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Lucy Mercer

Lucy Mercer
Atlanta, Georgia, USA
December 31
I cook, I write, I carpool. You may also find my words at A Cook and Her Books. Email acookandherbooks@gmail.com. Thanks for visiting!


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DECEMBER 18, 2010 9:28PM

The Teacher's Gift

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I ran into a friend this week, another mommy getting ready for Christmas, and I asked her how her week was going. "Oh, it's going great. I guess I'm all ready for Christmas!" she replied.

Knowing that Friday was the last day of school before the holidays, I asked about teacher gifts, not to make her panic, but because I'm always looking for ideas. She panicked. Her pretty blue eyes opened wide and she said, "Oh my goodness, I can't believe I forgot! I've got to get teacher gifts!" We talked through a few options, from candles and hand lotion to gift cards and baked goods. I've done them all, to recognize the hard work of my daughters' teachers.

This year, I baked. The teachers' bags were loaded with an assortment from my table of baked goodies: sweet stuff like pound cakes, espresso chocolate chip cookies, chocolate dipped marshmallows and mint Oreos, peppermint white chocolate bark, and shortbread. All that sugar requires a balancing element. I like to add something salty to the assortment, so I make a double batch of my special snack mix and add a bag to each package.

This is one version of the snack mix. It's different each time I make it because snack crackers seem to come and go. The backbone of the mix is oyster crackers, embellished with a pretzel type like Hanover's Buttery Waffles - these are the best. A cheesy cracker works well, and a sesame one, if you can find it.  Peanuts, mixed nuts, cashews, are all excellent choices to round out the mix.

Snack Mix

1  (10 oz.) package oyster crackers

1 (9 oz.) package Snyder's of Hanover Butter Snaps Pretzels

1 (12 oz.) package cheese crackers or sticks

1 (12 oz.) can mixed nuts

1 (1 oz.) envelope Hidden Valley Ranch Original Ranch Salad  Dressing mix

1/2 cup vegetable oil

Heat oven to 300°. In a large, shallow pan, mix together all snack ingredients. Stir together the salad dressing and oil and pour over the snacks. Evenly distribute the seasoning throughout the mixture. Bake in oven, stirring frequently, for about a half hour. This is absolutely irrestisible warm from the oven. You can store it at room temp in sealed containers, but it won't last long. Actually, the untouched mix could probably last for a week or more, but my point is, it won't be around your house for very long if the munch monsters know where to find it.

Text & images © Lucy Mercer, 2010.


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I can tell you those teachers were probably so thrilled to get your package.
I could see it from here..:)
Rated with hugs
Sounds pretty tasty Lucy. I don't recall this being a custom when I was in school. Was it back in your day?
You have some lucky teachers. Most of the classes here want to pool together and get something boring like a gift card to the teacher supply store... But I slipped in a few cookies anyway!

The ranch dip mix sounds like a great addition to the snack mix. In fact, I think I will make some of that for my own family during the holidays!
Wow! You give nice teacher gifts! We used to give winter figurines and such! Your kids have very lucky teachers!
Ironic - another of the 'Lynette' holiday recipes was similar to this, but with Chex as the base. This looks delicous!
I love gifts like this. Oh my, if a parent bakes for me I am so grateful! ~r
Our school never got off until around the twentieth-something before Christmas so I never got to bake, however, I hardly noticed since my students would bring me boxes and boxes of homemade goodies. Even though I have retired, I got a box from a former student today filled with hand-dipped chocolate candycanes, potato chips, divinity and lots of other confections. Also, she made me a knitted scarf. I feel blessed.
PS Know how much you are appreciated!
Lucy, love that festive top photo! Your kids' teachers are so lucky to have you. And your snack mix looks addictive. I wish you and your family lovely, joyous, and delicious holidays. And some rest for busy you!
Nice teacher gifts! My students gifted me with an assortment of homemade treats this year: toffee, marshmallows ( I've never had a homemade one before and it was delicious!), fudge, sugar cookies. I've enjoyed sharing them with family & friends at parties this weekend. I also received a hand crocheted scarf, lovely and soft. I am always so touched that they get me anything, and homemade is delightful.
These snacks look good, Lucy - and addictive too !
A high-hat version of Chex Mix, for sure, meant to be gobbled by the handful. :) Rated
That's a gnosh-worthy photo if I've ever seen one, and a great teacher's gift. My mom was a teacher and so I got to see the spread she brought home. While she appreciated everything -- including the angel ornament that came packaged in a Tampax box (which I still have, both box and ornament!) -- our favorite of her gifts were the food gifts. I can't think of any treat we didn't enjoy.
This sounds like a great recipe. Thank you. -R-
Lucy, this looks like fun--and quick, too! I have fond memories of making Christmas cookies for all my teachers in high school--they probably thought I was the biggest brown-noser of all time, but back then I was too blessedly clueless to realize this!
This sounds good but frankly, I've never gotten the appeal of ranch. It's ubiquitous though, so I guess I'd better get with the program.
Thanks, Lucy - I have never tried it with oyster crackers. I will have to try it that way in the next couple of days.
Teachers truly deserve the best and this look delicious. Thanks for sharing .