Teacher Appreciation

School has started and the kids are with new teachers, so today I’ve got a selection of ways to thank the new teacher for what they do, even if you don’t know them and their personal preferences yet (there are tons more personal ideas out there once you do know the teacher, for thank you gifts at the end of the school year).

Felt gift card envelope

Coloring tin

Clipboard with gift card

Paperclip bookmarks

Handy bag

Teacher apple card

Back to school striped mason jar

Notebook paper frame

Pick me up jar

“You’re a lifesaver”

Glitter scissors (everyone will know which scissors belong to the teacher)

Top of the charts

Crayon monogram

And even more ideas

What are you gifting teachers this year?

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Starting Back to School

Today I’m thinking back to school, so we’ve got some healthy and interesting ideas that you can pack or snack on (they’re good for adults too).  There are also a few ideas for a back to school party too.

Fresh Ideas:

Gluten free pasta

Breakfast cookies

Better boxed lunch

Pretzel pets

Oatmeal bars

Chocolate chunk cookie cupcakes

Magic blondies

Cinnamon tostada

Popcorn balls

Cranberry oat cereal bars

Guava pudding

Chocolate hazelnut rice pudding

Honey nut cereal treats

Strawberry banana cereal treats

Fruity cereal treats

Real fruit rolls

Hot cereal with apple butter and walnuts

Banana blueberry cornmeal muffins

Trail mix cookie cups

Walrus cookie pops

Chocolate zucchini cupcakes

Marshmallow pops

School Inspired Ideas:

Candy crayons

Pretzel crayons

Pencil cupcakes

Apple cookies

Krispy apple treats

Pencil pushers

Apple cupcakes

What are you planning for snacks this fall?

Eggcited for Easter

Are you ready for Easter tomorrow? Here are some last minute fun activities, crafts and cards you can create today or use to entertain the kids tomorrow.

Cards:

Carrot celebration card

Bright Easter card

Lavender Easter bunny card

Punched Easter bunny card

Crafts:

Egg-painted crate

Bright place setting

Happy Easter chicky goodie bag

Bright Easter tree with chalkboard eggs

Easter carrot centerpiece

Bright Easter mossy bunny

Yarn egg banner

Carrot burlap wall art

Egg wreaths

Pounded grass place mats

Paper Easter baskets

Egg creatures

Slipcover Easter basket

Bunny finger puppets

Easter candy jar

Mini bunny bunting

Paper Easter wreath

Peeps, bunny bunting and door hangers

Egg terrariums

Paint chip Easter garland

Puzzle piece lamb

Styrofoam cup spring hats

Egg bugs

Quilled duck

Paint stick bunnies

Window suncatchers

Cute egg crafts

Scrapbook pages

Games:

Tic tac toe

Egg games

Glowing Easter egg hunt

Kool eggs

How are you celebrating Easter?

Feasts for Easter

Sunday is Easter so today I’ve got lots of recipes for you to try for something new this year!

Bread and Breakfast:

Easter dove bread

Hot cross buns

Easter bread wreath

Spring sweet bread

Italian Easter cheese bread

Amish dinner rolls

Cinnamon bun bites

Yeasted cheese and sour cherry coffee cake

Nutty honey mini rolls

Uber berry muffins

Easter bread bunny brioche

Fritatta with asparagus, tomato and fontina

Oven browns

Dinner:

Easter pie

Salt crusted leg of lamb

Spice rubbed lamb chop with green beans

Roasted ham with cider glaze

Brandy peppercorn honey glazed ham

Baked ham with brown sugar mustard glaze

Orange baked ham

Ham with five spice cherry sauce

Pork loin with parsnips and pears

Beef tenderloin with Parmesan herb stuffing

Brisket with ginger, orange peel and tomato

Greek potatoes with lemon vinaigrette

Marmalade glazed carrots with candied pecans

Feta and dill stuffed artichokes

Carrot and lentil salad

Artichoke flatbread

Risotto with yogurt and peas

Mushroom, barley and roasted asparagus salad

Dessert:

Easter cookie wreaths

Italian Easter cookies

Ricotta pie

Golden mini egg cakes

Chocolate swirl babka

Rhubarb strawberry tart

Triple citrus bundt cake

Lemon ginger bundt cake

Meringue frosted cake with raspberry filling

Lemon ginger mousse and pistachio tuiles

Egg shaped meringue nests

Marshmallow Easter critters

Nesting baby bluebird cupcakes

Chick and egg cupcakes

Lemon macaroon chicks

Cadbury egg desserts

Southern banana pudding

Carrot cake

Mini pineapple cakes

What are you planning on cooking?

Football Foods

With the Superbowl coming up in just a few weeks today I’ve got some football inspired snacks to create along with some other game worthy treats!

Football treats:

Pastrami football finger sandwiches

Football shaped zucchini fritters

Touchdown mini meatloaf and buffalo chicken bites

Football pizza pockets

Football pretzels

Bacon cheddar beer bread footballs

Football cupcakes

Fudgy football brownies

Pumpkin football cakes

Football scotcheroos

Strawberry footballs

Chocolate oatmeal cream pie footballs

Passion fruit football bars

Double chocolate football cupcakes

Other great snacks and drinks:

Snacks and appetizers:

Spindle rolls

Tube steaks with pickled onion topper

Chicago style dogs

Cheddar bacon loaf

Chinese coca cola wings

Buffalo chicken drums with blue cheese

Asiago artichoke dip

Mexican seven layer dip

Hot wing dip

Classic soft pretzels

Spicy Italian meatballs

Chorizo pepper hand pies

Spicy chicken pot stickers with ginger and green onion dipping sauce

Pork and sweet potato empanadas

Baked ziti with three cheeses

Simple Stromboli

Salted peanut bars

Pecan crusted mojito bars

Drinks:

Razzy lager

Raspberry champagne fizz

Dandy shandy

Apple cinnamon winter sangria

The porcupine

Cucumber sangria

Spicy beer Mary

Aztec hot chocolate

Vanilla coffee white hot chocolate

What are you making for the Superbowl?

Hanukkah Happenings

Today we’re taking a look at some Hanukkah holiday traditions with some foods and crafts.

Food:

Classic challah

Harvest apple challah

Cinnamon apple raisin challah

Whole wheat challah

Challah french toast

Chard and caramelized shallot noodle kugel

Potato latkes

Roast vegetable tsimmes with apricots

Beef brisket with dried fruit

Roast chicken with wild rice dressing

Sephardic chicken soup with sofrito and herbed matzo balls

Sweet and sour short ribs

Apricot glazed chicken with dried plums and sage

Challah bread pudding with chocolate and raisins

Apricot gelt

Marhsmallow dreidels

Holiday pistachio cutouts

Sufganyot

Cherry nut rugelach

Crafts:

Stripes and stars card

Invitation for Hanukkah gathering

Hanukkah slider card

Embossed stars card

Layered star card

Party place cards

Napkin rings

Menorah hanging

Starry stamped table runner

Star punched paper hurricanes

Wooden block menorah

Yarn ball wreath

20 more Hanukkah crafts and decorations

How are you going to celebrate Hanukkah?

Treats for Thanksgiving

Today we’ll be getting ready for the big meal next week, with plenty of turkey, stuffing and pumpkin treats, including a few unique ideas.

Breads:

Thanksgiving muffins

Cranberry orange rolls

Harvest pumpkin scones

Honey wheat rolls

Easy pumpkin bread

Honey rosemary bowknots

Herbed breadsticks

Pumpkin corn bread

Cornbread turkeys

Sweet potato biscuits

No-knead dinner rolls

Sides:

Flash braised vegetable medley

Rosemary french onion soup

Root veggie chips with sea salt

Herb and goat cheese stuffed mushrooms

Savory nuts

Roasted butternut squash lasagna

Broccolini and feta galette

Butternut squash baked risotto

Mushroom tart

Spinach and cheese puff

Stuffing:

Plain but good stuffing

Gluten free stuffing and simple gravy

Cranberry orange cornbread stuffing

Sausage and apple stuffing

Stuffing cups

Challah stuffing with fennel and dried fruit

Dried fruit and nut cornbread dressing

Cherry pecan stuffing

Turkey and Meat:

Turkey pot pie with biscuits

Roasted turkey with bourbon butter glaze

Marmalade glazed turkey

Bacon roasted turkey

Spice rubbed roast turkey

Kale and sausage stuffed turkey

Slow grilled turkey

Salt and pepper turkey

Beef tenderloin with Parmesan herb stuffing

Pork roast with lady apples and seckel pears

Slow roasted pork with kumquats

Cranberry stuffed Cornish game hens

Orange and cumin pork loin

Dessert:

Old fashioned pecan pie

Pumpkin pie

Chocolate cream pie

Classic apple crisp

Thanksgiving turkey cookies

Bourbon sweet potato pie with hazelnut crumble

Deep dish apple pie

Caramel nut tart

Three tier candied pecan cake with brown butter pears

Rustic Meyer lemon tart

What are you planning to make this Thanksgiving?