Here’s a simple tip to spruce up your holiday fare. Add pomegranate seeds to your ice cube trays before filling them with water to create beautiful pops of color in your holiday drinks. As the ice melts, you’ll have delicious little bites of pomegranate in your drink. One important hint: the hotter the water, the clearer your ice cubes will freeze, showing off the pomegranate seeds. Cold water will create a frosty look. Try them out at your next party!
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Let’s be honest, the people on your holiday gift list are not the easiest to shop for. Well, until now. This year, treat them with cookies and treats from Mrs. Fields! Think about it, have you ever had someone frown when you give them a cookie? Has anybody ever complained that a cookie didn’t fit right? Or was the wrong color? Cookies are the easiest, most welcome gift, and nobody does it better than Mrs. Fields! Check out some of my favorite gift ideas, something for absolutely everyone on your list!
Our Holiday Mini Ribbon Box is a bestseller year after year. It’s just the right size for a thoughtful, personal gift. Think teachers, co-workers, neighbors and friends.
Kids today have every conceivable electronic gadget and tablet and e-whatever, but just imagine their delight at the sight of this cuddly Twas the Night Teddy who arrives with an armload of freshly baked treats!
Our Holiday Bark is a customer favorite and this year we’ve got it going in a big way: three delicious flavors (Peppermint Bark, Grasshopper Bark, and Almond Toffee Bark) in one great gift or easily divided into three great gifts! Maybe one for you and two for your in-laws? Two for you and one for your in-laws? We’ll let you figure out the math. (And by the way, individual boxes are available too.)
Grandparents, godparents, aunts and uncles go gaga over our Personalized Holiday Tins. The cookies are delicious and the tin is an absolute keepsake. (HINT: Use a picture of the cutest family member for ultimate brownie points!)
One of our most popular gifts all year round is dressed up for the holidays. Kids and adults alike will enjoy a slice of the tastiest Big Cookie Cake around! This is perfect as a holiday gift, or a hostess gift for your next holiday party.
Your BFF will love the charm and flavor of this adorable Polar Pals Duo, loaded with a variety of our holiday best. It makes a darling holiday decoration, too!
Our Popcorn Tubs are family favorites, filled with three delicious flavors: Dark Chocolate, Almond and Cashews, and Milk Chocolate Almond and Cashews. This is also a great gift idea for an office.
Sometimes you need a big gift, something really over-the-top spectacular to wow your favorite crowd and nothing does that better than our Ultimate Snowman Bundle. Every layer of this jolly fella reveals more and more of our gourmet goodies: cookies, brownies, candy, popcorn, nuts, cocoa, and peppermint bark. This will keep them happy for weeks on end! This is our favorite pick for families, holiday parties, office gifts, or just that favorite person on your list with a really big sweet tooth!
And finally, is there a baker in the house? Because if so, you’re going to want to treat them to a gift from our incredible Mrs. Fields Bakeware Line. These useful gifts can be sent with or without our freshly baked goodies. (We suggest with.)
Of course, you can find even more amazing gifts for literally everyone on your list at Mrs. Fields. Check back frequently for the latest offers and specials all season through, and most of all, have a happy holiday season. From all of us at Mrs. Fields!
Aside from mashed potatoes and pumpkin pie, one of the staples of a great Thanksgiving is a Turkey Bowl. Whether you have a rough-and-tumble crowd who play for keeps or a motley crew of people just playing for fun, here are ten great tips to keep things fresh:
1. Establish safety rules. Tackling without helmets is dangerous, especially if you have a wide range of player ages, sizes, and weights. Make sure everybody knows the rules before you begin to avoid any confusion or injuries!
2. Come up with team names. Every great team needs a great team name.
3. Recruit cheerleaders. Every epic game needs some enthusiastic cheerleaders on the sidelines. Invite those who don’t want to play to come up with cheers (and jeers!) for the game.
4. Plan a halftime show. Take a break in the middle to have a silly halftime show. Blast some music and have a dance off or perform your favorite “Stupid Human Tricks.”
5. Assign a referee for tough decisions. Most games don’t need an official ref, but on the off chance that there is disagreement, decide in advance to let someone make the call. The oldest or the youngest person in attendance is a great choice.
6. Try the instant replay rule. Was there a grand moment you want to relish? Invoke the “instant replay rule” where both teams do their best to recreate the play. This always gets a lot of laughs.
7. Try the slow motion replay. Nothing will have everyone in stitches like trying an instant replay in slow motion. Try it, you’ll see.
8. Award extra points for great celebration dances. Forget the rules about over-the-top celebrations. In fact, encourage them! If a player comes up with something truly creative, award an extra point!
9. Don’t outplay the fun. Set a time limit or point limit and stick to it. A never-ending game only sounds fun at the beginning.
10. Have a great trophy. Grab a random item from the garage or fashion something out of an old trophy in the basement, but one way or another, have a trophy to award to the winning team!
Have any other great tips for a Turkey Bowl?
1. Fruit Turkeys will make a perfect quiet activity at the kids’ table, not to mention a great appetizer!
2. Turkey Bowling in a hallway will keep the kids occupied and laughing it up.
3. Oreo Turkeys are almost too cute to eat. Almost. You might even find a few adults taking part in this craft.
4. Decorated Marshmallows with edible ink can be used later in hot cocoa. Kids will love writing on their food.
Do you have any favorite ways to keep the kids busy on Thanksgiving?
This twist on your traditional Thanksgiving potatoes will knock your socks off and probably even fool those who mistake it for mashed potatoes. Mashed cauliflower has all the creamy texture of mashed potatoes, all the robust flavor of mashed potatoes, and almost none of the carbs. Give them a try and see for yourself. They are an amazing vegetable side dish for your Thanksgiving table or your weeknight table too!
1 medium head of cauliflower
1/3 cup cream cheese
1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
1/2 teaspoon chicken bullion
1/4 cup half and half
salt and pepper to taste
3 tablespoons butter
Start a stockpot of water on high and heat until boiling. Clean and cut cauliflower into small pieces. Add cauliflower to boiling water and cook for 6-8 minutes, or until pieces are soft. Drain cauliflower and then pat excess moisture off with paper towels. Place cauliflower in a food processor (or a mixing bowl if using an emulsion blender) and add the remaining ingredients, except for butter. Pulse until ingredients are incorporated and texture is creamy. Salt and pepper to taste. Add three pats of butter to the top before serving.
HINT: One of my favorite ways to serve mashed cauliflower is with a generous topping of cheddar cheese melted on top. Delicious!
HINT: Add roasted garlic for your favorite garlic mashed potato flavor!
If you’re hosting houseguests over the holidays, there are simple things you can do to help their stay go off without a hitch. I’ve got five great tips that will make all the difference:
1. Keep a well-stocked bedroom. Anticipate your guest’s needs by stocking their room or sleeping area with a few essentials: bottled water, tissues, a packaged snack food, and a magazine or book. If there is a TV in the room, leave a channel guide near the remote control. Leave a note with the wi-fi name and password, and extra pillows and blankets are a must. A nightlight is helpful, as is a small flashlight in case they need to find the bathroom in the night and don’t want to turn on lights.
2. Keep a well-stocked bathroom. No guest wants to quietly tap you on the shoulder and ask for a bathroom item, so have your bathroom well-stocked and organized. Have ample toilet paper, fresh towels, fresh soap, cotton balls, Q-tips, feminine products, and even a new toothbrush and toothpaste just in case. My other favorite bathroom item to keep stocked is a bottle of this little gem. It really works!
3. Plan for free time. Both you and your guest will likely need and want some time apart, especially during the busy holidays. Equip them with helpful information like maps and transportation information so that they can get around independently. Pick up free brochures of local attractions ahead of time so they can browse options. Supply them with an extra set of house keys, so they have the freedom to come and go as needed.
4. Have accessible snacks and food. Keep a bowl full of fruit out for snacking and a jar full of cookies out and ready for enjoyment. Make sure they know where to find a drink if they need one, and have easy self-serve breakfast food options in case they wake up earlier or later than you.
5. Let them help out. Nobody likes to feel like a burden as a houseguest. Invite them to help you make dinner or read to the kids while you’re running a quick errand. If they offer to help, have a short list of tasks in mind that would be easy for them to do: wash the dishes, walk the dog, take out the trash, or even vacuum.
Do you have any other tips? Be sure to share them!
A little personal touch on your Thanksgiving table goes a long way. I’ve gathered some charming ideas for placeholders to welcome your guests to your feast. These ideas are so simple to execute, but will add so much to your table. Give them a try!
1. Pinecone placeholder – The natural grooves in a pinecone will easily hold a piece of cardstock.
2. Artisan loaf placeholder – Who wouldn’t want a personal loaf of bread as they sit down for dinner?
3. Wood chip placeholder (instructions here) – Simple, rustic and (bonus!) reusable.
4. River rock placeholders (instructions here) – Painted rocks wrapped in twine are beautiful. (Without paint too!)
5. Photo and pumpkin placeholders (instructions here) – I love the idea of writing what you love about each person on the back of their photo.
6. Fall leaves placeholders – Send the kids out to gather gorgeous, colorful leaves and write names in metallic pen.
7. Clove initial placeholders – Trace initials on a tangerine or orange and poke whole cloves along the trace lines. (Smells great too.)
8. Golden apple placeholders (instructions here) – Faux apples from the craft store get transformed. Simple and beautiful.
9. Gold gilded pumpkin placeholders (instructions here) – So fancy and yet so easy, a bit of painter’s tape and spray paint goes a long way.
10. Wine cork placeholder (instructions here) – All those saved corks can be put to good use.
Which is your favorite?
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
Rich mums line the stairway / Pinecone wreath with golden ribbon / Wreath with green bow / Bright yellow flowers and brown ribbon / Leopard print ribbon wreath / Mossy wreath with mini pumpkins / Upcycled aluminum can wreath / Twig wreath
Halloween is over and now you have a houseful of candy. What do you do with your stash? (Or, more appropriately, your kids’ stash?) Do you ration it for days or let them gorge all at once? Do you organize it in categories, arrange trades, or locate secret hiding places around the house? If you’re looking for ideas or a few laughs, I’ve got some suggestions for you:
Leftover Candy Luckies are an absolute favorite cookie at my house. All your favorite Halloween chocolate candy flavors blend in these ooey-gooey treasures that everyone will love.
If you didn’t see this Halloween candy prank last year (or even if you did), it’s worth watching . My favorite line: “You sneaky mom!”
Have you heard about the Switch Witch? Like the Tooth Fairy, kids hand offer up their excess candy and end up with a toy or prize instead.
You can share some of your surplus with military troops overseas through Operation Gratitude.
Consider diluting the candy with some healthier items (peanuts, popcorn, raisins, pretzels) to create a post-Halloween trail mix.
Get out the glue and craft supplies and let the kids build candy houses or cities. The sizes and shapes of Halloween candy lend themselves perfectly to building materials!
There’s no rush. Candy has an amazing shelf life, especially in a dry, air-tight container.
Have you checked out the Top 20 Halloween Candy List for 2013? (I’m not sure if I agree about the flavored Tootsie Rolls.)
Sure, you’re familiar with U.S. candy favorites, but check out The 50 Best Candies from Around the World. Some of them are pretty crazy!
So, what’s your favorite way to use of the Halloween candy? Share your ideas in the comments section!