Tuesday, May 5, 2009

GIFSL*: 22. Cupcake diplomacy

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At the end of last term, I scooted around the school staffrooms one recess, and gave every teacher who wore a Holiday Borrowing badge a special thankyou bookmark (for their holiday reading) and an Easter cupcake.  Not that I'm being mean to the colleagues who didn't wear a badge, and I'm sure there are lots of reasons why they didn't get their info to me, but hey, teachers like being fed a free cupcake, don't they? So maybe fingers crossed I'll have even more takers next time I solicit participation in holiday borrowing, or another library program?
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Now stop saying you can't cook, or you don't have time.  Took an hour or two to make and ice them, tops, and this is easy easy cookery.
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What you need: Green's Really Good Chocolate Cake mix (this is fast work, OK, but this mix doesn't taste 'packet') and the ingredients it asks you to add. ECONOSECRET: I make them using little muffin tins and little muffin/cupcake paper cases, so there's a nice mouthful in each one and I get lots of cupcakes made: this time, with this mix, it made around 50.  The icing mix is in the packet too, and I added the eggs on top from an Aldi baglet.  I cooked them for 10-15 min (depends on your oven) - the mix is for one big two-layer cake, but fifty cupcakes served my purposes nicely.  And my colleagues liked them (you made them?!), and felt appreciated, and it cost me under $10 (maybe 15c per thankyou).  Cheap as cupcakes! (well, not if you buy them commercially).
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Cupcake diplomacy.  I had a few left over which were deployed in other useful thankyou ways.
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Cheers, Ruth
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*GIFSL = Good ideas for school libraries

1 comment:

MissLibrarian said...

Nice idea. I am considering using some sort of badge scheme for teachers when I have my big opening....I will credit you for it if I get it together!