Make Your Own Simple Syrup

Summer cocktail season is right around the corner, so instead of stocking up on expensive bottles of simple syrup at the market that have added preservatives, make up your own to have on hand at all times. This common cocktail ingredient is so easy to make, you’ll kick yourself for not trying it sooner. Plus, in a pretty bottle, this makes a thoughtful gift to give.

Simple Syrup

1 1/2 cups sugar
1 1/2 cups water

Directions
Combine water and sugar in a saucepan over medium heat and stir until sugar is completely dissolved and liquid is clear. Allow to cool, then transfer to an airtight jar or container and store in the refrigerator for up to three weeks.

VARIATIONS:

  • Add a teaspoon of freshly grated citrus zest to create lemon, lime or orange-flavored simple syrup for cocktails.
  • Add a sprig of fresh herbs like lavender to the jar or bottle to infuse a fresh herb flavor to your syrup.
  • Add a whole vanilla bean to the jar or bottle to infuse vanilla flavor into the syrup.
  • Add cinnamon sticks to the jar or bottle to infuse cinnamon flavor into the syrup.

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5 New Ways to Incorporate Spring Herbs

One of spring’s best delights is handfuls of freshly picked herbs. These bright, fresh flavors can enhance so many of your favorite foods, but here’s a handful of ways you might not know about:

1. Add fresh mint to your coffee. One sprig on top of your morning cup of joe gives each sip an amazing minty finish.

2. Add your favorite herbs to ice water. Wash and gently crush a handful of herbs before adding it to a pitcher of ice water. Pair it with slices of cucumber or lemon for extra flavor. The longer it steeps in the fridge, the stronger the flavors, so give it a few hours for best results.

3. Add herbs to boiling water. The next time you’re making mashed potatoes or pasta, add sprigs of your favorite herbs like thyme, rosemary or parsley into the salted water. The potatoes and pasta will absorb the flavors and for a richer flavor.

4. Add herbs to your bath water. Looking for a luxurious experience? (Think: Mother’s Day) Fresh sprigs of lavender, rosemary, chamomile or mint added to the hot water release gorgeous scents and healing nutrients.

5. Add herbs to your sugar or salt. Thoroughly wash and dry a handful of fresh herbs, then give them a rough chop and stir them into a cup of sea salt or granulated sugar and store in an air-tight container. The herbs will infuse their flavor into the salt and sugar, which can then be used to flavor dishes and teas. You can even roll your favorite sugar cookies in herb-infused sugar!

Do you have a favorite way to incorporate herbs? Share them with us!

Gluten Free Gifts

If you think giving up gluten means giving up Mrs. Fields cookies, think again because we’ve developed a mouth-watering version of our classic chocolate chip cookie that rivals the original. Finding a gift idea for a gluten-free friend has never been so easy! Our gluten-free cookies come in a range of great gifts, alone or paired with our gluten-free taffy and gourmet popcorn. Check out some of our favorite offerings:

Gluten Free 4-Cookie Birthday Box

Gluten Free Classic 12-Cookie Tin

Gluten Free 24-Cookie Basket

Gluten Free Smile Tote

Gluten Free Combo Box

You can shop our entire Gluten Free Category of gifts to find just the right gift that will make a loved one’s day!

Thanks for Teachers and Nurses

Nurses Week and Teacher Appreciation are coming right up and we’ve got fabulous new gifts from Mrs. Fields to let them know just how special they are! Check out these new mouthwatering offerings…

Feel Better Bear

For the one who makes everyone feel better, day in and day out, our Feel Better Bear is always there for a supportive snuggle. Arriving with freshly baked treats, he’ll make a great addition to any Nurse’s Station.

Nurses Week Nibbler Tin

Whether you work daily with dedicated nurses, or had them make a difference during a particular period of time, our Nurses Week Nibbler Tin is a great way to treat a nursing staff who’s gone above and beyond.

Personal Nurses Week Tin

And maybe there is one special nurse who needs to be thanked in a more individual way. Our Personal Nurses Week Tin is just the ticket.

Teacher’s Appreciation Basket

Every teacher deserves an apple and this Teacher’s Appreciation Basket comes with two! Our frosted cookies dressed up as bright red apples are accompanied by an entire class of original cookies.

Teacher’s Chalkboard Crate

With cookies, brownies and a fun reusable container, our Teacher’s Chalkboard Crate is headed for top of the class, so make like a valedictorian and get yours now.

Check out these and other great appreciation gifts at Mrs. Fields. We bake fresh and deliver right to the door to make every gift occasion easy and special!

Great Gift Ideas for Coaches

Mrs. Fields Secrets Coach Gifts

 

Don’t let the next sports season end without taking a moment to acknowledge the coach. All those hours and hours of dedication deserve a hearty thanks, so we’ve gathered up some of our favorite gift ideas from around the web to help show your gratitude in a big way. And the best part? Each of these ideas can be personalized to make the sentiment truly sincere.

1. Personalized Word Art
2. Personalized Whistle 
3. Coach Pint Glasses
4. Thank You Big Cookie Cake
5. Personalized Tin with Cookies

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.

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