Rock the Holidays with Music Freedom
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As we get closer to Christmas, the kids and I are getting really excited. Gifts have all been bought and now it is time for fun! We have a whole slew of events planned with friends and family over the next few weeks. Our annual cookie decorating party is this week and the kids are just busting at the seams to have their friends over to celebrate the season with them.
After hosting these parties with our friends after a few years, I have become a bit of an expert at what not to do when it comes to decorating cookies with little kids.
Preparing for our party:
First and foremost, keep it simple. I make one type of cookie and offer a limited number of decorations and frosting. This keeps the mess at a minimum and since all of the kids have the same supplies, there is no sense of competition.
Second, every party needs music! Some of my best memories of the Christmas season involved my favorite Christmas songs and I love that my own children are making memories with them as well.
Lucky for this mom, I got an early Christmas present that allowed me some music freedom. I have been shopping for a new phone and phone plan for sometime now. We were doing some holiday shopping at Walmart and the large selection of wireless devices caught our eye. After talking with the customer service representative, we chose the T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy Core Prime with the monthly T-Mobile Simple Choice™ prepaid plan.
I have been feeling like I use my mobile device more and more to stream music, but unfortunately the costs just keep going up for me as I find myself exhausting my data plan. The “Music Freedom” feature of the Simple Choice plans allows me to stream an unlimited quantity of music at high speed without using any of my data.
This couldn’t have come at a better time between our cookie decorating party, our Christmas Eve and Christmas Day celebrations and lets not forget New Years! In other words, we are going to be playing a lot of music! Music Freedom will let us stream from Spotify, Pandora, iTunes and other music apps as much as we want! There is nothing worse than being in the middle of a party and your data runs out.
It took less than 5 minutes to get my T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy Core Prime set up with Simple Choice™ prepaid plan.
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Our Cookie Decorating Party:
Like I said, I make one type of cookie for all of the kids to decorate. I love to make things that will leave an extra special memory in the kid’s minds. So this year, we are making these adorable Rudolph Cookies.
To make the Rudolph cookies, start with your favorite Gingerbread recipe. Here is mine:
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 1/3 cup shortening
- 1 1/2 cups molasses
- 2/3 cup milk
- 7 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 tsp baking soda
- 2 tsp ground ginger
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1 tsp cloves
- 1/2 tsp salt
Beat brown sugar, molasses, milk and shortening together until well blended.
Stir in remaining ingredients.
Cover and refrigerate for a minimum of 2 hours.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees when ready to bake.
Prepare a baking sheet with shortening or cooking spray.
On a floured surface, roll out the dough to 1/4 inch thick.
Cut out gingerbread with a cookie cutter and place 2 inches apart on cookie sheet.
Bake 10-12 minutes
Cool for about 30 minutes on a cooling rack.
Before you put your gingerbread men into the oven, use your thumb to place indents in their arms., because when you flip them around they become reindeer!
Now they are ready for the kids to decorate them! Use sugar eyes, chocolate candies and frosting to decorate them to become Rudolph!
The kids had such a fun time listening to their favorite Christmas Carols thanks to Music Freedom on the Samsung Galaxy Core Prime and I am positive that I was able to #RockTheHolidays!
How will you #RockTheHolidays with Music Freedom this year?