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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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Tips for Planning a Holiday Season Wedding

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Untitled designAlthough prime wedding season runs from May through October, many brides- and grooms-to-be choose to tie the knot during the winter, with the holidays providing a popular backdrop to the wedding festivities.

Holiday weddings are often joyous affairs. People are jolly, decorations abound, and there’s a chance that some snowfall can make your picturesque photo dreams come true. And considering most churches and reception sites are already trimmed in seasonal decor to accommodate various holiday parties, chances are you can save a little money on floral arrangements and extra accessories.

Having a wedding during the holidays also makes it easier to plan out themes and color schemes. For those who have difficulty deciding on bubblegum pink bridesmaids gowns or teal table linens, working with the colors of the winter season makes planning simple. Choose among burgundy, berry red, forest green, gold, silver, cream, and light blue to set the mood of the event. Deep red gowns complement any skin tone, and bouquets full of green and white fill call to mind a light snow dusting evergreen boughs.

When selecting wedding invitations, be sure to choose a design that will set the invitation apart from the holiday greetings already being delivered to wedding guests. You may want to forgo a folded card or any holiday inspired embellishments on the invitations altogether. Instead, go with a classic white or off-white card. A border of snowflakes or a mention of a holiday theme in the invitation wording will clue in guests to the wedding’s holiday theme.

Because the holidays are already a busy time of the year, there are a few other considerations couples should heed when planning their weddings.

* Push up the dates you do all of your meetings with vendors. The season is awash in parties and other festive events; therefore, reception sites, caterers, florists, limousine services, and disc jockeys may book quickly. Try to secure as many vendors as possible as soon as you set your wedding date.

* Consult with a clergy member to discuss having a religious wedding during the holiday season. Certain dates may be restricted due to liturgical requirements or simply because of special church-related events.

* Wedding guests are likely to be busy themselves during the holiday season, so be sure to send out save-the-date cards to advertise your wedding well in advance of sending out the actual invitations. When invitations are mailed, do so about 3 months before the wedding.

* Flowers may be more expensive this time of the year, so spread a tight budget by including candles, greenery (like evergreen branches or holly) or simple poinsettia plants with other more traditional flowers.

* Be sure to factor weather into the planning. If gowns will not have sleeves, be sure to select shrugs or capes that can be worn for warmth. Muffs or full-arm gloves can be elegant and warming as well.

* Get creative with wedding cakes to tie into the theme. An all-white cake can look like it’s covered in snow. A cake can be shaped into a wrapped gift or a giant ornament.

* Also keep in mind that this is a busy travel season. Therefore you may want to wait until well after New Year’s before embarking on your honeymoon. Otherwise you could pay a premium for airline tickets.

A wedding during the holiday season can be magical and something that adds even more sentimental value to an already joyous time of year.

 

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Spoil Your Dog Day – August 10

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I don’t know if this is a REAL day or if it was something made up by your dog (if you google it, it does seem ‘sorta’ real). BUT what the heck! I say let’s have a spoil your dog day…even though, if you are a dog owner, everyday is likely to be spoil your pooch day anyway.

I was looking for ideas on how to spoil your dog for the very special sorta-real day. You can find all sorts of things like dog spas, dog gourmet food, dog outfits. Other than the food option, my dog would likely scoff at those fantastical ideas. He is a simple sort (and by simple, I also mean “not all there”).

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His name is Cooper and he is a 11.5 year old golden retriever. I decided to interview him to see what sorts of fun he would like us to get up to on his special probably-made-up event:

Food
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He was supposed to be in “wait” but his tongue just couldn’t do it!

It goes without saying, dogs love food. Gourmet, not gourmet, leftovers, heck even the stuff you are tossing into the recycling can will do! But if we are going to get specific, Cooper would like to offer these suggestions: wieners (cut up or not, doesn’t matter), cheese (cut up or not doesn’t matter), peanut butter (preferably spread very thick on a sweet chunk of bread).

Okay, I know what you are thinking…these are not exactly vet approved treats. But let’s be honest…this is SPOIL your dog day…on a spoil YOU day, do you stick with brussel sprouts and kale? No, you do not. Bring on the bacon! Or this gourmet, likely healthy, dog cookie he got at the spa (okay, I do splurge on this stuff once in a while).

Massages

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Humans call it petting, belly rubbing, patting, scratching. It’s all good. It’s a massage, and Cooper suggests you do it ALL over, for a LONG time. Please.

 

 

 

 

Water

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Cooper is a golden retriever and thus he LOVES water. Hitting the lake, laying in a wading pool, running on the beach. It’s all good. But even simpler is spraying a hose at him. He is easy to please and my lawn gets a drink at the same time. PLUS I can do it all while sitting in a deck chair sipping a beverage that is definitely NOT water.

 

 

Car Rides

Cooper says, and I quote, “I don’t even care where we are going. If you say “car ride” in that excited voice, I am ALL over that business.” (Same with whispering “where’s the squirrel?” by the way).

But if you want to actually add an adventure to the car ride, how about a short drive to a local trail or lake. Don’t forget to bring along some extra water for your pooch, and mostly, do NOT forget some poop bags. As one dog owner to another, this one is VERY important. PLEASE DON’T LEAVE POOP LAYING AROUND (I think our feelings on this one are clear enough).

NO Car ride photo available because I always forget to take one!

Dog Parks
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This dog swim for charity. It was also chaos, we kept losing the dog in the crowd, he even escaped thru a fence at one point, so we now just mail in a yearly donation and skip it. It was cute though.

It is becoming more and more popular for communities to build dog parks so your pooch can get some off leash fun into their week. I personally have some very mixed feelings about them. In a perfect world, where all dog owners are well trained, and all dogs have good manners, they are a fantastic idea.

But it’s not a perfect world and I have witnessed some unpleasant behaviours (mostly from the humans) in these dog parks, so we tend to stay away. If you do decide to give them a go, just like you would for a child on a public playground, you need to remain attentive to your dog the entire time, and be ready to step in to help keep them safe, or keep them from hurting others, if need be.

Okay, I realize I am getting bossy here with the whole poop bag thing and dog park rules. Cooper truly felt it was important to address this because it is not much of a fun Spoil Your Dog day when you have poop on your feet and a misbehaving dog/owner giving you trouble at the park.

 

Balls
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Not good at sharing with friends.

 

 

Last but not least, are tennis balls. They are the winning dog toy of ALL.TIME. They are fun to bounce, catch, carry, bury and chew on until they are falling apart (at which time I have to be a responsible mom and take it away). Have more than one so you don’t have to share. Sharing is for humans.

 

Spoil Your Dog Day – What’s In It for YOU?

The true reasons behind having a dog is that they love you unconditionally, always, no matter how bad your breath smells or how messy your house is…all the time. They are the DEFINITION of unconditional love. And they are  hilarious! They bring something silly and fun into every single day. We all know the best medicine is laughter and your dog is ready to provide it!

If you want to show your love of your dog to OTHER humans, we have a few great ideas. How about one of our very popular dog tags? Fancy or simple, depending on the personality of your dog, you can show the world how awesome you think they are. My personal favourite is always the “Good Kisser” tag.

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Good Kisser Tag

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Best Friend Tag

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What if you are not the dog lover, but someone special to you IS? We have some gift ideas that are sure to please.

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Dog Hair Frame

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Dog Key Chain

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Whatever you decide to do to celebrate Spoil Your Dog day, we know your fur baby will love anything that you do, as long as you are together.

 

From your Things Engraved Social Team,

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