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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The 5 People to Thank This Summer + Savings Promo Code

Summer. It’s a whirlwind of activity, where everybody is going in a hundred different directions between summer camps, lessons, work and vacations. With school out, it usually takes some extra sets of hands and eyes to keep a family going, so lest you forget, here are five people you should remember to thank this summer:

The Swimming Teacher

Have a Ball Box

She went above and beyond to teach your kids everything including back stroke so that you don’t have to have a stroke when you take them to the pool. It’s a tough job and you’re grateful. Let her know with a thoughtful gift like our Have a Ball Box.

The Camp Counselor

Sunny Day Satchel

The person who turned sleep-away camp into the BEST WEEK EVER for an otherwise shy kid deserves a lot of accolades. And by accolades, we mean cookies. Our Sunny Day Satchel will do the job for a job well done!

The Beloved Babysitter

Classic Craft Box

She doesn’t mind staying late when you’re caught in traffic on weekdays, and she always has the kids in bed on time on date night. (Okay, at least before you get home, anyway.) Your summer would be unmanageable without her help, so let her know. May we suggest the Classic Craft Box for this?

The Amazing Hosts

Stars N Bites Box

They welcomed your whole family into their home and gave you the star treatment from big breakfasts to extra blankets to chocolates on the pillows. Make them feel like stars too with this thoughtful thank you, the Stars N Bites Box.

The Dog Sitter

Turtle Surprise Box

Without him, you couldn’t get away for vacation in the first place. (And truth be told, the dog likes him better anyway.) A great dog sitter is peace of mind, so let him know how much his service means with our Turtle Surprise Box.

And as our way of saying thanks to YOU, all of these gifts are part of our Black Friday Summer deal. Save BIG on all of them with code BFSUMMER at checkout today!

Recipe: Mini Key Lime Pies

Mrs. Fields Secrets Mini Key Lime Pie
This refreshing treat is a summer favorite. You can make it ahead, and with individual portions, you can serve it to a crowd or to a party of two. Or one. At midnight. And these little gems will stay fresh in the freezer for up to three weeks.

Mini Key Lime Pies

3/4 cup fresh key lime juice
zest of 2 limes
1 can sweetened condensed milk
8 ounces cool whip
8 ounces whipped cream cheese
4 tablespoons butter, melted
9 graham crackers (one sleeve)

Directions
Line 18 muffin tins with papers. Crush the graham crackers and mix with melted butter. In a mixing bowl, whisk the sweetened condensed milk with lime juice until incorporated, then stir in cream cheese until smooth. Fold in the cool whip and lime zest, then spoon mixture into the muffin tins, filling them about 80% full. Top with graham cracker crumbs and gently press them to fill any air bubbles. Freeze at least four hours or overnight before serving.

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.

 

Gifting 101

15F315_16Welcome to Gifting 101, the Mrs. Fields crash course in the best gifts, the best gift ideas, and giving better gifts in 2015. Of course, we specialize in unique gifts and collectibles of the cookie variety, but cookie gifts and food gifts are not our only specialty. We understand the importance of personalized gifts for everyone on your list and the best ways to turn a gifting occasion like birthdays, holidays, anniversaries and parties into fun, memorable occasions. 15F218_32

For example, say you have a Halloween party coming up. You’ve arranged the best Halloween costumes, the best Halloween decorations, and the ultimate guest list, but what about treats for your guests and prizes for the best costume? Our Halloween cookies are not only delicious, but the presentation is perfectly Pinterest worthy.

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And what party guest wouldn’t be thrilled to go home with this fantastic party favor or prize?

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When it comes to holiday gifting such as Thanksgiving, it can be easy to let a last-minute time crunch ruin your best intentions. We have created unique autumn offerings featuring colorful, collectible personalized gifts that can be ordered early and delivered exactly when you want. You choose the delivery date! That means that we take care of delivering Thanksgiving cookies to your far away family, or luscious fall cookies to your Thanksgiving host or hostess, gifts that find their way directly to your friends or family without any extra stress for you! When the season gets busy, make life easy by planning ahead. We take care of all the details, right down to hand-tied ribbons and including your personalized note.

And the best part? Everybody loves cookies. They are always the right size, always appreciated, and really show that you care. That’s why Mrs. Fields has been the gifting expert for over 35 years!

One more thing: always be sure to check MrsFields.com for Mrs. Fields promo codes and current offers!

Recipe: Cookie Cream Cheese Fruit Cups

Mrs. Fields Secrets Cookie Fruit Cups
This bite-sized dessert is so much fun for warm weather entertaining. Make this ahead of time and keep refrigerated before serving, no plates, forks or napkins required! It’s got cream, crunch and bursts of fruit flavors that impress all ages. Top with your favorite colors and flavors and be sure to sneak a few aside for yourself because these go fast!

Cookie Cream Cheese Fruit Cups
1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup shortening (butter flavored)
1 1/2 cups sugar
3 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
3 1/2 cups flour
2 teaspoons cream of tartar
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
16 ounces whipped cream cheese
2 cups chopped fresh fruit

Directions
Cream the shortening and butter, then add the sugar gradually. Beat until light and fluffy. Add eggs one at time, mixing well after each addition. Stir in the vanilla. Add the flour, cream of tartar, baking soda and salt gradually to the creamed mixture. Cover and chill dough overnight for at least four hours. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Press rounded tablespoons of dough evenly into un-greased mini muffin tins, until dough is not quite touching the rim. Bake for 8-10 minutes, or until edges are barely browning. Remove and allow to cool completely before carefully twisting them out of the tins.

Once cool, fill each cup with a generous scoop of whipped cream cheese, then top with chopped fruit and chill before serving. Makes approximately 36 cups.

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!

Recipe: Cookie Crumble Freezer Cake

Mrs. Fields Secrets

Another in our series of no-bake summer-friendly cookie desserts, this freezer cake is easy to create and can incorporate your favorite cookie flavors. Make it ahead of time, keep it in the freezer, and bring it out just in time to wow your crowd. Absolutely no preheating of an oven required.

Cookie Crumble Freezer Cake
24 cookies (chocolate chip works great)
1/2 cup hot fudge sauce + 1/4 cup more for garnish
16 oz. frozen whipped topping, thawed

Directions
Line a bread loaf pan with plastic wrap, leaving a generous overlap on the sides. Break the cookies into large crumbles in a bowl and set aside. Heat the hot fudge 10 seconds at a time in a microwave-safe dish, until spreadable but not hot. Place the whipped topping in a large mixing bowl and fold the hot fudge into it carefully until it is fully combined and light brown in color. Spoon an even layer of the mixture into the loaf pan, then top it with a layer of cookie crumbles, repeating the process until you have three full layers of whipped topping and cookies, leaving a handful of cookie crumbles for garnish. Fold the excess plastic wrap over the pan and press gently with your hands to compress and push out any air bubbles. Place in the freezer for at least six hours or overnight. Before serving, open the plastic wrap and gently use it to lift the cake out of the pan, then invert it onto a serving platter. Drizzle hot fudge and the remaining cookie crumbles on top before serving.

Summer Gifts for Summer Fun

Summer Fun Pail

Summer is in full swing and that means plenty of sun and fun to keep everybody celebrating the whole season long. But don’t let all that celebration keep you from remembering to celebrate the people in your life. We’ve got some fun, fabulous gifts in our Summer Fun Collection to make giving easy and fun!

Have a Ball Box

Our Have a Ball Box is our favorite gift idea for swimming teachers, summer birthday parties, and your generous friend who invited you to her beach house for the week.

Gone Campin’ Box

We love the Gone Campin Box as a gift for camp counselors, Scout masters, and grandpas who still remember how to work the old camp stove.

Shades of Sunset Box

We designed our Shades of Sunset Box to beckon those gorgeous hues of summer sunsets, marking ends of happy summer days and making an easy, ideal gift for going away parties, hostess gifts and even a summer romance.

Delightful Donut Box

Our Delightful Donut Box may require a double-take. Our buttery frosted cookies are dressed up like donuts with colorful sprinkles. We love this gift idea to say thanks to summer babysitters, day camp friends, and office parties.

Turtle Surprise Box

Popping in to see a friend on a road trip? Our Turtle Surprise Box says it all!

Superstar Box

And finally, our Superstar Box is a favorite pick for family reunions, parade volunteers, and other summer superstars in your life.

Shop all of our Summer Fun Collection to find the ideal offerings for everyone on your summer gifting list. We’ve made giving so easy, you’ll feel like you’re on vacation!

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