How to Get a Great Easter Photo of the Kids

Mrs. Fields Secrets

Right clothes? Check. Right shoes? Check. Right photo? Not so easy. Snapping a great photo of your kids in their Easter best is a task that leaves many of us frazzled. That’s why we turned to our friend Megan Bailey from Little Peanut Magazine for some great tips.  Here’s what she had to say:

One of the biggest tips I can give is to make taking photos of your kids fun for them and don’t be worried about having them sit perfectly still and smile directly at the camera. Some of my favorite photos of my own kids are the candid ones of them playing and laughing.

I’ve also noticed that if I give them a prop or something to play with, they are even more willing to hold still and smile while I snap a few photos of them. To get great Easter photos of your kids try giving them a cute carrot to hold or even make DIY bunny ears and whiskers for them to hold. These make for the perfect props and are also cute! Again, don’t get stressed about trying to get your kids to be holding perfectly still to get a great shot. Just snap a ton of photos of them having fun and playing and you will for sure end up with a bunch you will treasure forever!

Check out more great Easter photos in our catalog. (There’s still time to order!)

{Image via Becky Kimball.}

Spring Break Ideas with the Kids: Cookie Capers

If you’re looking for a fun spring break idea for a stay-cation with the kids, we’ve got just the thing. Preheat the oven, give everyone an apron, and spend some time baking up dozens of your favorite cookies. Then, package them up and head out into the beautiful spring weather to deliver them to unsuspecting friends. Whether you stay on the doorstep and get discovered is up to you, but you’re sure to make everyone’s day…and a lot of memories too.

Not interested in doing the baking? We’re happy to do it for you. Our cookie and brownie basket has plenty to share with your household and others!

Recipe: Tiramisu

Mrs. Fields Secrets Tiramisu

This classic Italian dessert is reminiscent of a dessert lasagna, layers of flavorful cookie, cream, chocolate and coffee. It tastes both decadent and light at the same time and is easy to make for your next get together. Try it and see why the only response to this dessert is, “Mama mia!”

Tiramisu

3 cups brewed coffee, cooled
2 tablespoons sugar (to sweeten coffee)
16 ounces mascarpone cheese, divided
5 eggs, separated
pinch of salt
1/2 cup sugar, divided
14 ounces ladyfinger cookies (firm variety)
2 ounces rum (optional)
2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
1/4 cup dark chocolate shavings

Directions
Add sugar to sweeten the coffee and stir until dissolved. Whisk egg yolks with half the sugar until you have a light, creamy consistency. In a separate bowl, stir the mascarpone cheese to eliminate any lumps, then slowly add in the egg mixture into the cheese and whisk until combined.

In another bowl, whisk the egg whites with the salt and remaining sugar until they reach a firm, fluffy consistency. Fold the egg whites into the mascarpone mixture, along with the rum. Dip the ladyfingers into the coffee (careful not to oversoak), then lay them flat in a baking dish (about 9×13). Spread a layer of the cream on top and dust it with 1 tablespoon of cocoa powder, then repeat the process, adding another layer of soaked cookies topped with cream. Dust the top with the remaining cocoa powder, followed by an even sprinkle of chocolate shavings.

Cover dish and allow to chill for at least 3-4 hours before serving.

Easter Table Ideas

Mrs. Fields Easter Table Ideas

Ready, set, go! Spring has sprung and it’s time to get together with friends and family. Whether you’re hosting Easter dinner or a springtime brunch, we’re in love with these whimsical fresh ideas to brighten your table.

1. Mini birds nest placeholders. Fill mini nests found at the craft store with moss and tiny eggs (could be candy) and add a simple name card.

2. Folded napkins. Turn a bold fabric napkin into a bunny with a simple folding technique.

3. A mossy table runner. A bright strip of spring green down the center of the table adds incredible color and texture.

4. Carrots and flowers centerpiece. This arrangement couldn’t be more beautiful (or economical). Fill a vase with fresh stemmed carrots and daisies.

5. Hollow egg tea lights. Transform your simple everyday eggs into gorgeous little candles with a little DIY.

Do you have a favorite Easter table idea? Share it with us!

Easter Preview + 20-Cent Shipping Offer!

Good Egg Gift Box

Easter Sunday is less than two weeks away, so get your bunny in gear with some incredible Easter offerings from Mrs. Fields. We’ve got something to treat everyone on your list, from little ones to your Easter dinner host. Check out our favorite offerings, plus a special discount for blog readers below.

Easter Basket of Bites

A traditional choice for anyone with a sweet tooth, our Easter Basket of Bites is overflowing with our decadent, buttery frosted cookies in colorful assortment.

Snuggle Bunny

For those who need more snuggle, our Snuggle Bunny will do just the trick. This super soft plush bunny arrives with armloads of fresh cookies. (And he won’t even ask for a bite!)

Which Came First Box

Have a philosopher in the family? Let them ponder which came first, the chicken or the egg, as they nibble the bite-sized treats in our Which Came First Box.

Easter Trail Tote

For those kids who feel too grown up for an Easter basket, but still want in on the goodies, our Easter Trail Tote does just the trick.

Cottontail Gift Box

Our favorite for a hostess gift, the variety in the Cottontail Gift Box is perfect for opening up and sharing with everybody before dinner as guests arrive or after with coffee.

Photo “Hop” Tin

Our personalized Photo “Hop” Tin is a must for grandparents or far away family members. What could be sweeter than your own photo accompanying a fresh delivery of Easter treats?

Bunny Trail Cookie Cake

Show up to an Easter egg hunt or Sunday brunch with this Bunny Trail Cookie Cake and you will earn major brownie points. Er, cookie points. Er, cookie cake points. Actually, all of the above!

You can shop all our Easter gifts for all your Easter gifting needs on our website. Plus, take advantage of our incredible offer or 20-cent shipping on your entire order by using code SPRING at checkout! Offer ends 3/24/15, so hop to it!

Recipe: Blueberry Cloud Dessert

Mrs. Fields Secrets Blueberry Clouds

If you’re planning an Easter buffet, this dessert needs to be on it. It’s got all the richness of a blueberry cheesecake, but with a lightness that’s perfect for spring and the self-serve quality of a trifle. Put it in a pretty dish with a big spoon.

Blueberry Cloud Dessert

12 ounces frozen blueberries
1/2 cup cold water
2 tablespoons cornstarch
2 tablespoons sugar
1 tablespoon lemon juice
zest of one lemon
1 angel food cake, sliced into 1-inch cubes
2 packages light cream cheese
2/3 cup half-and-half
2/3 cup sugar
2 cups heavy whipping cream
3 tablespoons powdered sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
3/4 cup graham cracker crumbs

Directions
In a sauce pan over medium heat, add blueberries. Whisk cold water and cornstarch together, then pour over blueberries along with sugar, lemon juice and lemon zest. Stir and heat until thickened, then remove from the heat and allow to cool to room temperature. In a mixing bowl, combine the cream cheese with half-and-half and 2/3 cup sugar until creamy and smooth. Fold the cubed cake into the mixture until all the cubes are covered in cream and set aside. In a separate mixing bowl, add the powdered sugar and vanilla to the whipping cream and beat until stiff peaks form. To assemble, place a generous amount of the cake mixture in the bottom of the serving dish, followed by even dollops of the blueberry mixture, topped with a layer of whipped cream. Repeat the layers and top with a layer of graham cracker crumbs. Cover and chill for at least 4 hours before serving.

A Night In with Night At The Museum and Mrs. Fields

Release Post
Did you know? Everybody’s favorite museum security guard is back with more after-hours adventures that you can enjoy right at home. Night at the Museum Secret of the Tomb is now available on BluRay and DVD, and to celebrate the release, we’ve got some great gifts for a movie night in.

Pharaohs Golden Tablet

Pharaoh’s Golden Tablet Gift Box

 

Unlocking the secrets of Pharaoh’s Tablet in the movie is an adventurous endeavor, but the secrets of our Pharaoh’s Golden Tablet Gift Box is pure fun—savor each bite and try to figure out our secret recipe for gourmet cookies and brownies. HINT: It’s going to take several tries!

Dexter

Dexter the Monkey

 

Of course, it’s always more fun to watch a movie with a friend, especially a mischievous one. That’s why Dexter the Monkey is ready to join you, along with an armful of gourmet cookies.

That’s just about everything you need for a movie night in, except maybe a 20% discount on these great gifts. Simply enter NATM3 at checkout for this discount, good through 5/31/15.

Lights, camera, snack-tion!

Floral Ice Cubes

Floral Ice Cubes
Here’s a simple, gorgeous, springy detail to add to your next party—edible flowers incapsulated in ice cubes. Its a beautiful burst of color and oh-so-easy to execute. Here’s a quick how to:

  • Fill ice trays a quarter full with regular distilled water that has been boiled and cooled.
  • Add flowers into each space, face-down, then cover with water until half full, then freeze.
  • Fill to the top and freeze again.

Add these ice cubes to punch bowls, carafes, ice buckets, glass tumblers and anything else that needs a spot of spring.

HINT: The distilled water is what will give you clear, beautiful ice. Regular tap water will result in air bubbles and a cloudy appearance.

For a list of edible flowers, check here.

Recipe: White Beer Cookies

Mrs. Fields Secrets White Beer Cookies

It’s time for our annual baking with beer blog post. That’s right, while some like to sip a tall one, we like to add it to interesting recipes like White Beer Cookies. These sweet and slightly spicy cookies have a smooth yeasty flavor from the beer and a bright, tart zing from the orange zest. It’s the perfect treat for St. Patty’s Day (or any day, for that matter).

White Beer Cookies
adapted from Sean LaFond

24 oz. Belgian-style white beer
5 tablespoons honey
3/4 cup butter, softened
1 1/4 cups powdered sugar
1 egg
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1 orange, zested
2 teaspoons ground coriander
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
2 cups flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda

for icing:
1 cup powdered sugar
1 tablespoon orange juice
1 tablespoon milk
orange zest

Directions
In a saucepan over medium heat, stir beer and honey together and reduce until there is about 1/3 cup of liquid. Remove from heat and allow to cool to room temperature. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a mixing bowl, cream the butter and sugar together, then add the vanilla, orange zest, coriander, nutmeg and beer reduction and mix until well combined. Add the flour and baking soda and mix until dough is fluffy and even. Spoon rounded tablespoons of dough onto prepared cookie sheets and bake for 13-15 minutes, or until cookies begin to brown around the edges. Remove to a cooling rack and prepare icing by whisking sugar, juice, milk and zest together. Drizzle icing over still-warm cookies and allow to cool before serving.

Send Some Sunshine

Here Comes the Sun Tote

Sick of winter? We are too. But that doesn’t mean we can’t warm things up by sending some sunshine. The Sunshine Collection is our favorite way to spread cheer. It’s perfect for get well gifts, cheer up gifts, or just because winter won’t seem to leave gifts.

Sunny Day Satchel

Know who needs the Sunny Day Satchel? Everyone, but especially your friend who missed her flight and lost her luggage and broke three nails. She really needs it.

Bright Side Basket

Our Bright Side Basket was created with your neighbor in mind, the one who was bitten by a raccoon while trying to rescue a wounded pigeon. The details are fuzzy, but on the bright side, the pigeon is fine now.

Hello Sunshine Tin

Your college son who just got dumped by his first serious girlfriend would really appreciate a fresh delivery of our Hello Sunshine Tin. It’s the second best thing after a mom’s hug.

Sunny Side Cookie Cake

What’s the best way to convey to say to someone that you’re thinking of them? How about a Sunny Side Cookie Cake that says, “Thinking of you”? That should make it clear.

And you know what they say about sunshine, right? The more you spread it, the warmer the world feels.

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