Have a Ball this Summer! Free End of Year Gift Tag Printable

Luke’s last day of preschool is Wednesday and he wanted (ok, I wanted him) to give each of his friends a small gift to kick off the summer. We were in Kentucky for Valentine’s Day, so he didn’t get to give out Valentine’s and this is just a small way to say “thanks for being my friend”. I scoured Pinterest to find the cutest ideas and you can see my post here on 12 End of Year Classmate Gift FREE Printables. 12 EOY gift printablesI took Luke to the Dollar Tree to pick out a little something to give each of his friends. He first wanted to give them m&m’s, but I shot that down quickly. We try not to give out too much candy and I know the teachers wouldn’t appreciate any extra sugar on the last day. After going up and down every aisle, he finally decided to give splash balls.

IMG_9151There are 16 friends in Luke’s class, so we purchased 16 splash ball sets. They come in a pack of two, but to cut costs you could easily place one splash ball in a baggie and attach the tag to the baggie. I think kids would be thrilled with one ball and never know that there were two in the original pack.

IMG_9153We came home and I whipped up some cute tags to cover the ugly Dollar Tree tag and ta-da… his end of year gifts were finished! Start to finish it took less than 30 minutes to cut and attach all 16 tags. (And that was with the help of two littles!)

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I ended up taping the tags to the splash ball packaging, but you could also use double-sided tape or staples to attach it.

Here is Luke with his little $1 end of school year gift. He couldn’t be more excited to hand these out next week!

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You can download these FREE gift tags by clicking the link below.
Have a Ball Gift Tags

Let me know if you use these for your kiddos classmate gifts. They would also be perfect for teachers to give their students as well!

Happy (almost) summer!

 

Free Teacher Gift Printable + Maple Glazed Donut Recipe

Smart Cookie Free Teacher Gift printableOn Thursday, we met Luke’s new preschool teachers and since first impressions always count I wanted him to take them a sweet little gift. We decided to give them cookies in a jar, because who doesn’t LOVE cookies? We used Bakerella’s Cowboy Cookie recipe (we left out the nuts because he goes to a nut free school) and packaged it in a quart sized mason jar.

Smart Cookie Free Teacher Gift Printable

I created a printable that reads “I’ll be one smart cookie with you as my teacher” and attached it to the front along with some ribbon with double sided tape. I used a border from “Coffee, Kids and Compulsive Lists”, which is funny because all three of those things consume my life right now! The baking instructions for the cookies are also included in the file and fit perfectly on the lid. This was by total accident. I actually designed the directions to be attached to the back of the jar, but since it was a perfect fit, I attached it to the lid with double sided tape too.

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To download the Smart Cookie labels click here.

Free Smart Cookie Teacher Gift Printable

These are so easy and quick to put together and perfect for kiddos to help with as well. Luke’s job was to use a pastry tool to pack the each layer down. Of course, we had to keep remeasuring the m&m’s because my little helper kept eating them.

While the kids were playing, I snuck out to the front porch to photograph the cookie jars. About halfway through taking the pictures I looked up and saw this…

IMG_0922My girl is *never* far from her mama. At times it is tough because she wants to constantly be held, but I know that this time is short and I almost always oblige. Some say she is spoiled, but I like it that way!

IMG_2336I posted this photo on my social media accounts yesterday and got lots of questions about how these were made. I’m happy to tell you they are super easy and probably one of the most delicious things I’ve ever made.

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I made a big mistake and bought the 5 count can of biscuits instead of 8. My jeans are thanking me, but my taste buds were pretty ticked off! Hah! Here are two of the five beauties after being dropped in the frying oil.

Easy 15-Minute Maple Bars
Recipe from Butter with a Side of Bread

  • 1 8-count can refrigerated biscuit dough (I used Pillsbury Grand Homestyle Buttermilk biscuits)
  • 2 cups canola oil, for frying
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 3 TBSP milk
  • 1 TBSP corn syrup
  • 2 tsp maple extract
  • 2 cups powdered sugar

Pour 2 cups of canola oil into a medium sized saucepan and begin heating on medium-low heat (I set mine at 4.)

Open the biscuit dough and separate. Gently stretch the biscuits into an oblong shape, as opposed to the round shape they come in.

In a small saucepan, combine butter and brown sugar. Whisk in milk and heat for about 5 minutes on medium heat, stirring often, until butter is melted and sugar is dissolved.

Remove from heat and add in corn syrup and maple extract. Add in powdered sugar 1/2 cup at a time, whisking until smooth between additions. Add 1-2 tsp more milk if necessary. Glaze will begin to harden if you leave it sitting- which is what you want! Once all powdered sugar is added, keep maple glaze warm on the stove, whisking occasionally.

Check the temperature of the oil using a meat thermometer- it needs to read 350 degrees F. Increase heat gradually if necessary.

Once oil is ready, drop bars in 2 at a time. Let cook for about 2 minutes, then turn and cook an additional 2 minutes on the other side. This process of cooking the doughnuts goes very fast, so have a paper towel covered plate ready to set the bars on when cooked. Bars should be a nice golden brown.

Let bars cool for a few minutes, then whisk the glaze to make sure it’s smooth enough to dip each bar. Dip the bar, then immediately turn glaze side up on a cooling rack.

*We rolled two of the donuts in a cinnamon sugar mix to have a variety of donut flavors*

Repeat this process until all bars are fried and glazed.

They’re best eaten within an hour, but even the next morning they’re amazing!

IMG_2327I cannot attest to how long these stay fresh because we inhaled them with in minutes. However, we did have leftover maple icing and we used it as a dip for sliced apples… amazing!

7 Free Father’s Day Printables

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Father’s Day is just a few days away and if you’re needing a last minute gift idea, you’ve come to the right place! I’ve rounded up my favorite FREE Father’s Day printables. Some of these I’ve used in years past, I used two this year and the rest I’m saving in my back pocket (well, actually on my Pinterest board) for next year.

The last two years I’ve done an interview with Luke about his Daddy. They have always turned out hilarious, meaningful and sweet! Since Luke is getting older, I wanted to do something a little more and after a quick late night Pinterest search I found the perfect Father’s Day gift from Luke: a book!

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You can find the free printable here! You have to subscribe to TinyMe to download it, but you can unsubscribe if you don’t want to receive their emails. I’m actually thrilled I found their site because they have SO many cute ideas! Anyway, here ‘s a sneak peek at Luke’s book for his Daddy!

IMG_0730_2He forgot to draw Jacob’s body but he remembered to draw his beard! Hah!

IMG_0732I love that Luke drew a red Falcons jersey on his Daddy!

IMG_0733This cracked me up! Let’s hope we don’t have to ever test out Jacob’s bravery on this one!

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This is the first year I’ve done an interview for my dad and Jacob’s dad from Luke. It was quite funny to hear his responses. I’m sure both of his grandfather’s are thrilled to know that Luke thinks they are 99 years old! Hah! We used the printable above from Persnickety Prints!

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This is the interview printable I’ve use the last two years for Father’s Day. It’s from Kinzie’s Kreations and it’s simple and short!

Tee-rific printable
How cute is this idea for a Dad who loves golf? Give a gift of tees and a round of golf with this cute bag topper from Tatertots & Jello! Luke gave this to his Daddy last year along with personalized ball markers from Designs By Dawn Renee.

n*d-DadsDayTicketBookThis Dad ticket idea is too cute and one that I will use next year. Kids (or moms) can write down what each ticket can be redeemed for! I think Jacob might like his to say “an afternoon nap” and “homemade chocolate chip cookies”. This free gift idea is from Nellie Design.

Nuts about PapaThis idea from Liz On Call is perfect for my dad! My kids call him Papa and we gift him a giant jar of cashews every Christmas! Next year, he might get a jar for Father’s Day too!

Father's Day Banner This little banner caught my eye yesterday! We don’t normally decorate for Father’s Day, but this free banner from Ringmaster’s might just inspire me to!

Isn’t it great that there are so many free resources online for adorable gifts? I consider myself pretty crafty, but I’m very appreciative that these bloggers have done all the work for me on these gifts!