Get Ready for the Holiday Squeeze

Twenty-six. That’s the number of days between Thanksgiving and Christmas this year. (Take a moment to catch your breath.) Twenty-six days is literally the shortest amount of time possible on the calendar, which is why we are ready to help you avoid gifting panic and enjoy a fun-filled season with some great gift ideas and early bird incentives!

Grasshopper Holiday Bark

One of my favorite gifts for 2013 is our unbelievably delicious Grasshopper Holiday Bark. If you already love our Peppermint Bark, prepare yourself to fall in love all over again. This delicious treat is perfect as an individual gift for virtually anyone on your list.

“JOY” FUL Tin

Not only is our new “JOY” FUL Tin fabulous looking, it comes with so many varieties to fit almost any gifting need! Whether it’s what’s inside the tin (your choice of cookies, brownies, frosted cookies and candy), or what’s on the outside (your choice of customized messages or greetings), you have nearly endless possibilities to treat your friends and family.

Ultimate Snowman Bundle

Sometimes you need a holiday show-stopper, a gift that will please an entire crowd and make a grand entrance, and that’s exactly what our Ultimate Snowman Bundle is designed to do. Each stackable layer of this frosty friend is loaded with a collection of crowd pleasing delights: cookies, brownies, popcorn, chocolate covered graham crackers, nuts, candy, and our special peppermint and grasshopper bark. That’s a mouthful! A delicious, delicious mouthful.

Case of 24 Shimmering Silver Personal Boxes

Finally, one of my favorite beat-the-holiday-squeeze ideas is bulk buying. We introduced our bulk gifts a few years ago and they quickly became go-to bestsellers for so many. Buying in bulk not only saves money, but allows you to have fabulous gifts on hand for any last-minute or unexpected gifting needs (and we all have those). Check out the entire line of bulk gifts to find the one right for your needs.

And did you know that at Mrs. Fields, you can shop early and choose exactly when you want your gift delivered during the season! That’s right, ordering early doesn’t have to mean an early delivery. It’s all up to you!

To ensure that you don’t get crushed by the holiday squeeze, we’ve got a great early bird offer for you: use code 13UEZ to get $15 off a purchase of $100 or more through November 22, 2013 and $10 off $100 through December 4, 2013.

Mrs. Fields Bakeware: Cool Bake Pan

Mrs. Fields Secrets Cool Bake Pan

The last in our line of new Mrs. Fields Bakeware is our Cool Bake Pan, and let me tell you, this is one of my favorite products of all time. It’s a two-piece tray that bakes cookies perfectly (allowing air flow underneath) and then also serves as a cooling rack as soon as the cookies come out of the oven! It’s genius, I tell you, and every baker on your list needs one. Plus one more for you.

The Cool Bake Pan is available with or without accompanying cookies on our website, along with our other great bakeware gifts:

The Brookie Pan - See my review here.

The Half-N-Half Muffin Tin – See my review here.

The Sto-N-Go Carrier – See my review here.

Have you tried the Mrs. Fields Bakeware line? What do you think?

Mrs. Fields Bakeware: Baker’s Sto-N-Go

Mrs. Fields Secrets Baker's Sto-N-Go Mrs. Fields Secrets Baker's Sto-N-Go

More fun from the new Mrs. Fields Bakeware line! Our Baker’s Sto-N-Go is my new favorite thing, an adjustable, portable carry all that has once and for all solved the problem of transporting frosted cookies, brownies and cupcakes without smooshing their gorgeousness. Here are a few of the features I love about this smart little contraption:

  • It’s perfect for road trips, bake sales, picnics, parties, boating, school parties and camping. Keeps everything sealed, safe, and looking good!
  • The handle slides off  and stores inside, so this fits easily into your cupboards or drawers. No bulky awkward storage!
  • The three sliding trays inside can be adjusted in eleven different grooves for ultimate versatility.
  • This fits up to 1 pan of brownies, 36 cake balls, 23 cake pops, 32 mini cupcakes, 20 small cupcakes, appetizers or even pizza!
  • The trays have a matte surface that keeps your goodies from sliding around.
  • It’s collapsible and dishwasher safe.

I can’t say enough good about this product! What would you store in it?

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P.S. Interested in those delicious Spiderweb Pumpkin Cookies? Try this recipe.

Coming Soon: The Brookie Pan by Mrs. Fields Bakeware

Mrs. Fields Secrets Brookie Pan
Cookie or brownie? How about both? Meet the Brookie, a cookie baked inside a brownie. Genius, right? And now meet the Brookie Pan, part of our incredible line of Mrs. Fields Bakeware, available soon at Mrs. Fields online.

This bakeware pan is such high quality and so well designed that it’s bound to become a favorite in your household as it is in mine. The design bakes an already baked cookie inside a luscious brownie for an incredible surprise inside. Plus, I love that it uses an already baked cookie—it’s the perfect way to use up your leftover cookies, slightly stale cookies and baking blunder cookies. (Yes, we all have them!) You can even use your favorite store-bought cookies inside for a completely new reinvention. (I’m looking at you, Oreo.)

The other thing I love about this pan is that the final product is a perfect individual dessert, which can be enjoyed as-is or topped in that cute little dimple on top with ice cream, whip cream and your favorite chocolate or caramel drizzle. It can be as casual or fancy as you like.

Of course, I have all sorts of other grand plans for this pan, moving beyond Brookies and experimenting with other things like:
-cornbread with a spicy cracker inside
-cheesecake with a fruit center middle
-baked scrambled eggs with cheese and herbs inside

What would you bake in the Brookie Pan?

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Fall Catalog Preview + Early Bird Discount

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It’s my favorite time of year! The launch of our fall catalog each year is the beginning of our seasonal best, taking you all the way from Halloween to the holidays. But wait, I’m getting ahead of myself. Let’s take a look at some of this year’s best offerings:

Happy Harvest Box

Our Happy Harvest Box is the perfect personal package, loaded with our bite-sized cookies along with all the favorite colors and flavors of fall.

Fall Bites Box 2013

Perfect for sharing (and looking so fabulous in that shade of orange), our Fall Bites Box is one of our most popular gifts, arriving with your choice of our bite-sized best treats. Plus, this year, we have new customized tag options to make your gift even more special.

Frightfully Fabulous Box

One of my favorite things about our Halloween gifts is that they double as decorations! Our Frightfully Fabulous Box is ready to not only treat your loved ones to our bakery best, but to decorate their home too!

Haunted House Tin

Almost too cute for words, our Haunted House Tin is one of my favorite gifts because it’s brimming with freshly baked goodies (including our luscious frosted cookies), and after Halloween, it can hide your secret stash of candy! (Don’t worry, I won’t tell.)

Night Owl Pail

And no Halloween season would be complete without something for the kids. I’m so excited about our Night Owl Pail, overflowing with cookies, brownies and candy. The pail, of course, is designed for a full night of trick-or-treating with its special glow-in-the-dark design.

Night Owl Pail

Those are a few of my favorites, but there’s so much more to choose from. You can shop our entire catalog online and order a free copy for your mailbox. Plus, take advantage of our early bird offer: save $15 off an order of $100 or more with code 13TEC at checkout.

Let the fall fun begin!

Gift Ideas for Grandparent’s Day

Mrs. Fields Secrets Grandparents Day Gift IdeasGrandparent’s Day is coming up this weekend on September 8. If you’re looking for some fun, creative gift ideas, we’ve got you covered! Grab the kids and check out these fun ideas:

1. Some simple plaster poured in a sandy handprint to make a beachy keepsake gift.
2. Handprint trivets are useful and oh so cute.
3. Speaking of cute and useful, these handprint potholders are perfect for getting grandma’s goodies out of the oven.
4. This simple card opens up to hold a heart. (Get ready to hear oohs and ahhhs.)
5. A pretend restaurant with grandkids as the waitstaff and cooks is a grandparent’s favorite dining spot.
6. Is there a grandparent alive that wouldn’t like a Grandparent Photo Book? Answer: no.
7. Silhouettes of the kids are easier to make than you might think and such a special keepsake.
8. Flower pots with photos of the grandkids? A fun project that will earn big brownie points.

And speaking of brownie points, another way to earn them with G&G is with one of our amazing gifts. Don’t forget a personalized note inside!

Wedding Party Gift Ideas

The wedding season is officially upon us. If you’re planning your own wedding or helping to plan another, here are some ideas to help you treat the wedding party and thank them for their participation.
Mrs. Fields Secrets Groomsmen Gift Ideas

For the Groomsmen:
1. Money Clip
2. Key Ring and Bottle Opener
3. Collar Stays
4. Cookie Cooler

Mrs. Fields Secrets Bridesmaid Gifts

For the Bridesmaids:
1. Monogrammed Pashmina
2. Custom Fabric Clutches
3. Aluminum Water Bottles
4. Precious Petals Ribbon Box

Mrs. Fields Secrets Logo Perfect Cookies

And my favorite gift for wedding guests? Our Logo Cookies, customized with your own message and design commemorating the day. It’s a perfectly sweet memento of the day.

Big Cookie for Big Thanks

Mrs. Fields Secrets Big Sugar Cookie

Here’s a fun idea for a teacher, graduate, or anybody who deserves a pat on the back after a long school year (maybe you?): a giant sugar cookie decorated like a sheet of school paper with your own personal greeting! In addition to my favorite sugar cookie recipe and royal icing, you’ll need some edible marking pens, dental floss, and masking tape to create this treat. Let’s get started:

School Paper Big Cookie

1. Prepare and chill cookie dough for several hours.

2. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

3. Divide dough in half. On a sheet of parchment paper, roll out one half of the dough into a 1/2-inch rectangle. Use a sheet of standard paper to measure exact size, then trim excess.

4. Bake for 6-8 minutes, or until middle is puffy and edges are not-yet browned. Remove and cool completely.

5. Prepare royal icing (leaving it all white) to stiff-peaked thickness. Reserve a small portion for piping.

6. Smear a dollop of frosting in the middle of your cake plate or serving tray to keep the cookie secure. Place the cookie on top, then pipe the icing around the perimeter.

7. Slowly stir in one tablespoon of water at a time to the remaining icing until you have a more fluid icing to “flood” inside the perimeter. Fill in an even layer, using a toothpick to spread to the edges. Allow icing to set for several hours before decorating with markers.

8. To make the school paper lines, take clean threads of dental floss and secure them down and across the cookie with masking tape to create your grid. (One vertical red stripe on the left, then several evenly spaced horizontal blue stripes down the page.) Mark the red stripe first, then work from the top down to keep your markers from smudging. Remove the dental floss.

9. Finally, use the black marker to write a personal message or a custom design. Voila!

No time or energy for this project? Our Big Cookie Cakes available online and in stores can do the same trick in no time at all. You can have the message personalized with up to 20 characters and the frosting colors of your choice!

Thank You Big Cookie Cake

 

DIY Teacher Appreciation Gifts

Mrs. Fields Secrets DIY Teacher AppreciationAs the school year winds down to an end, it’s time to think about how to thank the teachers who have been working hard for your kids all year long. I’ve been gathering some fun DIY ideas to show your appreciation in a sweet way. Plus, they’re all simple enough to have the kids help out.

1. Candy Pencils - A sweet look alike that is so easy to put together.
2. Cookies Stacked in a Spaghetti Canister - I recommend my Blue Ribbon Chocolate Chip Cookies
3. School Supply Cake - A great way to display some much-needed supplies that teacher won’t have to buy next fall.
4. Reusable Drink Cups with Lemonade Mix - Every teacher could use some cute hydration.
5. Apple-shaped Gift Box - Made from plastic soda bottles, you could fill this box with any small treasure.
6. Poster Candy-Gram - I’m a sucker for a clever candy-gram, and this site gives you a perfect script to follow.
7. Apple-Shaped Cupcakes - Whether you give one or a dozen, these treats will bring a smile.
8. Chalkboard Paint Flower Pot - A fun plant that can brighten up the classroom now, and teacher’s home later.
9. Paper Bag Flower Box - Dress up a gift for the yard with this clever idea.

If DIY is not your thing, I’ve got some favorite gifts from Mrs. Fields that will thrill any teacher on your list.

Sunshine Satchel

Classic Mini Ribbon Box

Thank You Big Cookie Cake

Mother’s Day Catalog Preview + Early Bird Discount

Mrs. Fields Mother's Day Catalog
Mother’s day is coming up quick and just in time, our catalog is hitting mailboxes now to get your inspired and ready to treat mom right. As usual, I’ve got my favorite picks to share with you, as well as an early bird discount. Did you know that you can place your order early and have it delivered right before Mother’s Day? That’s right, shop now and there’s no last-minute rushing around.

And now for my favorites…

Blooming Mini Ribbon Box

Our Blooming Mini Ribbon Box is simply perfect for Mom, Grandma, aunts, and sisters with delicious bite-sized cookies and luscious frosted cookies.

Floral Mother's Day Box

An abundance of bite-sized cookies and brownies (a favorite among moms) are paired with our buttery frosted cookies in our Floral Mother’s Day Box.

Spring Bites Box

When it comes to our Spring Bites Box, the box itself is too cute for words, but the treats inside are the real inspiration!

Mom's Memory Box

Perhaps my favorite pick this year, Mom’s Memory Box, is an incredible gift—delicious gourmet cookies and brownies inside a beautiful box that can collect mom’s favorite memories over the years.

As promised, please enjoy a 15% early bird discount on your entire purchase before 4/29/13 by using code 13HED at checkout. If you don’t already receive our catalog, order your free copy now. And one more thing—don’t forget to tell mom you love her!

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