Time To Rejoice With Homemade Snicker Doodles

Food is a wonderful trigger for fond memories of our holidays.  What is your favorite Christmas recipe? Here’s one our teammate, Alicia, is here to share with all of you!


“Some of my favorite memories of Christmas are baking cookies with my mom a few days before Christmas. We don’t cook as many as we used to,but it still so much fun!

Last year was my favorite Christmas, since my extended family and mom and brother were all together. We ended up doing some fun things around the area as well as just spend time talking and reminiscing. We went to a local Amish market and some of the family went to a local fort that my brother works at part time (Fort Mott). For those of you Ghost Hunters watchers, Fort Mott is the sister fort to Fort Delaware. Other than this we hung out together, playing games and just talking and reminiscing.”

Snicker Doodles Recipe


1 cup butter
1 1/2 cups sugar
2 large eggs
2 3/4 cups flour
2 teaspoons cream of tartar
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
3 tablespoons sugar
3 teaspoons cinnamon


1) Preheat oven to 350°F.
2) Mix butter, 1 1/2 cups sugar and eggs thoroughly in a large bowl.
3) Combine flour, cream of tartar, baking soda and salt in a separate bowl.
4) Blend dry ingredients into butter mixture.
5) Chill dough, and chill an ungreased cookie sheet for about 10-15 minutes in the fridge. Meanwhile, mix 3 tablespoons sugar, and 3 teaspoons cinnamon in a small bowl.
6) Scoop 1 inch globs of dough into the sugar/ cinnamon mixture.
7) Coat by gently rolling balls of dough in the sugar mixture.
8) Place on chilled ungreased cookie sheet, and bake 10 minutes. Remove from pan immediately.


Thank you so much for sharing your recipe and Christmas story with us, Alicia.

We, at CIJ, hope that everyone will have a joyful holiday season. Bake up some good memories along the way !

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Tutorial – Decorate Your Tree With Photo Ornaments This Christmas

Christmas is a magical time of the year. One of the best gifts you can ever receive is being able to spend it with your family and friends.  Here’s a wonderful Christmas tradition perhaps you’d be interested in having for your family :

“Growing up, we loved going to a tree farm and picking out the perfect Christmas tree. (Or not so perfect. I have fond memories or trudging through the snow with my brothers, cutting down a tree, and dragging it through the field. It’s a good thing I had strong brothers. After the tree thawed, it was time to decorate it. We covered it in decorations that my parents collected through the years. In a way, the Christmas tree became a “scrapbook” of sorts.

My family’s tree (as I was growing up) was filled with ornaments from “baby’s first Christmases”, trips that we took, activities that we did, like music, dance, and sports ornaments. My parent’s liked having photograph ornaments made. They had a wedding one made of themselves, and had photo one’s made for each of the children for our first Christmases. My mother also always made it a point to keep every ornament we ever made. The Christmas tree had beautiful glass ornaments on it, along with a few popsicle stick snowflakes. She still hangs our handmade photo ornaments that we made in grade school. Both of my parents also kept ornaments from when they were kids as well.

Both my family and my husband’s family always got together Christmas morning. Now that we are grown and have kids of our own, we love to visit our families and share breakfast with them, the same we had done when we were kids. I enjoy watching my kids share in the festivities the same way I had when I was a child.”

Learn how to make your very own photo ornaments with your kids this Christmas!

Tutorial for Jar Lid Christmas Ornament” by Ida Herter

Step One: Gather Supplies

  • Washed and dried jar lids
  • Ribbon
  • Colored paper
  • Scissors
  • Pencil
  • Hot glue, or some other strong glue
  • Photos or cards
  • Beads, stickers, any other decorative item you wish to add
  • Nail (or something else to poke a hole through the lid)


Step Two: Poke hole in Lids

Make a hole by hammering a nail through the lid. Do this on a safe surface (I used a craft board) so as not to damage floors or tables. *SAFETY* Do not let children do this step. Keep the little ones away when making the holes in the lids.

Step Three: (optional) Add Paper or Paint to Back

If you wish to add paper to the back of the ornament, this is the best time to do it. Simply trace the lid on the paper you wish to add to the back and glue it to the back of the lid. After the paper is added, poke a hole through the paper in the same spot the hole is on the lid.


Step Four: Add Hanger

You can use a number of materials to make your hanger. I chose to use ribbon for one of my ornaments, and a string of beads for another.

String the hanger through the hole in the lid. Tie a knot, and glue it in place on the inside of the lid.



Step Five: Decorate the Inside of the Lid

Trace the lid on a card, a photo, or colored paper. For my Santa ornament, I first added some dark red scrapbooking paper inside the lid; then I used the Santa card to cut a smaller circle. You can layer paper, or you can cut out just the picture and add it to the lid.


Step Six: Finishing

Now, add any extra embellishments that you wish. I used some tiny star stickers to add to my Santa ornament. I think it gave him a little extra sparkle and charm.

If you were making a paper covered lid, cut a long thin strip of paper and glue it to the outside edge of the lid.

Don’t forget to add dates to the back!


Many thanks to Ida from HerterCrochetDesigns for sharing her family’s Christmas tradition with us and for the wonderful tutorial ! Please send some love to our fellow teammie and visit Ida’s shop at :


Starting an Heirloom – Christmas Family Traditions

Christmas in July
Heirlooms and Family Traditions

Do you want to start a family heirloom?  Here’s one idea.

Traditions within families for special holidays such as Christmas seem to come and go.  Some last, others fade with the year.  To kick off this blog, thought it would be fun to see what traditions within your family stayed the test of time.

One thing that comes to mind is for several years, my mother put out two white cotton sheets on the dining table.  The sheets would become tablecloths for my sister and me.  All the family and/or guests were required to draw on the sheets.  (If you do not know how to embroider, you can alter the idea using permanent ink pens.)

We each had a pen with blue ink and each drew something free hand, whatever we wanted. Everyone was included.  Then my mother took the sheets and embroidered them.

One sheet would be for my sister and one would be for me.  It was a labor of love and
we treasure our tablecloths.  Each year we would get to draw another of our drawings
and she would embroider those as well.  We accumulated many drawings and memories
of those who were not with us any longer, and watching the kids grow up, complete
with food stains that would not come out.  It brings a smile to see the love we had
around the table on Christmas Day.  Photos are from 1994.

I have a few snapshots of portions of the finished
tablecloths.  I’ll try to get one this Christmas of a bigger picture.
Right now, the dining room table is the craft table and in  no shape to display a lovely tablecloth.

What family tradition stays in your mind?  If you have children, what would
you like to create for a lasting memory?  I am interested in everyone’s ideas.