Santa’s present this year, make him Christmas Present Brownies.
Christmas Present Brownies have been an icon in my home for many years. During the holiday season, it’s one special “treat” that I make for my children. Although, these Christmas Present Brownies have a special message this year. In my home, we believe in Santa Claus. It’s a family tradition that Santa Claus brings presents to nice little girls and boys.
Waking up Christmas morning to see what “Santa” has left brings so much joy in their hearts and mine. My children who are 8 and 11 years old have decided that this year, they will make another child’s Christmas special. Who do you ask? By writing a letter to Santa and asking him to skip our house this year. -And here is why.
Both of my children receive gifts from my husband and I, plus they receive small gifts from my extended family. So they don’t go without. They have plenty of toys and electronics from previous years too!
But this year, I spoke to both of them. It’s important for them to know that other children and families don’t receive presents or feel the “magic” like they do on Christmas morning. Some might not believe in Santa, and some families just can’t afford the luxury of buying presents since they are already financially burned.
My children understand that there are families in-need so that is one of the reasons why they want to help.
So this Christmas season, my children have asked Santa to skip our home and in-place they will “play/become” Santa for a local family in-need. When they agreed to do this, we all had tears running down our cheeks. How wonderful and proud I was, that my children gave up this special day that comes only once a year, to give back and have a family celebrate Christmas just like they would have done.
Giving back to others holds a special place in my heart. I personally enjoy doing it. The Christmas season is meaningful to me and it’s important to help others in-need. Just like how Real California Milk is doing from now until December 31st.
As of you know, many residents of Texas and Florida were affected by hurricanes this year. Both states, including my own, Florida are still need of help. Homes were flooded, destroyed by the combination of high winds, and tornadoes. Homes in my area are still in need of a roof replacement. It’s hard to see, it’s hard to also watch families suffer from nature disasters that were caused by mother nature. In my area, wind gusts reached 150 mph winds. Yes, it was scary but we were so “thankful” that our home had minimal damage.
In this year alone, there has been many disasters including the wildfires in California. That is why I applaud Real California Milk for their efforts.
Real California Milk will donate $5 to the Great American Milk Drive (up to $10k in CA and $20k to TX/FL) to help families affected by wildfires in CA and hurricanes Harvey and Irma in Texas and Florida.
What can you do to help?
Visit your local grocery store and look for the Real California Milk Seal. Capture a photo of one of the products carrying the Real California Milk Seal and share it on social media using #SealsForGood and tagging Real California Milk. Doing so without a single purchase will help families in-need this holiday season. How amazing is that? This simple task will help others and will feel that special “magic” in giving back!
Christmas Present Brownies are so simple to make and the homemade white buttercream frosting is made with butter that contains Real California Milk.
For this recipe you will need:
Two packages of boxed Brownie Mix
3 Cups Powdered Sugar
1/3 Cup of Butter (Soften)
1 1/2 Teaspoons of Vanilla
2 Tablespoons of Milk
Red Decorating Icing
Red Chocolate Candies
Bake your brownie mix as directed on box. I found it easier to place down aluminium foil in a 13 x 9 pan before adding mixture in. Also, spraying cooking spray on the foil helps remove the brownies from the pan much faster. Once your brownies have baked, let them cool completely before adding the frosting.
In a medium size bowl, add 3 cups of powdered sugar, 1/3 cup of butter, 1 1/2 teaspoons of vanilla, and two tablespoons of milk. Mix using a blender on low speed until all ingredients have combined and frosting is smooth and spreadable.
Take one square-cut brownie and spread the buttercream frosting on top. Using red icing, pipe a “cross” on the top. Place five tipped red chocolate candies in the center to resemble a bow. Continue this step with the remaining brownie squares.
Sunshine and Flip Flops by Michele Dickerson
Santa’s present this year! Christmas Present Brownies
Hi, I'm Michele. So glad to see that you stopped by Sunshine and Flip Flops. My blog is devoted to easy recipe creations for busy families like my own, traveling with family, and tips on everyday life solutions. Did I also forget to say? I'm from Central Florida, so bring on the warm weather, flip flops, beaches, and chilled beverages!
Hi, I'm Michele.
So glad to see that you stopped by Sunshine and Flip Flops. My blog is devoted to easy recipe creations for busy families like my own, traveling with family, and tips on everyday life solutions.
Did I also forget to say? I'm from Central Florida, so bring on the warm weather, flip flops, beaches, and chilled beverages!