Santa Faces

I used to love getting those little holiday themed mini magazines/cookbooks at the grocery store checkout.  I got one many years ago when our son was little that had ideas to make treats for Santa.  They were super easy, and the kids could even help make them.  I ran across these Santa faces, and not only were they cute and easy, they were really yummy.  So, we made them every year.  I even remember the year my mom was supposed to come visit us in North Carolina, but had a stroke the first weekend in December…so, change of plans.  Instead of Christmas in our home, we loaded up our 4 wheel drive sleigh and headed to Texas.  Our son was just 4…and I didn’t want his Christmas to be disrupted in the least.  So, in addition to all the presents, I packed up all the supplies and ingredients I would need to carry on with our traditions of baking and decorating everything as usual.  And, that included all the items necessary for Santa faces. Continue reading “Santa Faces”

Pilgrim Hats

I love Thanksgiving.  It’s my favorite meal all year long, and I have many fantastic memories of big family dinners.  It holds a special place in my heart.  And so, when our premature son finally came home from the hospital right before Thanksgiving…my mother-in-law came to the rescue to help as I juggled a new baby and the big feast.  Having already had other grandchildren, she gave me so many helpful hints and ideas that even tho’ he was an infant and would not care about crafty treats for a long time…I could file them away for when he would.  And, more importantly, I would have plenty of impressive things to take to the many school parties I would be involved with in the years to come.  This is one of those tried and true kids’ treats that made numerous appearances both at our dinner and the classroom party table.   Continue reading “Pilgrim Hats”

Peanut Butter Crispy Treats

We’ve all had the delicious rice crispy treats a million times.  They are a childhood…and adulthood favorite for sure.  But, when I was in elementary school a 100 years ago, our cafeteria made a similar treat with corn flakes instead of rice cereal and added peanut butter.  They were really tasty, and I always looked forward to their appearance on the divided tray!  Now that the kids are back in school…I thought this would be a nice treat to throw in the lunch box…or to have as a snack after school.  Sooooo easy! Continue reading “Peanut Butter Crispy Treats”