I decided to make treat bags for the kid’s teachers this year. I knew I had to put cake poppers in them, of course, but I always worry that’s too much sweetness for someone. They’re just SO RICH. SO, I decided to try to play with a recipe my friend Shannon show me for a mix that had candy-coated bugels. I bought the ingredients but couldn’t find the red candy-coating anywhere. All gone. SO – I improvised. I did WHITE candy coated bugels AND pretzels and put green sprinkles on one and red on the other. Let me tell you the most valuable lesson learned. Candy-Coated Bugels Are The Most Amazing Things In The World. Donnie has been cursing me for making them because he can’t stop eating them. Then, I asked my Mom for her Chex Mix recipe (turns out it’s on the box of Chex Mix – DUH.) and my idea was born. CHRISTMAS TREAT TRIFECTA!
1) SWEET: Cake Poppers
2) SALTY: Chex Mix (I manipulated the recipe a bit to my own personal taste. I almost doubled the seasoning. Heh.)
3) SWEET/SALTY: Bags of candy-coated bugels AND pretzels AND peanut-butter M&Ms.
Best. Batch. Of. Snack. Ever.
I was going to use the Orange You Lucky labels by themselves, but then just added a list of what was in the bags. The little bags inside were a little hard to see into so I wanted the label on the outside to tell what was inside.
I was quite proud of the entire idea. It took FOREVER, but as I’ve mentioned before, the teachers at NIkki’s preschool are like my friends. I cherish the care they give my kids and love them all. The effort was justified. And of course I had several other events I could use the extras for: E’s cast party and other small occasions here and there. All in all? I was quite proud of my project and how it turned out. As an added bonus, I made them each a glass-tile necklace and attached it to the bag. They love me, of course.
And – while we’re talking about my awesomeness (and modesty, of course) – look at the painting I did at My Spirited Art last night. I’m so proud of this I could BURST.
I’ve been on an owl kick so as soon as I saw this I decide to sign up. And I LOVE THE OWL. I think I’m going to take the lessons learned last night and paint a canvas of JUST the owl. Look at how cute he is!
Okay.That’s all for the awesome things I do for now. Next up? Finding my son after having ingested the entire felt piece of a Crayola marker. That was REALLY awesome.