Monday, May 2, 2011

Teacher's Day Recipes - Homemade Treats to Honor Your Favorite Teacher

Ask any teacher or school bus driver what they most appreciate as thoughtful gifts to honor their service and most will secretly admit to homemade cookies, cakes and other treats.

Yes, it's true. Most teachers have a sweet tooth, and who can blame them? 

On their feet for most of the day as they deal with kids, parents and school administrators, they probablly burn enough calories to make a construction worker blush.

So this Teacher's Day, why not whip up a batch of treats you can make yourself to honor teachers that really make a difference in your children's lives? It's a simple, thoughtful gesture that will give them a sweet memory of how much they are appreciated.

You can start right now by searching online for favorite recipes sure to please any teacher  include their favorite ingredients. 

Chocolate, for instance! 

Simple chocolate chip cookies are fun and easy to make, 
and the kids can even join in to help. Find more easy chocolate treat recipes here.

Instead of an apple, a delicious homemade apple cinnamon cake will stay fresh for days and may be enjoyed as a quick breakfast treat over a hot cup of tea or coffee.

If you're handy with fondant or an icing tube, make a sheet cake and decorate in a Teacher's Day theme, (ABC's, math symbols, etc) or get really crafty and sculpt the cake in the shape of an apple, a teapot, an open book, or a school bus - and decorate accordingly.

Other ideas are only limited to your imagination. Don't forget to add a special Teacher's Day card with your gift with a special note inside reading: "...You take the cake!"

More ideas for Teacher Appreciation Day treats around the Web:

Coolest Homemade Teacher Appreciation Cake Ideas and Photos - Teacher Treats

Ice Cream Cupcakes Recipe & Free Printable Tags for Teachers Day

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Easy Super Bowl Party Foods & Recipes

It's that time of year again, when football fans get together for the biggest blowout of the year while comfortably ensconced on the couch watching the big game on Super Bowl Sunday.

If you're new to football theme parties, take a tip from others who are into entertaining at NFL football games throughtout the year.

That is - think fast and convenient foods and recipes to make it easy on you, and allow your party guests to nosh as they enjoy the game.

As the clock ticks down to the kick-off, it's time to get your game on with these super easy Super Bowl party tips:

Remember that Super Bowl Sunday traditionally starts around 6PM on the East Coast (5Pm Central, 4PM Mountain and 3PM Pacific) so timing is all important when you're planning to send out your Super Bowl party invitations. 

If you may want to invite friends over early to watch the pregame show warmup,  make sure you plan on greeting them at the door with plenty of finger food already on hand. Chips, dip, celery and carrot sticks, olives, deviled eggs (the kids will them, too), and cheese or nacho platters will all be devoured by game time, guaranteed.

For a quick hot dish, remember that the ever-popular buffalo chicken wings broil up fast. Make it easy by having the celery sticks and bleu cheese dip ready the night before for an instant snack that will also really score lots of points with guests.

For the kids, you can't beat chicken nuggets along with their favorite dip. Sodas or sports drinks, together with hot chocolate and marshmallows will fit right in with your football theme. 

And, for the adults what's a Super Bowl game without the beer?

When it's time for the half time show, get ready to seriously chow down with pans of baked ziti, lasagna and other make ahead meals you can freeze and latter warm up on the afternoon of the big game.

Later, don't forget to leave room for dessert. Again, these should be easy to make and to eat, so consider serving up cookies, homemade cupcakes, heaping bowls of ice cream, or try whipping up a quick strawberry shortcake - made from sliced store-bought pound cake smothered in strawberries and cream. 

Finally, whether they're favorite team wins or loses, send your guests home happy with a goody bag filled with foam #1 hands, a football player bobble head figure, protein health bars, beef jerky, team stickers, or other small football-themed giveaways.

Have fun!

More about Super Bowl party ideas and recipes around the Web:
Super Bowl Party Recipes
Super Bowl Party Game Ideas
Super Bowl Party Ideas for Kids and Families