We’ve also made our kids’ teachers homemade herb planters like these, or had the kids write letters thanking their teachers and included a photograph.
Here are some great homemade gift wrapping ideas from my Kitchen Explorers co-contributor, Alice Currah: http://www.pbs.org/parents/kitchenexplorers/2011/12/15/diy-edible-gift-ideas-with-cute-packaging/.
What is your favorite homemade gift to give your children’s teachers?
Recipe: Penne Pesto with Baby Spinach and Capers
A delicious homemade gift for your child's teacher.
- 1/2 tsp. minced garlic (about 1 clove)
- 1/2 cup refrigerated pesto sauce (or use recipe above for fresh pesto)
- 2 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
- 2 Tbsp. capers, drained
- 16 oz. penne noodles
- 12-18 oz. baby spinach
- ¼ tsp. salt, or to taste
- 1/8 tsp. black pepper, or to taste
- 1/4 cup shredded Parmesan cheese, or more to taste
- 1/2 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes (optional)
- Boil the water for the pasta in a large stockpot. Meanwhile, in a large serving bowl, combine the garlic, pesto, oil and capers.
- Add the noodles to the boiling water and cook them until they are about 1 minute short of being done. Add the spinach to the boiling water with the pasta and cook it for about 1 minute. Drain the pasta and spinach briefly and toss it with the ingredients in the large bowl. Season it with salt and pepper and top it with the Parmesan cheese. Serve it with crushed red pepper flakes at the table.