I posted here last week about our back to school rituals and asked for some help in coming up with a fun treat to share at the bus stop in the morning on this first day. You all shared a lot of great ideas both here and on my personal Facebook page and I ended up giving these "chalkboard cupcakes" a try. Instead of a traditional cupcake, I made applesauce muffins with cream cheese frosting so I could pretend that they were not completely unhealthy. Unfortunately, the rain was absolutely pouring down come bus stop time and it wasn't feasible for kids who were coming out at the last minute (to avoid being soaked) and juggling umbrellas to also eat a muffin. Luckily, I had plenty of cookie "chalkboards" that weren't needed for muffins, so I just passed those out instead. After dropping a few off at school for the kids' teachers and the wonderful administrative staff in the front office, I put them back in the fridge to save for our after school ice cream social.
|I started out trying to write things like math problems and names, but when it took me obnoxiously long to do so - and my hand starting cramping - I decided that one letter of the alphabet per cookie was just fine.|
|Check out this dynamic duo!|
|Dark and rainy? No problem!|
Of course, despite the hiccups in my plans for the first day back to school, a rainy day has certain undeniable advantages...like puddle jumping.
After school the kids eagerly descended upon our annual ice cream social after getting off the bus. Of course, this event works best when held outside in warm, sunny weather. But the kids don't seem to mind hanging out inside our garage on a cool, wet day as long as ice cream is involved. I'm happy to say that they seemed to enjoy the muffins, too.
May you have a joyful day...happy Tuesday, friends!
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