National Cherry Turnovers Day – August 28

August 28 is the annual celebration of National Cherry Turnover Day! Cherry turnovers are delicious pockets of portable cherry pie that can be enjoyed for breakfast or as a dessert later in the day.

Cherry turnovers are typically made by putting a gooey cherry filling on half a puff pastry, folding the puff pastry in half to seal the filling in and then baking it until golden brown.  There are a number of variations in cherry turnover recipes and ingredients. CherriesYou might just have to sample several different kinds to determine which you like best.

Below are some recipes so you can bake some of your own delicious cherry turnovers to enjoy on the 28th:

Cherry Turnovers

Cherry Turnovers

Easy Cherry Turnovers

Flaky Cherry Turnovers

Fresh Cherry Turnovers

Puff Pastry Cherry Turnovers

Quick Cherry Turnovers

 

 

Teacher Gifts of Fruit for the 1st Day of School

The end of summer break and the beginning of school is right around the corner for most school-aged children.  It’s a time of mixed emotions for many parents but also a busy time as the pressure builds to make sure all the last minute supplies are purchased and the kids have everything they need to start back to school.

Many families have a tradition of sending a small appreciation gift for the teacher on the first day of school.  This could be a small bouquet of flowers, some baked goods, or even a drawing by the child.  Of course around here, we’re partial to fruit gifts.

Unfortunately, this is sometimes one of those things that gets put off until the last minute and you find yourself scrambling.  Thankfully, the teacher won’t be expecting a gift so even if it doesn’t make it on the first day of school it will still be appreciated.

When you send fruit as a gift to a teacher remember that they probably won’t be able to get it in a refrigerator quickly so select fruit that can sit at room temperature on the desk for several hours without spoiling.

We’ve pulled together a few ideas for teacher fruit gifts for the first days of school to get you started:

Apples are an easy traditional gift for teachers.

Purchase a nice shiny apple with a sturdy stem and tie a note to the stem.

Purchase several fresh crisp apples and place them in a small affordable basket to create a small fruit basket the teacher can enjoy for several days.

Kelli over at Random Thoughts of a SUPERMOM! shared a really cute and inexpensive idea of an apple and caramel teacher gift, including the recipe for the caramel.

Apple and Caramel Teacher Gifts

What about grapes as a teacher gift?  Sarah at Bombshell Bling shared a cute idea using grape flavored candies with a free printable that she created, “This year is gonna be Grape!” How cute would it be to use the “Grape Year” printable on a carton or baggie of grapes!

Grape Year

Strawberries are still in season and with a play on words, lend themselves well to some cute tags.  Create a cute little basket or carton filled with juicy red strawberries and a tag that says, “We’re going to have a berry special year!”  Or “I’m berry glad I got you as a teacher”.  There are lots of cute ways this could go.  Search online for free downloads of strawberry gift tags.

 

Fruit Bouquet Company Tops House Warming Gift Ideas

Which fruit bouquet company replicates more than floral arrangements, fashioned into fruit presentations?

The fruit bouquet company, Harry and David has been promoting house warming gifts and birthday gift ideas for more than 50 years.

Over the decades, the fruit bouquet company has dabbled in providing other edibles. These products include:

  • Candy
  • Charcuterie (meats)
  • Chocolate
  • Flowers Gift Baskets
  • Gift Towers
  • Gourmet Foods
  • Home Décor
  • Moose Munch® Treats
  • Pantry Essentials
  • Party Boxes
  • Plants

But aside from the fruit bouquet company’s reputation for selling baskets chock full of fruit and other goodies,  Harry and David garners a reputation for selling other leading products.

We’ve evaluated the fruit bouquet company’s most popular products. Among the top-rated items, the following had glowing reviews:

  • Pepper and Onion Relish
  • Summertime Tower of Treats Gift
  • Gourmet Dried Fruit and Nut Snack Gift
  • Mt. Baker Bakery Gift Basket
  • Tower of Chocolates Gift Classic

Did you know? Harry and David’s pepper and onion relish is so versatile that it’s used in food preparations of the following: eggs, meats, various vegetable medleys, sandwiches and wraps.

Whether the celebration is a house warming party or birthday gathering, Harry and David’s pepper and onion relish has rave reviews. The pepper and onion relish comes in 4 or 12 jar quantities, which multitasks for a spectrum of food preparations and purposes. The fruit bouquet company also provides consumers with fast, tasty and reliable recipes that serve as a marinade, dip, and obviously a relish.

House warming gift idea: Order Harry and David’s pepper and onion relish. Use one jar to create the fruit bouquet company’s signature dip made with sour cream. (The recipe is at Recipezaar.com.) Then gift-wrap the extra jars to give to the host as a house warming gift/present.

Fresh Fruit Smoothies

Other than fruit drinks, another summertime favorite is fresh fruit smoothies.  Other than tasting delicious and being a great cool drink in the hot summer, fruit smoothies are a nourishing treat.  Fruit smoothies provide essential vitamins and minerals that a healthy body needs.

Depending on the fruits you use, smoothies can contain good amounts of vitamin C, potassium, folate, manganese, beta carotene, antioxidents and phytonutrients.  Fruit smoothies also contain fiber which helps to slow digestion and helps to control blood sugar and lower cholesterol.  Some people use smoothies as a meal replacement when trying to lose weight or maintain a healthy weight.  When eaten in moderation smoothies also make a great snack.  We recommend consulting with your physician before making them a regular part of your diet.

Fruit SmoothieTo make a smoothie you will need a blender, fresh fruit, and a base.  The base can be water, milk or yogurt.  Adding milk or yogurt to your smoothie can be good for your bones as it will help you to meet the recommended calcium intake numbers.

6-Answers about the Fruit Bouquet

Sweet, tart, juicy, memorable and visually appealing are just a few reasons that people love to give and receive a fresh fruit bouquet.  Whether it’s for a birthday gift idea, congratulations or a housewarming gift, fruit bouquets are a welcoming present for almost any occasion. We’ve compiled several questions and answers about the understated fruit bouquet:

How many calories are in the average fruit bouquet?

Since, all fruit bouquets are created using different types of fruits in a variety of sizes, edible bouquets do not have an average caloric value.

What is the recipe for a fresh fruit bouquet?

Although grapes, strawberries, apples, cantaloupes, honeydew melon and oranges are the usual elements of a fruit bouquet, there is not an exact recipe for creating a fruit bouquet.  Creativity and personal preference are definitely in play.

Which online gift store is known for creating fresh fruit bouquets?

The Internet is a treasure trove of gift stores, many of which sell fruit bouquets. However, when it comes to creating a fresh fruit bouquet, Edible Arrangements™ is one company known for and trusted in selling and delivering fresh fruit gifts all over the globe.  We suggest finding a local option as this will typically get you the freshest bouquet possible.

Fruit Arrangements

Are fruit bouquets made of organic fruit?

Not all fruit bouquets are made of organic fruit.  While some fresh fruit bouquets contain organic pieces of fruit, it depends on the retailer. At Harry and David’s, the pears used to create the fruit baskets are organically grown at the company’s Riviera orchard.

Are fruit bouquets high in fructose?

No.

As for giving a birthday present or housewarming gift, is it better to create a homemade fresh fruit bouquet or buy one?

The fruit bouquet is a highly appreciated gift, regardless if it’s a diy project or purchased online, fresh fruit bouquets are endearing whatever the occasion.