Christmas Snickerdoodles Recipe

Christmas Snickerdoodles

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What You’ll Need: 

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1/2 cup sweet cream butter

1/2 cup Coconut Oil

2 Large Eggs

1 teaspoon Vanilla

1 1/2 Cups Sugar

2 Teaspoons Cream of Tartar

1/8 Teaspoon Salt

1 Teaspoon Baking Soda

2 3/4 Cups All- Purpose Flour

Cinnamon Sugar Topping:

Green and/or Red colored sugar

2 Teaspoons Cinnamon

Rolling Pin

Parchment Paper

Directions: 

-Preheat Oven to 400

-Combine wet ingredients in stand mixer (Butter at room temp, eggs, vanilla and coconut oil) Beat on medium for 60 seconds or until well combined.

-In a separate bowl whisk together the dry ingredients (flour, sugar, cream of tartar, baking soda and salt)

-Turn mixer on medium and add 1/2 cup of the dry ingredients at a time until well combined.

-Roll dough out over floured surface. Use cookie cutters to cut out desired shapes!

-Combine red and/or green colored sugar with cinnamon on flat plate

-Dip one side of cookie into cinnamon sugar mixture

-Place each cookie on parchment paper on a baking sheet

-Bake at 400 for 6-8 min

Enjoy!

Merry Christmas and Happy New Years! 

 

 

 

Jude’s Journey Part 5

We took Jude to his 1st Baseball game a couple of weeks ago and he had so much fun, mostly people watching. A few days later Jude and I both ended up with Sinus infections. I freaked out and took him to Urgent Care when he woke up with a runny nose. I know it doesn’t seem like a big deal but when you have a child with CF, you don’t know what you should panic over when they are this little. His little nose was runny and he just did not seem himself. I took us to a CareNow and the Dr saw us at the same time. She told me not to worry, that she would prescribe us both antibiotics. Two days later we took Jude to his CF Clinic visit and they confirmed that Jude would be ok. They said its normal in the change of seasons for babies in general to get runny noses. Crisis Averted!

Jude won a photo contest that raised money for CF research! He’s the Grand Prize winner in the middle. We won 2 airfaire tickets!

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We went to Miami, Florida for a week. Jude loved pretty much every minute of it. He was good on the plane and he barely cried all week. There was just too much for him to see to be grumpy! His treatments were easy because his Dr prescribed him a travel inhaler for one of his treatments. It takes way less time with the inhaler so we had more time to have fun. The Salty air was great for his lungs and I could tell he felt his best.

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Jude’s Journey 4

When I look at my son its hard for me to believe that he has a chronic illness. He is so beautiful and full of spirit for everyone he meets. He looks so happy and healthy. I was starting to think I may be a little bit in denial about his illness. His enzymes and treatments have become normal so I don’t think twice about it or complain.

I took my son to church camp with me and I couldnt slip further into denial as many adults asked me about his health and how they are treating it. Some thought there were no treatments unless he got sick and some thought he just had one treatment. They told me what a great mom Iam for keeping him healthy and how strong Iam for staying positive but the truth is Im still pretty scared. The future is unknown to me. I see it as selfish if I feel sorry for myself over it. He is the one who has CF, not me. I have no right to feel sorry for myself.

(Books given to Jude at Camp)

There was a camper at camp that I have known for a long time that has CF. Him and my son have to stay away from eachother. When the Dr said he had to stay 6 feet from others with Cf it seemed reasonable but in real life it was painful. I had to say hello to him from a distance even though I wanted to let him hold Jude and play with him. I wanted to give him a big hug and tell him how brave I think he is. I wanted to give him some hope because he seemed particularly beat down this year. It makes me sad knowing that Jude cannot have the commraderie of having a friend going through the same thing as him, it makes me angry. Most people tell me “oh hes going to be so healthy and he is going to be just fine”. I know he will be fine but I also know that life will be hard for him. My church does prayers of administration. They are like prayers on steroids and ones I have gotten have truly changed my life. Through the years I know Jude will need them to stay strong. I know that with prayer, enzymes, breathing treatments, the vest when he gets it and the support of our families and church families will all work together to form a wonderful boy with ambition and drive despite his illness.


Jude is 5 months old today and healthy as a horse. Hes made friends at church and he loves to hear us sing hyms. He doesnt seem to mind his treatments and takes his enzymes with no problem. He started eating baby food and rice cereal. He likes every veggie he has tried! He has put on weight and is no longer underweight!

To find out more about CF and how you can help click here: https://www.cff.org/What-is-CF/About-Cystic-Fibrosis/

Thanks for reading! I hope you have a wonderful day!

Carson Dickens 

Rooster Fin Game Night from Tryazon!

Rooster Fin Game Night from Tryazon

I was selected to host the Rooster Fin House Party from Tryazon. If you aren’t familiar with Tryazon, it is a company that has house parties for brands that need to get there name out there that sends out party packs to the applicants they choose. You can apply for these parties at tryazon.com. It is free for you to review if you get chosen to host!

Here is what came in my party pack. I also was given exclusive coupons to pass out that arent pictured here. I have one left, so if you want one comment below and I would be happy to mail it to you! I also received coloring pages! I love that Rooster Fin has YouTube videos of how to play these games.

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I recieved the games Turtle Flip, Monkey Up and Pong Cano from Rooster Fin.

We enjoyed some snacks and got to playing these games! The ages on the games say 6 and up, but I was expecting them to be more for younger children, say 3 and up.

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Turtle Flip

We played turtle flip first. It was hard to understand the instructions but after a while we got the hang of it. Its a cute simple game. It says 6 and up on the box but I think a 4 year old could play.

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Here is How to Play Turtle Flip!

Pong Cano 

The favorite of the 3 games was Pong Cano. The game goes fast because it comes with 10 chips that you lose when you miss the volcano. Its nice to have an easy game that everyone can play. You can practice your hand eye coordination because it is tricky to get the ping pong ball in the volcano.

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Monkey Up!

We played monkey up last. It reminded me of monkeys in a barrel. I think my nefew liked to stack and play with them more than actually playing the game.

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Here is How to Play Monkey Up:

I think we need to play these games a few more times before we really know how to play. The rules are unique in these games with the exception of Pong Cano, which has the same rules as beer pong except when you miss you lose a chip. All in all, I think these are great family games to add to your arsenal. I know we will be playing these games at family game nights for years to come! I’ll be checking out their website for more awesome games.

You can buy these 3 games and more from Rooster Fin linked below. The games range from $14.99-$24.99.

https://roosterfin.com/

Thank you for reading!
I hope you have a great day!

Carson

Molkky Game Day Party from Tryazon

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Before I saw the Molkky Game day application on Tryazon I had never heard of it! I applied to host the Molkky game day party and was accepted.  It is an outdoor game from Finland. What is really cool about it is
that you can use the Molkky rules or the
Rules for bowling. Its great that its a 2 in 1 game. I LOVE that it comes in a wooden box with rope handles. It makes it easy to store. Im tempted ro paint it a pretty color since its made of unfinished wood.
Anywho, it was raining the day of my party so we played inside. The game came with an instruction book and pages to keep your score. There is an app that you can keep your scores on if you would rather do that.

In Molkky you use a wooden log type thing called a skittle that you throw at the pins.
The object of the games is to get 50 points. You lose if you go over 50 points. Its pretty interesting and would take a while to explain so I will link the instructions if you are interested.


We enjoyed the game but I think it will get better the more we play as we get familiar with the scoring.

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We used my long hallway to play.
This is a great game to bring to a picnic. Its kinda difficult to play on tile! We are going to take in on our next picnic and try it on the grass.
This is the first outdoor game I have owned and I know my family will enjoy it for years to come!

I love that its an eco-friendly game as well. Here is a quote from Molkky:  “Mölkky is 100% natural! No chemicals or toxins are used when producing these well-crafted outdoor games. Mölkky is ecologically friendly with wood that is sourced from 100% sustainable Finnish forests that have been awarded the PEFC certificate. ”

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Our dogs wanted to join in.

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#BlushVoxBox from Influenster

*This box was sent to me for free from Influenster to review

I just got my Blush Vox Box from Influenster! It is aimed at brides and wedding patrons!

Here’s whats in it:

Coupon for 15% off at Perfect Details Wedding Accesories

Pantene Shampoo and Conditioner

Ardell Natural Lashes

Clinical Strength Secret Deoderant in Lavendar

Simple Micellar Water facials Cleansing Towlettes

 

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I will be reviewing these items soon 🙂

Hope you are having a great day!

Carson Dickens