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Christmas treats even Santa won’t pass up!😁🎅🏼Some homemade cookies & hot chocolate

What is your favorite Christmas activity to do with your kids/ family? We love to decorate the tree, watch Christmas movies, bake & we usually do some painting. Both my kids love Christmas but what kid doesn’t, right? Lol, my youngest loves Christmas he is super excited. The whole PS5 console situation is a hot mess! I don’t know if I will be able to get my hands on one, but anyways if you don’t have boys your probably thinking I’m lucky I don’t have to deal with that. Good grief , I guess we will see what happens.

The other night while my oldest was with his dad my youngest & I baked some amazing homemade Christmas cookies and made some hot chocolate. We had such a fun time and it was so nice to bond, laugh , and enjoy each others company. He did such a good job he rolled the dough and helped with pretty much everything😊 I was so proud of him.

FYI I got us all ( even my oldest) matching shirts at Old Navy they had a huge sale and we found some cute socks too ! This shirt is still available but it isn’t on sale right now, but I’m sure it will go on sale again. Link: https://oldnavy.gap.com/browse/product.do?pid=653736002&pcid=999&vid=1&&searchText=simpsons#pdp-page-content

I found the cookie recipe on a blog, link here: https://www.themerchantbaker.com/peanut-butter-cut-out-cookies/ I didn’t want to make regular sugar cookies, so I found these peanut butter cut out cookies. I just made them Christmas cut outs instead of Jack-o-lantern.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup of unsalted butter (softened ) ( 2 sticks)
  • 1/2 cup of creamy peanut butter
  • 2 cups of firmly packed light or dark brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons of vanilla
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • 4 1/2 cups of flour ( I would really make sure you put in the flour little by little , I almost messed up by putting it all in instead of little by little so be careful!)

Instructions:

  • In a large bowl combine butter, peanut butter whisk until fluffy
  • Add in sugar , eggs, & vanilla ( while mixing)
  • In a separate bowl , mix flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
  • Add flour mixture slowly ( be careful here) to peanut butter mix and stir
  • Place plastic wrap on dough and chill for 2 hours ( I did an hour and it was ok)
  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees
  • Roll dough on floured surface & cut using any cookie cutters of your choice
  • Place cookies on greased cookie sheet
  • Bake about 8-10 minutes ( lightly browned)

I forgot to take a picture of the cookie cutters, but they are from Target, & are still available and only $10! Link: https://www.target.com/p/wilton-12pc-holiday-metal-cookie-cutter-set/-/A-79812864?ref=tgt_adv_XS000000&AFID=google_pla_df&fndsrc=tgtao&DFA=71700000014846255&CPNG=PLA_Kitchen%2BShopping_Brand&adgroup=SC_Kitchen&LID=700000001170770pgs&LNM=PRODUCT_GROUP&network=g&device=c&location=9031563&targetid=pla-308308258999&ds_rl=1246978&ds_rl=1247068&ds_rl=1248099&gclid=EAIaIQobChMIxe7R3N2z7QIVqw2tBh33PgVhEAQYCiABEgIq5_D_BwE&gclsrc=aw.ds

We also bought the icing at Target and some sprinkles. I did find some sprinkles at the 99 cent store as well. I didn’t get to take pictures of my son’s cookies as he wanted to eat them right away, lol. They were very delicious, even without the icing I really enjoyed them.

I found some Ghirardelli hot chocolate packets at Target in the holiday section and I thought about it, because to be honest for .99 cents each I thought it was a little pricey. You can get the Swiss hot chocolate package with 6 packets for less than $3. I just wanted to see if it was better than the Swiss that I always buy, so I bought some along with these super cute marshmallow cocoa toppers that were also in the holiday section. So the verdict is.. I loved the Ghirardelli it has an amazing taste there is a difference for sure. I would say buy them and try them out, I also use milk instead of water as it is more creamier. I bought some peppermint whipped cream too just to try it out, to be honest they were out of the regular. Lol, I said to my son I guess we are getting this one since we aren’t leaving without whipped cream!

The cocoa toppers were so cute and my son loved them.

Yummy!

Overall we had such a fun time together, I love making memories with my boys. Hopefully your month is going good so far😉🎄. Comment below what activities your doing this year and let me know if you will try these cookies out or even the hot chocolate!

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Keeping your kids busy .. on a budget !

Doesn’t every mom want to save some money ? With Covid and everything shutting down I think us mom’s and a lot of families were in a tough place trying to find things to do and ways to keep everyone busy and entertained. Doing something other than being on screens and stuck in the house. My two boys have an age gap, one is 15 the other is 9 so they get along most of the time, lol. I really mean MOST! I think all siblings have their moments… my oldest sometimes would give me a hard time with certain activities but at the end of the day I am the boss, right ? Lol.

We really had fun and enjoyed doing sidewalk chalk , I would look up ideas on Pinterest or Google and we would just talk and draw and be outside in the backyard or front yard. The kids seemed to have a good time, I bought a bucket at Target and it really lasted us a long time and once that ran out I ordered some from Amazon. With these winter months you may not be able to go outside, but it all depends on where you live. I am in California so honestly we haven’t seen much of Fall or Winter yet. Its like come on we are waiting!

Another good idea would be to find a trail that is possibly a bit long with some good scenery, and maybe pack a lunch. This is a good work out for everyone and you can get out of the house and get some fresh air.

We enjoyed mostly going to the park a lot of times we would set up under the trees bring lunch or buy lunch , fruit , snacks, and drinks. The picnic blanket I bought from Target is washable, and very inexpensive. Ill be keeping it a while, I used it for the beach many times this summer so I love it. My boys love basketball so I would pick a park that has a court so they could play. I also bought little games from Target and or Walmart that were not expensive that we could use for months to come. The bean bag toss game I bought at Target is probably one of our favorites , it is a bit heavy but honestly it seems sturdy enough to last a while and it wasn’t expensive. It was from their summer line so it isn’t available anymore but Amazon has some like the one below.

Lastly I love to do arts & crafts ever since my kids were both small I enjoy doing them all together. Recently I found Michael’s sells different size canvas packs for painting’s and I thought this was very affordable and it seemed fun. They always have deals and coupons on their site that you can use in store. I bought the smaller size canvas so the kids don’t get overwhelmed doing a huge painting, it was $9.99 or $10.99 for 10 of them. The acrylic paints were about $.75 cents each I just get the regular colors but they have satin, matte , and even metallic so whichever you can chose the price does change a bit. The good thing is you wont use the whole bottle so store them and use them next time and each time you can get different color paints so it doesn’t feel like your spending so much. I decided for us to do Thanksgiving paintings since its right around the corner.. my 9 year old is into Among us the game , anyone else’s kids love that game? Honestly I’ve played and I do like it , lol. These paints do dry pretty fast so you can free hand it or use a pencil to sketch before you paint like I did for my son , he wanted to do an Among us pilgrim character. I just did a Turkey idea I found. 😁

Time spent is priceless to your kids & being present is so important. Being on a budget sometimes makes it hard to find fun interactive things to do especially in the times we are living…everything is so expensive! Comment & let me know what you do with your kids 😉