I usually like to dabble in some Christmas baking and give my girls’ teachers something baked with love (and gratitude!). Last year I made these white chocolate and cranberry cookies and they were yum. The year before I made Christmas Rocky Road, which was also a hit. I decided to make Rocky Road again this year but this time I used a special ingredient, Clinkers. My festive Rocky Road is inspired by Lucy’s delicious recipe from Bake Play Smile. I had to go to a couple of shops to hunt down the clinkers but I was rapt to find some in festive pink and green. I basically used Lucy’s recipe but I wanted to add some extra crunch so I chopped up a crunchie bar as well. In my mind honeycomb is what really makes a good rocky road. I also increased the amount of chocolate accordingly. And the best thing about this recipe aside from the taste? It’s quick and easy to make. And at this time of year if it’s not quick and easy then I am not interested….
There has been a lot of talk in the media lately about whether parents should give gifts to school teachers, childcare staff and preschool educators. Some argue that the staff get paid and therefore a gift is not really necessary. I disagree. In my mind they deserve GOLD on top of their salary for caring for our little ones. But, gift giving can get expensive, especially if you have more than one child and multiple staff members looking after them. In my mind the most lovely gift you can give is handmade card. Nothing else says “thank you” like a gorgeous card hand drawn (or scribbled) by your child.
Last year I made Christmas Rocky Road, which we displayed in glass mason jars and tied with a ribbon and a Christmas decoration. This year, we baked White Chocolate and Cranberry cookies to give to Childcare and Kinder staff. We also bought some beautiful Christmas tree decorations so that they have something that lasts as the cookies certainly won’t!
Here is how we said THANK YOU to the wonderfully patient, kind and caring ladies who have looked after my three girls this year….
How long is your Christmas gift list? If it’s anything like mine, it’s long! Christmas is fast approaching and when you have young children, you’re not only buying presents from you, but also on behalf of the children to aunties, uncles and especially grandparents. Choosing gifts for your parents can be a challenge year after year, but buying on behalf of your kids for them doesn’t need to be hard.
Gift ideas for the Grandparents:
A classic board game is a great low cost gift idea for the grandparents from the kids as is something the whole family can enjoy together time and time again. A fun new game can make for great wholesome family entertainment on Christmas day or any time the children visit. Alternatively, buy a craft set or child friendly gardening set and bulbs or seeds as something for the children to do with their grandparents when they visit them in months to come. Grandparents always appreciate ideas for activities they can do with their grandchildren….