The holidays are stressful. They are busy, chaotic, and just downright exhausting.
This year my mission was to simplify Christmas. No running all over the place chasing down the gifts. No complicated plans. No elaborate recipes that required an entire day spent in the kitchen. Instead, I made the decision to focus on the true magic of Christmas – Family and Serving. It has been liberating.
As we sat down this week and finally got up our Christmas tree we talked about things we could do as a family to give back. While we were chatting about the different ways that we wanted to serve the conversation went to cookies.
Could we do a bake sale to fundraise? What type of cookies does Santa like? Would it put us on the naughty list to prank Santa with lumps of coal? …my kids had a million and one different ideas that poured out.
It was soon decided that yes, we were making Coal Cookies this year. One of our holiday traditions is to purge anything we no longer use in the weeks after Thanksgiving. We try our hardest to give these items to a good cause if possible. Typically we do this on cookie day because there is no better treat for yourself after the hard work of purging rooms than fresh baked cookies. This year we found The T-Mobile #GivingTWOgether Phone Drive and our cookie baking and house purging day was on.
What is the T-Mobile #GivingTWOgether Phone Drive?
The T-Mobile #GivingTWOgether Phone Drive is going on now and the perfect opportunity to help your whole family, including the kids, to find all the old cell phones and tablets no one is using anymore and donating them because they can do a lot of good!
While more and more kids are striving to make their homes more green somehow we are all still trashing about 135 MILLION cell phones a year. Those batteries are a real danger to our environment too! T-Mobile has teamed up with 2 awesome charities to do something about that to not just help the environment but in other ways too. You and child could turn in their old flip phone from 6th grade and that cell phones could be recycled and the value of it doubled by the generosity of T-Mobile into 600 meals for people in need or go to buying needed equipment for disaster relief manned by our own veterans!
Having a big geeky family means we have a lot of older electronic just collecting dust. Why not turn them in so they can be properly recycled, and the value of them be doubled? T-Mobile is going to match the value of the item, minus the cost to actually recycle it, and donate that amount to 2 worthy causes that are worthy in themselves of sharing with the kids. The minimum they are giving is 1,000,000! The first organization is Feeding America, with over 200 food banks across, helping over 46 million people a year in America you might already know them! The second organization, one dear to our hearts as a family that includes a veteran, is Team Rubicon. They deploy veterans to help serve those in communities suffering disasters.
It is so easy to help! Stop by any T-Mobile (no matter who you have cell service with) and donate any phone or tablet. You can recycle them all! Even the old broken stuff tends to be worth about $30! You can look into value of items here.
We know T-Mobile will be hugely successful with this campaign, just as they were with #GivingTuesday when they gave away 2 million and 2.76 Million they gave for Hurricane relief. We can keep the spirit of giving alive and we can be green! T-Mobile prides itself on being the Un-carrier as they have been the game changer in mobile carriers by ending 2 year contracts and paving the way for unlimited being the standard! Giving is something all of us should do, I am glad they are offering this chance to do so much good, so simply.
So our littles helped run around gathering electronics I didn’t even know we still have. We actually have a whole box of things “Mom and Dad should fix someday!” that we were able to donate.
After we collected all of our devices and dropped them off we came home and made cookies. This coal cookie recipe was so simple the kids were able to make these with minimal help and they turned out absolutely delicious!
- 1 stick of butter
- 16 ounces of marshmallows
- 15 ounces of Cocoa Pebbles
- 2 tbsp. chocolate syrup
- black food dye, as desired
- In a pot over low-medium heat, melt the stick of butter.
- Once melted add in the marshmallows, chocolate syrup, and black food dye. Stir until the marshmallows are completely melted.
- Once the marshmallows are melted, remove from heat. Stir in the Cocoa Pebbles. Make sure that they are evenly coated.
- Once completely coated, spoon of piles of the mixture onto a sheet of wax paper. Allow to cool for 5-10 minutes.
- Once cooled down, use your hands to shape your lumps of coal into a ball if necessary.
- Serve and enjoy!
- Add sprinkled sugar to the top of each cookie to create a dusty look.
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