Family Fun – Fireside Activities for Cold Winter Days

 

When winter winds are blowing and snow piles up outside, there’s no better place to be than in front of a roaring fire. Delight the entire family with an indoor fireside picnic with Hickory Farms’ Hickory Fire Side, which includes beef and turkey sausages, four varieties of cheese and our special Sweet Hot Mustard. Add in a bottle of Lucinda & Millie Chardonnay, and you’ll have some yummy fixings for an indoor picnic.

Of course, the food’s not the only great thing about a picnic! Check out these fun activities you and your family can enjoy, while relaxing at home on a cold, winter day.

 

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Involve everyone in creating a family scrapbook by collecting photos from past celebrations and vacations, souvenirs from theme parks and ticket stubs from movies. Include programs from dance recitals, certificates and ribbons from awards at school and athletic events. Allow your kids to express their innate creativity with markers, stickers, glitter and glue sticks.

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Making fondue is almost as much fun as eating it! You can start with our Cheddar Flight, which includes four varieties of cheese, some cubes of crusty French bread, as well as a couple slices of delicious apples and pears from our Fresh Fruit Trio Gift Box. Finish off the evening with this recipe for Ultimate S’Mores toasted over an open fire.

Watch classic movies and TV shows. Introduce a new generation of children to the delights of “Shirley Temple,” “I Love Lucy” and the slapstick comedy of “The Three Stooges,” while the whole family snuggles by the fire.

You can also organize an indoor scavenger hunt on a snow day when the kids are home from school. Write down clues on scraps of paper that lead to special stashes of treats like homemade cookies or the next clue.

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Work on a family project next to a warm fire. Let your kids assemble a large puzzle or a homemade masterpiece on poster board.

Hickory Farms is proud to be a part of your memorable family traditions since 1951. Call us at 800.753.8558 or visit www.hickoryfarms.com to place an order for delivery right to your door.

Best Kept Kitchen Secrets

Even the world’s most famous chefs cut corners in the kitchen. Today, we’re going to share some of the tricks that top chefs hide under their toques in order to save time and trouble in the kitchen without sacrificing flavor or quality. These six top chef shortcuts can help you go from an amateur to an at-home chef and entertainer extraordinaire.

 

  • Breadcrumbs make a great substitute for flour when you need to thicken a sauce. Allow them to simmer for several minutes to release their starch, and remember to strain the sauce before serving. Your sauce will be thick and flavorful with no floury taste.
  • Use a pair of kitchen shears to cut meat swiftly with no mess. They make it easier to get the exact sized pieces you want while keeping your hands clean. Kitchen shears are also a quick and easy way to mince garden herbs for your favorite recipes.
  • Instead of starting from scratch, use a ready-made sauce or condiment to quickly add a zip to sauces, marinades and dishes to cut down on prep time.
  • Fresh cheese is a must for authentic Italian and other dishes, but soft cheeses can be difficult to grate quickly and easily. One trick is to freeze the cheese for 20 minutes to make grating a breeze.
  • Waiting for butter to soften adds precious minutes to a busy cook’s tight schedule. Hasten the process by grating the butter in a bowl. The small pieces soften much faster.
  • Homemade stock is the lifeblood of many great recipes, but is time consuming to prepare. Having pre-measured amounts on hand can save tons of time and energy. The next time you make a pot of stock, fill a muffin tin with the liquid after it cools and throw it in the freezer. Once frozen, pop the individual helpings out and store them in labeled and dated freezer bags.
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It’s no secret that Hickory Farms is a great gourmet shortcut with fresh fruits and nuts, award-winning sausage and cheese, and pantry essentials like Chipotle Ranch Sauce, Horseradish Sauce and Sweet Hot Mustard. Visit our website to place your order and stock your kitchen like a top chef!

Celebrate Friendship Near & Far

The bond of friendship is truly transformative. Friendship fosters love, compassion, understanding and generosity. These are the values that have the power to make the world a better place.

July 30th was International Day of Friendship, when we are encouraged to celebrate the friendships that unite individuals, countries and cultures across the world. As the United Nations reminds us, friendships that span international borders bring individuals and cultures together inspiring peace efforts and promoting international understanding and respect for diversity.

The idea of designating a day to celebrate friendship was actually first promoted in 1919 by the founder of Hallmark Cards, Joyce Hall. But what started as a company campaign, ended up turning into something much more poignant. When the card industry eventually lost steam, the UN encouraged this annual celebration of friendship by naming Winnie the Pooh as the world’s Ambassador of Friendship in 1998. Finally, in 2011, the 65th Session of the UN General Assembly officially declared July 30 as International Day of Friendship.

We love the idea of encouraging kids to celebrate friendship. TLC has some great ideas for parents to help kids celebrate friendship with games like toss and catch and crafts like special seed bracelets. You can also help kids to make international friends by helping them find pen pals through organizations like Students of the World. While kids are making bracelets or writing their first pen pal letter, parents can stack together some Winnie the Pooh themed meat and cheese crackers. Kids are sure to love these friendly and smiley snacks!

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Hickory Farms is happy to help adults celebrate the special bonds of friendship, too, with thoughtful gift baskets that can be shipped anywhere in the country and to international neighbors in Canada. From our Award Winning Sausage & Cheese and our famous HoneyGold® Ham to our Fruitful Gift Box and special seasonal offerings like our Italian Ice Cream Truffles, there are so many ways to show friends you care with a special package from Hickory Farms.

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Fruitful Gift Box from Hickory Farms

What are some of your favorite ways to celebrate friendship and show appreciation for a friend?