This year is a PIECE OF CAKE!

Hello friends! I wanted to share a quick and easy gift idea for your favorite teachers or even friends!


Have you ever heard of 3-2-1 cake? So simple and easy to make. You take a box of cake mix, any flavor, and a box of Angel Food cake mix (has to be Angel Food!!).


You dump both boxes in a large ziploc bag, close it, and mix it together really well. That's it. When you want a piece of cake, you take 3 tablespoons of the mix and place in a mug. Then mix in 2 tablespoons of water and microwave for 1 minute. Bing, Bang, Boom you've got a 3-2-1 cake!! So simple and delicious.

My favorite is red velvet. Though we have made chocolate cake before and dropped a dollop of peanut butter in the batter before microwaving. You can also make single serving frosting using 2 tablespoons butter, 2-3 tablespoons powdered sugar, and 1 teaspoon of milk.

So I found these adorable jars at Walmart in the Christmas section up front. You know, the area where they have all the boxed gift sets and cookie cutters and candy-stuff like that. Not the area near the garden with the trees and ornaments. Anyway, it had a cookie cutter tied to it with a ribbon but the jar was precious! I kept the cutter for another time.

I mixed up a red velvet 3-2-1 cake mix and filled the jar. Tied a Tablespoon to the jar in place of the cutter (found tablespoon at Dollar Tree!). Also found a mug at the Dollar Tree that would make a great addition to the cake mix.

I made these "Piece of Cake" tags to give out to teachers. Just look how cute it turned out!



Grab your own set of Piece of Cake tags HERE.

Happy holidays!




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Secret Santa Freebie!

Does your school do Secret Santa?
Every year during December my co-teachers and I exchange a week's worth of gifts. It's so much fun! We spend a week shrouded in mystery and receiving a small surprise in our boxes. Trying to guess who our Secret Santa is, enjoying our fun treats, it brings such joy to everyone on campus. So I created these simple tags for easy to find and give gifts.
Day 1: Those easy to find foam ornament making packs could be used for multiple things! Does your Secret Santa have a little (or littles) at home? They can spend a night creating Christmas memories. Or your teacher friend can have an easy classroom activity or early finisher activity.
Day 2: Tea, Coffee, Coke products, any caffeine will do! (also included one without caffeine!) I also pick up a new Tervis or other insulated drink container to add with this tag.

Day 3: Paper Plates! Holiday plates are super easy to find as well as cost efficient and your Secret Santa will love no dishes for a night!
Day 4: And who doesn't love a gift card? Find out your teacher friend's favorite store and get a gift card. The amount is up to you. I usually do about $10.
Day 5: And finally I make a batch of my favorite Chewy Cookie Bars with red and green baking chips and place in a Tupperware dish, tie some curling ribbon, and attach this tag. I place it all in a glass or ceramic 9 x 13 inch baking dish, along with a yellow cake mix and Christmas baking chips, include the recipe, and I may add a dish towel or oven mitt themed for the holidays.

In the past, I've glass etched the baking dish with the family name using my Cricut, some vinyl, and glass etching paint. SUPER EASY BTW.
That's it! All together I spend about $25 on Secret Santa Gifts. You can find a lot of stuff at the Dollar Tree (including glass baking dishes!!!) and possibly Target's Dollar Spot. Other things I've stockpiled from after holiday sales from previous years.

Click HERE to grab these tags and my recipe for Chewy Cookie Bars (pro tip: these cookie bars are amazing year round and can be made with multiple types of baking chips). You could even include your own favorite family recipe. I hope these tags inspire you this Christmas Season!
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