I dragged my mom out to Ross in the afternoon on Black Friday, well after the early-morning shoppers had collapsed into their beds for a long nap. As we strode past the perfumes and workout gear, a Christmas display called out my name.
Not one to resist a little holiday cheer, I doubled back to gaze at the goods. As I turned away from the stockings and candles, a muffin pan swayed on the hanging rack as another customer walked past.
This wasn’t just any old muffin pan. No, this was a bright green silicon muffin pan with cups shaped like gingerbread men, stockings, and Christmas trees.
I had to have it. I didn’t even check the price tag before I practically sprinted to the cashier. (I was scared of someone trying to steal my prize in a fit of Black Friday greed!)
I puzzled over a recipe to fill it with for nearly four weeks, but finally in a moment of brilliance, I bought a tube of red and green sprinkles and poured them into my moist yellow cake batter. Even as an adult, I can never resist a festive funfetti cake!