Christmas in July – Big Discounts to Shop Early, Ship Later!

While you’re applying sunscreen, we’re busy decking the halls at Mrs. Fields for our big, big, BIG Christmas in July celebration! We’ve gathered a sleigh full of our favorite holiday gifts to offer at deep discounts for a limited time. You’ll save up to 50% off these gourmet gifts that you can buy now, and arrange to have delivered exactly when you want during the holidays. It’s the easiest way to shop for holiday gifts, since you can literally check it off your list now and forget about it! It’s the gift you give yourself! Here’s a sampling of what you’ll find in our Christmas in July sale:

Large Pure Joy Basket

A beautiful wicker basket lined with embroidered fabric and loaded with an assortment of fresh cookies and brownies. We call it our Large Pure Joy Basket, but you can call it WOW, That Is An Amazing Price! This makes a great family gift idea, office gift idea, or Christmas party dessert!

Happy Holidays Crate

Our Happy Holidays Crate is a favorite gift for neighbors and friends, near and far. There’s an assortment of our favorite cookies and brownies, including our luscious frosted snowflake cookies. This could be the best Secret Santa gift idea ever.

Grin and Bear Carryall

Our bite-sized cookies and brownies join up with a frosted cookie and candy in our Grin and Bear Carryall, a favorite gift idea for nieces and nephews, and even teenagers on your holiday list!

Snowflake Wreath Tin

Nobody can resist a tin of Mrs. Fields cookies, and our Snowflake Wreath Tin is no exception. Loaded with a variety of our bite-sized Nibblers, this holiday gift is absolutely ideal for anybody on your list, and one of our favorite non-denominational gift ideas. It spreads holiday cheer for virtually anyone on your list.

Peace Hope and Joy Tin

The world needs more peace, hope and joy, and buying our Peace Hope and Joy Tin will give you that much more during the busy holiday season! Filled with a variety of our original gourmet cookies, this tin is an ideal gift idea for coworkers, teachers, doormen and other service providers. Spread the joy!

 

Shop our entire Christmas in July category and get all your shopping done early! Use promo code SHOPEARLY at checkout and watch the prices shrink to elf-size numbers! Plus, you can pick the date on the calendar when you want your gifts delivered. All done in a matter of clicks! So get shopping and share the good news with your friends. This promo code only lasts until 7/31/15!

Fruits (and Tips) for Summer Grilling

One of summer’s best offerings is juicy fresh fruit, but don’t limit yourself by only serving it cold. Some of your favorite fruits take on a whole new level of yum when they land on the grill. Here are some fruits to try the next time you fire up your BBQ or grill pan, and some tips for serving.

TIP: Before you grill any fruit, be sure to start with a clean grill. Scrape it, brush it, and let it scorch clean for several minutes before placing any fruit on it. The last thing you want is fruit that tastes like meat or fish!

Stone Fruits

Apricots, peaches, plums and nectarines are amazing on the grill. Simply halve them, remove the pit, and give them a light brush of olive oil before placing on a hot grill. About 2-3 minutes per side is ideal. Serve them alongside grilled meats, or cold cheeses, or even with a scoop of vanilla ice cream on top.

Melon

Your favorite melons take on a deep, rich flavor with some char from the grill. Leave the rind on watermelon, cantaloupe, honeydew and other obscure melons for best results. A little sprinkle of brown sugar before you place them on the grill will produce a candied effect; however, straight on the grill and then a sprinkle of salt or honey and lemon zest. Two minutes per side is adequate for a one-inch thick slice.

Pineapple

If you thought it was impossible to turn pineapple any sweeter, you were wrong. Grilled pineapple is delicious as a topping on a burger or a dessert unto itself. Cut thick slices or wedges and place directly on the grill for about three minutes per side.

Tomatoes

Technically a fruit, tomatoes are delicious on the grill. Slice in half and grill only on the skin side for about 2-3 minutes or until char marks appear. Serve on pasta, or with a drizzle of olive oil and sprinkle of salt and pepper.

Bananas

Your summer banana split has a great new flavor with grilled bananas on the bottom. Slice bananas in half lengthwise and spray with cooking spray before grilling for about 2 minutes per side. Remove the peel and top with your favorite ice cream and toppings.

TIP: Grilling is a great place for experimentation. If you think a favorite fruit might be good on the grill–give it a try!

 

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Sweet Summer Hostess Gifts

If part of your summer plans include staying with friends or family, don’t forget a sweet hostess gift to express your gratitude. Even a generous gift is far less money than a hotel, so take time to arrange something special. Here are five favorite ways to say thanks so much:

1. Pick up a gift card from a local grocery store and enclose it in a thank you note at your departure. It’s a kind gesture to help replenish the kitchen.

Summer Fun Pail

2.  Send your thanks with this Mrs. Fields gift idea, a reusable pail filled with cookies and candies. The treats can be enjoyed immediately, and the pail can be used for endless summer fun.

3. If your hosts have little kids, offer to babysit one night. Every parent enjoys a night out, especially if they don’t have to arrange (or pay for) childcare.

4. Take care of dinner one night. Whether you cook a meal yourself, order in pizza, or treat everyone to a night out, offer to get this one.

Personalized Cookie Tin

5. Take a snapshot from your time together and upload it on a personalized tin. This is a great way to commemorate your time together, and so thoughtful too!

Right now, it’s easier than ever to say thanks with Mrs. Fields, so check out our entire line of Thank You gifts for sweet savings.

 

Bring Mrs. Fields to the Family Reunion

It’s time to organize the last details of the family reunion, those little things that make a big impression. We’ve got some special ways to commemorate the occasion as well as thoughtful ways to thank those who helped put it together, so don’t waste any time inviting Mrs. Fields to the family reunion too!

Logo Perfect Cookie

One of our favorite ways to wow the family at the big reunion is with our Logo Perfect Cookies featuring a customized image printed in edible frosting on our luscious, buttery cookies. Available in cases of 96 cookies, contact sales@mrsfields.com to get started on your custom images.

Our bulk gifts make it easy to treat big crowds with individually wrapped original cookies, brownies and frosted cookies. Not only do you get great bulk savings (as much as 50% for some products), but our treats are easy to transport, easy to serve, and easy to share.

Nibblers by the Case

For example, Nibblers Gifts by the Case are a popular choice for family reunions because the bite-sized cookies are fun to share with kids of any age. Order them in your favorite flavor, or in a variety mix.

Brownies by the Case

For brownie lovers, our Brownies by the Case can’t be beat. Hand them out as guests arrive, or serve them with ice cream for the easiest brownie sundaes ever.

Frosted Cookies by the Case

If you haven’t fallen in love with our frosted cookies, it might be wise to do so now. As a whole family. Our bulk offering comes with 96 to a case, in your choice of circles, hearts, snowflakes or daisies.

Give Thanks Tin

You’ll need a great way to thank your planning committee, so plan on our Give Thanks Tin delivered right to the doorstep of everybody who helped pull it off, along with your enclosed personalized thanks.

Personalized Cookie Tin

And perhaps our favorite way to surprise a matriarch or patriarch of a family is with a Personalized Cookie Tin. Upload a snapshot of the whole family and we’ll print it on our famous tin filled with delicious cookies. This makes a great after-reunion thank you gift too!

And remember, the family who shares cookies together, stays together!

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Last Minute 4th of July Party Ideas

4th of July Party Ideas

If you’re looking for some fun and easy ways to entertain your crowd for the holiday weekend, we rounded up a handful of ideas that are fun for kids of all ages. A few simple household items can be transformed into great yard games for hours of fun. Follow the links for full details!

1. Play “rocket toss” with decorated cans.

2. Organize a bean bag toss using various sizes of paper or plastic plates.

3. Make water balloon piñatas for a fun and easy way to cool down.

4. Decorate paper plates and a cardboard box for this “air mail” game.

5. Use hula hoops and flags to create a giant ring toss on the lawn.

And from all of us at Mrs. Fields, have a happy and safe Fourth of July!

Eat Your Sunscreen!

Did you know that you can help fight sunburn from the inside out? Here’s a list of easy, favorite foods that help protect you from sunburn naturally (along with a topical sunscreen with SPF, of course!), so eat up and enjoy the sun.

  • watermelon
  • tomatoes
  • tomato paste
  • apricots
  • guava
  • coffee (not decaf)
  • fish
  • kale
  • spinach
  • chicory and other dark, leafy greens
  • lemon peel
  • orange peel
  • grapefruit peel
  • coconut oil
  • green tea
  • pomegranate
  • strawberries
  • dark chocolate

 

 

Top Ten Road Trip Must-Haves

Hitting the open road this summer? You’ll want to take some of our best tips with you for ultimate cruising pleasure.

1. Download our Best Road Trip Games and keep a copy in the glove compartment at all times. The best way to diffuse tension on hour seven is with a game that gets everybody laughing and thinking.

2. Have you started using the Waze app yet? It keeps you apprised of real-time traffic and slow-downs and suggests alternate routes to get you where you need to go as quick as you can.

3. Stock a cooler with a range of great snacks. Gas station nachos are great (are they?), but you don’t want to rely on them to keep you satisfied. A mix of fruits, nuts, cheese, dried meats and some sweets will give you an easy range of options to suit your cravings.

4. Keep lots of water in the car, more than you think you’ll need. Travel is dehydrating, and in the event that you get delayed or sidetracked, you’ll have plenty on hand.

5.  Stop for scenic outlooks. Getting out, stretching your legs, and taking a few selfies is a great way to keep travelers happy. Plus, you’ll see vistas and views that you’d otherwise miss!

6. Keep a map or atlas on hand. In the event that your cell phone dies or the GPS can’t find a signal, having a map with you means peace of mind.

7. Ask locals where to eat. If you’re stopping for a meal, forego the fast food chains and find out what the locals like. Use apps like Yelp or simply ask the person filling up next to you. It could lead you to great spots only the locals know!

8. Travel with cookies. A tin of Mrs. Fields cookies travels well anywhere you go, and the cookies are individually wrapped to keep them fresh mile after mile!

9. Invest in good sunglasses. Polarized lenses will keep your eyes protected and relaxed all day long, keeping glares and headaches far away.

10. Break long trips down into smaller pieces. Avoid “Are we there yet?” by making smaller check points along the way.

Do you have road trip tips? Share them in the comments!

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!

Teacher Appreciation Gift Ideas

Teacher appreciation days are coming fast, so don’t be caught off guard. We’ve collected a handful of thoughtful gifts that you can do yourself or have delivered. Get the kids involved and thank those who work so hard to make the future bright!

This personalized mug is easy to create using permanent markers and a sticker to create a reverse initial design. Even a supervised preschooler can do this to create a great gift.

This succulent garden is simple, beautiful and can adorn a teacher’s classroom or home. (Plus, succulents are low-maintenance.) A thoughtful tag and decorated planter make it a great gift for any teacher on your list.

A colorful crayon candy dish is almost too cute for words. Glue fresh crayons around a round dish, then fill with teacher’s favorite candy.

A fresh supply of colorful, hard-to-lose binder clips dressed up with colorful washi tape makes a thoughtful, useful gift.

Imagine a photo of the entire class on a tin of freshly baked Mrs. Fields cookies. A yummy keepsake!

And absolutely nothing beats a simple “Thank You,” especially when it’s written out in rich buttercream frosting on a Big Cookie Cake. 

Arranging a thank you for the entire faculty? A case of individually wrapped fresh brownies makes treating a crowd easy and sweet. Attach a thank you note, and you’ve got everyone covered!

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