Back to School Easier with a Cookie-on-a-Stick in Hand!

Hey RMT’ers – we’re back! Our 17-day Spring Break 2013 trip to London, Dublin, and Germany was fab-u-lous… and I am still culling tons of photos and material for many (several)  future blog posts. But as that will take some time, in the meantime, here’s what we’ve been up to since getting home!

T enjoys his jog-a-thon reward of free dress and a PTA-sponsored pizza lunch! Great work, T!

T enjoys his jog-a-thon reward of free dress and a PTA-sponsored pizza lunch! Great work, T!

First, we returned to school last Wednesday, and that meant getting right back to our routine, including a free dress day and special lunch that T earned from his jog-a-thon efforts! The school’s PTA put on a wonderful pizza lunch for the kids who raised over $40, and students got to free dress for hitting the $20 mark. Two great rewards for the kids for their part in raising around $10,000 toward school field trips, special events, and other materials the school sorely needs!

Poem in Your Pocket Day 2013!

Poem in Your Pocket Day 2013!

The next day was “Poem in Your Pocket” day. Kids could either write or print off a favorite poem. While T isn’t a poem aficionado just yet, he is a fan of Phineas and Ferb, so he chose the show’s theme song as his “poem.” It’s lyrics he knows and loves, and it worked for me for this event. Students who brought poems on this day and who were able to show them off to anyone on campus who asked received a school token that later can be used at the school’s reward store at year-end. Poetic indeed!

T's teacher (mid-photo) and Principal (L) help distribute the goods on Mom Muffin (Donut) Day last Friday at school.

T’s teacher (mid-photo) and Principal (L) help distribute the goods on Mom Muffin (Donut) Day last Friday at school.

T enjoys his raised sugar donut!

T enjoys his raised sugar donut!

I adored my blueberry donut. Thanks PTA!

I adored my blueberry donut. Thanks PTA!

Then Friday (I know, crazy event string here!) was Mom Muffin Day… but they served donuts instead. Fine with me really as many moms passed over the blueberry donuts. I’m not sure if that was because most didn’t know what they were but I didn’t care, I scored! The poor teachers this “Fun Friday” though as the kids were all pretty sugared up by the start of class!

T digs a trench in our front yard. OK, so he didn't dig it, C did, but he's been helping in his own special way since the start of this large project. Go, boys, go!

T digs a trench in our front yard. OK, so he didn’t dig it, C did, but he’s been helping in his own special way since the start of this large project. Go, boys, go!

C said the wreckage weighed in at over a ton when he and T took it down to the dump last Saturday. Who knew a little brick wall weighed so much?!

C said the wreckage weighed in at over a ton when he and T took it down to the dump last Saturday. Who knew a little brick wall weighed so much?!

And last weekend C started work on our front yard. Yep, no rest for the weary around here! This will be quite the undertaking with a lot of digging, lifting, planning, hauling, and rebuilding. We’re grateful for Daylight Savings Time as this will definitely help the cause along, rather than only relegating it to weekends. T’s loved being able to go out and help Dad all while allowing me some time in the evenings and weekends to catch up on household and blog tasks (like the 9 loads of wash I did last week post-trip, solo grocery runs, and photo sorting). I’ll be pitching in here and there with some of the yard efforts, too, as I’m called upon (like to sand and paint our fence when time comes in another 1-2 weeks… we’ll see how that goes!).

T at a make-up gymnastics class Tuesday. We missed a few different classes (and school) while on our trip, but we're back at it now!

T at a make-up gymnastics class Tuesday. We missed a few different classes (and school) while on our trip, but we’re back at it now!

Cookies-on-a-Stick, or maybe I should call them Cookie Lolipops. What do you think, RMT'ers?

Cookies-on-a-Stick, or maybe I should call them Cookie Lollipops. What do you think, RMT’ers?

This week, things have slowly readjusted to a better pace, but it’s not without its own events. T’s returned to his swim and gymnastics classes, and today was Administrative Professionals’ Day, AKA “Secretaries Day.” I took it upon myself to make some special, individual treats for the school’s office staff: Cookies-on-a-Stick. You know, like the ones in those fancy, professional cookie arrangements?

Make sure the sticks are alternated as shown or the other cookies nearby will bake onto the ends! Also, stick the stick cleanly through the center of the side of the cookie dough ball, and push it almost all the way through but not out the opposite side.

Make sure the sticks are alternated as shown or the other cookies nearby will bake onto the ends! Also, stick the stick cleanly through the center of the side of the cookie dough ball, and push it almost all the way through but not out the opposite side.

Cookie-on-a-Stick cooling down.

Cookie-on-a-Stick cooling down.

Make sure the cookies are completely cooled before packaging. You can even slip them in and leave the bag end open an extra 30-60 minutes to be sure no condensation builds up inside the bag.

Make sure the cookies are completely cooled before tying the treats closed. You can even slip them in and leave the bag end open an extra 30-60 minutes to be sure no condensation builds up inside the bag.

This was the size of Wilton-brand baking/ craft stick I used for my cookies-on-sticks.

This was the size of Wilton-brand baking/ craft stick I used for my cookies-on-sticks.

This was the size Wilton-brand "goody bag" I used for packaging my treats. I think they measure 3"x4" or so.

This was the size Wilton-brand “goody bag” I used for packaging my treats. I think they measure 3″x4″ or so.

Yeah, well, maybe mine are not as fancy or as plentiful, but they’re as easy as the photos show so long as you have the right materials on hand. Use my easy go-to sugar cookie mix or your own sugar cookie recipe to make the cookie “lollipops” you see here! The tip to success is to make sure the cookies are large enough, the stick is stuck through the center of the dough ball or cut-out, and that they cool completely before trying to package them for gifting.

T got the extra cookie-on-a-stick. Lucky boy!

T got the extra cookie-on-a-stick. Lucky boy!

RMT’ers, what have you been up to post-Spring Break?

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