Dear Elementary School:
I realize that I’m new on the scene and probably not an expert at things like school and learning math or whatever.
But there are a few questions that I’d like answered.
Like who stocks the Holiday Store that you set up for the kids to do their Christmas shopping?
Because seriously, my son came home with a windshield ice scraper, ski gloves, a deck of playing cards, a yo yo, a dog collar, glow sticks, and a very small, sparkly stocking embroidered with the words “Drama Queen”.
And hellooo, what is THAT about? Because I definitely didn’t send my son to school with the only cash I had so he could tell me how he felt about my passion and flair for the dramatic with a minature stocking.
Plus, I’m pretty sure that he can’t even read the words “Drama Queen” yet, which makes me to wonder if he was lead to make this purchase by a teacher.
And I know that kids tell stories a lot, but I can assure you that regardless of what you’ve been told, I am most definitely not a drama queen.
Of course, we aren’t counting the time that I sprained my ankle running from a mouse or the time I said I was going to die if we didn’t stop and get an Icee.
Because really, mice are scary and Icees are delicious and any sane person knows that.
So I’m hoping that maybe this letter will move you enough that you’ll agree to exchange the stocking for one that says “Very Calm and Logical Person”, or something like that.
Whatever. You know I’m not picky.
Thanks a lot,
Kristan (AKA “The Calmest, Most Non-Freaking Out Mom Ever”)
P.S. I would just like you to know that I do a lot of baking, and I only share with people who don’t send me mean messages in the form of tiny sparkly stockings.
P.P.S. Okay, that was kind of a lie. You can still have a cupcake.
Wanna know how to make North Pole cupcakes?
For each cupcake that you will be decorating, you need a graham cracker rectangle (there are 4 per sheet). All I had were the cinnamon kind, but I used the flat side, so it didn’t matter.
Spread the back of each graham cracker rectangle with a thin coat of frosting (I used canned) and cut a piece of fondant to fit. Smooth fondant over graham cracker and set aside.
For the poles, you need some peppermint sticks and red gumballs. You could also break the straight part off of candy canes, or use sour cherry ball candy instead of gum. I got a box of Bob’s soft peppermint sticks at Walmart for a dollar, and they were the perfect size.
Using candy melts or melted almond bark, attach the gumball to one end of each peppermint stick.
Attach the fondant covered graham cracker quarters to the sticks with melted candy. I attached them close to the top, so I could push the stick into the cupcake quite a bit to anchor it.
Pipe or frost your cupcakes generously and cover with sanding sugar.
I found these at Michaels near the cash register and couldn’t believe what I was seeing. They look almost like paper, but are completely edible. There are a ton of snowflakes in a bag, and they are very inexpensive.
Once your poles have set up, pipe the words “North Pole” with black frosting and pipe a red border around the edges of the sign. Insert a pole in each cupcake and finish with snowflakes, if you have them.
I’m really not trying to be dramatic, but these cupcakes are pretty easy and look really cool.