Making Memorable Moments

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As a Sara Lee MOMent Maker, this post is part of a series on making family moments. Sara Lee has provided me with compensation and coupons in return for this post. Participation in this program is voluntary; all opinions are my own.

I think we should change her name to Gimli.

That was what FishBoy8 said last weekend while watching his sister enjoy dessert. And we all had to agree. Who needs fruit and pound cake when you’ve got chocolate fondue?

It had been a long day. FishPapa and the girls and I had spent it shopping at IKEA. The boys spent it at home, reading and playing. Dinner had been served and cleaned up.

While FishPapa hammered together new furniture, I set to work in the kitchen. One small crockpot, some chocolate chips, a bit of fruit, and a Sara Lee pound cake and we had the makings of a fun little treat.

Chocolate fondue, apple slices, clementines, and chunks of pound cake for dipping. Yummy!

Easy Dessert

Our family loves dessert. I try to incorporate fresh fruit whenever possible, but I confess. I have a major sweet tooth.

And while I make most of our baked goods from scratch, I have a lifelong fondness for Sara Lee pound cake. It’s one of the desserts my mom often served us when we were kids, usually with berries and whipped cream. Nanna doesn’t like chocolate, otherwise, I’m sure this Chocolate Fondue would have been part of the moment.

This dessert is one of the easiest on the planet to pull together. Slice fruit and poundcake and melt chocolate and evaporated milk in the crockpot. Serve each child a plate of dippers and a tiny bowl of melted chocolate. What could be better than that?

Having fun talks with your family!

Easy Conversation

Often we get so caught up in our to do lists, especially at the holidays, that we forget to just sit and enjoy one another. I’m all too guilty of serving up lunch or breakfast and then disappearing to take care of some task.

Sharing a fun dessert together can facilitate good conversation. Who wants to miss out on chocolate? While you munch, talk with your kids about their likes, dislikes, or even the origin of dessert! We’ve had many an historical conversation at the dinner table, discussing food anthropology.

Stuck for conversation topics? Try these on for size.

  • What’s your favorite thing to do in winter?
  • If you could go anywhere, where would you want to travel to?
  • What’s your favorite Christmas ornament? Why?
  • What do you want to learn how to do in the New Year?
  • Who’s your favorite movie character?

You’ll be surprised at the answers your kids conjure up. And how fun dessert can be!

The other night was memory-making for us as we laughed at FishChick’s antics — and her brother’s quick wit.

Try it, you’ll like it!

I was given some coupons from Sara Lee and I want to share them with you.

To Participate:

Leave a comment with your favorite holiday food memory with your kids and I will randomly choose five readers to each receive a coupon for a free dessert (recipients will be notified via email). Remember, you must respond within 48 hours to claim your coupon.

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Disclosure: As a Sara Lee MOMent Maker, this post is part of a series on making family moments. Sara Lee has provided me with compensation and coupons in return for this post. Participation in this program is voluntary; all opinions are my own.

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  1. Jen Fitzpatrick says:

    I love making cookies with my kids! Just yesterday my youngest turned the mixer on too high and we ended up with cookie dough all over the kitchen! I laughed and chalked it up to a moment I’ll remember forever!

  2. we love making desserts to give out, they might be picture perfect but they taste yummy!

  3. We love baking cookies and sharing with neighbors and friends

  4. Making cookies with my son and taking them to the neighbors is our favorite memory (so far)! Thanks!

    faithcarpenter at gmail dot com

  5. Our children love to eat by candlelight on Christmas Eve. I lit the candles one year on a whim, but it was a big deal to them! By the way, Sara Lee pound cake is wonderful toasted, too—then topped with strawberries and whipped cream. Yum!

  6. My favorite holiday food memory was last year when my then four year old was putting the icing on the cookies – she was licking each cookie where it dripped off the sides! 😉

  7. My kids are young so we are in the beginning stages of making traditions with them. So far we’ve enjoyed decorating cookies (but mostly eating them).

  8. We don’t be Ready Whip that often – but when we do – we all go around and do mouth squirts until the cream is coming out and we are all laughing- it usually involves ice cream of some sort too!

  9. My mother and I made Christmas cookies every year and I now carry on that tradition with my daughter. I like to give plates of cookies to all my friends.

  10. I love that fondue idea! We are staying home for the first time ever this year so we might try that.

    Last year my 3 year old helped me make Christmas cookies for the first time and when we were done, my countertops were red and green instead of white because of all the sprinkles.

  11. Make christmas sugar cookies with all the fixin’s.

  12. Jennifer Foutch says:

    decorating the Christmas tree.

  13. since my kiddos are young yet, our favorite first memory of making a gingerbread house happened this year!
    BTW, the date for the contest says it ends the 19th?

  14. We always decorate a gingerbread house on Christmas afternoon. It always answers the “Now what?” question.

  15. We love baking and decorating sugar cookies together. I don’t want to know how many sprinkles my kids eat on that day – we always have a blast!

  16. My kids and I love to go on picnics in the summer, and carpet picnics in the winter. They can remember what we eat at certain locations!

  17. We bake cookies and make candy. A fun way to bring in the holidays.

  18. My favorite holiday food memory is from easter – my 7 yr old finally tried the ham my MIL made. After eating she said I grandmom’s ham is my favorite food, it’s better than ice cream!

  19. Our family loves my Grandmothers cut out cookies. So we have continued her tradition making them. I can still hear her voice when decorating the cookies “not too many sprinkles”. 🙂

  20. My favorite moment is baking and decorating cookies… the more sprinkles the better!!

  21. We are making gingerbread men this week! I can’t wait!

  22. I will never forget the year that my mom died. My grandma opened up her tiny kitchen and my two year old along with her cousins made a HUGE mess in my Grandma’s kitchen making cookies.

    Oh how we needed that messy fun time to cheer us up!

    Thanks for hosting this giveaway.

  23. I love to cook, so I have a lot of memories (and pictures) of making baked goods with my girls. I have gotten a bit out of the habit, but am trying to get back on the bandwagon.

  24. Drinking homemade hot chocolate and dipping as much toast as we can eat into it! 🙂

    ~eunice b
    tigergal01 @gmail .com

  25. We have “tree time” with special treats, like sparkling cider or egg nog.

  26. We love to open a Christmas themed book each day of December until Christmas arrives.

  27. We may have a new tradition after tonight–indoor snowball fights with wads of newspaper. So much fun!

    • @Hattie,

      How fun!

      I may have to steal that idea. An indoor snowball fight with some notebook paper sounds like something even my older kids could have fun with.

  28. Lisa Hetherington says:

    One of our fave Christmas traditions is baking sugar cookies (baking anything Christmas-y really)

  29. My kiddos regularly help me out in the kitchen; though, I will admit it is a sacrifice for me. I don’t naturally enjoy it, at least not yet. My kids are 2 boys at 6.5 yr. and a girl at almost 4.
    I do chocolate covered pretzels with them at Christmas time, and this seems to work better for me and them than sugar cut out cookies.

  30. When I was a kid we always made sugar cookies, cut them out and decorated them w/ icing and sprinkles

  31. I wish I could say that my favorite food memory was something cute like decorating cookies, but (and this really is funny now…) there was one year that was exceptionally busy, and I forgot to save any of the cookies that we made for neighbors to set out for Santa. My son raided the pantry till he found an acceptible substitute- Ritz crackers! That’s what we leave for Santa every year now.

  32. Our favorite family food memory is baking a birthday cake to take to my Mom’s house each Christmas Eve for our traditional pizza meal. My girls refer to it as baby Jesus’ birthday party.

  33. I don’t have kids yet, but when I was a girl, I remember loving my mom’s holiday cinnamon rolls. She let me help knead the dough and roll it out. Fun times for a kid. 😉

  34. making Jesus’ birthday cake

  35. Making gingerbread houses!

  36. This is actually a cautionary tale. Soda is a treat in my household. It’s also something I have included in Christmas Stocking since the year my husband and I were too broke to even pay attention. Anyway, so the year my two younger boys were 7 and 9 respectively they decided to make their soda more special by taking any and all candy from their stockings and dissolving it in the 2 liter and drinking it(Can you say disgusting? We’re talking chocolate covered cherries and lifesavers in a 2 liter). Needless to say they puked their little stomachs up a couple of hours later. Also needless to say the boys don’t even get stockings in the AM anymore. Although since such time the boys are older and wiser and recognize that moderation is a good thing.


  37. I love to decorate sugar cookies with the kids every December. At our house, the more sprinkles and candies a cookie has, the better it tastes. One year one of my little angles decorated her cookie with a lollipop! Thanks for the chance to win.

  38. I love driving around to look at Christmas lights with my son- he loves it!

  39. My little girl is only 1, so we are just starting our traditions, such as the treats at our Tree party and drinking real hot cocoa Christmas morning.

  40. I love letting my kids decorate the cookies- without trying to help them or trying to make them look perfect. 🙂

  41. I love driving around and looking at Christmas lights and seeing the wonder in my son’s eyes

  42. This is only Baby Girl’s second Christmas, but last Christmas she opened one present. Then she proceeded to dump her Cheerios on the floor and play with them. Apparently they were more interesting than Christmas! 🙂

  43. We hang candy canes on the tree on 12/24 — after we review the legend of the candy cane.

  44. Holiday’s for us is all about making and decorating sugar cookies to give to others. Great memories are created.

  45. My son is still young and we haven’t had many food moments yet. But I remember as a kid smashing chocolate oranges at Christmas with my siblings. We never ate them though.

  46. Sally Mcquaid says:

    making all of the Christmas tree ornaments with my daughter. It was so much fun to see her learn about Christmas and its true meaning while decorating ornaments. (p.s. true meaning= jesus’s birth, not decorating a tree)

  47. For years I’ve been making cinnamon rolls for Christmas breakfast and this year . . . my kids finally “got it!” They finally realized I always make them and it’s our tradition. I make them other times as well and I guess that’s why it took until 8 years old to figure it out. 🙂

  48. I love making Christmas cookies with the family. We make them to share and, of course, a special batch for Santa!

  49. My mom, sister and I , all together making cookies for christmas!

  50. making cheater gingerbread houses with some friends!

  51. we are working on conquring a gingerbread house.. my 6 yr old and I with alittle help from the 1 1/2 yr old..
    we are really excited about it..

  52. My mom’s Christmas breakfast dish!

  53. My son and I make a Gingerbread house every year. Last year the roof caved in and we had to use super glue!

  54. My favorite memory is a recent one in which my husband decided to make a Pineapple Upside-Down Cake. He claims it was doomed from the start with various ingredients missing or replaced with a substitute of some sort. Although it completely fell apart after being taking out of the oven, it was the ugliest, messiest and best tasting cake, although he wouldn’t admit to that. The thing look like animals had attacked it since it wouldn’t hold any shape. We laughed each time someone stopped to spoon another scoop full of the quickly dwindling remains.

  55. Making cookies with my 2 year old son – we’ve done it twice in the last week, and he loved it. He was so excited to deliver the cookies to our neighbor.

  56. Last year, my oldest was a mere 5 months at Christmas, so he wasn’t eating food yet. But my favorite part of the day was him sitting ON the dining room table in his Bumbo, reaching as hard as he could for a pan of gingerbread cake!

  57. Shelia Coffman says:

    My favorite holiday food memory would be when my daughter was five, me and my mother made peanut brittle with her and she had it all face and hair. It was the funniest thing I had ever seen!

  58. My fav food memory happened this year…
    My great aunt make connoli every year for Christmas and taught me how to make them a few Christmases ago. This year, we couldn’t make it up to visit my fam – so my aunt sent some connoli shells (and filling stuff) in the mail!
    While eating his, my 3 year old kept saying, “Yum! I just really ‘yove’ connollis mom!”
    I love that this looks like it will become a tradition in our house now too!

  59. My favorite was always going to Grandma’s house for Christmas & all the great food- especially the ham! Also, Grandma made sure I did not have to eat the yams- not a favorite of mine. 🙂

  60. I love baking cookies with the kids!! We have such a fun time and get to eat the results!!

  61. I love making cookies with my kids. We always have to taste test the cookie dough! 😉

  62. I have a huge sweet tooth, so there are probably hundreds of desserts that could be my favorite at the moment. But my best go-to dessert is a chocolate loaf cake split into three layers and frosted with a buttermilk chocolate frosting from the blog “”

  63. Decorating cookies with my children.

  64. I love baking with my girl 🙂 She is only two, but hand her a big bowl with the dry ingredient and a big wooden spoon and she’ll go to town 🙂

  65. Making Christmas breads with my Mom and kids. I just love the conversations between the generations.

  66. The kids love to play outside in the snow while I put together some hot chocolate and Christmas cookies. We love to sit together and make family memories.

  67. We love to make “car cakes” and decorate. I’m making this fondue over the holidays. I was searching for a recipe just last night and here it is. thnx

  68. Our favorite is a new tradition that we started this year-decorating a gingerbread house together-we had a lot of fun!

  69. baking and decorating cookies, definitely!

  70. Still kinda young, but pumpkin bread this year….next year cookies!!!

  71. Crystal Hankey says:

    My boys and I love eating a “dinner” on one of the days leading up to Christmas of ALL finger foods and finger desserts. Makes everyone feel special like company!

  72. One year when I was in highschool I made graham cracker houses with my little brothers and sisters. So fun! I hope to do this with my boys next year!

  73. Making cupcakes for my three year old and he kept licking the frosting off of them. I had to put them out of his reach to keep him away.

  74. My favorite memory was last year we made some peanut butter cookies with mini candybars rolled inside them and rolled in sugar. The kids loved them so much and we had a great time making them!

  75. We love to make cut out cookies and paint them with frosting and decorate them with sprinkles! I can’t wait since this is the plan for tomorrow!!

  76. We like making cookies (and a big mess) together 🙂

  77. My favorite memories involve decorating Christmas cookies and watching whoever is the youngest get confused with the difference between eating and decorating!

  78. We love making cookies for Santa and food for his reindeer!

  79. I just love making cookies with them even though they are all teenagers now.

  80. The fondue idea is a tradition I have started for Valentine’s dinner. For Christmas right now our tradition is making a gingerbread house. This year we made it ourselves. It smelled so yummy I am surprised no one took a bite out of it.

  81. We love to make cookies together

  82. My kids love rolling out the sugar cookie dough and making Christmas cut-outs to frost and ultimately, eat. This year, I just let them go with whatever cutters they wished. We ended up with Christmas pumpkins, Christmas apples, a few Christmas Red Hot Chili Peppers and my personal favorite, the Christmas snakes they made with the left over dough. Gotta love kids!

  83. For as long as I can remember we’ve made toffee every year as a family. I LOVE toffee!

  84. baking and decorating sugar cookies with my son – we still do and he is now 21

  85. My favorite is decorating cookies with my kids and my cousins at my grandparents house.

  86. I am a mother of a family where the kitchen is a main functioning room of our house. We have had our children in the kitchen both eating and cooking since they were little. I have many memories of our children learning how to measure, stir and yes eventually using the oven. It was exciting to watch as our children found the way around the kitchen to be able to prepare meals with ease. The kitchen table has been a place for good news, bad news, exciting news and just a place for all of us to sit and enjoy each others company. Sitting at the table we have heard news of engagements and new babies, seen children who refused to take naps fall asleep and lovingly taken to bed and times that we would eat the best food and the worst food that we would eventually swallow. I guess you can say that our house is a sara lee house because with six children and various others that would come in and out the doors of our house and life there has been many moments to remember.

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