December 2014

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas Eve! :)

I won't be blogging tomorrow as I'll be busy with family,
but today I wanted to share this beautiful video with you.

It is a gorgeous music video of "Angels We Have Heard On High", featuring David Archuleta, The Piano Guys, Peter Hollens, and the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. It also features a whole bunch of youtubers, so if you watch any of them it might be fun to pick them out.

A Guinness World Record was broken in the making of this video, for a live Nativity with the most people participating! (It was fun for us to watch the behind-the-scenes video because the representative from Guinness was the same one who came to declare the new record that we made with Kinder this summer!)

I hope you have a beautiful Christmas!

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Egg Nog Candy Cane Fudge!

It's hard to believe that we're into the week of Christmas!  If you need to make a Christmas treat this week, I have a delicious one for you to try!  A friend of mine made this recipe for a cookie exchange years ago, and I have made it several years since and I LOVE it!  It's also a really pretty and festive looking addition to a plate of Christmas cookies.

I give you Egg Nog Candy Cane Fudge!

Here's What You'll Need:

2 1/2 cups sugar
1/2 cup butter
2/3 cup egg nog
1 198g jar marshmallow cream
8 oz white chocolate, melted and cooled
1 tsp cinnamon
3 crushed peppermint candy canes

And Here's What You Do:

1. Line a 9x9 in pan with tinfoil (fold over sides because you'll lift the whole thing out when it's done)

2. Butter the foil (you want it to slip right off when it's finished)

3. Mix sugar, butter, and egg nog in a large saucepan

4. Bring to a boil (stir constantly) and keep boiling over medium heat for 5 minutes (stir constantly).

5. Remove from heat and add marshmallow cream, white chocolate, and cinnamon. Stir until smooth.

6. Stir in candy canes (save a bit to sprinkle on top if you want).

7. Spread evenly in pan (sprinkle the rest of your candy cane bits on top if desired)

8. Chill until set (2 hours or more).

9. Remove from pan (lift foil out).

10. Remove foil, cut into squares (I LOVE sweet things and can eat a lot of them, but I would cut this into smaller squares because a little is enough for me!)

Store in fridge.  Makes about 4 dozen squares

This stuff is AMAZING and I would say it's a must-try recipe for the holidays!  
Maybe you'll love it as much as I do and want to make it every year!

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December 2014 Sharing Time - Week 3

Welcome to December's Sharing Time Linky!

First, our week in review:

This was a fun week with TWO great giveaways! 
They're still live, so don't miss your chance to enter them:

1. Share Your Letter to Santa & Win $250!

2. Win a KitchenAid Stand Mixer or 
1 Year of GayLea Products!

Along with the last giveaway is this recipe for Soft Sugar Cookies:

And on Thursday I shared 10 Fun Christmas Activities to do with Your Kids:

If you're still looking for gift ideas and trying to avoid toys,
don't miss this post of 100 Non Toy Gift Ideas!

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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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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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

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

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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