Making The Most Of Family Time

Making The Most Of Family Time

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These days life is just so busy, from work to school, kids activities and sleep there just doesn’t always seem to be enough hours in the day.  Often though, the things that are most important gets left behind the most. That one important thing is quality family time. I feel like I’ve blinked and my kids have gotten so big.

Up until the start of this year, I’ve been a full time working momma, but now that my husband has started working I’m transitioning into being at home full time and I’m loving it. That being said it also makes me sad realizing just how much time I’ve missed with them.  So I’ve committed to making sure that family time is one of the more focused areas of our lives now. So now on Saturdays, we make sure to spend the day together, less on electronics.

Make it Bake it!

Baking Cookies

Pour some sugar on me, as soon as you hear those words you know it is going to be in your head for the rest of the day. Our family loves to have some tasty sweets every now and then. So I have decided to share our favorite with you. If you’re looking for an easy recipe that the whole family will love, you’re going to love these Chocolate Chip Cookies.

Favorite Chocolate Chip Cookies

Easy and simple chocolate chip cookie your family will love. 
Servings: 3 dozen

Ingredients

1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour

    1/2 teaspoon baking soda

      1/2 teaspoon salt

        3/4 cup C&H® Pourable Golden Brown Sugar

          2/3 cup (1 1/3 sticks) butter or margarine, softened

            1 egg

              1 teaspoon water

                1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

                  1 (6-oz.) pkg. chocolate chips, semisweet

                    Instructions

                    • Preheat oven to 375°F. Lightly grease cookie sheets. Combine flour, baking soda and salt in small bowl; stir. In a separate bowl, cream together Pourable Golden Brown Sugar and butter until light and fluffy. Add egg, water, and vanilla; beat well. Gradually add flour mixture. Stir in chocolate chips and nuts, if using.
                    • Drop by rounded teaspoons onto prepared cookie sheets. Bake 10 to 12 minutes or until lightly browned. Let cool.

                    There is so much fun, as the sound of joy fills the kitchen as the kids help me mix and the anticipation and their favorite sweet treat. This is something they will remember when they are all grown, spending the evenings baking and the time spent together. One of our secret ingredients is C&H Sugar, with many different kinds they are sure to fill ever baking and cooking need. While having three kids “helping” with baking isn’t always stress-free, I wouldn’t trade the time we spend in the kitchen at all.

                    C H Sugar

                    A walk on the wild side!

                    Another favorite thing of ours to do is to take an afternoon walk down our dirt road. Living out in the country means our kids get to grow up wild, from jumping in muddy puddles to hikes in the woods. I couldn’t ask for a better place for them to grow up. A little dirt is good for their immune systems. One of my fondest memories growing up is spending hours outside, just enjoying being a child.

                    enjoying outside

                    Board Game Battles!

                    We usually like to end our family time evenings with a fun round of board games. As a family of Harry Potter loves we are loving the new Harry Potter Board Games by Pressman. Now that my oldest daughter can read, she loves playing board games. I’ll be the first to admit that half the time she ends up beating me! Her favorite game is Harry Potter: Triwizard Maze Game, with the old school pop game, brings the fun to the current generation.

                    If you have older children I recommend Harry Potter: Magical Beast Board Game, explore Hogwarts to find out what magical beast you will get in the end. What better way to bring family time to an end than with a little friendly rivalry.

                    Harry Potter Board Games

                    Playing Board Games

                    Final thoughts:

                    At the end of the day, it’s not about how much you spend. It’s not about where you go, it’s about the memories you make as a family. These are the things that they will remember when your children have families of their own. Now that both my parents have passed I understand how short the time is. Just how important family time is. You never know how many days you have left so make sure you make the most of it. Build those memories, fill those evenings with smiles and love.

                    Family Time

                    What are some things you do with your family to ensure quality family time?

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