It is a really simple way for Room Moms to coordinate a group Christmas gift for the teacher that she will definitely enjoy and use!
As a room mom, we always send out a principal approved letter/email to all of the parents in the class. It asks for them to communicate with the Room Mom if they are sending a card, are sending money for the Room Mom to buy the card or if they are doing something else. There is no pressure to participate. The key is to set a deadline early enough that if you need to go pick up a few extra cards and/or send reminders, you have enough time. Sometimes, if there are not many cards, I'll purchase cards of smaller amounts to fill up the tree.
The trees were personalized with the teachers' favorite colors/themes and their initials.
The card stock initials are from the Paper Studio that I simply decorated with scrap paper, glitter and ribbons.
A variety of cards from the teacher's "favorites" list make this gift a real no brainer!
This is one of my favorite recipes. When my mom made it for the first time YEARS ago, I was thinking, why apricots? I don't like apricots. Well, I guess I do like apricots or at least apricots in strudel! This makes enough to share with a neighbor or two.
1 cup butter
8 oz cream cheese
2 cups flour
18 oz jar apricot preserves
1 cup shredded coconut
1 cup chopped pecans
Cream the butter, cream cheese and flour. (I use my food processor for this and keep the butter and cream cheese cold.) Form into ball and chill. Divide dough into four parts. Roll each part into a rectangle. Mix apricot preserves, coconut and pecans together. Spread on dough. Roll up like a jellyroll. Put on a parchment lined baking sheet. Score the top of the strudels with a sharp knife. Bake 35 - 40 minutes at 350 degrees. Cool. Enjoy!