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Thursday, December 22, 2011

poop, snacks & bait

i was stumped as to what to give the bean's teachers at preschool, dance, and gymnastics this year.  i really didn't want to spend a wad o'cash, and gift cards, while always fun to receive, aren't really that much fun to give.

and then as i trolled pinterest late one night, i decided to go the cheesy, holly hobbie-homespun route and just make a variety of treats as our gifts.  for those of you who are teachers in any capacity, do you like stuff like that or does it end up in the trash?  i realize that the holidays are already chock-full of sugary treats left and right, so maybe this wasn't the greatest of ideas after all.  oh, well.  too late now.  one trip to the grocery store and i was all stocked up on everything i needed to make three different types of yummies.

first up - a delicious morsel of happiness that i discovered when i stopped at the cake and candy supply store for some essentials.  they'd just had a candy demonstration and were giving away samples of their creations at the counter.  one taste of their "rocky mountain rip-off" and i was hooked.  and when i looked at the recipe online, i realized that i already had all of the ingredients in the kitchen to make a batch. 

as i mixed it together, i figured it would fit nicely in my 8" x 8" square pan - but learned the hard way that i should've gone with a bigger size.  after it was sufficiently chilled, i pulled it out to slice into pieces and it was so thick that most of it cracked into little pieces.  boo.  but guess what?  it's still dee-licious.

undaunted, i turned to my next project - a treat i'd seen and pinned to my "stuff i wanna eat" board immediately.  i've had chocolate-covered potato chips before, but these looked extraordinarily fantastic.  a light coating of caramel, a dip in melted chocolate, and a sprinkle of toffee bits took 'em to a whole new level. 

brushing the caramel on each chip was a pain in the ass.  as i worked on these, i cursed my own "gifts are so booooooring" whininess.  i'm such a glutton for punishment.

the first batch of chocolate that i melted in the microwave seized horribly and was all gross and chunky.  boo.  i ended up using my faux-double boiler method, which worked perfectly.  some of the chips broke as i worked due to the caramel stuck to the wax paper, but i got most of it dipped and sprinkled.

lastly, i put together a batch of that yummy pepperminty, candy cane-y chex mix i made last week.  and to make it extra super cutesy, i busted out a bag of caramel bugle snacks i'd bought to make these super cute santa hats.  the bean was enchanted with the final product.

i scooped six bags' worth of each treat and tied them with ribbon in christmas colors, and then to add to the awesome cheesiness of our gifts, i gave each item a silly name and made little stickers for the bags.

this one was the teen's idea.  somehow, calling something "poop" always makes it more fun.

although i suppose it might have been more appropriate for these.

and then there's this.

i'm full of christmas cheer, aren't i?  well, i'm sure full of something.


  1. I have no idea what any of this food is.

    You are the homemaker version of moto.

  2. I sure love treats, but as a teacher I get SO MANY during the holidays that I end up giving most things away. I give them to kids, I bring them to parties and leave them there, I regift, I try as hard as I can to get rid of them. Of course, I totally appreciate when any of my students takes the time to get me anything...SO MUCH. But I just can't physically eat all that stuff, so, yeah, a lot of it just goes away. I LOVE getting gift cards.

    But you are very sweet for taking care of all of her teachers. And don't forget about the teen's teachers, too! ;-)


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