Christmas Baking

Christmas Baking

Does anyone else get nervous about how fast the years are going by? It’s crazy to think it was almost a year ago that we took these pictures.

Christmas Baking

Sarah & Susan

‘Best Memories Ever’

Last Christmas we decided to go and spend Christmas with my sister-in-law, Sarah in Texas. It was definitely one that will go down in the books as one of our ‘best memories ever’! I think my kids are always going to remember that Christmas. Not just because of the extremely long road trip on the way down. And only partly because a massive tornado ripped through town not a half-hour from where we were staying! That kind of thing hadn’t happened there for years!

I suppose that it was all of the above combined with the sweet memories of laughing and talking and playing games and traveling and so many other things…which is what we were going for.

We wanted to take a trip that would create lasting memories, and keep the gift giving side of things very simple. At first I was not sure how my kids would respond, but when we asked them, they all seem to be ok with it.

We were surprised how by doing so, life slowed down — we spent time together instead of shopping and stressing over the perfect gifts, and we had a really good, really memorable time.

One of our favorite memories was baking Christmas goodies. My kids love to bake holiday treats, and it is fun because it is something we can do together. We tried some new simple recipes, that we all loved! gingerbread man

I Love to Scraplift

I wanted to scrap a page that expressed the same feelings that we felt in the moment; of just spending time together, and keeping it simple. This page came together pretty fast because I just scrap lifted the sketch from the Kiwi Lane Idea Book #2 on page 87.

sketch in Idea Book

I then used the finished layout as inspiration, and made a card with my scraps! Just in time to give it to a friend this holiday season!

Holiday Card

The treat that we made was simple. Basically we just took marshmallows, and some apple pieces and dipped them in caramel, and then topped them with crushed oreos, reese’s peanut butter cups, nuts, pretzels, sprinkles…whatever tickled our fancy, which is what made it fun! They went so fast! Perfect for when you are playing games, or just watching movies, during the holiday or anytime of the year.

Overall, we had a great experience that ran the full spectrum of human emotion — including a little bit of fear, which is not generally the case during the holidays, though it is very memorable! We are definitely planning a repeat during holidays to come!

Christmas Baking

Bells