Monthly Archive: December 2014

I love these cookies! I got the recipe from my friend Janene Zimmerman many years ago.  They are wonderful to make around holiday time–because the cranberries and glaze frosting make them very festive-looking. I hope this recipe becomes one of your family’s favorite! Here are two different pictures–you can either drizzle the frosting or completely frost these cookies.

orange cranberry cookies  Cranberry cookie 1


1 cup sugar

½ cup brown sugar

1 cup butter (2 sticks)

1 tsp. grated orange peel

2 Tablespoons orange juice

1 egg

2 ½ cups flour

½ tsp. soda

½ tsp. salt

2 cups coarsely chopped fresh or frozen cranberries

½ cup chopped nuts



Heat oven to 375 degrees

Grease cookie sheets.

In large bowl, beat the sugars, butter, orange peel, orange juice and egg. Stir in flour, soda, and salt. Stir in cranberries and nuts. Drop dough by small spoonfuls onto to cookie sheet.

Bake 12-14 minutes until edges are slightly brown

Cool and then glaze with frosting mixture.



1 ½ cups powdered sugar and 2-3 tablespoons of orange juice—mix and frost cookies


Sharlene 2014


Today is a continuation of last week’s holiday toy suggestions. These are great toys to build your child’s brain while he/she has fun and builds brain cells.  Be sure and check out the YouTube video demonstrating the Sports Stacking Cups—an amazing toy with so many possibilities!


 Toy #8: Kidoozie Foam Pogo Jumper


Jumping fun for everyone! Made from soft, durable foam and great for indoor and outdoor play This lovable foam pogo jumper squeaks with every hop! The bungee stretches to accommodate children of all heights and can support up to 250 pounds. Kids and adults alike will have a hopping good time on the Hop & Squeak Pogo Jumper.

 Ages: From ages 3 to 100 depending on the functionality of your bones at that age.

How it builds the brain: Helps with balance and jumping–movement


Toy #9: Gamecraft Safety Guard Scooters (Scooter Ball)


It’s safe, it’s portable, and kids’ eyes light up when you bring it into a room. This board should be used only under adult supervision as kids have a tendency to try to stand on it or can roll it over someone’s fingers if they aren’t paying attention.

 Ages: 3 and up (need supervision at first)

How it builds the brain: helps with sensory integration and motor planning; used by occupational therapists.


Toy #10: Hoppity Hop Balls


Thicker than other brands, the Hoppity Hop is the greatest and “funnest” way for kids to exercise without even knowing it! Guaranteed to help your kid’s burn off that extra energy. Try an adult size Hippity Hop to bounce along your child, after all, adults can have fun too, right? Share the fun!

 Ages: Recommended for ages three and up

How it builds the brain: great for building balance and brain organization


Toy #11: Neon Dart Ball Game


Inflate the inner circle of the Neon Dart Ball Set to create a 24″ diameter dart ball board. Dart balls adhere to the board using hook and loop technology. Includes 24″ target and 3 dart balls

 Ages: 5 and up

How it builds the brain: develops hand-eye coordination


Toy #12: Sports Stacking Cups


Sports Stacking Cups have become an international phenomena! Parent and kids of all ages love to stack these cups at lightening speed. Your child can get hooked on these and who knows—you may want to even enter into a Sports Stacking Competition. Check out this video of sport stacking children of all ages—this is amazing fun for the entire family.

 Ages: 3 and up

How it builds the brain: rhythm, timing, movement, coordination—incredible alternative than having your child waste hours playing video games! Plus—it is bouncing, interactive fun!


Sharlene 2014

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