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Making Your Bouquet Last Longer

Nothing quite brings the feeling of spring like a bouquet of  fresh, fragrant flowers in your home. From grand arrangements to a simple rose, we can assist with all of your floral needs. Check out these tips on how you can get that beautiful bouquet to last a little longer.

  1. When buying flowers make sure that they are at the optimum condition. Look for flowers where the bud shows some color.
  2. Flowers should be carefully packed when they are taken home, as this prevents damage to flowers or stems.
  3. Make sure the vase is clean.
  4. Cut flowers will last longer if you use the provided flower food. Make sure you use the correct amount. If you are not sure, ask your florist.
  5. Before arranging the flowers in a vase, cut off approximately an inch from each stem at an angle. If you have roses, cut them with the stems underwater.
  6. Stems should never be broken off or flattened – not even “woody” stems. Scraping off the bark will also shorten the flower life.
  7. Remove all leaves on the lower portion of the stems. Leaves should never be covered with water as this will decrease the longevity of the flowers.
  8. Regularly top off the vase with clean water.
  9. Keep out of direct sunlight, keep away from heat and breezes. Keep away from fruit.
  10. At night, flowers prefer to be kept cool and benefit from a lower thermostat setting.
  11. Daffodils can be deadly to other flowers because they secrete a poison in the water. After trimming, leave them on their own for a whole day and do not cut again before combining them with other flowers. However, a special cut flower food is available for daffodils and this enables them to be mixed with other cut flowers immediately.
  12. If your flowers start to droop, cut off at least an inch underwater, to prolong their life. Remember, flowers are thirsty!

Simple Strawberry Shortcake

Enjoy this delicious, light, and simple Strawberry Shortcake.

Ingredients:

  • Angel food cake
  • 1 lb. fresh strawberries
  • 1 pt. heavy whipping cream
  • 2 tbs. powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract

Directions:

  1. Add whipping cream to a large bowl and use an electric or stand mixer to beat to stiff peaks. Add powdered sugar and vanilla extract and mix until combined.
  2. Using a serrated knife or cake leveler, slice the angel food cake in half as to end with 2 layers of cake.
  3. Core and half the strawberries.
  4. Spread 1/3 of the whipping cream onto the base layer of the angel food cake. Layer strawberries on top of the whipping cream and place the second layer of cake on top.
  5. Spread the remaining whipping cream on the top and side of the angel food cake. Add the rest of the strawberries to the top of the cake.
  6. Enjoy!

Plan the Perfect Picnic

Picnics are a must now that the weather is warming up and the grass is greening. Everyone loves a good picnic because it involves food, family & friends and fresh spring air.

Plan the perfect picnic with five tips that will ensure everyone has a good time.

  1. Simple Menu: Picnics are enjoyed when the food is equally delicious and simple. Pack all your family favorite foods like sandwiches, chips, fresh fruit, drinks and treats.
  2. Location: Location is just as important as the food. Make sure you pick a picnic spot that is shaded for eating but also sunny for when the food is gone and it’s time to play. A neighborhood park is perfect for kids so they can eat and then burn off energy on the playground or in the fields of green. Make sure your picnic spot has on-site amenities (restrooms).
  3. Seating Needs: Depending on location you will need to figure out your seating needs. If your location has tables don’t forget a tablecloth. If your planning on a more traditional picnic remember blankets, lawn chairs or mats for your family to sit on.
  4. Keep it cool: Make sure your food stays cool for the warm spring & summer days with an insulated cooler. No one likes warm sandwiches or fruit 🙂
  5. Have fun: Picnics are a great way to make memories during the warm months of the year. Plan fun games to play while the family is eating or after. And don’t forget your camera to capture these happy moments.

Spring Cleaning Checklist

Spring has finally arrived! I don’t know about but some days it felt like winter would stay forever. But sunny days, spring breeze and fresh greens are in the current and upcoming forecast.

Now that the winter blues have gone away and spring is here to stay it is time to start your spring cleaning. Spring cleaning is a great way to get rid of items that are not needed and give your house a fresh start for the spring and summer months ahead.

We are here to make your spring cleaning a little easier and a little more fun with a spring cleaning checklist. To download our FREE Spring Cleaning Checklist printable click here.

Once you have your checklist printed, head into one of our stores for all your spring cleaning needs.

Food Storage for Beginners

Is your food storage neglected or non-existent?  Have you been thinking about starting a food storage, but don’t know where to begin? Well, you’re in luck! We know that starting a food storage can be a daunting task, but with these tips, you should have a 3-week supply in no time!

  1. Determine where you are going to keep your food storage. It is suggested that you keep it in a cool, dark, and low-light area so that the food stays fresh for as long as possible.
  2. Figure out what your family likes to eat in the dried and canned section. It is important to purchase storage options that your family can enjoy and items that can easily be incorporated into simple recipes.
  3. Start setting aside $5 of your weekly grocery budget to use towards growing your food storage. This amount a week will allow you to grab a couple of canned or bulk goods each week.
  4. Grab the essentials first. Start with flour, sugar, eggs, oats and dried milk. The options are endless as to what you can make with these staple items
  5. It is important to have clean and purified water for drinking and cooking. . It is recommended by FEMA to store at least one gallon per person per day and to store enough for a two-week supply. You may also want to consider purchasing a purification straw or bottle.
  6. Label everything. It is crucial to know when goods expire so that you can use them before they expire and replace them during your next shop.

Dress Up Your Asparagus

Spruce up your favorite side veggies with these delicious recipes.

Bacon Wrapper Asparagus

Ingredients:

2lb fresh asparagus, ends trimmed

12 slices bacon, uncooked

1/2 cup brown sugar

1/2 cup butter

1 tbsp soy sauce

1/2 tsp garlic powder

1/4 tsp freshly ground pepper

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees
  2. Wrap one piece of bacon around 3 to 4 asparagus spears. Place in shallow baking dish. Repeat with remaining asparagus and bacon.
  3. In a small saucepan over medium-high heat, combine brown sugar, butter, soy sauce, garlic powder, and pepper. Bring to a boil.
  4. Reduce heat to medium-low and stir until sugar is dissolved. Pour mixture over asparagus bundles.
  5. Bake 25 to 30 minutes, until asparagus begins to wilt and bacon is cooked.

 

Asparagus with Balsamic Vinaigrette

Ingredients:

2 pounds asparagus stalks, washed and trimmed

3 tbsp good-quality balsamic vinegar

2 tbsp minced red onion

2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

1 clove garlic, minced

1/4 tsp coarsely ground black pepper

Coarse salt to taste

Directions:

  1. Blanch the asparagus in lightly salted boiling water for about three minutes or until crisp-tender; do not overcook. Remove from heat and refresh under cold water; drain well. Arrange asparagus on serving platter or individual serving plates.
  2. In a bowl or jar, whisk together balsamic vinegar, red onion, olive oil, garlic, and pepper.
  3. Spoon the vinaigrette over the asparagus, allowing a little to puddle on either side. Sprinkle lightly with coarse salt.

Spring Bucket List

We all know that time goes by WAY TOO FAST! But why does it seem like the warm spring and summer months go by way faster?

Don’t let springtime pass you by without getting outside, enjoying the spring weather and trying new things.

Check out our FREE Spring Bucket List printable that will ensure you and your family enjoy and remember this spring season.

Click here to download or click image below.

Strawberry Spring Salad

With strawberries in season, treat yourself to this delicious and light spring salad.

Ingredients:

  • 5 oz. arugula
  • 2 oz. fresh mozzarella
  • 1/4 cup sliced almonds
  • 1 lb strawberries
  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • Lemon juice from 1/2 of a lemon

Directions:

  1. Wash and dry arugula.
  2. Cut fresh mozzarella
  3. Quarter strawberries.
  4. Mix extra virgin olive oil with the juice of 1/2 a lemon.
  5. Combine arugula, mozzarella, almonds, strawberries, and dress with the lemon olive oil vinaigrette for a delicious and healthy salad.

Picking the Perfect Pineapple

The pineapple, an intimidating fruit, is waiting for you to look beyond its exterior and into its delicious and sweet center. How do you do this, you ask? We suggest using the three-sense test.

Eyes

The eye test is two-fold

  • Make sure the pineapple has a good variation of color. A ripe pineapple shows green, brown, and golden goodness on the outside.
  • The leaves of a ripe pineapple should look healthy and not wilted.

Nose

The pineapple’s sweetness rises from the ground up. To check for ripeness, smell the base of the pineapple where the root was once connected. If it smells sweet, you have found the one.

Touch

A ripe pineapple should be heavier than the rest in its weight class and have a slight give when squeezed.

 

Now that you know how to pick the perfect pineapple, check out these amazing pineapple recipes.

Honey Balsamic Chicken Kebobs

  • 1½ pound Full Circle Organic Boneless, Skinless Chicken Breasts
  • ¼ cup Full Circle Organic Honey, divided
  • 3 tablespoons Full Circle Organic Balsamic Vinegar
  • 4 teaspoons Full Circle Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon minced, fresh Full Circle Organic Rosemary
  • ½ teaspoon Full Circle Sea Salt
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly ground Full Circle Organic Pepper
  • 4 8-inch wooden skewers
  • Full Circle Organic Rosemary sprigs

Cut chicken into 1¼-inch chunks, place in zip top bag.  Combine 2 tablespoons honey, balsamic vinegar, oil, garlic, rosemary, salt and pepper in a small bowl, pour over chicken in bag.  Seal bag and toss chicken to coat; refrigerate 1 to 2 hours.  Soak skewers in shallow dish of water.  Remove chicken chunks from marinade and divide evenly onto skewers.  Coat broiler pan or grill with nonstick cooking spray and preheat to high.  Cook chicken, 4 to 5 inches from heat source, 6 minutes; turn and drizzle with remaining honey.  Continue cooking 6 to 8 minutes or until no longer pink inside.  Serve garnished with rosemary sprigs.

4 servings.

Preparation time:  15 minutes

Marinating time: 1 to 2 hours

Cooking time: 14 minutes