With this season of holidays upon us, we have talked (and are talking) regularly with the kids about little things we can do for others to brighten peoples days. Sometimes its a phone call, sometimes its a simple note and sometimes its a few cookies just to spread a little cheer!
Recently, I teamed up with Betty Crocker to kick of the season by helping to do just that. Little Annie M was SO excited about this. She loves to bake and taking goodies to friends makes her heart soar. I hadn’t really planned out how all of this would work, but last week we took a trip to Walmart and snagged a few bags of Betty Crocker cookie mix to have on hand and then today, appropriately on Thanksgiving, it all came together.
After a wonderful Thanksgiving spent with friends and family, Brother went home with my parents and so we just had Annie M and the baby. We chatted all the way home about things and people we were thankful for and we ooh’ed and ahh’ed at the Christmas lights as we got excited about the holiday ahead. We got close to our house and passed a fire station and it hit me like a ton of bricks.
Instead of going home and doing whatever we were going to do, lets bake a few cookies and #spreadcheer! Annie M wanted to make all of the cookies tonight, but I talked her into the chocolate chip ones (my favorite!) with the promise of a baking more for others another day!
These cookies take no time to make. I pulled out all of our supplies, but we went simple on these and will decorate on the sugar cookies soon. They require a stick of butter, one egg and water and thats it. Chef Annie M added the ingredients, mixed it all together and then put them on the pan to go in the oven.
Once the cookies were in the oven, she and I cut out the printable gift tags and colored. You can snag these gift tags and coloring sheets for free from HERE.
The cookies came out of the oven and it was imperative that we do a little taste test….I obliged with her request and we both approved of the cookies before we packaged them up to take to the fire station.
Now, I just put my cookies on a festive plate, slid them in a large sized bag, taped the edge closed and tied it with a ribbon.
I have seen other little cheer spreading elves put them in adorable mason jars, make fun baskets and more! Friends have left them in mailboxes for their mailmen, front porches and then hid as they watched neighbors come and find it, office supply rooms and more! We packaged ours for our local firemen, but really, the sky is the limit and the more cheer you can spread the better!
My husband, baby, Annie M and I loaded the car to take our cookies. They welcomed us, asked all of our names, took us into the bays with the trucks and were thrilled with their special delivery! Annie M was full of joy as she pranced around the station and her heart was full as she held our hands, walked out and said that, “She hoped her new friend Teddy loved his cookies.”
A lot of times, I think we overthink the ability to spread a little cheer. It really is not that hard, can be simple and sometimes, doesn’t even require that much time.
From the start of baking the cookies to the delivery of them was probably an hour and a half. The minutes spent in the kitchen with my girl and then the priceless moment of loving on others is worth a life time – and it made the firefighters night!
I was so happy to do this as a family and on this Thanksgiving, this opportunity to spend with my family and share joy was just one more thing that I was thankful for!
As we go into the holidays, Betty Crocker wants YOU to help #spreadcheer.
Below, is a $20 giveaway for you and HERE is a link to a coupon for Betty Crocker products! Click HERE for all of the printables and make sure you tag @BettyCrocker in all of your social shares and use the hashtag #spreadcheer. They can’t wait to see all the good we do this holiday season and the fun ways we think outside of the box.
As my Mom always told me, giving truly is better than receiving.
Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours and may the start to your holidays be full of CHEER!
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