I've always had a soft spot for anyone bearing edible gifts. This may explain my crush on the Winder Dairy delivery man and my strange fascination with Hickory Farms kiosks at the mall. So when it came time today to decide on a birthday gift for my son's 5th grade teacher, I decided to channel Emma Woodhouse and make it an edible one. I've always loved Emma's character in Jane Austen's book, but Emma seals the adorable deal for me when she carries baskets of goodies to the needy on her father's estate. Miss King isn't necessarily needy (other than the fact that she is living on a teacher's salary), but she spends 6 hours a day in a cramped room with 35 eleven-year-olds who haven't yet discovered the virtues of deodorant. If anyone is deserving of an Emma Woodhouse delivery, it is Miss King.
So here is what she got: a wrapping paper-lined box full of savory salutes to the Revolutionary War. (Miss King is a huge history buff and the kids just finished a unit on colonial America.)
Her lunch menu included:
Washington's Winter Chowder
Adams' Apple Slices
Boston-Baked Muffins with Orange Glaze
Paine's Pecan and Chocolate Chunk Cookies
I'm not saying that a Wendy's combo meal wouldn't have tasted better, but at least Miss King felt celebrated. Thank you, Emma Woodhouse, for the fun idea. And thank you, Jane Austen, for writing it in the first place.