Did you know it was Teacher Appreciation Week? Yeah, me neither. Which is kind of ironic because Josh is a teacher and I used to teach preschool - and yet I had never heard of this little fun holiday. Well, wait, let me rephrase, I had heard of it, I just didn't realize it. At a school where Josh used to teach, there would be a teacher appreciation luncheon each year, (I kind of thought they made it all up), but I had no idea that it was this whole thing. And it really is a thing - every single crafty blog that I have seen this week was devoted almost entirely to ideas for celebrating Teacher Appreciation Week.
And then this morning I got a nice little email from a fellow mommy blogger, inviting me to join her contest for best Teacher Appreciation Week gift. (Yeah, so apparently there are gifts involved - how fun!) But the catch, the cost must be less than $3* for each gift. Three dollars. That's not a lot of money. And I was also determined to only use what I had in the house because it was pouring out and I had no desire to get wet with the girls.
Teacher Appreciation Week wasn't really on my to-do list this week but seriously, it's sounds way more fun than laundry and how could I turn down a chance to win a contest? I mean, I don''t think there is a prize involved or anything, but as I teach my kids, sometimes it's nice to do something nice just because, not because you get anything back. Usually they look at me blankly when I say that, but I am hoping that one day that message will sink in.
So after some thought today, this is what I made with the kids after school. Well, we started it and got as far as the brownies. Everything else was done after they were in bed.
We started by baking the most awesome brownies ever and I am not at all embarrassed to admit that they are Duncan Hines Brownies. Yup, a mix. I have tried countless other brownie recipes and Josh and the kids always comes back to Duncan Hines. So Duncan Hines it is. And even though the Duncan Hines boxes have become smaller over the past year while the price has remained the same, we are still loyal customers.
My boys have six classroom teachers between the two of them. I thought about making these for the specialty teachers too but the truth is, I didn't have enough containers so as much as we appreciate the extra teachers - and we really really do! - it's just the regular classroom teachers who will benefit this time.
And because I am terrible at math and yet, married to a math teacher who was not home tonight, I wound up with twenty-four rather large brownies, after cutting each 9x9 pan into 12 brownie squares. What my plan had been was to give each teacher 2 brownies and a tea bag, all packaged up in a pretty box (aka a knock-off brand tupperware with a purple cover), with a note to a Tea-riffic teacher. I'm sorry, I'm sorry, it's so corny, I know, but it was all I could come up with. And it kind of came out cute.
Back to my math problem - four brownies won't fit into my little boxes so the upshot, I have 12 extra brownies sitting around staring at me, the girl on the 1500 calorie diet. It's not going to be pretty.
Moving right along, I stacked the brownies in pairs, and wrapped each set in plastic wrap and tied it up with a bow. I put a piece of pretty tissue paper into each container (3 for $1 at Shoprite a while back - the containers, not the tissue paper). Put a flavored tea bag next to the brownies, click the cover into place and, woohoo - a tea-riffic little gift. (I'm sorry, I couldn't resist).
To make little tags, I cut out small squares of scrapbook paper, glued them onto the covers of the boxes. I used some mailing labels cut smaller than the scrapbook squares and wrote "for my Morah!"** on them and stuck them on top. Write a little thank you note to the teacher, using the "tea-riffic" phrase and all done. So to all teachers out there, Happy Teacher Appreciation Week! We love you for loving our kids, and even though we may sometimes have some "requests", we truly appreciate the love and care that you show to our kids and to all the kids in their classes.
*Under $3? Yup. All six gifts together cost me less than $5 (I already had the plastic wrap, ribbon, tissue paper, scrapbook paper and stickers, so they don't count, according to the rules.) And morahs, if you're reading this, it's the thought that counts, right? Right?
**Morah means teacher in Hebrew.
Man, I hope win the contest!
Are you a Mom?
Of course you are,
your shirt is dirty :)