Our favorite time of year is here. Our halls are decked, and our trees are up. Who ever comes to look at our house (while for sale) better like Christmas, or else they may turn into the grinch and rip the decor off the table tops. Christmas music plays at dinner time as we sit and eat (preferably Michael Buble). The boys are in constant discussion over their lists, and the excitement is already topping the charts for Christmas morning.
We jumped on the band wagon of having an “elf on the shelf”. Can’t say I love it, can’t say I hate it. It is what it is. A lot of our friends/family have one, so with all the chit-chat it nearly impossible to avoid not having one in our home too. The boys officially understand that Buddy goes back to the North Pole each night to give his behavior report to Santa. The boys even talk with him, apologizing when their behavior went sour. It is the cutest.
We as parents though, are a pinterest fail in the “elf world”. We do not do creative scenarios that the boys will wake up and find each morning. They’re lucky if “Buddy” the elf has jumped from one stocking to another. Normally we are messy-haired and running downstairs to move him before the kids notice.
They do, however, get über excited about spotting him as soon as they roll out of (our) bed. I am always tempted to go the extra mile and make it a little more elaborate for them. And then I just feel like a liar liar pants on fire. Isn’t it bad enough that we tell them what we do?
So, for now the boys will enjoy Buddy the elf hopping around our house. Stuck in the most basic of places. That’s as far as we’ll go.
When it comes to baking however, I am more than willing to throw an extra punch. These elf cookies are just darling, and the boys were excited to make them for their elf. Last night we forgot to move Buddy (gasp) – shocker. So, these cookies were a fantastic excuse that buddy’s belly was too full to move this morning from his spot.
It doesn’t get much easier than these folks. This is the first recipe I have ever posted that comes from a box …
1 box pilsbury funfetti cake mix
1/3 cup oil
pre heat the oven to 350*
Mix ingredients together, and roll into 1 tsp size balls. Place onto a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. Spray the bottom of a drinking glass with nonstick spray, and flatten each ball. Bake at 350* for 7-9 minutes, until the bottoms are slightly golden. Remove from cookie sheet and let cool on a wire rack.
After cooling, if you’re feeling perky, pipe small circles of pilsbury vanilla frosting and place another cookie on top to make cute cookie sandwiches.