Happy Friday. You made it to the end of the work week and the madness of our holiday weekend is just beginning. I’m excited and just a tad frazzled!
I wanted to do a quick and delicious dessert recipe for you. But first I wanted to share a fun idea to make the holiday a little brighter for everyone.
We usually don’t eat fast food unless we are in a major bind on road trips. However, after Lucy was born and Mary took her first ballet class, she was very hesitant to go into the class alone. I promised her a “special dinner” afterward and it is now our Tuesday tradition on the way home. Mary gets a Happy Meal and everyone is happy.
A few weeks ago we were in the drive through and I was in a major hurry to get home, though not for any particular reason. I just wanted to get home and get things in order for the evening. When I pulled up to pay for the food, the girl be behind the counter informed me that our bill had been paid for by the car ahead of me. I was in total shock! I had tears in my eyes at the thoughtful gesture. I was in such shock as I pulled away that I told Mary what I should have done was pay for the car behind us. We decided to do it the next time we stopped for her special dinner.
Anna recently posted about this idea as well. We all know how stressful it can be to take little ones out to dinner. But her sweet kiddos were impressionably adorable to a gentleman and he returned the kindness. Then they went ahead and returned the kindness to another stranger. It’s contagious!
This week we were able to repay the favor at the drive-thru. When we went to pay for Mary’s meal, I asked to take care of the bill for the car behind us. The girl at the counter asked if we knew the other car and we told her no. She said she loved when these things happen because it causes a 20 minute parade of every car taking care of each other.
It was a wonderful lesson for my children. It was heartwarming for me. I hope that the car behind us needed a little extra love or kindness and that it was as fun for them as it was for us. Maybe it even was a helpful reminder for them of what the holiday season is about. I encourage you to find a way to do a random act of kindness this holiday season. Buy someone’s coffee. Pick up a meal. Or just give a stranger a friendly smile. Kindness doesn’t have to be monetary. Maybe you simply open a door for someone or carry a bag to a car for a person who looks like they could use a little help. The holiday season can be a difficult time for some people. Shine a little light where you can!
Now let me share a quick and awesome recipe that you can share with friends and family. It is bound to brighten their day too! This S’mores fudge comes together in minutes. It is creamy and has some fun little flavors going on.
S’mores Fudge: Prep and cooking time 10 minutes total
1 can condensed milk
1 bag milk chocolate chips
4 graham crackers
1 cup marshmallows
Line a square baking dish with tinfoil and then spray. Crumble the graham crackers and set aside. In a microwave safe bowl, pour the chocolate chips and condensed milk in and microwave in 30 second intervals. Stir in between and continue until mixture is thoroughly melted. Dump in the graham crackers and marshmallows and mix well. Pour into baking dish and cool in the fridge until set.
Note: I double this recipe, otherwise there isn’t nearly enough to share!
Have a wonderful weekend!