Today I am posting with a heavy heart in remembrance of those killed and affected by the shootings last Friday at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. I cannot believe that it has only been one week since the shootings happened. I followed along with the events of last Friday and was so heartbroken. The tragedy made me really realize that you need to live every moment as it is your last and treasure the moments that you do have with your loved ones.
The tragedy in Connecticut really affected me and I can’t imagine what those families are going through. I know last weekend I hugged my son a little harder and remembered to appreciate all the little moments. I think its important to step back and spend as much time with your loved ones as possible, especially your children. I think a great way to do this is by baking with your children and by making crafts with them.
When I am baking, I like to bring my son’s highchair in the kitchen and let him watch. I explain the steps to him like he is my audience on a television cooking show. When my son gets older I plan on having him help out in the kitchen. Baking or a cooking is a great way to get kids involved in an everyday activity. I think this is especially true during the holidays.
Today I am participating with a group of bloggers and posting Cookies and Crafts for Sandy Hook. It is our way of honoring those involved in the tragedy and showing our support to the people in Newtown, Connecticut.
You can help the effort in Newtown by donating to Newtown Youth and Family Services. According to their website, Newtown Youth and Family Services, Inc. is a “licensed, non-profit, mental health clinic and youth services bureau dedicated to helping children and families achieve their highest potential. NYFS provides programs, services, activities, counseling, support groups and education throughout the Greater Newtown area.” All donations made to them are going to go back to those affected by the school shooting.
This cookie recipe came from my mom. Around Christmas time I used to always love to help her bake cookies. I want to pass that tradition on to my children. My mom and I love easy recipes that allow you to spend less time in the kitchen and more time with the ones you love. These easy snickerdoodles are a great treat and are a great project for your kids to help you with. Also, you can use different colored sugar, like using red and green for Christmas snickerdoodles. I hope that you make these delicious cookies with your kids and make sure to have fun!
1 roll (16.5 ounces) refrigerated sugar cookie dough
3 tablespoons sugar
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 cup flour
1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
2. In a small bowl combine the cinnamon and sugar and set aside.
3. In a large bowl break up the refrigerated sugar cookie dough and stir in the flour until well mixed. Reshape the dough into a log and cut the cookie dough into 1/4-inch slices. Shape each slice into a ball and roll in the cinnamon and sugar mixture until it is covered. Place the balls on an ungreased cookie sheet, 2 inches apart.
4. Bake for 10-14 minutes or until golden brown.
Please join us in honoring those in Newtown, Connecticut today by posting a craft or a cookie and a tribute. If you wish to donate, please take a look at Newtown Youth & Community Services. Also, some businesses are donating portions of their profits from sales today. Here is a list of businesses:
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