It’s that time of year, again, and it promises to be just as hectic as all the years before it. 🙂 Back-to-school signals so many things, cooler weather, more structured and scheduled days and more activity to squeeze into that structure. Finding the time to shop and prep for the kids moving back into their academic activities can leave us with our heads spinning, finding it hard to believe all that they will need to complete their assigned tasks. One name that I KNOW I can count on, without even having to think about it, for back-to-school is Crayola. A new box of 64 with a sharpener built into the back was the pinnacle of my school bag treasures, back in the day; and Crayola is still the name I trust when I shop for supplies that will help my kids and grandkids pursue their creative talents.
I love that Kraft and Crayola know exactly what busy moms like us are feeling, thinking about and experiencing as fall and a new school year approaches; and I think it’s particularly cool that they have teamed up this summer to make it a little easier for us to fill up the book bags and satisfy the after-school munchies. From now through September 30th, specially marked packages of Polly-O/ Kraft String Cheese will contain $3.00 coupons off Crayola products. It’s a perfect time to stock up on your family’s favorite string cheese varieties. Regular Mozzarella, Mozzarella made with 2% milk, Twist, and Twist made with 2% milk are the varieties participating in the coupon campaign, but I’ve noticed a couple of new flavors of Kraft String Cheese, at our market, that I want to try, too. Those are Jalapeno and Tomato Basil. Yum! Any of the flavors would be a delicious part of an after school snack or a quick and easy treat in a lunchbox! Check out this fun recipe page with ideas to really get creative with Kraft String Cheese. Here’s another recipe that I dreamed up and works as a quick, cold snack for the kids; or broiled, becomes an elegant and delicious appetizer.
- 12-15 large cherry or flavorino tomatoes
- 3 Kraft Mozzarella Cheese Sticks
- 12-15 fresh basil leaves
- optional: few drops balsamic vinegar or salad dressing
- optional: 2 Tablespoons Italian Bread Crumbs
- optional: 1 teaspoon melted butter
- Cut cheese sticks into 5 or 6 equal pieces.
- Wash tomatoes and slice the tip off the narrow end, leaving the wide, flat side to stand them on.
- Cut about ⅓ of the way down through the center of the tomato, turn it and cut ⅓ of the way down through the center, again, to create a cross.
- Wrap a basil leaf around a cheese chunk and push them into the center of the cross you cut in the top of a tomato.
- Repeat until each tomato has been stuffed.
- Chill and serve with your kids' favorite salad dressing, a drop of balsamic vinegar or just plain.
- Optional: I didn't get a good picture of these, but they were delicious. To serve hot, I mixed the bread crumbs and melted butter, then sprinkled some bread crumbs over the top of each tomato and heated under the broiler until the crumbs were golden brown and the cheese softened. The cheese chunks are too large to actually melt, but they began to get pretty soft on the top and heating melded the flavors, beautifully. Yum!
Everyone will have the chance to save on Crayola school supplies when they purchase the specially marked Kraft String Cheese products, but one lucky Busy-at-Home reader will also win a fabulous Back-to-School Gift Pack from Kraft Foods, filled with Crayola products and coupons for FREE Kraft String Cheese. My ten-year-old daughter has been in artsy tween heaven, since our package arrived! 🙂 The prize pack contains:
- Two POLLY-O/KRAFT String Cheese Gratuity Coupons
- A Lunch Box to pack favorite lunches in
- Dry-Erase Bright Crayons
- Dry-Erase Washable Markers
- Dry-Erase Board Set
- Twistable Colored Pencils
- Wild Notes 1 subject
- Wild Notes Journal
- Wild Notes Refill Paper
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