Raising Memories: December 2013

Monday, December 30, 2013

10 Christmas Activities to Pin for Next Year

I love to see what projects you're up to when you link up at Sharing Time!

Here are a few Christmas projects that were linked up in December that are really cute!
You may want to pin them for next year!

Fleece Navidad Sheep by The Pin Junkie

Cucumber Christmas Tree by Kiddie Foodies

Sugar String Snowman by Kids Activities Blog

Fruity Snowmen by Kiddie Foodies

Easy Christmas Village by Naptime Rumination

Saint Nicholas Tradition shared by Mama Gets It Done
(This is so fun to see - we were just talking about this tradition
because my Dad's side of the family is Dutch :)

Felt Christmas Ornaments by Blissful Sewing

Christmas Handprint Wreath by ABC Creative Learning

Santa Treat Holder by The Pin Junkie

Christmas Cupcakes by Kiddie Foodies

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Saturday, December 28, 2013

December 2013 Sharing Time & Week in Review

Welcome to the December Link Party! I hope you'll link up any fun posts from this week or month so we can see your great ideas!

First, here's the week in review:

On Monday I shared The Ultimate List of 100 Non-Toy Gift Ideas. This would be a great one to pin for later and use at birthdays, Christmas, and any other time you need a gift idea!

Heather from Notes from the Nelsens visited on Tuesday with an easy recipe for Cream Cheese Cookies!

On Christmas day, I shared this video.

Then I took a bit of a break from blogging ;)

I hope you're all enjoying your holidays! We'll be in 2014 before we know it!!

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Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Have a Wonderful Christmas Day!

I hope you are having a beautiful Christmas Day!

If you've got 5 minutes, this video will be worth your time.
A beautiful visual way to dwell on the reason for the celebration this day.

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Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Tutorial: Cream Cheese Cookies for Santa

I'm excited to welcome the beautiful Heather from Notes from the Nelsens today. I featured Heather's blog back in February and I'm happy to have her back to share a great recipe with you now :)
(Perfect for today, too- if you want to make cookies for Santa tonight!)


Hey there! I'm Heather, and I blog over at Notes from the Nelsens.

I'm an elementary school teacher who loves Jesus, cooking, laughing, coffee, tennis, and traveling

That cute guy in the picture with me is my hubby, Matt. We started dating in high school and got married six years later after graduating from Clemson (Go TIGERS!) and Furman. We're Atlanta natives who moved back to the city after college. 

We bought our first house in 2010 and flipped the entire thing before moving in. You can check out the whole-house renovation here, learn more about us (including goofy pictures of our high school dating years) here, here, and here, and see a list of places we have traveled here.

Thanks, Heather Lynne, for inviting me to take over your page today!

Now on to the recipe...

Cookies for Santa- Cream Cheese Cookie Recipe:
This recipe has been in our family for years. These are the best cookies you will ever eat! And SO easy to make! We used to make these for Santa on Christmas Eve. We knew they were his favorite because he always ate more than one and sometimes left a half-eaten one behind. :)

1/2 stick of butter- softened
1- 8oz. package of cream cheese- softened
1 egg yolk
1/2 tsp. vanilla
1 box yellow cake mix

Using an electric beater or mixer, mix butter and cream cheese together.
Add egg yolk and vanilla.
Add cake mix (1/3 of box at a time). Blend. (May need to mix last 1/3 by hand)
Wrap in wax paper and chill for at least 30 minutes.
Shape into 1/4 size balls.
Bake at 375 for 8-10 minutes.

To get the egg yolk, crack the egg in half and toss back and forth until only the yolk remains.

Merry Christmas!

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