Thursday, December 19, 2013

Hot Cocoa Packets - perfect for teacher or neighbor gifts!

Well, another blog that I've been almost non-existent on for Moooooooonths!

I'm SO sorry about that! Life is busy and crazy with two toddlers, a husband, a dog, a part time job and a bow-business on the side. Throw in Christmas? Total chaos!!

But here I am for a quick check-in. I've got lots more things to start posting about, probably more so after the holidays are OVER. 

For now, I just wanted to share a little something I'm giving to Hunter's two preschool teachers.  I made cookies and I am going to tie some up in a cute little bag w/ribbon. 

But I wanted to add a little something else to go with it. And since I am broke as can be, I could not go buy anything. So I analyzed Pinterest and miscellaneous blogs for ideas and decided to put these cute little Hot Cocoa packets together!

Sorry for the dark picture. I took it last night on the the light of just Christmas tree lights!
My hubby was asleep on the couch so I didn't want to wake him up.
Cute, huh? And super simple! I pinned a blog that had these adorable FREE holiday printables on it and quickly printed two of the Christmas bag toppers out on card stock. I already had a (huge) box of hot cocoa--the kids would put an IV in of it, if I let them--and mini marshmallows. I also had a box of mini candy canes and some leftover holiday Hershey kisses, from making our Peanut Butter Kiss Cookies.

I also pulled out a box of plastic cutlery (I ALWAYS have some laying around from a birthday party that's passed). Melted up some of my melting chocolate (um, yes, something else I always seem have on hand!) and dipped the plastic spoons into the chocolate. Then I sprinkled on some of the crushed up candy canes. Lay the spoon on some parchment or wax paper to dry...they harden up pretty quickly. Mmmmmm, I'm already picturing how yummy it will be dipping that spoon into a steaming mug of hot chocolate (BTW, do you call it hot cocoa? Or hot chocolate??)! I made a couple extras for the kids to enjoy! I've done these before and they are pretty self explanatory, but if you need a little more guidance on how to make the chocolate-dipped spoons, there are TONS of pins on how to make them on Pinterest!

I put my items in a regular 'ol sandwich bag then stapled the bag topper onto the top. Voila! Instant cute (and inexpensive) gift! If I have time I MAY try to make an ornament for each teacher, but since Hunter's preschool class Christmas party is TOMORROW...that may not happen.

Anyway, moral of the story? You don't need to spend a ton to give someone a thoughtful gift!

Handmade is always fun and appreciated!