My Christmas Wish Isn’t That Complicated

World peace? Equality for all? All of the riches of the world? Well, yes, all of these things, but my Christmas wish is much simpler than all of this and it is every year. This year, I really hope my Christmas wish comes true.

World peace? Equality for all? All of the riches of the world? Well, yes, all of these things, but my Christmas wish is much simpler than all of this and it is every year. This year, I really hope my Christmas wish comes true.

My Christmas wish is simple. It’s not just peace on earth, good will toward man, and all that jazz; it’s about peace and joy within my own household. See, every year, I paint a perfect picture of our holiday in my head. We wake up, we rejoice in the season, we open presents, we eat amazing food, and we just enjoy each other’s company under the twinkling lights. We have the perfect Christmas. But what is perfect anyway? My mind’s eye tells me there is no bickering, no disappointment, no negativity.

That’s my Christmas wish. Is that too much to ask?

With a large family, I guess it is.

As a child, there was always chaos. My parent’s coffee was never ready before my sisters and I woke up. Someone always ruined a surprise because someone peeked the night before. My sisters and I would bicker because “she got more than me, mom!”. Always something.

As an adult, a parent with a lot of kids and a blended family, I’ve never been able to pour that first cup of coffee or focus my camera on the gifts before someone woke up and counted the presents (surely, they were uneven in number, but not in cash – but I could never point that out, because…SANTA!). Chaos. Bickering. B getting mad over all of the bickering and bickering too much himself or just heading to the beach for a “break” (break, you know, those things moms don’t get?). Do they know it’s Christmas time at all?

So, this year, my Christmas wish is this (and it’s really simple)…let us all just enjoy the day…together. No one gets mad. No one feels slighted. No one fights. No one leaves because they get mad (and possibly drink too much) and don’t want to adult (not me for once). We have a problem with this and I know we can’t be the only family.

All I want for Christmas is a fuss-free day. For once, I want no one to notice that things don’t “look” equal. I want each one of us, within my own home, to notice that we have a good life. That we have a strong family bond. That the magic of the lights and the season, and the love we have for one another, is so much more important than anything under that tree.

I want to feel the magic that I felt when I was 10. I want them to love the fact that we’re together, that we’re healthy, that we’re a family. I want us to all go to sleep saying that this was the best day ever simply because we were all together in the day.

If I get nothing for Christmas under the tree this year, I don’t care. I’m just committed to the fact that I know that I want to be happy knowing that my (non-bickering) family is under the tree together this year.

Is that too much to ask? My Christmas wish is simple. I want my first-world-problems, bickers-too-much, non-appreciative family to just appreciate and love this year. No nonsense, no chaos, no fighting…just love and togetherness.

Merry Christmas, y’all! What’s your Christmas wish? I sure hope it comes true for you this year!

A Package from Santa for Bubby? Yes, Please!

If you don’t believe, you don’t receive! In today’s society, it’s hard for kids to hold on to the Christmas magic (because mean people suck). Need help keeping that magic alive for your little one? Send him a Package from Santa this year! For the record, Bubby will be receiving a Silver Package from Santa and I’ll be back to share my honest opinions on the program. Stay tuned!

If you don't believe, you don't receive! In today's society, it's hard for kids to hold on to the Christmas magic (because mean people suck). Need help keeping that magic alive for your little one? Send him a Package from Santa this year!

Look, Bubby’s nine and I’m highly aware that he’s not a baby anymore, but he’s still my baby. He’s the last of my littles and I need him to hold on to the Christmas magic for as long as he can (so I can hold on to my own magic). These days? It’s hard. Kids grow up too fast, they tell tales (can you believe some of these kids actually tell MY kid Santa isn’t real?). Anyway, I found a way to keep the magic alive, even if it’s just for one more year. It’s fun, it’s easy, it’s affordable. Santa’s sending my baby a personalized package this year and he can send one to yours too!

Start a new and memorable tradition this Christmas with PackageFromSanta.com, the only Santa memory service that does it all. Personalized letters, packages, calls, and videos from Santa (I KNOW HIM!).

Do you want to see your child’s face light up in amazement when they get a personalized letter from Santa? Of course you do! This is not just a letter from Santa; it’s an amazing experience. It’s magic, memories, wonder, and happiness in a box! You can choose a specific letter theme and then customize it yourself to include details that only Santa (or a doting mom) would know.

Every package also comes with a free personalized call and video from Santa that can be scheduled at your convenience. Surprisingly convincing and I know Bubby will love it!

A Package from Santa to Help Them Believe!

My kids need to believe (if they want to receive) and Package From Santa is really going to help me make more magic happen in my home this year! PFS has an A+ Rating with the BBB due to their unmatched, high-touch customer service so you can be confident that you are making a wise purchase. They have real people on the phone ready to help answer questions (and they don’t read off of those silly cards like your internet and cell phone providers do!). Such a nice touch.

Want to learn more about this very special Santa memory service? Watch the video!

There are three different packages to choose from, and I felt the Silver Package ($24.95) was right for us. It comes with:

  • Personalized Letter from Santa
  • Personalized Video from Santa (retail $9.99)
  • Personalized Phone Call from Santa (retail $9.99)
  • Personalized Nice List Certificate (just like my Bubby deserves)
  • Autographed Santa Claus Photo
  • Autographed Rudolph Photo
  • Genuine North Pole Stamp
  • …and so much more!

This service also comes with a 60-Day, Money-Back Guarantee. They’re that confident your child will love it!

Order this holiday must-have for your child at Package for Santa and save 25% off your order when you use FAMS17 at checkout. Come on, mom (dad). We’ve got this. Keep the magic alive this Christmas with Santa’s help. I’m game, are you?

Nutty by Nature Caramel Snickers Cake

Just like the movie, The Nut Job 2, this Caramel Snickers Cake is nutty by nature! Fluffy white cake covered in white frosting, slathered in caramel sauce, then topped with Snickers Minis. The surprise Snickers crunch in the middle makes this cake a must try! Oh yea, and I should tell you, I did receive a full party pack from Team Click to facilitate this post.

Caramel Snickers Cake: White cake with white frosting and caramel sauce topped with Snickers Minis and a surprise Snickers crunch layer in the middle.

Did you love the movie, The Nut Job? My kids did and that’s why we were so excited to host an at-home viewing party with the release of The Nut Job 2: Nutty By Nature! Taking down the Halloween decorations was a little depressing so throwing a little viewing party was in order to lift our spirits, which of course, it did. AND…what’s a party without some themed food, right? In order to keep with the theme of this fan favorite, I decided to use up some of that leftover Halloween candy (OMG there is SO much of it!) and make this Nutty By Nature Caramel Snickers Cake. This is a simple, light and fluffy white cake with white icing, caramel sauce, and chopped up Snickers bars. While the kids were watching the movie…I got to mixing, baking, and chopping.

Caramel Snickers Cake: White cake with white frosting and caramel sauce topped with Snickers Minis and a surprise Snickers crunch layer in the middle.

The kids loved the movie and I enjoyed listening to the laughter from the other room. I’m looking forward to watching it myself (which is why, as a busy mom, I love owning movies on Blu-ray)! So, in a nutshell (pun intended), if you want to know what you’re in for, here’s a brief synopsis of the movie:

Surly Squirrel and the gang are back, returning to Liberty Park after they are forced to leave their easy life at the nut store. Getting back to nature is the last thing Surly wants to do, but when a greedy mayor decides to destroy the park to build an amusement park, Surly and his ragtag critter friends must band together to save the place they call home.

Caramel Snickers Cake: White cake with white frosting and caramel sauce topped with Snickers Minis and a surprise Snickers crunch layer in the middle.

Speaking of busy moms, movie nights are my lazy simple way of showing my littles that I love them without doing a lot of work. I enjoy taking the time to make them homemade, themed treats, and the time we spend together as a family – either watching the movie or making the treats – is priceless. If you haven’t already, you really need to see The Nut Job 2, and you really need to own it. Lucky for you, it’s already available on digital from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment or you can wait to pick up your copy at your local big box store on November 14, 2017 on Blu-ray and DVD. Up to you! Now…let’s get back to this Caramel Snickers Cake!

Caramel Snickers Cake
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Recipe type: Dessert
 
Ingredients
  • For the Cake:!
  • 1 box White Cake Mx
  • Ingredients needed to make cake using whole milk instead of water
  • 2 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 2 cups Snickers Minis, roughly chopped
  • For the Frosting:!
  • 2 tbsp Whole Milk
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 2 cups Confectioners Sugar
  • 2 tbsp Unsalted Butter
  • 1 cup Caramel Ice Cream Topping (more or less as desired)
Instructions
  1. For the cake:
  2. Prepare cake mix according to instructions using milk instead of water and adding in the extract. Bake according to package instructions. Set aside and let cool on rack prior to assembling double layer cake.
  3. For the frosting:
  4. Mix all ingredients in a bowl and beat on medium until you get the desired consistency.
  5. To assemble:
  6. Place one cooled cake (flat side down) on your platter and frost and cover the top with caramel, then chopped Snickers.
  7. Place other cake half on top (flat side down) and frost the entire cake.
  8. Drizzle as much, or as little, of the caramel syrup over the cake allowing it to go down the sides, sprinkle with the Snickers chunks, and garnish with Snicker Mini halves on the bottom if you'd like (as shown in the photo).

 

Caramel Snickers Cake: White cake with white frosting and caramel sauce topped with Snickers Minis and a surprise Snickers crunch layer in the middle.

You really need to make this Caramel Snickers Cake. One, because it’s so simple – and two, because your kids will love it. You also really need to make family movie night a regular thing if you don’t already. It’s economical, fun, and a well-needed bonding experience that you can easily fit into your busy schedule. The Gossett household highly recommends making The Nut Job 2 the star of your next movie night (which should be soon!). Want to find out more about the movie and the release? Follow along on Facebook and Instagram. Enjoy!