Before kids, I always loved taking part in an annual ‘friendsgiving’ with some of my friends from college. It was always a great time to get together, catch up, and just really be thankful for one another and the role we played in each other’s lives.
That inspired me to try something new this year – a ‘momsgiving’ for my friends who are moms! We moms work our butts off. And often it’s a very thankless job. That’s why I’m excited to partner with Minute Maid this holiday season as part of their #doingood campaign. Through the #doingood campaign, Minute Maid is reminding parents of all the wonderful things – big and small – they do to make a positive difference in their children’s lives every single day.
So the idea of ‘momsgiving’ is twofold: to recognize moms for the great job they’re doing as parents and say thank you, you’re #doingood, to our mom friends, without whom we would likely not be able to survive this gig.
In preparation of ‘momsgiving’ I threw together some really yummy cookies to serve at the party. These pumpkin pie cookies seriously melt in your mouth and are oh, so delicious. They are perfect for any holiday event and especially taste great with a glass of Minute Maid!
Here’s what you need:
3 cups All-Purpose flour
1 cup butter, softened
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon salt
1 ½ cups granulated sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 egg yolks
1 cup pumpkin puree
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon allspice
2 cups powdered sugar
4 ounces cream cheese, softened
Here’s what you do:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
In an electric mixing bowl with a paddle attachment beat ½ of the butter and sugar until soft and fluffy. Add the egg yolks, one at a time. Then add pumpkin and vanilla. Add in baking soda, baking powder, salt, cinnamon and allspice and allow to combine well. Finally add flour. Beat until all ingredients are well mixed.
Drop as 2 inch balls on baking sheet about an inch apart. Bake 10-11 minutes. Cool on a wire rack.
To make glaze, beat remaining butter and cream cheese with powdered sugar until fluffy. Drizzle over cookies as desired!
Moms and dads often suffer from feelings of self-doubt. This is especially amplified during the holiday season when there is so much pressure to get the right gifts, decorate perfectly, make seasonal crafts, cook the best meals, clean the house, prepare for holiday visitors, etc. And social media makes these pressures 100x worse.
Even if you feel like the frazzled mom, you are doing better than you think. When you’re in the thick of it this holiday season, remember you are #doingood! And try to show some love to other parents as well, remind them that they are #doingood even during the tough times!
I’m hosting an awesome Pinterest giveaway! The contest starts November 13, 2016 and ends December 8, 2016. One winner will take home a Minute Maid #doingood prize pack valued at $500.
Minute Maid #doingood prize pack (valued at $500) includes:
- $300 Visa gift card
- 2 Minute Maid #doingood journals (one to keep, one to gift)
- a personalized canvas print of your favorite family photo
Here’s how to enter:
- Create a Pinterest Board named “Minute Maid #doingoodcontest”
- Pin ideas to celebrate great parenting and inspire family fun moments for the holidays! These pins can be from anywhere. Your favorite holiday treats, traditions, decorating tips, you name it!
- Post a link to your unique Pinboard in the comments section of this post. That’s it!
For an example of a Minute Maid #doingoodcontest board, see mine here! Contest begins November 13, 2016 and a winner will be chosen December 8, 2016. Good luck and happy pinning!
Do you feel extra pressure as a parent during the holidays? What are ways you show other parents they are #doingood? I’d love to hear from you below!
*This post was sponsored by Minute Maid.
**This prize was provided by Minute Maid, however, Minute Maid is not a sponsor, administrator or connected in any other way with this contest. You are not required to promote Minute Maid or the products from The Coca-Cola Company for a chance to win, but if you do, you need to use the #doingoodcontest hashtag or otherwise disclose that you are posting those photos as part of a contest entry.