Just a quick post today, I've been so behind from battling a lingering cough and trying to keep up with Christmas. Today is Marisa's last day of school before Winter Break. This is her first year of preschool, so it's my first year to come up with gifts for her teachers. I JUST finished putting them together and thought I'd share before I go deliver them!
I bought the red mini baking dishes at TPT Home for just $2.99 each and filled them with chocolate rum balls (I figured the teachers could use a little rum after chasing all those 2-3 year olds!) and chocolate chip gingerbread cookies. I wrapped each dish in cellophane and tied them on the ends with bakers twine from Sur La Table. I finished each off with a red ribbon and tag.
To make the tags, I sprayed some mounting adhesive to some wrapping paper, stuck it to some card stock to make it stronger, and used a 2 inch hole punch. I was going to fill the center with a smaller scalloped card stock punch to either put the teacher's name or write "Jingle Bell Bites" (because who wants to write balls on a cute tag?), but in the end I decided it was cute enough as is and that I would include my Holiday card with a note to each to each teacher to thank them.
The ladies in the administration office are receiving a small bucket of homemade biscotti with walnuts, chocolate, and candied ginger. All of the recipes I used can be found on MarthaStewart.com. The recipes are very easy to make and follow, but I found I wished I'd doubled or tripled each recipe. When you're giving them away as gifts and filling containers, they go quick! And of course, you've gotta save some for yourself to enjoy. Also note the chocolate gingerbread recipe is time consuming because you have to chill it for two hours and once you've scooped out the dough, it needs to go back in the fridge for 20 minutes to make sure it's cold, so plan ahead and make room!
What are you gifting to your teachers this year?