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6 Ways to Upgrade School Lunch

It’s a daily challenge for moms and dads everywhere: coming up with quick and easy lunchbox ideas that you kids will actually eat.


And while you’d love to wow your tots with a Pinterest-worthy spread, you don’t always have the time to make that cute bento box meal. To the rescue: these fast and fun ideas for your kids’ lunches that will be the talk of the cafeteria.

Cut it out, literally.

Ho-hum, another PB&J. Kid and parents alike love sandwiches—they’re tasty and fast to make and the ingredients are usually on hand in the pantry or fridge. But instead of presenting a square turkey and cheese, why not cut it into an adorable shape? Yup, dust off those Christmas cookie cutters and give them a new job. Stamp out stars, hearts and trees—and then watch your kids gobble up lunch. And as a special treat, you could add a Happy Day cookie card from Cheryl’s.

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Put it in a jar.

Those old spaghetti sauce and Mason jars in the drawer can be put to good use at lunchtime. And because the packaging is clear, your kid can see the colorful (and delicious) layers you’ve designed. Gather your child’s favorites and then create a masterpiece. For example, you might start with a black beans on the bottom, then add shredded lettuce, grated cheese, a few sliced tomatoes, chunks of avocado and crumbled tortilla chips. The result? A taco jar lunch!

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Make your own “lunchables”

Why pay $4 for a tiny box of ham and cheese when you can craft your own for much less? Plus, you can up the health factor over the premade grocery version by including fruits, veggies and meats with less salt. To make your own, roll up slices of ham or roast beef along with Swiss cheese and nestle them in a plastic container. Add in a few cucumber rounds, a small bunch of grapes and a buttercream frosted cookie for dessert. Bon appetit!

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This is a stick-up!

You can’t exactly send marshmallows on a stick to school, but you can definitely deconstruct your kid’s sandwich (or leftovers) and then skewer it for his lunch box. Bamboo sticks used for grilling or regular toothpicks will work well. To make lunch on a stick, thread pieces of cooked chicken, a cube or two of Feta, chunks of watermelon or a couple of strawberries.

Photo Credit: Christina Stiehl

Flatten it out.

It’s time for a Flat Sammy! No, not Stanley—we mean sammy, as in sandwich. Switch up your kid’s usual bread choice by replacing it with a flour or corn tortilla. You can layer quesadilla fixings quickly, brown in it a small skillet and then wrap it in foil for lunch. Filling ideas are endless, including leftover pork with Jack cheese and salsa or mashed kidney beans with cheddar and sour cream.

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Accessorize it.

Don’t forget to include a side dish or snack in your kids’ lunch—it’s a long day! Alongside the ideas above, toss in a bag of edamame with sea salt, some trail mix, or celery sticks spread with cream cheese and topped with nuts or raisins.

Celebrate National Ice Cream Month With These Sweet Recipes

In 1984, ice cream finally got its due respect: July was declared “National Ice Cream Month!” While we certainly don’t limit our ice cream intake to one month, what better excuse to have a few extra scoops?

While there’s certainly no shame in grabbing your favorite flavor or ice cream creation at the store, why not get creative to honor the occasion? Here are four delicious ice cream recipes to liven up July’s best moments.

1. Classic Ice Cream Sandwiches
Who doesn’t love creamy, cool ice cream sandwiches on a hot summer day? They’re made all the better when you take your favorite vanilla ice cream, let it slightly melt, then add in some raspberries, sliced, strawberries, blueberries, and blackberries. Wash and dry the berries (you can use all the berries or just one red berry and one blue berry), and mix in with the semi-melted ice cream. Refreeze the delicious concoction, and scoop onto Cheryl’s Happy Face Cut Out Cookies—which are sure to match your smile when you dig right in!

2. Picnic Ice Cream Cups
Nothing says summertime like a cooler filled with cheery frozen treats like these DIY toppings cups! Stock up on plastic mason jars—broken glass will put a damper on the occasion—and fill each with a scoop of ice cream. Dress each one up with some favorite toppings, like sprinkles, shredded coconut, crushed macadamia nuts, dark chocolate chips, or small pieces of tropical fruit (such as mango or pineapple). Stash in the freezer until you’re ready to go, and then surround with ice packs to preserve at the picnic.

3. Al Fresco Brownie Bowls
If you’re taking it up a notch and serving a nice, outdoor dinner, give your dessert a special treatment too with a brownie a la mode. Skip the oven for this show-stopping dish, and order up an assortment of caramel fudge, frosted chocolate, blondie, and more in Cheryl’s Create Your Own Brownie Box. Top with a scoop of decadent dark chocolate ice cream to take the dessert to the next level. If you’re feeling adventurous (for adults only), add a drizzle of liqueur or a grappa-macerated cherry.

4. Backyard Barbecue Ice Cream Crumble
A summertime barbecue isn’t complete without some pie, right? Shake things up a bit by crumbling a quarter of your favorite berry pie into a quart of slightly melted raspberry, cherry, or vanilla ice cream. Stir the concoction to combine, refreeze, and scoop into ice cream sundae glasses. To give your dessert an even more summery look, top with a pretty Buttercream Frosted Flower Cut-Out Cookie from Cheryl’s.cco_FDY17_163391x

Cheryl’s® To Host Grand Opening Celebration at its New Flagship Store in Westerville

Free gifts, prizes and fun activities will highlight day-long event on August 8th

WESTERVILLE, Ohio, July 17, 2015 – Cheryl’s®, producers of delicious cookies, brownies, cakes and other fresh-baked delights, has announced that it will hold a grand opening on Saturday August 8, 2015 at its new retail store located at 646 McCorkle Boulevard in Westerville. The grand opening will begin at 9 a.m. with a ribbon cutting ceremony attended by Westerville Mayor Diane Fosselman and members of the local Chamber of Commerce. Festivities will continue at the store throughout the day until 8 p.m.

Among the highlights scheduled for the grand opening are: a free gift to the first 100 people arriving at the store; free samples of Cheryl’s baked goods; money-saving promotions including one dozen free cookies with purchase of a dozen; sneak peeks at the newest products from Cheryl’s; valuable prizes including the opportunity to win 12 cookies each month for a year; kids’ activities; appearances by cookie and brownie mascots; cookie frosting demonstrations; and savings of 20% when customers book their future event in the store’s spacious new party room.

Cheryl’s is headquartered in Westerville and the opening of the new flagship retail store is the final phase of an extensive expansion project at the company’s facilities on McCorkle Boulevard. The expansion began in February 2014 with groundbreaking for a larger production plant. “Our expansion will add approximately 100 jobs over the next three years,” said Bob Happel, Cheryl’s General Manager. “And as we add equipment it will allow us to double our food production capacity over the next five years.”

The new flagship store occupies approximately 3,000 square feet and brings important enhancements to the customer shopping experience including the ability to display a broader selection of Cheryl’s products for customers to choose from. Additionally, the store’s new party room provides the perfect venue for a wide array of events and gatherings including birthday parties, educational classes and holiday celebrations.

“Cheryl’s is proud to call the community of Westerville our home,” continued Mr. Happel. “The grand opening of our new flagship retail location represents the culmination of very hard work by our highly talented and dedicated team of associates, many of whom live right here in Westerville. We urge the entire community to join us on August 8th and share in the exciting grand opening of our beautiful new store.”

About Cheryl’s®

Founded in 1981 by Cheryl Krueger and her college roommate, Caryl Walker, Cheryl’s® has grown to become a brand that loyal customers trust for the finest fresh-baked gifts and desserts prepared to the highest quality standards, backed by friendly service. Cheryl’s (1-800-443-8124 and http://www.cheryls.com) offers a delicious and diverse selection of individually wrapped cookies, brownies and cakes for all of life’s moments. Among the company’s signatures products are its cut-out cookies topped with buttercream frosting. Cheryl’s products are made from scratch and available in special configurations as well as with elegant satin ribbons that can be customized for specific occasions. Headquartered in the Columbus, Ohio suburb of Westerville and part of the 1-800-FLOWERS.COM family of brands, Cheryl’s is a multi-faceted business comprised of retail stores, a high-traffic website, catalogs, and a successful Business Gift Division.

National Chocolate Chip Day: 5 Sweet Ways to Celebrate

May 15 is National Chocolate Chip Day! In honor of this sweet holiday, we’ve rounded up 5 of our favorite ways to celebrate. Just don’t forget your glass of milk to wash these delicious treats down!

Treats with Chocolate Chips:

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If you dream in chocolate, you’ll love our double Chocolate Chocolate Crunchy Cookies! Buttery, rich and drowning in irresistible chocolate flavor, this treat is for those who just can’t get enough decadence.

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Or for a fresh twist, whip up these fruity and colorful Mini Chocolate Chip Cookie Fruit Pizzas instead!

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Bite into one of our Miss Grace Chocolate Fudge Cakes and you are sure to be delighted! Your mouth is first greeted by an chocolate glazed outer shell, then followed by a rich cake packed with dark chocolate morsels for the ultimate sweet treat.

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If you prefer a more classic flavor, there’s no better way to celebrate than with traditional Chocolate Chip Cookies.

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When life gives you chocolate chips, make Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Fudge! This recipe from Celebrations.com is simple, delicious and fun to make with the kids.

Celebrate Mother’s Day With These Sweet Cookie Stats!

Moms agree: there’s no sweeter way to celebrate Mother’s Day than with delicious desserts… and we have the stats to prove it! Based on Cheryl’s Mother’s Day gifts sent in previous years, we’ve come up with the perfect recipe for this year’s celebration.

Whether you’re looking for the perfect gift or sentiment for your Mom, Aunt or Grandmother, be sure to check out our Mother’s Day infographic for some fun facts seriously sweet inspiration!

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Mother’s Day: 4 Simple Ways to Sweeten Her Day

Whether you’re planning a Mother’s Day brunch or movie night-in planned, take her special day to the next level with these simple yet sweet sentiments.

Start with an invitation. Sending Mom an invitation to her Mother’s Day celebration may be out of the ordinary, but such a simple gesture turns it from a casual day into a formal celebration! Celebrations.com has a collection of both free and premium Mother’s Day cardsmothers-day-ideas-invitation and invitations sure to set the proper scene.

Entice the senses with scent. There’s nothing quite like entering a room and being whisked away to a paradise with an enjoyable scent. Light a candle, spray her favorite fragrance, light some incense or simply bake something sweet in the oven to fill your home with Mom’s favorite scent.

Incorporate florals into the menu. Of course you’re going to send Mother’s Day flowers, but think outside the vase and incorporate flowers into your entire menu! Edible flowers are easy to sprinkle onto your food or drink like Celebrations.com did with their Apple Rose Punch.

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Alternatively, one of our buttercream frosted flower cookies are just the sweet and festive touch to really add some color to the spread.

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Surprise her with a social media shout-out. If Mom follows you on any social media channel, show off how much she means to you with a special shout-out! Be it your favorite photo of her or a favorite memory, she’s sure to be touched by this public display of love and appreciation.

Fun Twists on Easter Traditions

Easter decorating, Easter brunches, egg hunts.. some of the best moments and memories of Easter are ones spent celebrating traditions with family and friends. Here are a few family-friendly Easter traditions with fun twists on each!

Egg Decorating

A fun activity for the entire family, decorating eggs in time for Easter has become a tradition celebrated by those who don’t even celebrate Easter! You can decorate with so much more than paint; check out these 20 Easter egg decorating ideas for some serious inspiration.

Looking for a unique alternative to traditional Easter egg decorating? Why not swap out the hard boiled eggs for cookies and the paint for frosting with help from our Easter egg Decorating Cookie Kit?! After the decorating is done, the artists can then snack on their creations!

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Easter Baskets for the Kids

For children, one of the most exciting parts of Easter is unwrapping and tearing apart a basket full of festive goodies. From creative activity boxes to treats shaped like eggs and bunnies, you never know what you’ll find! Make this an interactive game by slipping a different word into each recipient’s basket. Then, have the entire group combine their words and see if they can put them together to create a festive phrase!

Tip: When packing your Easter baskets, avoid large containers of treats and opt for individually wrapped bites, such as our Easter cookies.

Egg Hunts

Whether you attend a neighborhood egg hunt or organize your own, this is one of the best ways to get a large group of children (and children at heart) involved in celebrating the season.

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Put a fun twist on this by having the kids decorate their egg hunt bags or baskets beforehand!

Easter Bunny Fun

Celebrate the holiday’s favorite icon with treats inspired by the famous Easter bunny! We love the idea of using the bunny’s likeness to add a festive touch to the celebration like Celebrations.com did with these DIY Bunny Milk Bottles.

What sorts of Easter traditions does your family partake in? Share them with us below in the comments!

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