 18, 2014

Featuring You: 10 Fun Christmas Crafts for Kids

Tomorrow is the last day of school for my kids and I had been thinking about fun crafts and activities to do with them while they're home, leading up to Christmas. I was sick in bed all day yesterday and still not feeling great today, but hoping I'll be back to normal soon! Before I got sick, I compiled this list though...

Today I wanted to feature some of the fun ideas you guys have linked up to Sharing Time so far this month that I think young kids would love to make!  Thanks to everyone who shares their ideas there- and there are a ton of other ideas over there, so don't stop at this post- go check out the rest of the posts that are linked up!

Toilet Paper Roll Santa by Jennifer at EngineerMommy.com

Christmas Tree Garland by Bonnie at The Pin Junkie

DIY Snowman Lights by Grandparents Plus

Rudolph's Snack Mix by Michelle at Sunshine & Hurricanes

Jelly Bean Christmas Trees by Christianity Cove

Play Dough Cookies by Me ;)

Crafty Christmas Ornaments by Emma at Invitation to Create

Nativity Ornament by Phyllis at Grandparents Plus

Apple Cinnamon Ornaments by Jennifer at MomSpotted.com

Reindeer Food by Me ;)

I hope you're finding some inspiration here for fun things to do with your kids over the holidays!

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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Soft Sour Cream Sugar Cookies & a KitchenAid Stand Mixer Giveaway!! #GayLeaMoms

When I think of sour cream, I think of salt and vinegar chips.  Weird?  Maybe... but I love to use sour cream as a dip to cut the sour taste of them!  This time, however, I'm making something sweet with sour cream.  Did you know you can make super soft sugar cookies with sour cream?  And I'm about to share the recipe ;)  Aren't these snowflake cookies adorable?

I'm using Gay Lea's Premium Sour Cream (which is their thickest, richest sour cream made with 3 simple ingredients.  It's amazing with chips (if you're like me ;) or to use to make a flavoured dip, and it's awesome in baking!  This sour cream is only available in Ontario and only in the 425ml size.

Now, let me share this recipe with you!

What You'll Need:

5 1/2 cups flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup sour cream
1 cup butter (softened)
2 cups sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla


Combine dry ingredients (flour, baking soda & salt) in a bowl (set aside for later).
In your mixer, mix together sour cream and butter.
Add sugar, eggs, and vanilla and mix until combined.
Slowly add the dry mixture and mix.  Your dough will look like the photo below (top right).
Divide dough into two balls and wrap with plastic wrap.
Refrigerate for 1-2 hours (longer is fine if you need to come back to it later).

This is the fun part, when your kids will really want to help!

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees and line your baking sheet with parchment paper, so they're ready to go.
Flour your work surface (so the dough won't stick to it) and your rolling pin.
Put one of your dough balls down and start rolling until it's around 1/4" thick (or whatever thickness you like).
Sprinkle flour as needed to keep the dough from sticking to the table or rolling pin.

Once it's rolled out the way you like it, it's time to get your cookie cutters and cut your shapes out!
If your cookie cutters are sticking, you can dip them in flour to prevent that.

Place your cookies on your cookie sheets (on parchment paper) and bake for 8-10 minutes.
Try to take them out just before they get brown on the bottom if you want them to be nice and soft.
Frost with your favourite frosting and dig in! :)

You can store them in an airtight container (up to 2 weeks) or freeze them in a freezer ziplock bag for up to a month!
You can also freeze the dough for up to a month, and finish the rolling/cutting/baking process at a later date.

We love this recipe and used it for Katrina's Frozen birthday party (which I will share in the new year!)  Hope you love it too!

KitchenAid Stand Mixer Giveaway!

Now, if you're here to win a KitchenAid Stand Mixer, you've come to the exciting point in the post!
You can enter below (and we're also giving away 1 year of free Gay Lea product (12 coupons for free products) to one Raising Memories reader!

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You can enter this giveaway across many blogs but may only win on a single blog.
Entrants must be Canadian residents (unfortunately Quebec residents are not able to enter).
Winner can expect their prize in approximately 4-6 weeks.

You can find more great recipes and information on Gay Lea products on their website. Sign up here before December 17th to receive this month's copy of the Gay Lea newsletter featuring the product of the month: Gay Lea Golden Sour Cream!
Disclosure: I am part of the Gay Lea Ambassador Campaign with Mom Central Canada and I receive special perks as part of my affiliation with this group. The opinions on this blog are my own.

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Monday, December 15, 2014

Share Your Letter to Santa & Win $250!

When I was a teenager, the internet was kind of a new thing. I was 14 when I met Ken (my husband). We lived in different cities so we kept in touch be sending letters in the mail. His family was ahead of my family when it came to technology, so when my parents went out and bought our first computer and got the internet, I was thrilled to be able to email Ken (and my other friends).

We used to send each other e-cards on special occasions or just to send a little note on a regular day.  I clearly remember that we used a website called BlueMountain.  Recently, BlueMountain contacted me about sharing something on the blog and it brought back so many memories!  I went into my email that I used when I was a teenager and there were still several BlueMountain emails that I had saved from 1999 (when we were 17), the same year that this photo was taken:

(In the photo I'm wearing Ken's coat and mitts because it was FREEZING outside!
.. such a gentleman ;)

So now that you've taken a little trip down memory lane with me, let's get back to the present.  Ken and I are an old married couple now ;) and just celebrated our 11th wedding anniversary.  We've got two kids (a 6 year old and an 8 year old) and I've just rediscovered BlueMountain! :)

They've created some cute free printable letters to Santa!  

They've also got a ton of  cute or funny or religious holiday cards and cards for every other occasion you can think of :)  Memberships allow you unlimited access to their e-cards for 1 month, 1 year, or 2 years.  They also have a reminder service where they'll email you to remind you about people's birthdays or other occasions (love this!  It goes right along with what I did last year with "snail mail" cards!)

BlueMountain wants to give a year membership away to 3 of you!  The grand prize winner of the giveaway will win a membership AND a $250 VISA Gift Card!  Two other winners will also receive a year membership.  To enter, just fill out the form below! (Giveaway is open to the USA & Canada)

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Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. All opinions shared are my own!

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