Raising Memories

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Christmas Baking - Junior Mint Thumbprint Cookies

I'm planning to share a few of our favourite Christmas cookie recipes with you over the next couple of weeks. It's a good time to start Christmas baking that can be frozen for later! (That way you can get some of the work over with before the Holiday rush sets in!)

Today I want to share a Junior Mint Thumbprint Cookie recipe that we have been loving!

Christmas Baking Cookies Recipe Tutorial

You'll Need:

3/4 cup room temperature butter
1/2 cup sugar (1/4 cup for recipe, 1/4 cup for dipping)
1 egg, separated
1 tsp Vanilla
2 cups flour
1/2 cup crushed candy canes
40 Junior Mint Candies (or 2 1.84 ounce boxes)


Mix together butter and sugar. add the egg yolk and vanilla. Then add the flour a little at a time. Mix in candy canes just enough to get them spread evenly throughout the dough.

Next, put the remaining sugar in a bowl- I used a shallow soup plate.  Beat the egg white to make it frothy (just with a fork, for about 30 seconds).  Make balls of dough and dip them in the egg white and roll them in the sugar.

Bake on parchment paper on a cookie sheet. Make finger or thumb prints in the cookies, then bake for 8-10 minutes at 350 degrees F.

As soon as they come out of the oven, press a Junior mint into the thumbprint of each cookies.  You can then put the cookie sheet back in the oven for about a minute then take it back out and let the cookies cook for a couple of minutes before putting them on a cooling rack.

If you try them, I hope you love them as much as we do! :)

Note: I found this recipe in Savoring the Seasons with Our Best Bites by Sara Wells & Kate Jones from Our Best Bites.  Their cookbook includes a ton of great recipes that we love- I totally recommend it!

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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Sam's Christmas Wish

It's time for another book review, and this one is a children's Christmas book! :)  The book is called Sam's Christmas Wish and it's written by George D. Durrant and published by Shadow Mountain.  

This is a hardcover book (29 pages) with beautiful illustrations.  I'm sharing a couple of page spreads so you can get a glimpse of the interior.  The illustrator is Dan Burr.

The story is very touching (my 5 year old cried).  It's a story about Christmas, service, and love.  It has a sad/happy ending, and although my little one cried, it was a good opportunity to talk about what is most important and about the deeper messages in the story.

Since this is another children's story, we thought it would be a great opportunity for Talia (my 8 year old) to do her second guest book review.  Here it is:

Talia's Review

This book is about a man who is mad because he just lost his job. He thinks he can handle Christmas by himself and doesn't want people to help.

When Christmas comes, he doesn't want his kids to open presents at first because he doesn't believe Santa brought the toys. He thinks somebody else snuck into his house, but there are no footprints in the snow.

A few years later, his children move away and his wife dies. He has always wanted to help someone like he was helped long ago. One night the family who lives by him has a fire in their house and Sam hopes to be a secret helper to them.

Disclosure: We received a copy of this book to facilitate this review. All opinions are our own!

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Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Eczema Prevention in the Winter Months

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #CollectiveBias

My poor family has a rough time with their skin during the winter months! I get super dry, itchy legs. Ken's hands get dry, red, rough, and sometimes crack and bleed. The girls' hands are a lot like Ken's and even Katrina's face can get pink and rough from playing out in the cold. Fortunately, it's still early so nobody's skin is TOO bad yet.  However, it has already started snowing quite a bit here, so I know the Eczema is all about to hit!

Below is a photo of our backyard as I type this, and of Katrina's poor cheeks last year during Winter:

We have tried several different products and almost none of them have helped, so we were happy to try out one of Polysporin®'s Eczema Essentials products!  When Talia & I were on a trip to Walmart, we stopped in their Pharmacy area to look for them.  First we tried near the Polysporin ointment (it wasn't there), then we tried near the other creams and skin products and we found it there.  We bought the POLYSPORIN® ECZEMA ESSENTIALS Daily Moisturizing cream.

Ken's hands had already started to get a bit rough when we went out to buy the cream, as you can see in this photo (I've circled his problem areas).  This is where his skin can get very red and crack and bleed if he isn't really careful.

He's been using the moisturizing cream on his hands, I've been using it on my legs, and the girls use it on their hands (and Katrina's cheeks).  We've been using it for a week and I haven't seen anyone's symptoms get worse, so I'm feeling good about the product so far!  I'm excited because it seems to be keeping my legs good too (whenever they start to itch, I just use the lotion, and it seems to be keeping it at bay)!  Normally, during the dry winter months, my legs get so itchy I can't resist scratching (and then they hurt because I scratch too much and it's a vicious cycle!) I'm glad we were able to start trying this product early and I'm hoping it will prevent everyone's skin from getting worse this year!


If you're interested in trying Polysporin's Eczema Essentials products, check out this coupon available for their products!  You can also follow Polysporin on twitter @PolysporinCA We had the #EczemaAndMe twitter party on Friday (thanks to everyone who joined in!) and they were happy to answer questions about their products!

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Saturday, November 15, 2014

November 2014 Sharing Time - Week 2

Welcome to November's Sharing Time Linky!
First, our week in review:

This week I posted my sister's adorable Pink & Gray Nursery and how she made some of the items in it.

I asked about how you teach your kids about Remembrance Day & Veterans Day.

I posted about a Kinder Giveaway for Canadians.

..and I asked for your vote for my blog (because it's up for an award!)

Just click on the banner below (you can vote once in each of the 2 categories)
Then click on the blue button that says "VOTE FOR ME +1" and you're done!

Now, on to the link party- I can't wait to see what you share! :)

Please join the Raising Memories Sharing Time & add a link to your latest and greatest blog posts
about activities to do with your children or fun projects that you have done!
If you're participating, please share the button on your blog & "hop over" to at least one other blog post that's been linked up- let's support each other!

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