Dear Pencil Manufacturers,
I am just wondering why all number 2 pencils come un-sharpened? I would gladly pay a little extra to have them come fully sharpened. As a mom of three school age children, you can imagine the stress my poor hand has to endure as I sharpen 36+ pencils at this time of year.
Now I know you are wondering why my children don't take over and do their own supplies? Well, I am kind of a last minute girl, so sharpening takes place after they are tucked in bed and I am frantically trying to get all those bags and bags of school supplies organized and labeled for the next morning.
We do own an electric sharpener. Now I know this may sound like it would be even easier for the kids to do their own, but...believe me, it's not. They never seem to realize that pushing it harder into the machine doesn't make it sharpen faster. Also, there is only so much shavings storage place in those little machines. The pencil sharpener takes a beating after they sharpen just one or two pencils. It would be torture to listen to them do 36.
Colored pencils come fully sharpened and all I have to do is put initals on the box and they are good to go. I am thinking that you would save a lot of moms some pre-school grief if would stock our local walmarts with boxes of #2 pencils with sharpened points.
Just a small suggestion from a stressed out school mom:-)
Now that the supplies are organized and labeled, I am thinking it is time to have a cookie. You would like a cookie right? Of course you would. Cookies make everything better. (Even poor arms and hands that are almost vibrated right off from all those pencils:-) These ones are even better because they have a hidden jelly surprise. Surprise cookies are the best kind, aren't they? These would make great after school snacks for your kids in the next few weeks as they get started in their homework routines. Go ahead and bake a batch and surprise them as they get off the school bus. They will surely award you "the best Mom of the day" award. And that is really what we moms want right? To be the best Mom each and every day!!!
- ½ c. shortening
- ½ c. brown sugar, packed
- 6 tbsp. sugar
- 1 egg
- ¼ c. water
- ½ tsp. vanilla
- ½ tsp. rum extract
- 1 ½ c. flour + 3 tbsp. flour
- ½ tsp. baking soda
- ½ tsp. salt
- 1 c. shredded coconut
- ½ c. seedless black raspberry jam
- ½ c. white chocolate chips
- 1 tsp. butter