Fresh for the Holidays: Appreciation Gifts


The Holidays are here!

This is the time many say thanks to Teachers, Staff Members, Church Leaders, Babysitters you name it.  (even those GIVE BACKS, where you you were not expecting something, but don’t want to be empty handed when someone gifts to you)  The issue typically is how much to spend and is it even it in your budget??
The best gifts are ones that touch the heart and the stomach –  (yes, we all know the stomach is really what leads to the heart)
Recently on WBTV I shared a simple recipe for candy bark.  I love this for appreciation gifts, so simple and inexpensive, but also a  great thing for the family to do together.  With my kids, I love to make a candy bar where they can make there own bark for their teachers .. . .  I also love making our own turtles or brownie brittle.
When you wrap them, yes I believe the more corny the better for the saying on the tag 🙂
Here are some fun tags that I have used and hope my Fresh Friends can use as well!
Thank you card teacher
And here is the Bark Recipe we mentioned on air 🙂
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Check out the segment here!

Fresh for Fall: Apples

5 Fresh Facts about Apples

1) There are more than 2,500 varieties of apples are grown in the United States, but only the crabapple is native to North America.

2) Health Benefits: Apples are notable for their impressive list of phtyto-nutrients, and anti-oxidants ~ these protect us from the effects of free radicals, diabetes, and also protects against cancers of the lungs and colon.

3)Apples can improve your memory and mental alertness and activity in the brain  . .. .. This is due to their high levels of boron.

4)Apples contain malic acid, a chemical used in teeth whitening products, which helps dissolve stains. . . They are also know cleans teeth too after eating.

5)Are you menopausal?  Apples are shown to boost estrogen levels!Screen Shot 2015-09-26 at 8.49.56 PM

Easy as pie crust

FRESH PACK IT for a waste free lunch

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As Americans we are dependent on convenient products at our fingertips. Nowhere is this more evident than with our Lunch.

Most households pack lunches filled with single-serve disposable items, or will pack lunch items in single-use plastic bags, aluminum foil, wax paper or other disposible containers. Yes, these products are extremely convenient, but at what cost? . . .

**Our Health! processed and prepackaged foods are full of sodium, fat, sugar . . even those GMO’s.

**Our Earth! The estimated average school age child that takes a disposible lunch generates over 67 pounds of waste each year.​ One recent study estimated $1.2 billion dollars of food goes to waste at schools in the Unites States each year.

Waste from packaging accounts for more than 30 percent of all the waste generated each year – that’s 400,000 tons! do you know what one of the biggest item Student’s throw away? PLASTIC BAGGIES!!  The majority of bags are thrown away, taking 200-1,000 years to decompose

Not only does bringing a FRESH packed lunch reduce that waste, but also saves you money!

On Average, A Typical American Child Lunch made with Disposable and/or Pre-Packaged items will cost $723/year. But when you FRESH PACK IT using Reusable Packaging the Average Cost is $477 a year.

That is over $250 a year saved!

As adults we can save even more. An average adult can save an estimated $100,000 over a 30-year career by packing lunch from home. (This assumes a cost of $3.50 for a home-packed lunch compared to $7.50 for a takeout meal.)

FRESH POINTS to Practice:

1)Buy in Bulk & FRESH PACK it-​ Stop purchases individual prepackaged snacks and lunch items. Buying in large sizes can not only save money on the price per ounce but you will reduce waste, and help the environment and eat healthier and preservative free.
2) PACK FOOD IN Durable, REUSABLE CONTAINERS– ​Avoid disposable wrapping such as plastic wrap & aluminum foil, and prepackaged foods whenever possible. Food gets smashed and let’s be honest, less than 15% is actually recycled.
3)USE A REFILLABLE DRINK BOTTLE- ​Instead of disposables again 8 outof 10 are not recycles and they take 1,000 years to decompose

Packing a waste-free lunch may take a bit more time and creativity but, given the environmental and health benefits, it’s well worth the extra effort.