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Apples, Apples, Everywhere


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!


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


Happy Apple Picking!


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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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International Beer Day


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“Ah, beer. The cause of and the solution to all of life’s problems.” — Homer Simpson

We are sure that there are those among us that don’t need a special day set aside to celebrate the existence of beer. Regardless of whether you celebrate beer once a year or every SINGLE DAY of the year, there is no question that it is a popular beverage. In fact, one could argue that in Canada, it is the MOST popular beverage around (although the wine and coffee drinkers would probably want to arm wrestle for that title).


“Without question, the greatest invention in the history of mankind is beer. Oh, I grant you that the wheel was also a fine invention, but the wheel does not go nearly as well with pizza.” — Dave Barry

Cool Nutrition Facts

  • Beer is fat free.
  • Beer is cholesterol free.
  • Beer contains protein and carbohydrates.
  • Beer has fewer calories than many other beverages.
  • Beer reduces blood clots.
  • Folate in beer can lower the risk of heart disease when consumed in moderation.


To celebrate beer we have a coupon code for 25% off our 4 most popular beer gifts.  This coupon code can be used ONLINE ONLY and must be entered at time of purchase into your shopping cart.  This coupon code is valid from August 5 – 7th online.  Start Shopping for Beer Gifts Now!



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Shop for beer mugs, steins, and other accessories on our website or find it in a store near you.


FREE Throw when your Loved one Celebrates their 100th Birthday!



Did you know when your loved one turns 100 we will embroider a throw / blanket for FREE to help them celebrate?  It’s our way of marking this huge milestone in a memorable way.

Our Antique Ivory Throws and White Basket Heart Throws make great gifts for people who turn 100 because they are warm and cozy and can be personalized with names and dates such as the photos show.

Here’s how you can order your free 100th birthday throw from Things Engraved:
1.  You can go into any of our stores across Canada to place your order.
2.  You can contact our Customer Service team to make the request.
* We often need a copy of the recipient’s birth certificate so please have that handy to confirm dates.
* Please give us at least two weeks notice to ensure delivery of your throw before the special day.

blanket100aYou may choose any design you like as long as it states “100th birthday” somewhere in your embroidery text.  Our most popular 100th birthday design is: Floral Scroll – Happy Birthday – Neutral Colour Palette, shown here.

Did you also know that milestone birthdays and anniversaries can also be recognized by various levels of Canadian government?  When someone turns 100 you can have the Governor General of Canada and The Queen send birthday greetings.  The queen!  That’s cool!  And this tradition is not new.  The website says: “Since 1917 the Sovereign has sent greetings to Canadians for milestone birthdays of 100, 105 and over, and to couples celebrating 60, 65, 70, 75 or more years of marriage.”  You can find all of the details about these special greetings here.   You can also receive greetings from the Prime Minister; details here.

This customer ordered the throw for her great Aunt.  She told us this:

My great Aunt Gladys was born in Verdun, Quebec on July 5, 1915. We will be celebrating her life work on July 2,2015 with the assistant Mayor of Longueuil Quebec making a presentation of certificates from the Mayor’s office as well as the certificate from Prime Minister Harper and Lt. Govenor of Quebec’s certificate. We are very proud of our aunt and are very blessed to have her with us.

If someone close to you is about to celebrate their 100th birthday, please contact us today so we can offer you a free embroidered blanket, customized just for your special person.


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