Tag Archives: Holiday Gift

An Afternoon of Baking

16 Dec

For the past 2 years I have been class parent for Maddie’s school.  As class parent I was in charge of organizing a holiday gift to the teachers, from the families.    Last year I shared duties with another mom.  She picked up coffee and donuts for the teachers in addition to a gift card for each of the teachers.  I wanted to do something edible but different because I knew there was no way I could get both girls ready, go to Dunkin Donuts and still make it to school by nine.  I can barely get Maddie there on time as it is.  Since Maddie loves to bake, I decided that we would bake cookies.  While Pela napped, we spent the afternoon baking six dozen cookies.  We had Betty Crocker Oatmeal and Sugar cookie mix that you just add butter and eggs to, so we used that.  I wanted to add a special touch to the cookies so I let Maddie pick ingredients to add to them.  We ended up with Sugar Cookies with Peppermint (crushed candy cane) and Chocolate Chips, Sugar cookies with M&M’s, Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies, and S’more Oatmeal Cookies.  The girls and I tried each type of cookie when they were finished. They were delicious.  We will be making them again next week when my friends come over for a holiday dinner with the girl’s.

I found adorable clear candy cane bags at Tribeca Treats to package the cookies once they were cool.  Each teacher got two of each kind of cookie.  While, I was at Rite Aid the other day getting M&M’s, I stumbled across individual holiday Swiss Miss Hot Chocolate ornaments that I decided would be great add to each bag of cookies. I had been really worried about it but it turned out to be a great addition to the gift card.  It would also be a great gift for your child’s friends if you want to do something small for them.

Peppermint Chocolate Chip Cookie:

Crush 4 candy canes

Mix crush candy canes and chocolate chips into sugar cookie mix.

Follow baking instructions

S’more Oatmeal Chocolate Chip:

Add Chocolate Chips to Oatmeal Mix

Place on cookie sheet and bake for 5 min

Meanwhile, cut large marshmello into slivers

After, 5 min, take out  cookies and add sliver of marshmellow

Sprinkle crushed graham cracker on top

Continue baking for 5-7 min

Popsicle Party to Kick off the Holiday Season

26 Nov

My girls and my husband love popsicles.  It could be freezing cold out and my girls will still ask for popsicles.  Last year for Christmas the girls and I got my husband the Zoku Quick Pop Maker from Williams- Sonoma.  It creates custom made popsicles right in front of you in minutes.  You can purchase a three pop maker and I just saw they have a single and duo pop maker now.  We use ours at a couple nights a week and even more in the summer.  It is fun watching my older daughter create her own flavors, sometimes combining multiple ingredients.  This year I saw they have come out with a Zoku Quick Pop Character Tool Kit .  I am going to have to get the girls the kit so we can attempt to make the adorable holiday popsicles.  They would be a perfect snack/ dessert for a little holiday play date. If you haven’t started shopping you should add these to your list.  They would make a great gift.  Also, check out other additions to your popsicle maker at Williams- Sonoma.

All images are from Williams- Sonoma