2011 Teacher Treats

The past couple of years I have shared the sweet treats I have made at Christmas for the wonderful teachers at my sons' daycare to show my gratitude towards the care they provide in my absence. 

Half the fun of sending off my teacher treats is the packaging! 
I had the absolute most fun this year decorating these small square Ball jars! 

The best/worst part: I didn't have a clue starting out how I was going to decorate the jars. I had an idea in mind, but when I went to my fabric stash I didn't have any fun Christmas-y fabric! Gah! 

But I did find this fabulous polka dot fabric that would be cute for mod-ish Christmas decorating. And I had recently picked up some mini ornaments of similar colors in the dollar spot at Target. Digging through some more of my craft stash, I found this fun turquoise and silver cording as well as a massive pile of silver pipe cleaners. 

I could make this work!

I cut the fabric into circles about an inch wider than the lid, set it on the jar, and tightened the lid.

I wrapped the cording around the lid and tied it into a knot.

I pushed one of the pipe cleaners between the cording and the lid then threaded an ornament through each end. I wrapped the pipe cleaner around itself a couple of times (like you would a twist tie) then manipulated it around to look like a bow.

Done. Easy. Adorable!

Incidentally, two of the jars are filled with mint Hershey Kisses and the other two are filled with a sugar-free hot cocoa mix. One of our teachers this year is a diabetic and, while I know she'll sneak some of the candy treats, I wanted to have something for her to indulge in, too! The cocoa mix seemed like the perfect thing. I could tell when I gave it to her this morning that she was both surprised and delighted that I remembered her condition. Its the little things! :)

Also included in the treats was this tasty mint fudge that is the easiest fudge you will ever make! 
When Vanessa shared this concoction at V and Co. last weekend, I knew I was going to try it! I mean, with a name like 3 Minute 3 Ingredient Fudge how can you go wrong?? You can't!

I'm definitely making this again, and will try different flavor combinations, too.
Its my new go to recipe!

The line up of tasty treats:
Mint Hershey Kisses (not shown)
Funfetti Brownie Bites

For the brownies, I bought the Funfetti mix from Pillsbury 
and made the brownies in a mini muffin tin.
Easy peasy!

The brownies, bark, and fudge were bagged individually...

Then everything was placed into these fun gift boxes that I found 
for $1 each at a craft show last month. 

Its always fun to drop them off with the teachers! 
And to see what, if anything, is left by the end of the day.
These ladies need to keep their energy up to keep up with all those little ones!


And that, my friends, is my final post before Christmas!
I'm taking some time to spend with family, wrap gifts, finish making gifts... :)

I'll be back next week with a 2011 "best of" post and back to regular blogging in January.

Until then...