To start thinking about gift ideas for teachers...therapists...acquaintences...
In fact...I put out a facebook update asking for thoughtful, creative, sweet, and BUDGET FRIENDLY ideas. And loved some of the feedback SO much that I'm going to share the first three today!
With one itty bitty string attached...
if you have a creative idea you'll share it with me either via email or comments!
Cake Balls (by Andi)
Bake a cake. Crumble the cake into a bowl. Add the frosting you would have frosted the cake with. Squish it all up. Roll it into little truffle sized balls. Stick them in the freezer. While freezing, melt some chocolate or candy coating in a double boiler. After the balls are frozen a bit, pull them out. Roll them in the chocolate. Let them sit to harden. You can sprinkle them with stuff while the chocolate is still gooey too. You may have to keep melting the chocolate. It can be a little time consuming, but they are so good!!
Since I didn't have a lot of cash to spend, I got some of those reusable containers from the store, filled it with truffles, and put a ribbon around it.
Puzzle Wreath Ornament and Mitten Bookmark Clip
instructions for both can be found here compliments of an IS mommy friend, Jen!
Garlic Dill Oyster Crackers (by Cyndi)
1 cup vegetable oil
1 tablespoon garlic powder
1 tablespoon dill weed (optional)
(I usually only use about 1/4 of the dill weed called for,
as we like to taste mostly the garlic.)
1 pkg. dry ranch dressing mix
2 12 oz. boxes of oyster crackers
Mix all ingredients, except crackers, well (I use a 2 cup measuring cup to mix this so I can pour evenly). Place all of the crackers evenly on cookie sheet(s). (Don't worry about the crackers being in a thin layer. It doesn't matter.) Pour entire mixture over all the crackers. With a spatula, begin turning the crackers over and over, allowing the oil mixture to coat the crackers evenly. DO NOT BAKE! The mixture will gradually coat the crackers and sink in. Store in an airtight container.
This might look strange as you mix it, and you may think the crackers will get soggy...But they stay crisp as new!!! Amazing!!!