Thursday, December 6, 2012

Very Merry Golden Records Christmas with Snowflakes

Christmas is the time of traditions and nostalgia. The smell of cinnamon and spruce bring memories of childhood holidays flooding back. Opening the boxes of ornaments is like visiting with friends you haven’t seen for a year. I get a tingle of excitement on cookie day when we put our favorite Christmas music on and break out handwritten cookie recipes along with the collection of holiday cookie cutters.

This year we received a copy of A Very Merry Golden Records Christmas which we put on in the background and we had a fabulous time singing along with our holiday favorites;  "Frosty The Snowman," "Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer," and "Jingle Bells." The kitchen was oddly quiet as we listened to Ed Asner’s reading of "Twas The Night Before Christmas" and Wallace Shawn’s (inconceivable) narration of "A Christmas Carol."

Golden Records, originally created by Grammy Award-winning producer Arthur Shimkin, was one of the first and ultimately most successful children’s record labels in America. Today, his son Tony Shimkin, also an award-winning music producer, is carrying on his father’s legacy. This kid-friendly new holiday CD (fifth of an entire series recapturing the values, quality, and timeless innocence of Golden Records) is loaded with 20 classic songs and stories featuring beautifully remastered recordings and vocal talents of stars such as Malin Akerman, Wallace Shawn, Missi Pyle, John O'Hurley, Cheryl Hines, Dermot Mulroney, Busy Phillipps, Ed Asner  and Didi Conn. The CD which will warm even the grinchiest of hearts is available on Amazon, iTunes, and at most Walmart stores.

Oh and back to the cookies…  It is always a good idea to whip up a little snack before embarking on a full scale cookie event to keep little cookie monsters from eating all the dough. Since the CD is totally kid-oriented, we thought perhaps a kid-friendly treat was in order. These edible snowflakes are the perfect way for the kiddles to practice their scissor skills while keeping appetites at bay.

Flour tortillas
Vegetable oil or cooking spray
Confectioner’s sugar
Edible glitter (optional)
Scissors

Wrap tortillas in a wet paper towel and microwave for about 15 seconds to soften. Fold tortilla in half and half again (or accordion into thirds) and cut with child-safe scissors as you would a paper snowflake. Once the creations are complete, lay on a cookie sheet and lightly brush with vegetable oil (I sprayed the tops lightly with cooking spray.) Bake the snowflakes for about 4 minutes or until the edges are light brown and crispy. Sprinkle liberally with confectioner’s sugar or cinnamon sugar and enjoy your edible “Winter Wonderland.”


In accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255, we are disclosing that we received a complimentary digital copy of the CD from representatives of Verse Music Group in exchange for this post and giveaway. A favorable review was not required; the review of the product is based solely on our personal opinion and experience and may differ from those of our readers.


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