After reading a bunch of peoples traditions on Family Fun from Disney, my husband and I really like the “Surprise a Public Servant” one. We had been to the firehouse not long ago (Nov 6, 2011) after Nico was really into an episode of a kiddy show on firemen so it seemed like a great fit for us.
So I explained to Nico that normally people get to be with their family on Christmas eve but the firemen we had met not long ago would not be at home because they help people in case of an accident or a fire all the time even on holidays so they need to be at the firehouse to be ready.
So I asked him if he’d like to surprise them and make them mini muffins, he was very excited about that part! I got a big vvvvrrrrrr (hand mixer sound) out of him. Since he’s only 2, I’m not sure how much he understood of the why but he seemed happy to do it so we went for it.
- Mini muffin tins
- Paper for mini muffins
- Betty Crocker white cake mix (required on the pack, oil, water & eggs)
- Holiday rounds (or sprinkles)
- Fudge melts (or you could use chocolate chips)
- Prepare as per box instructions.
- Before pouring mix in muffin tins, pour Christmas colored rounds/sprinkles, stir in gently.
- Pour in muffin tins and add a few melt/chips.
- Bake according to box recommendations.
Then, we just took a good old Betty Crocker white cake mix (I do have a made from scratch recipe but this was just faster as we were in a time crunch and it’s still yummy) with whatever they want you to add (egg whites, water & oil), we mixed it like usual with the hand mixer.
After that we added 1 ice cream scoop (the trigger kind) of holiday round that we folded in softly with a spatula. Note: do not over mix since the color does bleed and over mixing will make the batter grey.
I put the mix in the muffin tins after many objections from Nico that he could do it on his own. I promised him he could put the fudge melts in the muffins and he was happy with that. We did a bit of counting with it, 2 melts per muffins, he sometimes put more and we counted those too. Here is a photo of all of our muffins.
We also attached a “Thank You” card for the firemen, here I am helping Nico sign his name. And here we are with a great presentation for the firemen The basket on the left are the chocolate pretzels, with a little bag of candy canes attached to it. The right basket is the mini muffins.
Hope this inspires you too