Make It, Take It

Rolo Ritz Bites

  • 1 package of Rolos (unwrap many)
  • 1 package of Ritz crackers
  1. Heat the oven to 350.  Place Ritz crackers facing down on a cookie sheet, and then place a rolo in the middle of each cracker.
  2. Once it’s melting (won’t take long!! – check after 3-5 minutes) remove from oven.  Quickly place another Ritz on top and press down.  It makes a little Rolo Ritz sandwich.

This is a GREAT tasting combination.  Great to Make and Take!   Let them cool completely then store in an air tight container. Enjoy!

 

Homemade Bird Seed Ornaments 

  • 1/2 cup water
  • 3 teaspoons unflavored gelatin
  • 3 Tablespoons corn syrup
  • 3/4 cup flour
  • 4 cups bird seed (your choice!)
  1. Heat water, gelatin and corn syrup together over a low heat. No need to boil.
  2. Mix flour and seed together and then slowly add to gelatin mixture.
  3. While cooling, put out parchment paper on our counter, and choose your favorite cookie cutters. Spray those cookie cutters with cooking spray.
  4. Next, fill the cutters with the gelatin mixture, pressing in the mixture tightly. Before you remove the ornament, use a straw or toothpick to poke a hole through the ornament (for hanging).
  5. Then remove from cookie cutters and let dry for several hours. Once dry, you can attach ribbon or string and hang for the birds!

 

 

Gadget Gifts (Sam)

Check out the smallest and lightest portable charger there is. The RAVPower Portable Charger 3350mAh External Battery Pack Power Bank is for Phones, Tablets and more.


 

 

Gift A Day

Relive the magic of Harry Potter with J.K. Rowling’s new lavishly illustrated full-color edition of the book that started it all.


 

Holiday Tipping Guide

Person Suggested Tip or Gift Value
Animal Trainer Cost of 1 session
Au Pair 1-2 week’s pay and a small gift from your kids
Babysitter Average day/evening pay for regular sitters and a small gift from your kids
Barber Cost of 1 session
Bartender $20-$40 for someone you see regularly
Building Porter/Janitor $25-$100 depending on involvement
Building Superintendent $25-$100 depending on involvement
Cleaning Company Cost of 1 session or a small gift, if you see the same people regularly
Cobbler Don’t tip
Coffee Shop Barista $10-$20 for someone you see regularly
Contractor Don’t tip
Country Club Staff $50 for someone you see regularly
Day Care Staff $25 to $50 for each staff member and a small gift from your kids
Dentist Don’t tip
Doctor Don’t tip
Dog Walker Cost of 1 session or 1 week’s pay
Doorman $25-$100 depending on involvement
Driver / Limo Service $20-$50 or more if it’s a regular driver
Dry Cleaning Delivery $10-$20
Elevator Operator $10-$40 depending on involvement
Errand Runner $10-$40 for someone you hire regularly
Food Delivery Person $10-$30 for someone you see regularly
Garbage Collector $20-$30
Gas Station Attendant $10-$20 for someone you see regularly
Groomer Cost of 1 session
Hairdresser or Colorist Cost of 1 session
Handyman $15-$50
Housekeeper Cost of 1 session or a small gift for infrequent service
Kennel Staff $10 to $20 for each staff member or food for the group
Kids’ Activities Instructor Small gift from your kids
Kids’ Coach (Athletics) Small gift from your kids
Landscaper Cost of 1 session or $20-$50 for infrequent service
Live-in Help (housekeeper, senior care aide, nanny, chef, etc.) 1-2 week’s pay
Massage Therapist Cost of 1 session
Mother’s Helper Average day’s pay for regular helper and a small gift from your kids
Nail Salon Cost of 1 session
Nanny 1-2 week’s pay and a gift from your kids
Newspaper Carrier $10-$20
Nurse (in-home nurse, private nurse) $25-$100 depending on involvement
Nursing Home or Assisted Living Community Staff $10 to $20 for each staff member or food for the group
Package Delivery Person FedEx: non-cash gifts worth under $75; UPS: encourages small gifts rather than cash
Parking Garage Attendant $10-$20 for someone you see regularly
Personal Assistant Small gift and a holiday bonus based on performance
Personal Chef 1-2 week’s pay or cost of one session, depending on frequency
Personal Trainer Cost of 1 session
Pet Day Care Staff $10 to $20 for each staff member or food for the group
Pet Sitter Cost of 1 session
Physical Therapist Don’t tip
Pool Cleaner Cost of 1 session
Postal Worker Food, perishable group gifts or a non-cash gift worth less than $20
School Bus Driver $10-$20
Senior Care Aide $25-$100, depending on frequency
Snow Remover/Shoveler Cost of 1 session
Tailor Don’t tip
Teacher Small gift from your kids
Teacher’s Aide/Assistant Small gift from your kids
Tutor Cost of 1 session and small gift from your child, depending on frequency
Veterinarian Don’t tip
Waiter / Waitress $20-$40 for someone you see regularly
Zumba/Fitness Instructor Cost of 1 session or a small gift

 

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