Mother’s Day Preview + Discount

Mother’s Day Keepsake Tin

Mother’s Day is coming up fast and there’s no better way to thank the moms in your life than with scrumptious cookies and brownies that she didn’t have to make herself! Our entire collection is ready to shop, and we’ve selected our favorites right here for you. (Plus, check below for a special discount.) And don’t forget, you can shop now and have your gift delivered whenever you like—you choose the delivery date!

Sweet Spot Gift Box

More than just a pretty box, this Sweet Spot Gift Box is fully loaded with Mom’s favorite cookies, brownies and frosted cookies. She’ll love every bite, and you’ll love that it ships for free! (That’s right, Mom would be so proud of you!)

Message to Mom Box

Short, sweet, and to the point, the Message to Mom Box says it sweetly. It’s just the right size to share a little something special with Mom. Plus, it also ships for free, so that’s a little something special for you.

Happy Mother’s Day Bites Box

Delivered right to her doorstep, Mom will love this spring-inspired gift box blooming with our bakery-fresh best. Theres an assortment of cookies and brownies, enough to share if Mom is feeling generous. (And when isn’t she?) And you guessed it, this gift ships for free too!

Shop our entire line of Mother’s Day gifts now and save 15% on your order using code MOM15, good through May 1, 2015.

Now go on, make your mama happy!

 

Spring Gifts That Wow

Spring is busting out all over, including at Mrs. Fields. We’ve got some bright, new colorful gifts to put on your radar because you never know when you’re going to need to brighten someone’s day with a happy delivery of gourmet goodness. (Like Mother’s Day? Hint, hint.) Take a look at some of our new favorites.

Welcome Spring Gift Box

Our favorite way to send a little something special is the Welcome Spring Gift Box, containing two delectable frosted cookies and an assortment of our favorite bite-sized best. This is a favorite gift idea for teachers and friends.

Signs of Spring Box

Bright blooms on the outside, and a scrumptious bouquet of your favorite cookies and brownies on the inside is our Signs of Spring Box. Choose from two different assortments and share this gift with someone special. We especially love this gift for Mother’s Day.

Spring is in the Air Planter

We love gifts that can be repurposed like our Spring is in the Air Planter. This bright pink planter arrives with freshly baked cookies, and then be used to plant an herb garden or an orchid. This is a chic, delicious gift for that chic friend who needs a pick-me-up.

Flower Power Tower

Big and bold and ready to please, our Flower Power Tower packs a lot of wow for any crowd. Each layer contains the best of our best, cookies, brownies and frosted cookies in either our original or bite-sized varieties. This gift is our favorite way to turn any occasion into an instant party.

Shop all of our spring gifts and take advantage of special offers going on now!

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!)

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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!

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.

Thanks a Million

Give Thanks Tin

Expressing thanks is something we probably all value, but don’t always know how to implement. With over 35 years in the gifting business, we have some ideas on the subject. Here’s a primer on becoming a better thank-er. (No need to thank us for it!)

  • Gratitude is a renewable resource. The more you give thanks to people around you, the more grateful you feel, and in turn, the more people want to do kind and helpful things. Challenge yourself to thank at least three people in the next hour and see what happens.
  • Notice the little things. Going hand-in-hand with the previous challenge, begin noticing the small ways in which the people around you excel. You’ll be amazed at what you see.
  • Make it personal and sincere. An under-the-breath “thanks” doesn’t count for much, so make it a point to be both personal and sincere. In person, make eye contact and thank the person specifically for what you appreciate. Otherwise, pick up the phone and call or send a thoughtful text or email.
  • Think about the thankless jobs. From the person who cleans the office after hours to the school bus driver, there are many people who get overlooked for a job well done. It’s not intentional, of course, but out of sight often means out of mind. Take some time to thank one of them.
  • Report to a supervisor. Were you wowed by someone in a professional setting? In addition to expressing your thanks, contact their manager to let them know.
  • Keep thank you notes on hand. Jimmy Fallon takes time every week to jot down some thank you notes and drop them in the mail, and so should you. Having the cards on hand means you can write that note as soon as you think of it.
  • Reward the extra mile. When someone has gone above and beyond on your behalf, it’s always a good idea to say thanks with a gift. Of course, our suggestion is always a surprise delivery of freshly baked cookies and brownies with an enclosed gift message. It’s a thank you gift idea that feels generous without being awkwardly over-the-top.
  • It’s never too late. There is no expiration date on thank you’s, so if you’re plagued with regret for failing to acknowledge something in the past, do something about it today.

And just in case you’re looking for some more gift suggestions, here are some of our favorites:

Appreciation Box

Sweet Spot Gift Box

Thanks All Around Box

Big Cookie Cake

If you liked this advice, pass it on! And if you have your own tips for expressing thanks, share them in the comments.

Thank you.

Pep Up Your St. Patrick’s Day

St. Patrick’s Day Frosted Basket

Are you feeling lucky? Because we’ve got some incredible St. Patrick’s Day ideas to add some fun to your holiday, whether you’re celebrating with friends or family, adults or kids. Check out these creative ways to make the day amazing.

Gold Party via Oh Happy Day

Throw a Gold Party. We’re over the moon (or rather, over the rainbow) for this incredible gold-themed party featured on Oh Happy Day. Simple, inexpensive and full of wow-factor for kids or adults alike.

Rainbow Rimmed Glasses via Oh My! Creative

Serve Rainbow-Rimmed Drinks. For cocktails or mocktails, this clever (and simple) touch from Oh My! Creative will impress every leprechaun you know.

St. Patrick’s Day Cream Puffs via Mrs. Fields Secrets

Serve Puffs. Filled with cream, your favorite chicken salad or even a meatball, these portable green puffs of pastry are perfect St. Patty’s Day fare.

Temporary Hair Color via SheKnows

Chalk Your Hair. Simple, temporary streaks of color are a fun way to show St. Patty’s Day spirit (and maybe prank your friends) using colored chalk and a hair dryer.

Cheese Soup with Beer Bread via Mrs. Fields Secrets

Bake with Beer. Incorporate beer into your cooking on St. Patrick’s Day for a fun twist that the whole family can enjoy. We love this recipe for Tangy Cheese Soup with Beer Bread, as well as Beer Beignets, Apple Ale Cake, Guiness Brownies and Tailgate Chili.

And, of course, don’t forget the cookies! The quickest, easiest way to create an instant party on St. Patrick’s Day is with a fresh delivery of Mrs. Fields! Browse all of our St. Patrick’s Day items for your gifting ideas you’ll love. (No luck of the Irish required.)

Gifting for Dummies

Mrs. Fields Gifts
Fact: not all thoughtful people are good gift-givers. Gifting seems to be a language that is natural and fluent for some, and totally foreign to others. If you find yourself in the latter group, never fear. We’ve got some solid ways to transform you into a gifting guru.

  • Plan Ahead. This tip almost more than any other will improve your gifting. After all, nothing influences a dummy gift choice like a time crunch. (We’re looking at you, people who buy random gifts at the gas station on the way to the party.) Most of us rely on smart phones these days, so let your phone give you some smart reminders about gifting. Set alerts that give you plenty of time to plan and make or buy a gift, and be sure to set the alert for a time in your week when it won’t be easily dismissed. (Mrs. Fields Tip: We designed our checkout for gifting pros and gifting dummies alike. You can buy your gift anytime, then select the exact date you want it delivered!)
  • Listen for Hints. As birthdays and anniversaries and other gifting occasions draw near, listen for hints and look for clues to give you gifting inspiration. Some people drop hints explicitly (“I could sure use a day at the spa!”) but most of the time it’s a matter of paying attention to the needs and wants of the people you care about. Sometimes the best gifts are ones that fill a need and sometimes they fill a want.
  • Put Yourself in Their Shoes. Think about your giftee and his or her life. Gifting dummies make the mistake of giving gifts that they themselves want, or gifts they want their giftee to want. You’ve got to get out of your own head and into somebody else’s shoes to be a better gift giver.
  • Pick up Gifts Along the Way. Gifting geniuses have a stash of ready-to-go gifts they’ve found throughout the year that they know will be just perfect for someone when the time comes. Keep your eyes peeled for those perfect somethings, buy them, and keep them in a safe place. Your future self will thank you.
  • Homemade is a Homerun. A handmade, homemade gift is always a hit because it shows time and dedication. Think about your skill set and what you might be able to create. (Mrs. Fields Tip: How about making a decadent dessert? We have lots of recipes and how to’s.)
  • Focus on Simple Pleasures. Let’s face it, some people are hard to shop for. Avoid gifts like clothing (that might not fit), books (they might not read), and items that the person might feel obligated to display around their house. Focus on simple pleasures, like food, drink, entertainment and relaxation, and you’re almost sure to give something appreciated. (Mrs. Fields Tip: There’s no more simple pleasure than freshly baked cookies and brownies delivered right to the door!)

Want to give your gifting skills a try? Don’t forget that Employee Appreciation Day is coming up on March 6th and right now, there’s a big sale going on at Mrs. Fields.com. (Use code: MADNESS at checkout.)

Tricks for Making Boxed Cake Mixes Better

Everybody knows that there’s nothing quite like a made-from-scratch cake, but in a pinch, a boxed cake mix can place a very close second with some secret tips and tricks from the experts. Try them on your next cake and see if you can pass it off for the real thing!

  • Substitute melted butter for oil. This will give your cake the deep rich flavor that only butter can supply. In a saucepan on low heat, melt the butter until just liquified, then add it to your mix just like you would vegetable oil.
  • Add extra yolks. After you add the eggs the box recipe calls for, add one or two more yolks to give the cake even more moisture and richness.
  • Sprinkle sugar over the top before baking. The weight of the sugar will keep your cake from baking with a mound in the middle. A nice, even sprinkle right before it goes into the oven will keep it more level.
  • Add a teaspoon of coffee to chocolate cakes. A little bit of straight black coffee or espresso will bring the chocolate flavors to life. You won’t taste coffee, just rich chocolate.
  • Add hot water to chocolate cakes. Instead of using water right from the tap, use hot water to help “wake up” the cocoa in the mix.
  • Add pudding mix and sour cream. One small package of instant pudding mix (choose the flavor depending on your cake) plus one cup of sour cream creates a dense, moist delectable cake.
  • Add citrus zest. A bit of fresh zest from a lemon, orange, or lime gives a perfect, subtle zing to cakes, especially ones that have berries and chocolate.
  • Add vanilla. An extra teaspoon of vanilla is a great way to bring boxed cake flavors to life. (Keep in mind that white cake mixes may be slightly off white with vanilla added.)
  • Add meringue powder. A tablespoon of this powder will give flimsy cakes some strength while still remaining delicate. Perfect for layered cakes and angel food.

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20 Amazing Freezer Hacks

Wrapping up our freezer-friendly series, we’ve got twenty genius hacks to get the most out of your freezer. Everything from green onions to your favorite pair of jeans, it’s time to start using your freezer to the max.

  1. Store ice cream containers inside a Ziploc bag to keep ice cream soft and ready to scoop right out of the freezer.
  2. Place a wet sponge inside a Ziploc bag and freeze it for a handy ice pack that won’t drip or leak as it thaws.
  3. Freeze candles before burning them to get a longer, more even burn.
  4. Pour homemade chicken stock into ice cube trays or muffin tins to make easy anytime-use chicken stock at the ready.
  5. Store water bottles in the freezer. They keep the freezer efficient, plus they can be used as ice packs in a cooler, or a continual sip of ice water on a hot day.
  6. Instead of washing your designer jeans, store them in the freezer for a few days. It kills any germs, plus it restores the “just washed” fit without the wear and tear of a wash cycle.
  7. Have shoes that need to be stretched out? Fill a bag with water and place it into the shoe. As the water freezes, it expands, stretching the shoe.
  8. Use up fresh herbs by chopping them up and placing them into an ice cube tray, then fill with olive oil. Now you’ve got herb-infused olive oil!
  9. Keep half-used bags of veggies from getting lost under piles of food in the freezer by hanging them from the racks with binder clips.
  10. Chill melons in the freezer for a half hour before cutting them for a crisp, sweet bite.
  11. Chop green onions and keep them fresh for up to a month in an empty water bottle in the freezer. Just shake out a sprinkle as needed.
  12. Chill a bottle of beer by wrapping it in a wet paper towel and putting it in the freezer for two minutes.
  13. Always store excess butter in the freezer for ultimate freshness.
  14. Store fresh ginger in a Ziploc bag in the freezer for lasting use. Pull it out and grate it for fresh ginger anytime.
  15. Instead of baking soda, place a box of coffee grounds in the freezer to absorb odors.
  16. Freeze juice boxes for school lunches. It will thaw out by lunchtime and keep the rest of the food cool and fresh.
  17. You can freeze eggs for up to one year in the freezer. Thaw them in the fridge or in cold water.
  18. Get gum out of clothing by freezing it for 24 hours. Gum will chip right off.
  19. Made too many pancakes or waffles? Store them in the freezer and reheat in the toaster.
  20. Wash and freeze grapes for a quick, healthy snack and an ice cube substitute in cocktails.

Do you have a favorite freezer hack? Share your ideas in the comments!

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