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 In the case of baking Christmas cookies, the hand mixer has been replaced by a KitchenAid mixer.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. Love this…we do the same! Baking cookies every year is a tradition that I love doing with my girls!

  2. Those cookies look so awesome! I need to start doing this to create memories!

  3. 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!

  4. What a great memory to have! And those cookies look delicious.

  5. Oh my gosh I LOVE the before and after! So sweet!! The cookies look great too!

  6. Aw I love the before and after! I can’t even imagine my girls all grown up helping me cook! The cookies look amazing!

  7. That’s so cool you have a before and after! I’m going to bake brownies with my daughter tonight.

  8. Yum and love the then and now photos.

  9. I love how easy it is to share family memories with Yes Video! And your oatmeal scotchies recipe looks so good!

  10. Those cookies sound AMAZING!

  11. Awe, what a great then & now pic. Those cookies look AMAZING, too!!

  12. So cute to see her grown up still helping in the kitchen. That recipe looks DELICIOUS!

  13. 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!

  14. I love this! I love making memories in the kitchen with my son. Yummy recipe!

  15. 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~!~~~!

  16. So cute! I love looking at old videos and photos with the family. And those cookies look so good.

  17. OOh, those cookies look delicious!

  18. 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!

  19. I love this! What a wonderful family memory! The cookies look amazing.

  20. I love looking at old videos. I would love to put together something with our old videos.

    Those cookies look good!

  21. Those cookies look so good… this almost makes me want to get in the kitchen and bake… almost, lolll

  22. 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!

  23. It is nice to look back at memories. It’s good that you found a way to convert them. Now about that recipe for Oatmeal Scotchies. Yum!

  24. 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!

  25. Ahh, how sweet! Love that recipe too.

  26. I still need to do that with my old videos too. I’m actually scared they might not be viewable at this point though!

  27. 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!

  28. I like looking through photos from previous holidays as new ones are approaching. Those memories bring up some great feelings

  29. 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

  30. Love this!! I have a tub full of movies I need to convert. Thanks for sharing YesVideo!!

  31. How sweet! Love to see how she has grown and your tradition of holiday baking!

  32. These cookies look so yummy.

  33. Oooh YUM!! I think I will need to make these today for sure!

  34. That is such a cute video with her wiping of the evidence of sneaking batter. :-) She has grown into such a beautiful girl. Those Oatmeal Scotchies look delicious!

  35. 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!

  36. Awww Ilove tradition photos. We take them in Disney and I need to start taking them on a more daily basis. PS Those cookies look SUPER good!

  37. The cookies look great. More importantly, the memories made look fabulous. Nice post.

  38. 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.

  39. Look how she has grown! I need to do this with our old videos. Those cookies look yummy, btw!

  40. It’s great to see her still baking! I hope my daughter and mom continue the tradition too.

  41. alicia k (Petite Pilates Pixie) says:

    christmas cookies make great memories!

  42. Was Maddie ever that little. Thanks for the great memories. YesVideo is such a wonderful service, love watching all of their old movies, great review.

  43. those cookies do look good. We have a lot of cookie traditions too

  44. 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!

  45. Wonderful Recipe thank you for it and the great pictures of your family helping make them. Jerri Davis

  46. Those cookies sound crazy good! &How cute to see her then & now!

  47. This is such a cute post! And those cookies look absolutely delicious! I am definitely going to have to try to make them for the family!

  48. She’s so grown up now! What a fun tradition …. and the cookies look amazing!

  49. 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!

  50. The ability to cherish memories like this is just so important. It’s always fun to look back at great times!

  51. YUM! I’ve been eating tons of cookies the past couple of days.

  52. I love baking with oatmeal & these look delicious

  53. I love to bake and love when my kids help me, I should really video it more.

  54. 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. :)

  55. Love this! My grandmother started this tradition, and now my daughter ad I bake for the holidays. Such a yummy time of the year. Love these memories. :)

  56. 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.

  57. 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.

  58. 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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