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Mrs. Fields Secrets Fall 2014

Our fall catalog is hitting mailboxes, and oh what tricky treats it entails! As usual, we’ve gathered a few of our favorites from this year’s lineup to make you drool, but check out the entire catalog and order your own copy if you don’t get it already. And don’t forget to check out the exclusive discount for blog readers at the bottom of this post!

Autumn Splendor Box

The Autumn Splendor Box is an incredible combination of our original cookies, brownies, and frosted cookies. It makes an ideal hostess gift for any fall occasion!

Savor the Season Box

Our bestselling box full of bite-sized treats is dressed up in fall colors for any of your gift-giving needs. It’s an ideal thank you, even if the person who needs thanks is yourself!

Festive Fall Basket

How do we keep topping our world-famous gift baskets? With gifts like our Festive Fall Basket, that’s how! You’ll love every bite of our freshly baked cookies, and the sturdy, keepsake basket can find use after use around the house.

 

Candy Corn Caryalls

For your favorite trick-or-treater, nothing beats our Candy Corn Carryalls. They arrived filled with our favorite bite-sized cookies, and the carryall is ready for Halloween night!

 

Book of Spells

Sure to sell out, our Book of Spells is an enchanting treat and perfect party favor for your annual costume contest. Loaded with our favorite brownies and cookies, it’s bound to have everybody under its spell.

Check out the entire catalog to find your own favorites, and use code 14GTD at checkout for an exclusive discount:
10% off your purchase of $50
20% off your purchase of $75
30% off your purchase of $100.

5 Ways to Enjoy Caramel Apples Without the Mess

Mrs. Fields Caramel Apple Hacks
You love caramel apples. You hate the sticky mess. Now you can have your caramel apple and eat it too (without the need for soap and water). Check out these five brilliant caramel apple hacks for the sticky-averse!

1. If you love the original, maybe you just need a crash course in how to properly cut and serve caramel apples. Serve individual slices with a toothpick.
2. One-bite mini caramel apples on a stick are great for kids or those who want just a taste.
3. Make an inside-out caramel apple by hollowing an apple half and filling it with caramel sunday syrup. Chill until caramel is firm, then slice into wedges!
4. A caramel apple martini is a delicious, no-stick grownup spin on this favorite treat.
5. Caramel apple trifles are ooey-gooey delicious, but served with a spoon!

Do you have a favorite way to enjoy caramel apples?

Recipe: Nutella Turnovers

Mrs. Fields Secrets Nutella Turnover
Today’s recipe is for all you Nutella lovers out there. (And we know you’re out there.) You’ve tried Nutella on toast, on fruit, on sandwiches, on ice cream, and sometimes when no one is looking, on your finger straight out of the jar. Now it’s time to kick it up a notch with this easy, delicious recipe that puts your favorite spread inside a puffy, flaky turnover. Serve these for breakfast, brunch, dessert, or mid-afternoon snack. Throw some sliced banana, mini marshmallows, or your favorite Nutella sidekick inside and then pat yourself on the back for being a genius.

Nutella Turnovers

1 package frozen puff pastry, thawed
1/2 cup Nutella spread
1 cup mini marshmallows (optional)
1 banana, sliced (optional)
1 egg white
1 tablespoon water
2 tablespoons white sugar

Directions
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. In a small bowl, whisk egg white and water, then set aside. On a baking sheet or parchment paper, roll a sheet of puff pastry with a rolling pin until smooth and slightly spread. Use a pizza cutter to divide the sheet into six even squares. Spread a dollop of Nutella in the center of each square, leaving a generous perimeter, and top with a few marshmallows or slices of banana. Use a pastry brush to paint a thin layer of egg wash around the perimeter of the square, then fold into a triangle and use the tines of a fork to press the outer edges together. Brush the outside of each turnover with a thin layer of egg wash and sprinkle sugar over the top before baking for 10-12 minutes, or until golden brown and puffy. Repeat with remaining puff pastry sheet.

No-Sew Closet Sachets

Mrs. Fields Secrets Closet Sachet
It’s that time of year to box up the tank tops and shorts and transition your closet into cool weather wear, and we’ve got a great little trick to keep your clothes fresh and smelling great all season through. This no-sew sachet will cost pennies compared to store-bought alternatives and is easy to refresh every time you transition your closet. Make a handful of these sachets and tuck them into drawers and closet shelves. Your clothes will smell amazing, and you’ll keep pesky moths away too.

No-Sew Closet Sachet

9 x 9 inch piece of fabric
10 inch strip of ribbon
1/3 cup dried lavender flowers

Directions
Place the lavender flowers in the center of the wrong side of your fabric. Pull the corners in and tie the ribbon around tightly to secure. Place in dresser drawers or closet shelves for up to 6 months of freshness. After 6 months, untie the ribbon and replace the lavender flowers.

HINT: Use cloth napkins, scraps of fabric, or old clothing to up-cycle for this project.
HINT: Cedar chips, rosemary and pine needles are other great sachet-fillers that will give a lasting scent and deter moths.

Glow in the Dark Party Ideas

Looking for a great party idea? A glow in the dark party is fun, creative, and easy to put together for kids or adults. It’s also a great alternative to a traditional Halloween costume party. The key to a glow in the dark party is a dark space, so arrange your party to start after dark or, if you need an earlier start time, opt for a basement space and darken the windows with black paper. And, of course, you’ll need to exchange regular lightbulbs with black lights (available at most box and home improvement stores). Invite guests to wear white or neon colors. Everything from the decorations to the food itself can be absolutely glowing, with these simple ideas…

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Glow rings underneath plastic plates and cups make a brilliant display for a dining table, and great ambient light during a meal.

Glow sticks inside of helium balloons make impromptu lighting. A bouquet of balloons makes a great party chandelier.

Wrap cotton candy around glow sticks for perfect party fair.

Use non-toxic neon paints and allow guests to decorate themselves and each other.

Prepare your favorite drink mix with tonic water for a delicious glowing concoction. (The quinine in the tonic water is what makes it glow – perfectly safe!)

Speaking of tonic water, use it to make glow in the dark frosting for your favorite cupcakes.

Glow in the dark duct tape (available at most craft stores) is not only great for decoration, but a good idea for outlining doors or stairs.

Make a glow in the dark Twister mat, or check out other glowing party games here.

Do you have a great glow in the dark party idea? Let us know!

Recipe: Flavored Butters

Mrs. Fields Secrets Flavored Butters

Here’s an easy peasy recipe idea that will make you feel like a gourmet chef of a ritzy restaurant. Flavored butters are a great way to infuse fresh flavors (sweet or savory) into butter for a memorable condiment and a delicious ingredient in your cooking. Take the recipe idea and adjust it however you like, trying it with your favorite fresh herbs or fruits and preserves. Serve it with fresh breads and muffins at your next brunch or dinner party and watch everyone swoon.

Bing Cherry Honey Butter

1 cup softened unsalted butter
2 tablespoons Bing cherry jam
1 tablespoon honey
pinch of salt

Directions
In a stand mixer, whip the ingredients together for about 20 seconds, or until color is mostly even. (Some marbling looks great.) Use a spatula to scoop the butter onto a large rectangle of plastic wrap. Wrap the plastic around the butter, forming it into a sausage shape. Place the butter in the freezer until solid. Use an ice cream scoop to create pretty curls, or serve in pats on a butter dish with your favorite muffins and breads.

 

Lemon Basil Garlic Butter

1 cup softened unsalted butter
1 clove fresh garlic
1 handful (about 12 leaves) fresh basil
zest of 1 lemon
pinch of salt

Directions
Take the fresh garlic and rub it all around the bowl of a stand mixer, then discard. Chop basil into small pieces, then add it to the mixing bowl with the softened butter, lemon zest and salt. Whip the ingredients together for about 20 seconds, or until herbs are evenly dispersed. Use a spatula to scoop the butter onto a large rectangle of plastic wrap. Wrap the plastic around the butter, forming it into a sausage shape. Place the butter in the freezer until solid. Use an ice cream scoop to create pretty curls, or serve in pats on a butter dish with your favorite muffins and breads.

25 Genius Uses for Your Kitchen Appliances

Use your slow cooker to bake fresh bread.

You may think you know your kitchen appliances, but you might not know all the amazing things they can do if you just think outside the box. Or the toaster, as the case may be. Check out these ideas and try them yourself!

  1. Your dishwasher is an ideal place to clean and sanitize baby’s toys and teething rings with no harsh chemical residue. A great idea, especially during cold and flu season.
  2. Your steamy dishwasher is also a great place to cook seafood! Wrap fresh fish tightly in aluminum foil with a bit of oil, spices and fresh lemon, then run through a short cycle (no soap!) and you’ll have fresh steamed fish.
  3. Use a pizza cutter to quickly chop fresh herbs. Simply bunch the herbs together and roll the cutter back and forth over them to get a fine chop.
  4. Your coffee grinder is perfect for grinding fresh spices like peppercorns, anise or cumin for big flavor.
  5. Grind rice in a coffee grinder to make fresh, quick rice flour for tempura recipes.
  6. Make a quick garlic paste by using a micro planer.
  7. Need to quickly shred meat? Place your meat into the bowl of your stand mixer with the regular paddle and turn it on. You’ll have evenly shredded meat in about 30 seconds!
  8. An immersion blender or a french press makes great whipped cream without a splattered mess or a tired arm.
  9. Use the hot plate on your coffee machine to toast a bagel or heat a muffin.
  10. Flip your toaster on its side and make quick grilled cheese sandwiches by placing a slice of bread with cheese on top into the slats and allow the toaster to broil the cheese. (HINT: Set it on the highest setting, then attend closely and pull the bread out when cheese is at desired consistency. You don’t want the bread launched out!)
  11. Your food processor can make homemade ice cream in minutes flat. Freeze your ice cream mix in ice cube trays, then pop into the food processor to get a quick, creamy blend.
  12. Your food processor is also an ideal place to make pizza dough, even better than your stand mixer or your hands. You’ll have better, more elastic dough in a shorter amount of time using the food processor.
  13. Preserve fresh herbs by chopping them and putting them in ice cube trays. Fill the trays with olive oil and freeze. Transfer the cubes to a freezer bag and use fresh herbs for your soups and sautés whenever you need!
  14. Use your pepper grinder to make fun, fresh flavors for different dishes. For example, fill it with your favorite cookies to create a fun topping for ice cream or cakes.
  15. Your turkey baster can be used all year long for your pancake batter. It’s less messy than your cup measurer and (bonus!) you can create fun shapes, almost like its a pen.
  16. Use your waffle iron to create crispy hash browns.
  17. Pour brownie or cake batter into your waffle iron for a quick dessert.
  18. Your bundt pan is a perfect roasting dish for your chicken and vegetables. Place the chicken’s cavity over the center ring, then fill the pan with your carrots and potatoes and onions. The bird will cook quickly and evenly and those savory juices will drip into the veggies!
  19. Your microwave is the perfect place to produce a poached egg for your eggs benedict. Crack the egg into a microwave save bowl, then add about 1/2 cup water and a 1/2 teaspoon of vinegar. Place a saucer over the bowl and microwave on high for one minute.
  20. Microwave lemons and limes for 10-15 seconds (depending on size) before juicing. The heat will help release juices.
  21. Use your slow cooker as a towel warmer for your Girl’s Spa Night.
  22. A slow cooker can also bake a fresh loaf of bread while you’re at work.
  23. Use your freezer to help restore stretched out clothing. Place stretched out sweaters or jeans in a plastic bag and freeze overnight. The cold air can help to tighten the fibers and restore shape.
  24. Use your hard-boiled egg slicer to cut strawberries, butter, and mozzarella cheese.
  25. The hot water from your Keurig machine is perfect for cooking a cup of noodles.

Giveaway: Share Your Worst School Photo for Cookies

It’s time to celebrate back to school with a hilarious new giveaway. We’re looking for your worst school photos, the ones you’ve lamented and hidden in the bottom of your closet. Now is your chance to bring them out, dust them off, and turn one of your least favorite school moments into a delicious reward! That’s right, we’re giving away three great Mrs. Fields gifts to three lucky readers. Can you think of a sweeter way to erase a sour memory?

Here’s how to enter:

  • Upload your worst school photo in the comments with a quick description. (Make sure it’s your own!)
  • We’ll select three lucky winners to win one of these amazing gifts from Mrs. Fields:

Cool Caddy Cooler

Nibbler Basket

Classic Crafty Box

  • You must be at least 18 years old to enter and a resident of the continental United States. Entries accepted until midnight, Wednesday September 17. Winners will be chosen and notified via email.

Good luck and say cheese, er, COOKIES!

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Recipe: Watermelon Orzo Salad

Mrs. Fields Secrets Watermelon Orzo Salad
If you want to eek out the last few drops of summer, this recipe is just the ticket. You’ll fall in love with the fresh, bright flavor that perfectly balances sweet, juicy watermelon with savory, tart feta cheese. Eat it as a side dish or add your favorite protein to turn it into a light entree. Whatever you do, savor each bite as you savor the last few days of summer.

Watermelon Orzo Salad

1 cup orzo pasta, uncooked
2 cups diced watermelon
1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese
2 tablespoons olive oil
salt
pepper
1 handful fresh basil, finely chopped

Directions
Heat a pot of salted water to a boil and cook pasta according to directions. Drain and rinse thoroughly with cool water, then allow to drain again for 10-15 minutes to remove as much water as possible. Transfer pasta to a serving bowl and toss with olive oil to coat the pasta. Add the watermelon, cheese, and basil then gently toss to incorporate. Salt and pepper to taste. Serve chilled or at room temperature.

25 Favorite Back to School Movies

Bake some cookies and gather the family on the couch for a movie night dedicated to our favorite back-to-school flicks!

1. Dead Poets Society
2. Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
3. Fame
4. The Breakfast Club
5. Footloose
6. Sixteen Candles
7. Pitch Perfect
8. 10 Things I Hate About You
9. Say Anything
10. October Sky
11. Mean Girls
12. Grease
13. Fast Times at Ridgemont High
14. Lean on Me
15. The Outsiders
16. Napoleon Dynamite
17. Clueless
18. Never Been Kissed
19. Lucas
20. Hoosiers
21. Rushmore
22. The Karate Kid
23. Stand and Deliver
24. Superbad
25. Back to the Future

Did we miss any? What’s your favorite school-themed movie?

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