Creating Holiday Memories Then and Now #RememberWhen

Since our announcement last month about being new YesVideo Ambassadors, my Mom and I have since received our DVD’s that were converted from old video tapes. There have been many tears and laughs as we have watched the old videos. Yesterday my twelve year old niece Maddie was over baking Christmas cookies with her Grandma Laura, and I instantly thought of a video clip we got back from YesVideo. It is of Maddie in the kitchen at age 3 helping her Mom bake a cake.

Creating Holiday Memories Then and Now

It’s such a fun video clip. While she was stirring the batter, Maddie’s Dad was trying to get her to sneak a lick without her Mom knowing. Maddie of course refused and told on her Dad. It’s funny how some things never change. My brother is always the prankster. You can watch the fun video clip through this share link if you like. It’s hosted on the YesVideo web site. I love that we can easily share our videos with friends and family by email or posting to Facebook.

Creating Holiday Memories Then and Now

Maddie and her Grandma made some Oatmeal Scotchies yesterday. As the official taste tester, I can tell you they were very good. It’s great that we all live so close together so my nieces can get some quality time with their Grandma, and also learn from her.

Creating Holiday Memories Then and Now

It’s fun to go back and watch old videos and see how much everyone has changed, or not changed in some instances. It’s also neat to see how far along our technology has come. In the case of baking Christmas cookies, the hand mixer has been replaced by a KitchenAid mixer. Maddie loves using our new cookie scoop.

Oatmeal Scotchies

Maddie and her Grandma used the recipe right on the back of the bag of Nestle Butterscotch Morsels to make their Oatmeal Scotchies. Here’s the recipe:


1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
3/4 cup granulated sugar
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 cups quick or old-fashioned oats
1 2/3 cups (11 ounce pkg.) Nestle Toll House Butterscotch Flavored Morsels


1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.

2. Combine flour, baking soda, salt and cinnamon in a small bowl. Beat butter, granulated sugar, brown sugar, eggs and vanilla extract in a large mixer bowl. Gradually beat in flour mixture. Stir in oats and morsels. Drop by rounded tablespoon or with a cookie scoop onto ungreased baking sheets.

3. Bake for 7 to 8 minutes for chewy cookies or 9 to 10 minutes for crisp cookies. Cool on baking sheets for 2 minutes; remove to wire racks to cool completely. Makes about 4 dozen cookies.

I hope you’ve enjoyed taking a walk down memory lane, and seeing how we are creating holiday memories then and now.

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  1. says

    So fun to have those memories saved onto DVDs now! And awesome that Maddie still likes to bake up treats in the kitchen. Those Oatmeal Scotchies sound really good. I love oatmeal cookies but haven’t made them in forever. This is making me want to put together a batch tonight!

  2. Tamarae Ellis says

    Amazing memories!! I have some amazing memories of baking with my mom and grandma too! So glad I have them! I love the Oatmeal butterscotch cookies!! MMMM!

  3. says

    Love the concept of you post and as always you two take the best photos. I could reach in there and grab one of those cookies right now~!~~~!

  4. rebeccabasset says

    Such a beautiful Girl! I also have an old Video from my Daughter’s Grade School Talent Show, she is now 32, I haven’t watched it in a while, I hope that it is still good (the Tape), I will have to pull it out and watch it to see. It is amazing seeing your Kid’s grow up, they grow up so fast!

    Thanks for the Post, Picture’s, Recipe and the Memories!

  5. says

    I have some videos I need to convert…but more importantly, my mom does!

    And, I need to remember to come here right after I’ve eaten of I want to have all the cookies right now!

  6. Amy Desrosiers says

    This is a very sentimental post for your granddaughter to look back on! Your cookies look fabulous! I hope to make memories with me kids too!

  7. says

    Those cookies sound delicious. And I really want to convert the home videos from when I was little into DVDs so I need to take a serious look at YesVideo!

  8. says

    what a gift videos are!! i wish there was footage from my childhood. or of my mom. would be nice to hear some voices of those we love who aren’t here

  9. says

    I love looking back at old memories whether on photo or video. Our daughter is 17 now and it’s hard to believe she was ever small enough to hold in our arms!

  10. says

    First, love my Kitchenaid blender. It was the first year I was able to use it for holiday baking and it made it such a breeze! While I’m not a fan of Oatmeal cookies, I’m a huge fan of getting kids in the kitchen! Yay for awesome memories.

  11. Tammy S says

    What a wonderful memory, plus great pictures! I love that you can see how much she has grown over the years. Plus the cookies look delish!

  12. Tamarae Ellis says

    I recall spending many a holiday baking with my mom, sisters and aunt! They are some of the absolute best memories I have and I am so glad that you get to have some awesome memories as well!

  13. Ioana Hampton says

    I used yo make a version of these cookies with my grandma when I was younger! Baking with her has always been some of my favorite memories. :)

  14. Rosie says

    Oatmeal Scotchies – wow, I haven’t had them in years! What a great post, I love the old clip, your prankster brother, and the new memories, too. It is amazing with a video clip you can really capture so much more.

  15. Jo-Ann Brightman says

    This is a great recipe and it is important for children to be and learn from family members and share these experiences.

  16. Tracie Trump says

    My nieces and I love to make and decorate cookies every year for Christmas. Last year we started a new tradition of trying a new cookie recipe in addition to our favorites, would love to try oatmeal Scotties.

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