POLICE appreciation IDEAS - MUFFIN tag - THANK YOU - Thin Blue Line - Show SUPPORT

This week is coming to a close for National Police Week - May 13th - May 20th. We usually bring lunch one day and treats or small gifts during the week. Here is one idea that can be done year round. The officers greatly appreciate the support....big or small. It really does mean a lot to them.

Look at these cute little tags!!!

You probably recognize these from my Teacher Appreciation posts in the past. They are always a huge hit.

I made these two muffins (Banana Chocolate Chip and Blueberry) which made people start calling me the "overachiever." I'll take it, could be worse. No less of an overachiever, these tags can be added to store bought muffins. No one will ever know. Secret family recipe that you just can not share. 

I'm laughing at myself that I'm telling you to lie and this is a police treat idea. Anyway.....

Individually wrapped. Yes, it's a pain and yes, very tedious. Oh but look how cute!

Not sure how many I made because I was delirious by the end. :) My close estimate or "felt like" was a ton.

Table turned out really nice.

I also made stand up larger tags to let them know which muffins were which. Love how it looked.

I didn't use the same tags on these muffins but just to give you an idea that they look cute on REGULAR muffins too!

Now the FREE downloadable tag you can print!
CLICK HERE (then right click to save)

Send the file to a 1 hour photo lab for easy printing.
I used a 1" lever punch by recollections (purchased at Michael's) to cut tags.

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EASY Caramel Apple Pie - DIY CUSTOM color art - HOMEMADE - SO COOL! Edible Red Apple- Carmal

 Caramel {{AH-MAZING}} Apple Pie!!!!!!

I've made this caramel don't forget {{AH-MAZING}} apple pie a few times but always forget to post the details. Perfect for 4th of July, summer picnic, Thanksgiving, or anything really. These two were for a teacher luncheon. 
It's easy and always a big hit. I owe the eye catching artwork for some of the ooooh's and ahhhh's but it's also delicious or AH-MAZING. I know, I'll stop. :) 

You need:
Apples (peeled and sliced)
Lemon juice 
Pie crust (2 rolls) 
Caramel (melted squared, from a can or homemade)

Usually I'm lazy but if you use two different apples....maybe sweet and tart it turns out so much better. 

Peeled and sliced - I used honey crisp and granny smith.
In a large bowl I mixed apples, cinnamon, lemon juice.

I used the same premade pie dough from my POT PIE recipe.

Roll out the dough in pie pan. Metal, glass, foil. (I bought two foil pie pans since they were for the school)
I used a fork to make holes around the bottom to make sure it cooked through.

 Add apples to pie pan. 

Cover with caramel. 

Homemade caramel sauce.....OH.MY.GOODNESS!!!!!! I absolute LOVE this stuff. I keep a can or two around the house for dipping apples or for ice cream. So good!

Posting recipe soon!

If you don't have time you can slowly melt caramel squares or use a can of Dulce de Leche (warm.) It's usually next to condensed sweetened milk cans.

Weave lattice. The trick is to use every other slice for vertical leaving the similar lengths for the horizontal. You will have some extra.

It's much easier without caramel because once you lay one down it sticks in the caramel. I could tell a little bit after baking but if you are looking at the artwork you don't even notice. An for the record you'll notice only because I told you. Dang it! :)

Use the left over dough and roll out to fit my cookie cutter shape. It's about the same thickness as the rolled out pie crust.
 I love making the extra little details and I get to paint.

I used the same food coloring from the CAKE IN A JAR post. 

Just paint on colors evenly and try to cover the entire surface.

It's so easy for a fantastic presentation.

Oven for 

About halfway I put a foil ring to cover the edges so they didn't darken too fast.


The one on the right has the straight cut lines and I almost like it better. 

{{drooling}} It smells so good in the house!!!

Also made one for Pi Day but without the caramel.

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Santa's Message for KIDS - decoder rings, game night and joy of family time

I will start this post off with Santa's wonderful message this year because that is why I'm writing this post.


It's hard to get kids to remember that with phones and game systems they spend so much time on, it also takes away from quality time with friends and family. I know it's fun but with them growing up so fast I want them to remember good times with us too. 

Even though my boys are older and know Mom and Dad is "Santa" {{this has never been spoken but they know}} he leaves a personal message about their grades and manners. How proud and to keep it up. Oh and usually that Santa can not eat THAT many cookies. :)

We normally open presents and Santa leaves a clue to find his gift.

It's hard to find but our tree is blue and silver and his clue has a red ribbon. Usually stands out but he made it a little harder this year.

Why does Santa hide clues, you ask?

Many years ago we stopped having Santa leave the expensive or large toys/electronics. This was prompted with a wish list by my son that included a DSLR camera on it for me because "Santa will bring it and it's FREE!" :)" While it was super sweet of him to include me on his list, we wanted Santa's gifts to mean something more AND they are definitely NOT free.

The decoder rings were to up the level of difficulty. This was new this year and a huge hit. Now they had to figure out the clue and then figure out the message. 

Hey and Santa got them taking care of some chores too. Thanks, Santa!
one clue was on the bottom of the cat bowl but the clue only said to fill the bowl. Sneaky! 

The next two clues had spelling errors....Geez! Next year Santa needs to not stay up so late working on clues and check his work better.  He was called out on it by the boys. It did make for a good laugh.

Santa also has a sense of humor. 
This was the last clue and his gift was in the TV stand next to the Xbox stuff. Since November this is heard in our house, among other things. 

"What!? How did I not get him!?" 
"I'm lagging, it's so not fair!" 
"Step up if you want to get burnt" (That one is by a character but repeated often) 
"Early Christmas noobs!"
"Ahhhh....This match is full of spawn campers and glitchers"
"I owned in that match!"
"Dang noobs just shootin' each other on hardcore!"

Lots of grunts, protest sounds and sometimes I think someone just got hurt. Seriously, I've had to ask if they are okay.

Somewhat comical at times and if you have gamers you will totally relate. :)

Fun to watch them run around finding clues and decoding. Final picture with Santa's message which was found with a new board game.

My oldest had a card that made him laugh every time someone laughed and his fake laugh made us laugh even more. Such a funny game with silly things you have to do and say. "Obey the card" is the theme.

It worked and our Christmas day was filled with silliness, smiles and giggles galore. :)

Memories made. Success!!!

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