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DIY Memory Jar

Have you made a DIY Memory Jar yet? They are perfect for the end of the year (or difficult moments during the year) to reflect on all of the moments that have brought you joy. We went with a simple design that is easy to recreate or modify to fit your personality!

IMG_1241Start with any type of jar. You can even go green and use one from pickles or jelly!
Get creative! If you are starting a memory jar with your family, decorate it together. The beauty of this project is that you can cover your jar with anything from scrapbook paper and stickers to photos and ribbon. Just be sure to include 2016 on it!
Cut up small strips of colorful paper and place them next to the jar to record your memories. (You can even use Post-It notes for this part.)
Collect all of your joyous moments (big and small!) throughout the year in your jar! At the end of 2016, open it and reflect on all of your memories.

Happy 2016!

Written by Kristi Hall

Give Cookies in a Jar!

belladecemberCookies are a great gift for acquaintances and coworkers. However, during the holidays, it is easy to be overwhelmed by cookies. Give them the gift of Cookies in a Jar! They can save your cookies for later and make them with their families. Here are a few of our favorite combinations from www.followinginmyshoes.com

Buttered Toffee Oatmeal Cookies
1 Box White or Vanilla Cake Mix
⅔ Cup Toffee Bits
1 Cup Rolled Oats

Empty cake mix into a clean, wide-mouth canning jar, lightly packing the mix down.
Add the toffee bits in an even layer on top of the cake mix.
Next, carefully add the rolled oats.
Seal with the lid.

Recipe Card:
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
Using a stand mixer, combine the cake mix, 2 eggs and ½ cup very soft butter.
Gently mix in the toffee bits.
Add the oats and stir slowly (the dough will be quite thick).
Using two small spoons, measure out and shape each cookie into a ball.
Place on a parchment lined cookie sheet and bake for 8-9 minutes or until bottom edges are golden brown.
Remove and cool cookies on a wire rack.
Store in an air-tight container.

Hot Chocolate Cake Mix Cookies

1 Box Devil’s Food Cake Mix
½ Cup Mini Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips
1 Cup Mini Marshmallows

Pour the cake mix into a clean and dry wide-mouth canning jar, gently packing the mix down.
Next, add the mini chocolate chips in an even layer on top of the cake mix.
Pack the mini marshmallows into a snack-sized ziplock bag, removing as much air as possible before sealing the bag.
Fold the bag and add it to the jar.
Seal with the lid.

Recipe Card:
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
Empty the cake mix into a mixing bowl and add 2 eggs and 1/3 cup oil.
Stir (or mix with a mixer) until blended.
Add the mini chocolate chips.
Using two small spoons, measure out and shape each cookie into a small ball and place on a parchment lined baking sheet.
Add three mini marshmallows to the top of each cookie, pushing them lightly into the raw dough.
Bake for 8-9 minutes. Remove cookies to a wire rack to cool.
Store in an air-tight container; separate cookie layers with wax paper to avoid sticking.

 

Fudge Peppermint Crinkle Cookies

1 box Devil’s Food Cake Mix
1 Cup Crushed Peppermint or Candy Canes 

Pour the cake mix into a clean and dry wide-mouth canning jar, very lightly packing the mix down.
Add the crushed peppermint in an even layer on top of the cake mix.
Seal with the lid.

Recipe Card:
Mix the cake mix, 2 eggs, and 1/3 cup oil.
Add the crushed peppermint and blend until well mixed.
Using two small spoons, measure and shape each cookie into a ball.
Drop the cookie into bowl of powdered sugar (1-2 cups) and lightly toss or roll to coat.
Remove and place each cookie on a parchment lined baking sheet. Bake for 8-9 minutes or until wide cracks/ridges form on the top of each cookie.
Remove from the oven and allow to cool slightly before removing the cookies to a wire rack.
Store in an air-tight container.

Visit www.followinginmyshoes.com for more recipes and free printable recipe cards!

masonjarIf putting the cookie mix together is too much work, try one of many delicious cookie mixes from the Mason Jar Cookie Company! You can even personalize it by creating your own recipe—choose the base mix, the add-ons, and give it a name! They also offer brownie, pancake and granola mixes. Go to www.masonjarcookiecompany.com to purchase your favorites!