Sunday, May 27, 2012

Teacher Appreciation Apple Gift Basket

J just had her last day of school so my craft this week was an apple themed teacher appreciation gift. I made these cute apple cupcakes but if you want an alternative you can always buy cupcakes pre-made and decorate them or go to a Chocolate store like Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory where they sell candy and caramel apples!

What You Need
*Cupcake mix
*Red cupcake liners
*Red sprinkles
*Pretzel sticks
*Green candy for the leaves (I used sour apple belts)
*Crystal Light Appletini Mix
*Travel cup w/ lid
*2 Apple scented foam soaps (B&BW)
*Tissue paper
*Basket/ Container (Hobby Lobby)
*Optional: I found the painted, apple cutouts I used for name plates at Hobby Lobby for .99

I made my cupcakes with this recipe and used Duncan Hines Frosting Creations in Caramel for the frosting.  
 In the spirit of recycling (and saving money), I used empty bottle bottoms to pack each apple individually.
 The bottle containers fit perfectly in the plastic gift bags I found at Walmart. I finished them off with some apple themed ribbon I had on hand.
 Here are all of the basket contents:

 All ready to go! Thanks Ms. Rhonda and Ms. Carmen!!!
As you may have noticed, if you actually pay any attention to my blog, I have been a little MIA for a few days. a few weeks. ok, fine, two months! But I have plenty of excuses! The main excuse being that I have finally gotten through my first trimester of pregnancy!!!

That's right baby number two is on it's way, and with a vengeance it seems. I was feeling pretty sick there for a while but as I am heading into my second trimester this week, I am feeling much better and ready to take on some new projects! I already have tons of ideas swimming through my head so keep an eye out for what's to come! Thanks so much to all of my readers for your patience! I promise to get back to crafting, I'm sure with quite a few baby designs to feature!