Today my house was occupied by 4 teenaged girl scouts working on a craft project to sell at the Holiday Boutique at the church. They decided to make gift jars of cookies and hot cocoa, ten jars of each. It turned out to be a math challenge for them calculating exactly how much of each ingredient to buy. How many cups in a pound? How many table spoons in a cup? Then they had to trouble shoot how to pack the ingredients so the layers would look nice from the outside, experimenting with the wooden pusher for the chinois, a spatula, and a saran covered candlestick bottom.
Only after they were putting in the top layers of the cookies did they realize that the recipe called for 1 1/2 quart jars instead of 1 quart jars! The moms didn't catch that detail either. What to do with the extra stuff? put it in a baggie? add it to the recipe so the purchaser of the jar would need to add more dry ingredients? They decided to make little cloth bags that would go with each jar containing a baggie of the extra oats. Whew! problem solved.
The fabric bag would match the fabric jar topper too and it would all look very cute tied up with ribbon. The moms each made an extra trip to the grocery store getting more M&Ms, candy canes and non dairy creamer.
Here are the cookies, chocolate chip, M&M, and oatmeal cookies.
And here are the hot cocoa mixes. They have chocolate chips and candy cane pieces in them.
And here is the final assembly with the fabric jar toppers and ribbon
All the while the girls talked nonstop. They discussed what they were doing, as well as the New Moon movie, where they like to shop, the homework due next week, upcoming activities and their teachers. They never stopped talking, sometimes talking louder and louder until the house was filled with their squeals and shouts and even they couldn't hear each other. I made the little bags while they were working on the poster for their table. Then we all sat down to a dinner of noodle casserole and salad. It was a busy four hours and the girls were very proud of what they had accomplished. I was proud of them too, they finished what they set out to do, they not only problem solved and worked together but they had a great time together.
PS I am exhausted.