Casserole Series: Cheesy Pineapple Casserole

Mrs. Fields Secrets Cheesy Pineapple Casserole
We’re rounding out our Casserole Series today with a fabulous sweet and savory casserole that is a southern favorite. It’s got the sweet richness of pineapple with the sharp tang of cheddar cheese with a buttery crumble on top. This is ideal for a picnic or potluck since it is just as tasty at room temperature as it is warm out of the oven next to a slice of ham. You could also take it in a spicy direction by adding a pinch of red pepper flakes to the pineapple mixture and a few more to the crumble top. Try it out and make it your own!

Cheesy Pineapple Casserole

1 cup sugar
6 tablespoons flour
2 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese
2 (20 oz.) cans pineapple chunks, drained but reserve 6 tablespoons of juice
1 1/2 cup crushed Ritz crackers
1/2 cup butter

Directions
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a medium-sized casserole dish with the butter, then melt the rest of the stick and set aside. In a large bowl, stir the sugar and flour together, then add the drained pineapple and cheese. Stir until well combined and transfer to the prepared casserole dish. In a separate bowl, stir the crushed crackers, melted butter and reserved pineapple juice together to create a crumble. Spread the crumble evenly over the pineapple and bake for 30-35 minutes, or until golden brown on top and bubbly around the sides. Serve warm or at room temperature.

Small Cookies, Big News: Nibblers Cookies Are Coming to a Grocery Store Near You!

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What’s bigger than big? Our big news about our Nibblers® Cookies, that’s what! Your favorite snackable, stackable cookies are available in grocery stores nationwide this spring! That’s right, our Nibblers® Cookies, the darlings of our catalogs, website, and stores can now become the darlings of your weekly grocery list. Check them out…

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But wait, what’s that we spy? Is that a layer of rich, chocolate fudge on the bottom of each cookie? Yes, yes it is. You may need to sit down for these. Yes, sit down with a tall glass of milk and a fresh package of 15 cookies and contemplate how great your life just became, because all of our packaged Nibblers® Cookies are fudge dipped for ultimate cookie indulgence. And they are so delectably petite, there’s never any harm in indulging. So, pick up a package for your next book club, sleepover, or movie night. Better yet, get two.

Available Nibblers® Cookies flavors:
Milk Chocolate
Peanut Butter
Double Chocolate Fudge

Look for them on the cookie aisle at Kroger and other grocers this spring!

Flash Giveaway: Describe Your Administrative Professional In 3 Words!

Wednesday the 23rd is Administrative Professionals Day and that means it is time for our annual giveaway! To thank your office hero, the one who keeps it all running smoothly, enter to win one of three great prizes to show your gratitude. But you’d better hurry, this giveaway starts and ends today!

Thank You Bites Box

Our Thank You Bites Box brimming with a fresh selection of cookies and brownies.

Many Thanks Tin

Nobody could resist the heart felt thanks in our Many Thanks Tin, especially because it tastes like our delicious bite-sized cookies.

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And finally, a gift basket filled with our Nibblers® bite-sized cookies is one of our most popular gifts, perfect for that invaluable person on your list!

Here’s how to enter: Leave a comment describing your administrative profession in only three words before midnight Monday, April 21! We’ll choose a winner tomorrow and have your gift delivered with your nomination.

Fine print: Nominees must live in the continental United States. One entry per person, please. Entrants and nominees must be 18 years or older. Entries accepted until midnight, Monday, April 21 PST. Winners will be chosen and notified via email.

Recipe: Bunny Bark

Mrs. Fields Secrets Bunny Bark
We’ve got a bonus recipe for you this week, heading into the holiday weekend. This treat is perfect to prepare and have out all weekend long for your Easter guests. It’s great for snacking or even to soothe your sweet tooth after dinner. Follow our recipe as a guide, but incorporate your own favorite cookies and flavors to make it your own.

Bunny Bark

16 ounces of white chocolate or almond bark
1 1/2 cups crushed Oreo cookies
1 cup pretzels, broken
1 1/2 cups m&m candies (any variety)
1/4 cup sprinkles

Directions
On a parchment-lined baking sheet, spread the cookies and pretzels evenly. Scatter half of the m&m candies over the cookies and pretzels. On a double-boiler or in the microwave, melt the white chocolate or almond bark over low heat until smooth and runny. Remove from heat and pour evenly over the cookie mixture. Use a spatula to smooth the melted chocolate over the entire sheet. Tap the baking sheet on the counter five or six times to remove any air bubbles and allow the chocolate to get in all the crevices. Next, scatter the remaining m&m candies all over the top, followed by the sprinkles. Allow to cool and solidify at room temperature for 5 hours or overnight before cutting into squares or breaking into bite-sized pieces.

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Casserole Series: Broccoli Water Chestnut Bake

Mrs. Fields Secrets Brocolli Casserole Bake
Our casserole series is back today with the perfect side dish for your Easter feast. This is a delicious recipe that you’ll try once and keep in your repertoire forever. Adults love it, kids love it, and you’d better get a big helping to begin with because people are always going back for seconds with this.

Broccoli Water Chestnut Bake
from Susan Stewart Vaughn

4-6 cups broccoli tips
1 cup light mayonnaise
1 cup light sour cream
zest of one lemon
1 teaspoon pepper
1/2 cup green onions, chopped
2 cups monterey jack cheese, shredded
2 (8 oz) cans sliced water chestnuts, rinsed and drained
2 cups Ritz crackers, crushed
1/2 cup melted butter

Directions
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Wash broccoli and cut into bite-sized pieces. Steam for a few minutes until broccoli is tender, but bright green and still crisp. Then spread into a 9×13 casserole dish. Top with half of the green onions. Stir mayonnaise, sour cream, lemon zest and pepper together. Spread the mayonnaise and sour cream mixture over the broccoli and top with shredded cheese, then water chestnuts and remaining green onions. Finally, combine the crushed crackers with the melted butter until you have a consistent, moist crumble. Spread the crackers crumble evenly over the entire dish and bake for 30 minutes, or until golden brown on top. Serve warm.

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle Earth Day Activity for Kids

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Earth Day is coming up next week and we’ve got a great activity to do with the kids to get them thinking about our waste and how it takes all of us to reduce, reuse and recycle. Before your next garbage day, gather the kids to go through the garbage with you, looking for the following things:

  • How many items are in the regular garbage that should be in the recycling bin?
  • Is there anything that could have been used again before being tossed?
  • Are there items that could have been donated to charity instead of thrown away?
  • Discuss ways you as a family can remember to sort garbage more effectively.
  • Look at the bottom of the packaging for recycling symbols and talk about what they mean.
  • Are there items that could be reused again? Think creatively about new purposes for items you are tossing.

Finally, give the kids a challenge: allow  them to reclaim five items from the garbage or recycling and turn it into an art project or a repurposed useful item. Encourage them to think outside the box and use the materials to create something entirely new. Above are some beautiful examples of recycled art to get the ideas flowing, everything from an office organizer to a colorful lampshade and bouquet of cardboard flowers. More than just a busy exercise, this activity will get everybody in the family thinking about the products we buy, the amount of waste we create, and how we can work together to reduce our impact on the planet one family at a time.

Candy-Filled Yarn Easter Eggs

Mrs. Fields Secrets Candy-Filled Yarn Eggs
Get ready for Easter with some arts and crafts time! These yarn-covered eggs are filled with your favorite wrapped candies and ready to display for springtime, but the real question is: leave the candy inside? Or, try to get it out? We won’t judge either way.

Candy-Filled Yarn Eggs

small balloons
yarn
white glue
water
candy
wax paper

Directions
Blow up balloons into egg shapes in desired sizes. Mix two parts glue to one part water and stir. For each balloon, measure 6-10 feet of yarn per balloon, depending on how dense you want the grid pattern. Soak the yarn in the glue mixture, then string the yarn around the balloon. Set on wax paper to dry 12-24 hours. When yarn is hard and dry, pop the balloon and remove it, then sneak some of the candy inside.

Casserole Series: Tamale Pie

Mrs. Fields Secrets Tamale Pie
Today we’re starting a new casserole series aimed to give you new twists and big flavors in one dish. Today’s recipe does just that. It has big bold Tex-Mex flavors, a rustic presentation, and is perfect for a weeknight or weekend meal. Top a slice of this Tamale Pie with fresh avocado, sour cream and serve it up, but be ready for applause and several requests for the recipe.

Tamale Pie

2 tablespoons olive oil
1 large onion
2 cloves garlic
1 pound ground beef
1 tablespoon chili powder
2 teaspoons ground cumin
salt and pepper to taste
1 (28 oz.) can crushed tomatoes
1 (14 oz.) can creamed corn
1 (14 oz.) can medium pitted black olives
1 cup yellow corn meal
2 eggs, beaten

Directions
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a large, cast iron skillet, heat the olive oil on medium-high heat. Add onion and garlic and sauté until translucent. Add ground beef and cool until just brown, then add chili powder, cumin, salt and pepper and cook about two more minutes. Add tomatoes, corn, and olive (juice included!) and stir. Slowly stir in corn meal to avoid lumps. Finally, stir in the beaten eggs, incorporate completely and allow to simmer for about five minutes. Transfer skillet to the preheated oven and bake for 45-60 minutes, or until browning around the edges and firm in the middle. Allow to sit for 10-15 minutes before serving.

How to Create a Living Easter Basket

Say goodbye to stringy cellophane grass for your Easter baskets this year and plant some live grass for stunning results. Get the kids to help you put it together—at least 10 days in advance—and spend the days leading up to Easter watching it come to life. (Plus, if you plant wheat grass, you can juice it too!)

Living Easter Basket Directions

  • Choose a potting container that fits inside your basket, or line your basket with a planting tray or waxed paper.
  • Add fresh potting soil, leaving about a half-inch from the top of the container, and reserving some to top the seeds.
  • Sprinkle grass seeds over the top of the soil (wheat grass or any quick grow variety).
  • Sprinkle just enough potting soil to barely cover the seeds.
  • Water the soil, just enough to keep it moist to the touch on top.
  • Continue watering daily and place basket in a sunny spot near a window.
  • Seeds should begin sprouting within 3-4 days and by 10-12 days, you should have a lush bed of grass.

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Homemade Spring Potpourri

Mrs. Fields Secrets Springtime Potpourri
Store shelves are lined with scented candles, diffusers and air fresheners, but everything you need to have a fabulous smelling home is right in your kitchen. Making your own potpourri is quick, easy, inexpensive and a great way to use up produce and spices before they go bad. You can store them in the fridge for 1-2 weeks and even give them as gifts. Here’s what you’ll need:

Lemon Rosemary Vanilla Potpourri

1 mason jar
1 lemon
2-3 sprigs rosemary
1 teaspoon vanilla

Directions
Fill mason jar half way with water. Slice lemon and place in jar. Tuck in sprigs of rosemary, then add water to fill the rest of the jar. Add the teaspoon of vanilla on top, then top the jar with a lid and place in the fridge until use. To use, pour ingredients of the jar into a small saucepan and add another jarful of water. Simmer on low heat, adding water as needed. Potpourri will last for 24-48 hours of simmering. (Note: Do not leave potpourri simmering unattended or overnight.) You can also simmer mixture in a small crockpot.

Variations
1 orange, 1 cinnamon stick, and 1 inch of fresh ginger
1 lemon, 1 lime, 3 sprigs of thyme
1 orange, star anise, clove

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