Fun Spring Basket Ideas for Kids

 

Filled with candy, toys and special surprises, kids always look forward to receiving their spring baskets. Choosing a theme is a great way to make each basket reflect your child’s unique interests. Grab a couple brightly colored baskets, some tinsel or tissue paper, and make this year’s spring baskets even more special with some fun ideas.

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  • For the budding artist, fill a basket with items that will inspire your children and bring out their creativity. Great options for an artistic basket include sidewalk chalk, finger paints, crayons, markers, coloring books and sketch pads.
  • If you have a little fashionista, create a basket brimming with things for playing dress up. Add some sunglasses, nail polish, costume jewelry and hair accessories for a truly stylish basket.
  • Sports fans will love a basket with football, baseball and basketball-themed treats. Load each basket with sports cards, ball caps and foam balls. If your little ones also play sports, consider adding small pieces of sports equipment, such as shin guards or batting gloves.
  • Dollar stores and bargain bins are full of toys that can be combined for a fun and affordable basket. Choose miniature books, bouncy balls, modeling clay, silly putty, or any other little toys you can find.
  • For a great opportunity to spend some quality time with your older children, consider filling their spring basket with fun activities rather than toys and treats. Stuff a basket with vouchers for the movie theater or admission tickets for local museums or zoos. Another great alternative is movie night in a basket. Simply fill a basket with a movie or two, a box of microwaveable popcorn and a bag of your teen’s favorite candy.

 

Once you have your kid’s baskets prepared, make sure to get a spring basket treat for yourself. With Hickory Farms gift baskets, such as our Bountiful Tastings or Hickory Tropical Delight, you can treat yourself to an adult twist on the traditional spring basket that includes fresh fruits, yummy cookies, decadent cheeses and other delicious treats that are perfect for a spring feast. Your kids will love it too!

 

Light Apple Recipes for a Healthier Breakfast

 

Spring is almost here, and many of us are doubling down on our fitness routines and low calorie diets in anticipation of showing a little more skin after a long and dreary winter. But you don’t have to deprive yourself to get fit — you can eat well and still eat lightly and healthfully. Hickory Farms has found a few recipes using delicious apples from our Fruitful Gift Box that are both delicious and full of nutrition.

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This fresh apple salsa recipe calls for our Fuji apples, onions, bell pepper and seasoning, and is wonderful alongside a pork roast or roasted chicken. It’s simple to make and can serve up to 12 family members and guests.

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These brie, apple and arugula quesadillas may quickly become a family favorite. Just spread slicedFuji apples over a layer of brie on a quesadilla, spread with mustard, then top with arugula and grill in a skillet until golden brown. The smooth texture of the cheese blends wonderfully with the sharp crispness of the apples, making these a stand-out selection for brunches and get-togethers year round.

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Make some healthy lunch choices with curried chicken salad with apples and raisins. Eaten as a sandwich on whole wheat bread or spread across some whole grain crackers, this is a healthy alternative to many lunch options. Make sure you use skinless chicken to keep this dish as nutritious as possible.

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Cut back on your carb intake with this open-faced turkey sandwich with apple and Havarti. The tang of the Havarti is a sharp counterpoint to the sweet apples and spicy arugula. You can save even more calories by modifying this recipe and using low-calorie bread in place of the heartier, homemade version.

Hickory Farms offers many selections of fruit boxes, so you can indulge healthfully all year long. Call 800.753.8558 to place your order or order online 24 hours a day.

 

Seasonal Recipe: Grilled Sausage with Fruit Relish and Curried Walnut Couscous

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Pairing fresh, juicy fruit with bold gourmet sausage is an unexpected and delicious combination. You can even add a side of curried walnut couscous for greater textural complexity. Fantastically sweet and savory, grilled sausage with fruit relish and curried walnut couscous is a recipe that works well for everything from a summer cookout to a winter treat that transports you to the tropics.


Preparing your Fruit Relish

Start making your sweet relish by chopping up some fruit. For a delicious treat, pick dried mangoes, apricots, and sun plums from our Dried Fruit Collection. If you prefer fresh fruits, choose juicy Crown Comice pears, Fuji apples and Mandarin oranges. Remove the seeds and stems before dicing into small pieces, then place your fruit in a bowl. Finish your relish with a splash of white balsamic vinegar and a sprinkle of kosher salt.


Cooking the Sausage

Make your sausage super tender by boiling your meat before grilling. Simply cut thick slabs of our Summer Sausage and add to a boiling pot of apple juice and water. Boil for five minutes before placing the sausage on the grill until a nice char forms. When perfectly cooked, place your sausage on a bun and top everything with your homemade relish.

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Making your Side Dish

The slight spiciness of curry paired with the natural sweetness of raisins is the perfect complement to a sausage sandwich. Make a delicious sauce by combining walnuts, butter, brown sugar, curry and our Berry Nut Bounty Mix in a saucepan. Stir often to keep the butter from browning. Finish by adding water and bringing it to a boil before adding the couscous. Cover and let the couscous sit in your pan for five minutes, then fluff with a fork and enjoy!

 

Gourmet sausage, juicy fruit and delicious couscous prepared with Hickory Farms ingredients is the perfect sweet and savory meal. Start with our Fruitful Gift Tower for nearly everything you need to prepare this unique meal that will be sure to become a family favorite.