Last week we were all heartbroken by the events that took place at Sandy Hook Elementary in CT. Stacey and I both have sons about the age of the kids taken from their parents and we can only imagine the immense pain the families are in. A lot of us had the same reaction, give our kids the biggest hug for as long as they would let us, as often as they’d let us. We’ve all been sending those affected by this tragedy our prayers, thoughts, condolences and now we want to send them some monetary help.
Instead of our normal link party this week we are joining forces with other bloggers and Etsy shop owners for Cookies and Crafts for Sandy Hook. A lot of bloggers and business owners have joined together to raise money for Newton Youth & Family Services. They have been offering free services to the community and will be supporting the victims and families. The healing process is going to take a long time and a lot of help will be needed. There are links at the bottom of the post to take you to the online shops offering donations from their sales today. Make a purchase or if you are interested you can donate directly to the Newtown Youth & Family Services. Just click image below.
I spent some quality time with my kids and I made sure that I was present and appreciated what a gift it was for me to be able to do so. I made cookies with my kids, and we had so much fun!
Today I’m sharing with you my kids’ favorite Christmas Cookie. They LOVE chocolate. (Just like their Momma. ) I usually make a chocolate chip with candy cane pieces cookie but this year I changed it up and substituted M&M white peppermint candy for the candy cane. Everyone, especially my little monkeys, loved them!
- 2 1/4 c all-purpose flour
- 1 t. baking soda
- 1 t salt
- 1 c butter room temperature
- 1 c brown sugar
- 1/2 c granulated sugar
- 1 t vanilla extract
- 1 t peppermint extract optional
- 2 eggs
- 1 c milk chocolate chips or your favorite
- 1 c White chocolate peppermint M&M's
- pre-heat oven to 375 degrees
- in a mixing bowl beat sugars, butter, extracts until creamy
- add eggs one at a time
- In a small bowl combine flour, baking soda and salt and mix with a whisk
- slowly add flour to butter mixture, making sure to scrape down sides and bottom of bowl
- remove from mixer and add chocolate and M&M's
- mix with a large spoon
- place 1-2 T balls onto baking sheet 1-2 in apart
- bake for 8-10 min
If you’re making purchases give you business to the shops below, if not, just donate what you can to the Newtown Youth & Family Services or find a way that you can make a difference in the families and community affected by this sad day.
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