Need a house-warming gift? Or something for the parents of a new baby? Maybe you just want to give someone more than just a thank you card? One gift idea that I truly love is a fruit basket! It’s relatively inexpensive (depending on the fruits you use) and a very fun idea. For starters, you’ll need a variety of fruits… For example: oranges, pineapple (I love using a pineapple because it’s just so darn cool-looking!) bananas, bunches of grapes, red and green apples, kiwis, melon, etc. You’ll also obviously need a basket. I like using the kind with a handle as it makes it easier to transport, but any size or style basket will do. Also, some colored tissue paper or cellophane, maybe some paper confetti, and a piece of cardboard that you’ll cut to the size of the bottom of the basket. A colored bow or ribbon also adds a nice touch. ALSO, if you’d like to do a little more than just fruit you can always add in a bottle of honey, a bag of granola, some cheeses or chocolates… anything!
Grab your basket, and if you’d like it to be a little more sturdy you can put the piece of cardboard as a base. Start by adding some tissue paper on the sides before adding in the fruit that will hold it all in place. If you’re using a pineapple, place it in the center (because pineapples are the best and they deserve to be the center of attention).Then add in the other fruits around the pineapple, placing the larger fruits at the bottom and the smaller ones like the plums or kiwi’s on top so they can be seen. If you’re using bananas, detach them from the cluster and arrange them individually to add a pop of color all around.
Once the fruits are placed you can add in more tissue or cellophane paper and any other items you’re gifting. If you want to take it one step further, wrap the entire basket with some of the cellophane paper and tie the top with a bow!
There you go! It’s a really simple gift to put together, but it’s creative and lots of fun to do. This is a great gift for any occasion, and no matter how you assemble it, whether it’s just a simple basket with some bananas and oranges or a large one filled to the brim with colorful fruits, whoever you gift it to is sure to appreciate it.
I could sit here and write, quite sincerely, about all the reasons I love to shop at Sprouts and look forward to this week’s trip. However, what matters most about this post is the picture above this entire post. If you are still sitting here reading this post, rather than running to get into your car to go get your apples, then let me tell you that this kind of deal on organic apples of any kind, much less pink lady apples (which are SO tasty!), is a CRAZY good deal. Run, do not walk, to your nearest Sprouts this week and get as many apples as you, your family, your acquaintances, your neighbors, your children’s teachers…uh, you get the picture. This is a really great deal. Check out the rest of the deals; but, go get your apples!
Organic Red & Green Seedless Grapes $1.88/lb
Organic Yellow Nectarines or Peaches $1.88/lb
Organic Gala or Fuji Apples $1.50/lb
Organic Cantaloupe $.88/lb
Organic Bunched Broccoli or Cauliflower $1.50/lb
Organic Red Mangos $1.50/each
Organic Cucumbers $.88/each
Organic Bartlett Pears $1.50/lb
100% Organic Grass-Fed Ground Beef $4.99/lb
100% Organic Grass-Fed Chuck Roast $5.99/lb
Alden’s Organic Ice Cream $3.99
Newman’s Own Organic EVOO $8.99
Alpine Valley Organic Bread $3.50
Nature’s Path Organic Waffles $2.50
House Foods Organic Tofu $1.50
Pacific Foods Products 30% Off
-$1/1 Pacific Foods Hemp Beverages
-$1/1 Pacific Foods Hearty or Condensed Soup
-$1/1 Pacific Foods Soup Starter
Plum Organic Baby Food $1.00
-$.50/1 Plum Organics Product Coupon
Organic Valley Milk $3.49 (64 oz)
-$.35/1 Real California Milk Coupon
SPROUTS MONTHLY DEALS | SEPTEMBER 2013
Lundberg Organic Rice or Pasta $2.50
-$.75/1 Lundberg Risotto Coupon
Annie’s Naturals Condiments $3.00
Ancient Harvest Organic Quinoa $3.99
Fiordifrutta Organic Fruit Spread $4.59
Earth’s Best Organic Baby Food Jars $.89
Nancy’s Organic Cottage Cheese $3.79
Coleman’s Organic Chicken Nuggets $4.99
I think I may buy enough to make sure we have lots of fresh apples; but, I’m tempted to make an apple pie. Hmmm…Will you eat your apples fresh or bake your first fall apple pie?
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Growing up, tradition was for Thanksgiving and Christmas our family recipe Strawberry Parfait Salad must be part of the holiday dinner. It’s an easy treat and an instant winner with kids. 😉
1 Large Box of Strawberry Jello
1 Container of Cool Whip (or make your own whipped cream)
1 Bowl of Strawberries (we’d typically thaw frozen strawberries and drain the juices)
Prepare the Jello, then before the Jello begins to set, mix in the whipped cream thoroughly with a mixer. Add the strawberries and stir. Keep in fridge several hours before serving.
+ Here’s a COUPON!
Save $.75 off Cold Frozen Fruit Cups!