Saturday, March 31, 2012

Girl Scout Cookies

     Who doesn't love Girl Scout Cookies?  There can't be that many who don't love to see those girls in green sashes.  A sure sign that spring is on it's way.  I can't tell you how many 'No Soliciting - except for Girl Scouts' signs that I see on doors around town.  Last year I committed a major faux pas.  I ordered lots of Girl Scout Cookies for the missionaries and one box each of Thin Mints, Samoa's and Trefoil's.  The family practically went on STRIKE!!  This year I more than doubled our order...actually I quintupled last year's quintupled a word?  Walking in the door you should have seen those cute little faces drop when they saw three boxes of Girl Scout Cookies thinking that they would all be sent out to missionaries.  My 'Super Mom' status has been reinstated and even our dentist is thrilled with our mother load anticipating our next family checkup.

Thursday, March 8, 2012

St. Patrick's Day - "Box O' Green"

     This is similar to what we did for Mason last year and he loved it.  It was really so simple and fun to do.  Just wander the grocery store looking for all things green.  The difficult part will be trying to make sure that you have a nice mix of healthy vs. treats.  There are lots of green treats but no so many healthy ones that travel well.  I also found a green bookmark, magnet and some CTR rings (for the kids on the Navajo Reservation where my parents are serving) at Deseret Book.  We packaged everything up in a tissue lined Flat Rate box filled with some green shredded paper and topped it all off with a lovely 'Old Irish Blessing' verse.  You can print the printable here.

Here's some ideas for your Box O' Green:
 Ghiradelli Mint Chocolate Squares
Orville Redenbacher's Single Serve Popcorn
Goldfish Parmesan Cheese Crackers
Andes Creme de Menthe Thins
Lifesavers Wint-o-green Mints
Dill Pickle Sunflower Seeds
Mike and Ike's
Green Apple Tic Tac
Thin Mint Girl Scout Cookies
3 Musketeers Mint
Skittles Sour
Mint Patties
Caramel Apple Pops
Spree Chewy
Mint Patties
Spearmint gum
Watermelon Pop Rocks
Tree Top canned Apple Juice
Sour Cream n' Onion Pringles

St. Patrick's Day - Pretzel Bites

I'm sure you've seen variations on this theme posted on Pinterest lately but I couldn't find one that included just the right amount of chew-ey, salty, chocolate-ey, caramel-ey I made one up.  Most of the recipes that I found used Hershey's kisses or chocolate disks.  I used Rolo's - YUM!

Shopping List:

     Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Line a cookie sheet or baking tray with parchment paper or foil and cover with pretzels.  Top each pretzel with a Rolo and place in oven.  Heating time will vary according to your oven but this should only take a few minutes.  You are just softening the chocolate and caramel not melting it...that would make a mess and take away most of the fun!  Immediately after removing tray from the oven, place an m&m in the center of each Rolo and press gently.  You will need to work fairly quickly before the chocolate begins to cool.  Let cool completely.  This can take a few hours so if you're in a hurry you could pop them in the fridge.  I just covered mine and left them the office so I didn't keep snitching them.  When cool, place them in a cellophane bag or other container. 

Mouthwatering morsels of pure deliciousness.  YUM!

I folded down the top edge of my cellophane bag and attached a bag topper. 
Click here for "Happy St. Patrick's Day" bag topper printable.