It was in full swing last week. Our annual baking frenzy where we make teacher gifts and various other goodies so we can contribute in our small way to the annual sugar consumption in America.
First we needed to edit Scary Baby’s list of gift giving. 27 teachers, administrators and school staff was a bit excessive since we never gave that many when the 3 big kids were in school. The kid has a heart for giving which is lovely. But hello…not happening.
This year I started with 4 batches of Cajun Chex Mix.
Followed by holiday bark inspired by Leigh Anne who featured this lemon bark. I know it is a popular holiday treat but I’ve never made it. We have so many other favorites that I never get around to this easy goodie. I made also made a two-layer peppermint which was so good!
PhilBillPaul is in charge of pretzels, fudge and sugared pee-cans.
Scary Baby helped design cute little bag toppers for 25 pretzel bags for the holiday party. That’s 25 bags before we even started on the teacher gifts.
They really didn’t say from “Scary B” on the tags.
The next day “we” got busy with the teacher and staff gifts. We got it down to a more reasonable 13 bags as opposed to her original list of 27.
Her teacher and 2 principals + school nurse got the “big” bags. Everyone else got chex mix and fudge. Remind me to tell you why the school nurse totally qualified for the mother lode…on another day.
More cute little tags with Scary Baby’s input on colors and fonts.
Mini loaves of poppy seed bread are always a big hit. It was all about easy stuff this year.
Then I broke out the sewing machine and whipped up these cute felt gift bags. Okay, that is a BIG lie. I don’t even own a sewing machine.
Scary Baby was so excited when she saw the Tar-jay wiener dog gift bag she earmarked especially for her teacher. I was excited it was one dollar.
I used to be more organized and start earlier and freeze in batches. Apparently I’m getting old and forgetful. Is Christmas on the 25th this year?
For the first time in 15 years, I did not make cookies for the teacher gift bags.
I was actually fine with that. She is at a new school and I didn’t really have any reputation to adhere to from past gift giving. It was kind of a relief. And that mini loaf of poppy seed bread takes up a good amount of room. 😉
But we cannot have Christmas at our house without cookies.
So Saturday night I got busy and started mixing up cookie dough.
I had asked each family member what was their one favorite cookie they needed me to make.
Scary Baby – Lemon Drops
Wizzy – Chocolate Mint Cookies
Roger Leroy – Fudgie Bon Bons
The Grunter – Illinois Soft Sugar Cookies
PhilBillPaul – Berry Shortbread Dreams
I always try to add at least one new recipe each year so I finally got around to making these Chocolate Turtle Cookies that I had intentions of making last year. Roger Leroy gave them a nine and says they are keepers.
This is what I did all day Sunday. The oven was on for about 8 hours.
Just so you know, we don’t eat all the cookies ourselves. We make several platters to take to friends.
Side note: Scary Baby picked the green icing color. Also suitable for shamrock cookies at St. Patrick’s Day.
And we mail a few boxes to family and friends.
Anyone else going to the post office today? I’m scared to see how long the line is.
What are your most favorite holiday treats you must have at this time of year? Share the recipe too!
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