Score a Touchdown with these Tailgating Tips

From concerts to sporting events, there’s always a good time to tailgate! Make your tailgate a fun and flawless event with these simple tips and ideas.

football-cookies-tailgating-tipsFreeze water bottles for chilled food AND drinks. Pop several water bottles in the freezer the night before. The next day while packing your cooler, use the frozen water bottles as ice packs! Throughout the day, the water bottles will defrost, leaving your tailgate party a refreshingly cool drink to stay hydrated with.

Pack single serve snacks. Rather than bringing an oversized bag of chips or loose desserts along, pre-pack your snacks into single servings. Alternatively, you can purchase treats that already come individually packaged (in case you were wondering – yes! Cheryl’s cookies DO come individually packaged).

Pre-pack utensil sets. Prepare ready-to-go utensil sets wrapped in a napkin so friends can simply grab and go. This will eliminate everyone gathering around in the same area at the same time to sort through the utensils for the ones they need.

Know the venue. If possible, head out to the area the beforehand and take note of the layout. That way, you can take note of the areas with the most shade, pick out the best spots to park in, and be aware of all exits to help plan your exit strategy.

Bring a distinguishing flag or pole. Especially in the case of larger events, it may be difficult for your group to find their way back to the car. Attach a tall, unique flag or pole that stands out from the crowd so they can spot your car from miles away. This is also a good idea if you are meeting up with others; just describe your flag and they’ll be able to find you no matter where they are parked.

Slice burger toppings beforehand. Skip the mess that comes with slicing onions and tomatoes, and slice them the morning of! Lay them all out in a large aluminum tray and you have mini portable build-your-own-burger-bar.

Brings snacks for sharing with neighbors. Part of the fun of tailgating is encountering all the like-minded people surrounding you. Bring extra snacks for sharing with your neighbors; who knows – maybe they’ll have some delicious eats they’ll share with you in return!

Cleanup as you go. Rather than leaving all of the cleanup until very the end, place several trash bangs around the area so guests can clean as they go. This not only saves times on cleanup in the end, but will help you avoid the rush getting out as the rest of the cars are still busy tossing their trash.

Bring bug repellent. This is especially important when tailgating in the summer. Prepare bug repellent such as citronella candles or spray. Candles work best to keep insects from the food, and spray can be applied directly to the body to help avoid those unwelcome bug bites.

Get an A in Creativity

Help the kids start the school year off the right way and get to the head of the class by surprising their teacher with a creative gift straight from the heart! All four of these ideas are simple to recreate, so enlist the help of your little students for the perfect activity to get them excited for the first day of school.

Pair these unique DIY teacher gifts with an apple-themed treat, and the will be well on their way to becoming teacher’s pet.

Creative + Cool DIY Teacher Gifts

Personalize a Mini Easel

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Add a touch of artistic flair to their work space with this simple and unique DIY Mini Art Easel from Skip to my Lou! Add your own message to the easel or stick to writing out their name for a cool desk decoration. The best part? They can erase the message and fill in with their own well words or wisdom for a gift they’ll love showing off for the entire school year!

Pair Flowers with a DIY Pencil Vase

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Sharpen their work space with a vase adorned in #2 pencils with this craft idea from Celebrations.com! Using simply a vase, pencils, and a rubber band, you can create a gift that’ll add a fun and festive touch to the whole classroom.

Create a Flower Pen Bouquet

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Put a floral twist on the professor’s writing instruments with these DIY Flower Pens from HGTV. Make a few and toss them into a pot or small vase for a bouquet that will wow without ever wilting!

Fill this Terra Cotta Apple Mug with Sweets

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Turn an ordinary terra cotta pot into a reusable apple-shaped storage container filled with sweets! This is one DIY gift they’ll want to hold on to and show off during their next visit to the teacher’s lounge with this how-to from Seven Thirty Three.

Send Your Smart Cookies Some Love at College

Your scholar may have moved into their newly decorated dorms, but that doesn’t mean they’re not still reminiscing about family vacations and movie nights! Surprise them with a care package that lets them know they’re near at heart, no matter how far in distance they may be.

When compiling the perfect care package for your special someone, keep in mind their unique personalities as well as their living habits. When picking out the ideal food products for your care package, keep in mind durability and shelf life. For example, Cheryl’s cookies arrive individually packaged and can be frozen for up to 6 months – the key here is the perfect balance of freshness, flavor, and convenience!

Here are 4 unique homemade care package ideas and themes to help inspire and educate:

Box of Sunshine

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Who can help but smile when they receive a box full of bright, happy sunshine?! This idea featured on Happy Money Saver is simple; just stick to vibrant, yellow products (sunflower buttercream cookies, anyone?) and throw in a few sunshine-themed cut-outs and confetti to add some serious smile to their day!

Stationery Package

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A message posted on a Facebook wall is nice, but there’s nothing quite like the feeling one gets when opening a handwritten letter from the ones they love. Give your special scholar a hand with keeping in touch by surprising them with all of the fixins they need to become pros of the written word with a unique stationery-filled care package like this one featured by Ann Marie Loves.

College Dorm Survival Cake

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A college survival care package filled with all of the necessities for dorm life– from school supplies to shower gear – is a great way to give them a head start on college living. Lyah Designs put a fun twist on this classic care package by turning it into a unique “cake!”

Study Break Package

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Between getting acclimated to living on their own to late-night cram sessions, those students could sure use a break! Surprise them with a fun and snack-filled care package with this Study Break Package idea featured at In MomoPause. Include your scholar’s favorite treats, energy drinks, and entertainment choices (music gift cards, card games, DVDs) for the ultimate gift to keep them going when the going gets tough.

Back-to-School Blues?

Make the First Day Fun Again!

It’s never too late to start a yearly tradition! Add some excitement and anticipation to your child’s first day of school by starting one (or all) of these traditions; it’ll not only be a great way to track your little scholar’s progress but will also make for some priceless memories and keepsakes you’ll want to hold on to forever.

Make a Back to School Time Capsule

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With each passing school year, your child learns, grows, and develops his or her own unique view on things while growing their list of likes and dislikes. Celebrate this growth by letting your child experience it for themselves; help them make a time capsule on the first day of school and then join them on the last day of school as they dig it up and unwrap their memories! Such The Spot shares her take on this fun idea including a downloadable questionnaire they’ll love filling out.

Create and Keep a First Day of School Interview

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Each year on the first day of school, have your child fill out a back-to-school interview (with the same questions every time). Create a binder or scrapbook out of their answers; on their last day of high school, gift them with this binder for them to see how far they’ve come! Giggles Galore shared a printable interview to make this one fuss-free activity!

Stage a First Day of School Photo Shoot…with Chalk

Immortalize the memory of your child’s first day of school by staging a first day of school photo shoot!

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Take a Photo of your special scholar on their first day, sharing their hopes and aspirations. Create a chalkboard prop similar to the one made by Just Us Four so you can reuse it yearly for less fuss and more fun! Take one every year until they graduate (or become too stubborn to cooperate).

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Have your child channel their inner artist with easily erasable and fun chalk like Paging Fun Mums did! Depending on their age, you may want to write their grade number, while having them write or draw out their future aspirations.

Celebrate Back to School with These Apple-Themed Treats

Back to school time can certainly be stressful.

Make the first day of school sweeter by celebrating with festive apple-themed treats and desserts that scholars of all ages will love!

back-to-school-apple-treat-apple-cookies-cheryls Buttercream Frosted Apple Cookies

An apple a day may keep the doctor away, but an apple cookie a day will keep them smiling all the way to the classroom! There’s nothing that’ll sweeten their day more than a bite from a delicious Cheryl’s famous buttercream frosted cookie! Our back to school gifts feature a collection of apple-shaped cookie treats sporting their first-day best!

 

back-to-school-apple-treat-candied-apples-1800basketsCandied Apples

For an apple gift that’s both fresh, festive, and drizzled with a dessert-ready touch, a gift from 1800Baskets’ Candied Apple collection is a must. From nuts to apple pie flavor, you’ll find the perfect decadent gourmet apple treat to satisfy your special scholar.

 

 

 

 

 

back-to-school-apple-treat-fruit-bouqets-appletiniChocolate Dipped Apple Slices

Love the idea of dessert dipped apples but can’t handle the crunch of a full apple? Choose from one of the must-try chocolate dipped apple slices from Fruit Bouquets, like this celebration-worthy “Apple-tini,” a great way to toast to the start of a new school year!

 

 

 

 

 

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Sour Green Apple Popcorn

Chocolate covered apples are tasty, but if your little scholar is a snacking fan, surprise them with a tub of The Popcorn Factory’s famous popcorn in Sour Green Apple flavor! Crunchy, sweet, with a touch of tang, they are sure to love this green snack.

 

 

 

 

Aback-to-school-apple-treat-celebrations-apple-juleppple Julep Mocktail

All of these apple themed treats are sure to get them thirsty! Whip up a celebratory batch of this Apple Julep Mocktail from Celebrations.com to wash it all down with.

Happy Back to School!

How to Make Bite-Size Buttercream Cookie Cups

how-to-make-buttercream-cookie-cupsLooking for a new, fun way to enjoy your favorite Cheryl’s buttercream cookies? Give them a creative (and delicious) twist by turn them into bite-sized cookie cups which can then be filled ice cream or other tasty treats!

Keep in mind when gathering your supplies that one Cheryl’s cookie will yield two buttercream cookie cups. We use original white frosted cutout cookies, but if your celebration calls for a specific color theme, feel free to use one of the other buttercream frosted cutout varieties to fit the rest of your menu and decor!

Supplies for Buttercream Cookie Cups

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Butter or cooking spray
Mini Muffin Tin
Rolling Pin
Aluminum Foil
Access to Freezer

Directions for Buttercream Cookie Cups

First, prepare the cookies by unwrapping them. If you have been keeping them in the freezer, give them 5-10 minutes to defrost and soften back to their original state.

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Place your cookies on a clean, lined surface and use the rolling pin to slowly flatten and crumble the cookies until you are left with a deliciously crumbled cookie pile.

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Take a handful of the cookie crumble and place on the inside of the muffin tin. Use your hand to mold it to the tin shape, using your thumb to leave an empty space in the middle to ensure the bowl-like shape.

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Once your entire tin is filled with cookies, wrap in tin foil and place in the freezer for 2 hours to overnight.

Once the cups have fully frozen into the shape, remove them from the freezer. Let defrost for 2 minutes before removing them for easy removal.

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Now, fill your cups with ice cream, candies, chocolate morsels – the possibilities are endless!

History of the Sugar Cookie

What’s in a name? That which we call a sugar cookie by any other name would taste as sweet….The history of sugar cookies is one filled with various names, versions, and recipes depending on the country, but all have a common factor; they are a slightly more subtle version of their sweeter and more popular cookie brothers and sisters.

It’s no secret that we at Cheryl’s love anything and everything having to do with cookies. Since National Sugar Cookie Day 2014 is Wednesday, July 9, we’re celebrating by sweetening our day with some cool cookie knowledge with the history of sugar cookies!

Thistory-of-sugar-cookieshere are several different theories about how the modern day sugar cookie came to be. The one that describes the sugar cookie that we in the U.S know today can be traced all the way back to the 1700s to a group of German Protestant settlers in the colony of Nazareth, Pennsylvania. The settlers created a “round, crumbly, butter cookie” which required only the most basic baking ingredients and was easily shapeable. The cookie’s easy of creation and simple yet irresistible taste made it a unanimous hit, so much so that it remained a vital part of Pennsylvania’s culture and history throughout the ages. On September 5, 2001, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania established House Bill 1892, adopting the Nazareth Sugar Cookies as Pennsylvania’s official cookie – talk about a sweet ending!

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