Monthly Archives: August 2014

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.