A spa day for an Elf on the Shelf wouldn’t be complete without a marshmallow bubble bath in the sink. In preparation for the luxurious soak they had hung blue paper snowflakes around the bathroom the day before. I’d love to see the snowflakes again another year but the marshmallows made a horrible mess once the kids got to them.
Year 4 began with a warm, gooey pot of chocolate fondue. My boys, just turned 10 and about to be 7, had been anxiously awaiting the return of our elves, Ralphie, Henry, and Roderick. They arrived Thanksgiving morning as expected. Thankfully the boys heeded the elves’ advice and waited until we were downstairs to fire up the fondue pot. So much fun!
We woke up to tiny cinnamon rolls compliments of our elves. Of course the baked rolls were covered and the unbaked rolls were stashed in the refrigerator to prevent any disasters with the dog or cats. They included a note about how to bake them. Such a fun treat! Below is a rough how we think they did it in case any other elves need some inspiration.
How to Bake Easy Mini Cinnamon Rolls
- Use a can of refrigerated cinnamon rolls
- Preheat oven to 400′
- Cut each roll into thirds and re-roll into three tiny cinnamon rolls
- Place rolls into greased pan, our elves used a mini muffin pan.
- Our rolls baked for 8 minutes but time may vary depending on your stove, pan used, and brand of rolls used.
- After baking apply icing if included with your rolls.
Why should the girls get to have all of the fun? Our neighbor had some extra elf skirts so we left them out to see if our elves would play. The next morning they were all dressed up. We wonder if they wore them back to the North Pole that night. Lucky nutcrackers next to them are now sporting skirts.
Ha-ha! Our elves thought they were pretty funny sticking wiggly googly eyes onto pictures of the boys, and themselves! I’m not sure if they learned this from other elves at the North Pole or if they did a Google image search. Even magical elves need a little inspiration now and then.
And then there are days when it just doesn’t work out. What you see here is the handy work of our cats. I am pretty sure the elves would have staged themselves cleverly. Perhaps Ralphie with his head in the cereal bag, legs kicking out of the top. Henry the Moose clinging onto the side of the box. Roderick impatiently waiting to dive head first into the bag. Maybe they would have used the Froot Loops to spell out a word like SUGAR!
We’ll never know for sure because a crash was heard. Then I was awakened by my child telling me Roderick was in danger. If you recall the day the elves returned they left a note saying no early birds and not to wake up parents unless the elves were in danger. They have done marvelously well not waking us up by the way.
Down the stairs I went and there was an elf on the tile. We used tongs to lift Roderick from the floor and everything seemed fine. Except now what might have been letters made from Froot Loops were scattered across the table. The cuteness the elves had prepared was now a rather comical scene and the boys were happy to have the annual treat of super sugary cereal for breakfast.
Our elves proved they have excellent taste today. They could have indulged in pure maple syrup, corn sugar syrup, or agave nectar but they went straight for the Pinnacle Organic apple juice. It is delicious locally grown apple juice and a special treat for the boys, who were not very happy to be sharing with the elves. Especially since Ralphie had his feet in the bottle. The boys were pleased that the milk was left untouched. No need to fear elf pee in the milk this year…yet!