Last minute Christmas treats

The conversation went like this on Wednesday.

Little L – “Mommy what are we bringing to school for my class for Christmas?”

Me – (Long pause) “What day is it today?”

Little L – “Wednesday”.

Me – (Things I can’t type that ran through my head) “Ok we’ll figure something out.”

Her last day of school before the Holidays is today. Above all things that I forgot, I forgot about the classroom treats. It’s not a necessity. I am sure no one would have been the wiser 10 years down the line if she didn’t bring any in. But at this social age this is like the equivalent of the empty brown paper bag on Valentine’s day taped to the side of your desk. I was all like “Yes I got a turkey on sale and I have my food and my baking stuff here!” and suddenly you’re staring at your kitchen going “Ok so they don’t allow anything with peanuts and there’s even a latex allergy so what to bring in?”

Store bought, peanut free candy canes from Allan. Done.

Except I had to wrap them. Yes I had to wrap them. Come on I couldn’t just send in just the candy cane. Because I think somewhere in my subconscious, the lunatic part of the crafting portion of my brain would have been like “Oh you know what they could have looked like but you just didn’t bother”. It would have driven me nuts.

So I printed up some laser labels, stuck and cut out their corresponding card stock and stapled them to the candy canes.

You know what kids love as much as candy?

Noise.

I added bells. Her teacher is going to kill me.

That font on the tag FYI is calledย St. Nicholas. I think I was just looking for an excuse to find a new Christmas font to print up.

In order to prevent her teacher(s) from asking me why I gave her entire class objects to penetrate her ear drums, I made her this.

Mint vanilla chocolate fudge.

This was pre-planned. All ingredients were purchased before. Trust me I did not just whip up a batch of fudge the night before. Ok I’m lying I did but seriously this is easier than the Mock Skor Bars. Except for one little mishap that happened along the way.ย There is a great post coming up about the making of this fudge, the recipe behind it and the complete rescue operation of an entire batch of it. No it’s really great. I’ll teach you exactly what not to do and I have photos of evidence along the way. Mind you it tastes divine.

And gingerbread cookies. The kind where you taste the butter crispness melt in your mouth because they’re so good. I love Kraft recipes.

If you’ll excuse me, this week has been chaos. It is almost midnight as I’m writing this when I really should be sleeping. I do have a movie date this weekend with my husband with perhaps the greatest Christmas movie ever (aside from “Why you smiling like that?” “I just like smiling. Smiling’s my favourite!” – if don’t know where that’s from we can no longer be friends) while wearing the greatest Christmas shirt ever. It arrived last week. Nice.

 

22 Comments

  • Reply
    Gilit
    December 21, 2012 at 8:37 am

    The fudge looks amazing and I just watched elf with my husband!

    • Reply
      Alex@northstory
      December 27, 2012 at 5:47 pm

      I’m very late to replying. Chaos ensued at home. Hope you had a great Holiday! Elf was on high rotation. Then the kids lost the the DVD.

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    runtspickins
    December 21, 2012 at 8:46 am

    I just watched that movie last night!

    • Reply
      Alex@northstory
      December 27, 2012 at 5:48 pm

      NICE! Hope you had a great Holiday!

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    Pillows A-La-Mode
    December 21, 2012 at 8:55 am

    What a FUN post! And your packages and goodies are just perfect! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Reply
      Alex@northstory
      December 27, 2012 at 5:48 pm

      It was crazy trying not to eat it all. I made the chocolate version too and oh dear…

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    Stacey
    December 21, 2012 at 9:44 am

    Such cute packaging! Sometimes the wrapping of a treat really is THE TREAT! It all looks wonderful and will most certainly make each recipient feel special. Love it, Alex!
    That fudge is crazy cool. It almost doesn’t look real. I was thinking “why is she cutting up a sponge”? (burst of laughter) Hey… Now that I know… I’ll eat that sponge all day long. ๐Ÿ™‚ Looking forward to that recipe!

    • Reply
      Alex@northstory
      December 27, 2012 at 5:49 pm

      I think you can relate to this but I am huge sucker for cute packaging. Half the time the product can be the same as the next but the box will make you go Oh I can keep that on my shelf after it’s done. A sponge!! LOL.

  • Reply
    Nikkie
    December 21, 2012 at 10:06 am

    Love this! Excited for the fudge recipe!!

    • Reply
      Alex@northstory
      December 27, 2012 at 5:50 pm

      Thank you! I should get my butt off and do that by Jan. I’m taking a 5 minute breather on here til the New Year. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reply
    Kelly (Cobwebs, Cupcakes and Crayons)
    December 21, 2012 at 10:40 am

    So cute! I was totally laughing through the beginning of this post. I love “the lunatic part of the crafting portion of my brain”…hahaha! My brain has that portion too, so I get it!

    • Reply
      Alex@northstory
      December 27, 2012 at 5:51 pm

      It’s so true though b/c really, the kids won’t care a quarter as much as I would. All they see is candy and bells. Heck I could bring a gift bag and get my daughter to walk around the class and tell everyone “Take a treat and 2 bells” and…actually that’s a pretty good idea for next time.

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    the home tome
    December 21, 2012 at 6:22 pm

    You are GOOD… even in a pinch! Way to think on your feet and make it all cute, to boot ๐Ÿ™‚ Yup, smiling’s my fave too, and heart that movie…

    • Reply
      Alex@northstory
      December 27, 2012 at 5:52 pm

      I am crazy is what I am. Christmas Fonts. Like an addiction. I can’t believe the movie is almost 10 years old.

  • Reply
    thethinkingcloset
    December 22, 2012 at 12:17 am

    It’s all about the presentation, right? And you nailed it! Looks like you were able to still be creative and personal even under pressure. Muy impressivo. And that fudge looks to die for….

    • Reply
      Alex@northstory
      December 27, 2012 at 5:53 pm

      It’s shamelessly about the presentation. It’s funny b/c the jars are actually very small. They look huge in real life but the fudge is so rich tasting that you can’t have pounds of it or else it’s overwhelming so it’s more of a little treat. Hope you had a wonderful holiday! Love all your baking!

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    Danielle
    December 22, 2012 at 5:48 pm

    Bwhaha… I totally sent Tess to school on friday with just candy canes. No wrapping, no bells, just candy canes. And one of them was even broken! And we totally didn’t care… it was a great feeling! But I did realize that giving little treats like this speaks to my daughters heart and now is the time to be thinking ahead for her to Valentine’s Day. Love both of these ideas and may need to steal them for then. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Such a great new tee. Evan had his friends over last night to watch “Christmas Vacation” and they thought it was “cute”. Gah! I weep for our future.

    • Reply
      Alex@northstory
      December 27, 2012 at 5:55 pm

      When I read your comment I died laughing b/c listen, by the time my daughter is Tessa’s age I will be sending her to school with a kiss on the head and $5 to go to Walmart on her own. Terrible admission of parenting right?
      Valentines Day. Oh God do not get me started. I hate Valentines Day but God help me my daughter is like ok so what’s after Christmas that I can decorate my room like. I am still in Grinch mode wondering how painful it’s going to be to take down the tree this week. Hope you had a wonderful Christmas!!
      “Cute”. For the love of…

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    now at home mom
    December 22, 2012 at 10:33 pm

    I really like this! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Reply
      Alex@northstory
      December 27, 2012 at 5:56 pm

      Thank you! I hope you had a wonderful Chrismtas!

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    traditionis
    December 23, 2012 at 5:46 pm

    I wish you a merry christmas and a wonderful new year.Thank you for sharing your creative blog.see you again in 2013.kisses

    • Reply
      Alex@northstory
      December 27, 2012 at 5:56 pm

      Thank you so much for all the well wishes! I hope you had a wonderful Christmas too!

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