Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Simple Sweets for Teacher Appreciation

An awesome teacher can make ALL the
difference in a child's school experience.
I know that all too well.

When Sara was in first grade...the teacher said she was
a daydreamer and if she didn't learn to focus
she'd never be successful in school.
In first grade, people!

Did she know my kid?
My kid was smart...she was special. 

 I know, as parents, we all believe
our children to be special.

Because they are.

We don't want anyone to tell us differently.
But we're talking about a child who, from the age of three,
would go somewhere {a friend's home, church, public places}
and start rearranging items by size and color
because she was compelled to organize them.

My problem with this teacher was not that
she said this, but that she ONLY said this.
She didn't offer solutions or suggestions.
Thankfully, the school year was almost over.

In second grade, she met Ms. Chacon...the world's best teacher.

She looked at Sara and said...this child is bored...
she's not a daydreamer...
she just needs more work to do
and something to challenge her.
And that realization changed everything.

I'm not saying this teacher was a bad teacher...
I'm not sure how I feel about that.

What I do know...
teachers have a tough job and
sometimes they're just wrong.

They need all the support they can get
and a little appreciation goes a long way.

I've seen all the cute printable and fun teacher
gift ideas floating around the interwebs.

I love them all...but I never really had the time for that.

I believe a simple sweet gesture says Thank You
just as much...and they get to eat it.

Here I've included what we've done the last few years.

At the top were Pink Velvet cupcakes with cream cheese frosting.
Sorry...I don't know if that's the actual recipe I used.
I used a small flower cutter on some rolled fondant and wrote
Thank You with an edible food color marker.

Did you catch that perfect packaging for portable cake?
Drop your cupcakes into a plastic punch cup...
wrap in a cellophane bag...tie a fork on with a ribbon.

Voila!  Cake to go!

One year we just did decorated cookies...
individually wrapped and tied.

Those are No Fail Sugar Cookies with some buttercream {with real vanilla}
and fondant rolled and cut with the same shape cutters.
Yes, these took some time...but I also made some cookie
bouquets for Mother's Day at the same time.

These cookies are great at keeping their shape.
And they're yummy, too.
More buttery than sugar cookies usually are...
which is a good thing in my book!

Then more cupcakes...in school colors...
with some awesome edible gold star glitter.
I didn't add the forks this time.
These were just triple chocolate fudge.

So, even if you don't have time to make a bunch of
super cute supermom individual teacher gifts...
don't forget to say Thank You to the teachers
and principals in your child's life.

Cookies (even simple chocolate chip),
cupcakes, a handwritten note...
Heck...I can think of 5 blogs off the top of
my head that have some cute printables!

See you next time!

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  1. Beautiful! Being a former teacher I soooo get this! That teacher was wrong...she was wrong because she did not know your child. How wonderful are these gifts...just absolutely awesome!!!

  2. Wow! I love all of your treats Kelly! They look so fabulous! I bet the teacher's loved it and felt so special! Have a wonderful week! Angie xo

  3. Kelly, your cupcakes and cookies are gorgeous! The Lord created your daughter and he said she is fearfully and wonderfully made. (Psalms 139) I'd take his word over a teacher's any day :) Thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving a comment. Glad you enjoyed the post. We had a great time and I'm looking forward to heading our again soon. Hope the weather gets better in time for your trip! Have a good week.

  4. These are all so pretty. We have a link party called Wednesdays Adorned From Above Blog Hop and would love to have you share this and any other posts with everyone. It runs from Tuesday night through midnight Sunday. Here is the link to the party.
    We hope to see you there.
    Debi and Charly @ Adorned From Above

  5. These are all beautiful!! Thank you for sharing your ideas with us. Our Simply Create Link party is going on right now. I would love to have you link up, as I'm sure my followers would love to see what you created too. Hope to see you soon!


  6. So cute...and such a great idea to package up those cupcakes individually! I featured your post on my blog today, check it out here: http://www.unoriginalmom.com/original-fridays-6-teacher-appreciation-ideas/

  7. Awesome post!

    I would love for you to link up to my TGIF Link Party! Who knows, you just might be featured next week!



  8. These all look amazing, and delicious! :)

  9. What a party last week on Friday Flash Blog! Thanks for joining us. I hope you’ve visited some of the other community members and you're having a splendid week.


  10. So pretty and tasty looking! Stopping by from Friday Flash Blog. :)

    1. Just joined your GFC, toO!

      Christine :)


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