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Apples, Apples, Everywhere

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The beginning of fall marks a delicious time of year…apple season! Of course, we can buy many varieties of apples all year long (more on that shortly). BUT, there is NOTHING like the delicious taste of a freshly picked apple on a chilly bright fall day. I want to bask in how fabulous I feel just thinking about it!

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In Canada, we are lucky to have lots of great apple varieties growing here, including some heritage apples. My personal FAVOURITE apple, the golden russet, is one of the heritage varieties, and it is only available for a very short time in the fall, because it does  not store well. It has crunch, it is tart AND sweet, and it is the perfect size for a snack.

September 19th is International Eat an Apple Day, and while we don’t think you should restrict your apple munching to just one day, it DOES seem the perfect excuse to enjoy a few delicious bites on THIS day (maybe even with some caramel sauce for dipping perhaps?)

Quench Magazine wrote an article with a simple list of the varieties available in Canada, along with their best uses. This is a good list to see if there are some new types of apples you should be checking out this fall and winter.

And, speaking of winter, have you ever wondered how apples manage to be kept in storage for so many months, and maintain their texture and taste? In my fridge, they sure don’t last MONTHS! I did a bit of reading and found out there is some interesting science behind this vexing question. Ontario Apple Growers have a nice detailed explanation HERE.

In a nutshell, apples breathe, taking in oxygen and generating carbon dioxide (they sound almost human!). In storage, the apple experts create an environment that reduces to a minimum the amount of respiration. The apples are harvested and immediately put into this storage to basically stop the ripening process until it is time to go to your local supermarket.

Cool, am I right?

Apples are pretty much the perfect food – they are yummy, attractive, affordable AND they keep the doctor away (but only if you eat them everyday). Plus they are so easy to cook with – use them in salads, desserts and even main courses, like this Pork Roast with Apples and Onions from the Pioneer Woman.

One of our social team members recently made a delicious and EASY treat – caramel with apple slices for dipping. All you need is a can of sweetened condensed milk and a few hours. Be sure to get SWEETENED CONDENSED MILK – its the ONLY ingredient in this recipe and we learned the hard way it pretty darned important to buy the right thing LOL! Try this yummy treat this fall: Easy Caramel

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Happy Apple Picking!

 

From your Things Engraved Social Team,

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Need a gift for an apple fanatic? They don’t even HAVE to be a teacher, you know? We have a few ideas for you on our website. Click the photo to see more:

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Gifts for Girlfriends and Boyfriends

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My day: It always starts with thoughts of you.”

Our gift selection is most commonly known for things like weddings (both for the couple and for the wedding party), baby gifts, work gifts and special occasions like Christmas or Mother’s/Father’s Day. But did you know, that we ALSO get a lot of orders for romantic gifts, for girlfriends and boyfriends.

We can be VERY romantic! And this recent order from our website inspired us to talk about it!

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We asked one of our regular customers about why she likes to give Things Engraved gifts to her boyfriend. She told us that she loves to give gifts that can actually be used AND be very special.

I like to buy gifts that I KNOW the person receiving it will actually use. The gifts I purchase from Things Engraved make giving even MORE special because of the engraving. Whenever he uses his gift, he can think me, or the memory of when I gave it to him. For example, I got him a nice flask and shot glass for his birthday last year and paired it with a bottle of his favourite whiskey. For our one year anniversary, I bought him a crystal optic heart with our names engraved, along with the date we started dating. We look at it every year on our anniversary and it sits on a shelf above his desk.” – Janelle

Guys can be tough to buy gifts for and this customer came up with a few great ideas that are both romantic and personal. We have lots of great gifts for both guys and girls, that can be made into a romantic gesture for a special occasion or just because you want to show your love.

Here are a few romantic gifts we have shared on our Instagram feed over the last few months.

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Military Style Dog Tags

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Heart and Roses Trinket Box

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Forever Hearts 5×7 Frame

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Large Chrome Compass & Paperweight

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Everlasting Heart Trinket Box

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Stainless Steel Bone Pet Tag

Sometimes I can’t see myself when I’m with you. I can only just see you.” Jodi Lynn Anderson, Tiger Lily

Be sure to think about personalizing a gift for the love in YOUR life for your next special occasion (which just might be ANY time you spend together.)

 

From your Things Engraved Social Team,

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Of course, any gift can be made into a romantic gift with the right wording and sentiment. If you want something with a heart to REALLY make your point, click on the photo to find our gifts with “heart”.

To purchase, visit our website or find it in a store near you.

7 Signs you May be a Bridezilla

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Bridezilla; a dubious distinction all brides probably intend to avoid!  It is believed the term “bridezilla” was coined in a Boston Globe article in June 1995. Since then, it has been widely used for an overbearing bride who is difficult.

A woman who is obsessed about every detail of the wedding might turn into a bridezilla. There are several traits that many bridezilla’s have in common. If a bride-to-be sees her own behaviors on this list, she may want to make some changes quickly or risk alienating friends and family members.  Yikes!

#1  Talking about the wedding nonstop. Getting married is exciting and stressful at the same time. It is good for brides to have enthusiasm about the big day, but speaking incessantly over every little detail, especially when the conversation often veers to complaints about vendors and other arrangements, can be off-putting to people. Remember, the world is still turning outside of a bride’s wedding realm.

#2  Extreme dieting. It’s understandable when a bride wants to look her best on her wedding day, and this can create a desire to shed a few pounds. However, if dieting becomes extreme, including dramatic calorie control, binging or purging, it can be unhealthy and dangerous. Putting appearances before well-being may constitute bridezilla behavior.

#3  Failing to spend time with a fiance. When wedding planning and meetings take precedence over spending time with your fiance, it can set a poor course for the future marriage and strain the current relationship.  Don’t forget the reason you wanted to marry this person in the first place!

#4  A “me-first” attitude. It’s unproductive for a bride-to-be to think that her family, bridemaids and others involved in the wedding will drop everything for the sake of the event. Although it is expected that a bridal party will partake in some tasks and responsibilities, they are not the property or employees of the bride. Also, diva behavior and meltdowns — where all the attention is directed toward the bride-to-be — is not fun for anyone.

#5   Going well over budget. At its core, a wedding is the union between two people who pledge to spend the rest of their lives together. While many people want to have the perfect wedding, fixating on every detail and spending excessively to achieve what is perceived as perfection is bridezilla behavior. Entering a marriage already in debt can put a strain on newlywed bliss.

#6  Fighting with friends and family. Oftentimes brides- and grooms-to-be mask apprehension about starting a new chapter in their lives by getting into disagreements with others. Brides may bicker with their moms over seating arrangements and hairstyles, but they might just be glossing over their evolving mother-child relationship. Fighting just to fight and draw attention to oneself is bridezilla behavior; beware!

#7   Expecting preferential treatment. Many bridezillas are rude to wedding vendors and think that they deserve something extra. Individuals should remember that florists, dress shops, musicians, and photographers work very hard in their lines of work and often with couples who are emotional and feeling the stress of spending large amounts of money. Adding even more animosity to the situation could result in less-than-stellar results on the big day.

Brides, are you seeing yourself anywhere in this list?  Put yourself in check before that Bridezilla title is applied to you!

From your Things Engraved Social Team,

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