Browse Month: November 2017

6 Easy Recipes for the Holidays

Who is counting down the days till we are allowed to eat as much as you want, take a nap on the couch and watch football? We are! Thanksgiving can be a fun and lazy holiday until your get nominated to bring a dish to the table. Oh no! Well fret not, whether you got stuck with the appetizer, side dish or dessert, we got you covered. So, throw on that John Deere apron and whip out one of these famous recipes from some of our Shoppa’s employees. 

 Appetizers: 

  • Fruit Salad  – Give Thanksgiving dinner a healthy option with this amazing Fruit Salad! Shoppa's recipe cards_3
  • Fruit Salsa with Cinnamon Sugar Chips  – Fruit covered in cinnamon and sugar is still healthy right? Whether healthy or not, this dish will be gone in the first few minutes.  Shoppa's recipe cards_6

Side Dish 

  • Twice Baked Potato Casserole – Casseroles are one of the easiest and most tasty dishes in the world. This potato casserole may top everything. Shoppa's recipe cards_1
  • Cornbread Dressing  – Give Granny’s dressing a run for its money with this cornbread dressing recipe. Shoppa's recipe cards_4

Dessert: 

  • Cinderella Cake with Coachman’s Icing  – Your family have a sweet tooth? Well this cake will be gone in minutes. Shoppa's recipe cards_5
  • Strawberry Swirl Cream Cheese Pound Cake – Give them an option other than pumpkin for a fruity dessert this year. Shoppa's recipe cards_2

 

Whether you are an expert cook or a novice or you just want get the cooking done, so you can watch more football; these recipes are simply and easy. Everyone will be talking about your cooking skills, even if they are laying on the couch in a turkey coma. Think you have a recipe better than ours? Share it will us on these awesome recipe cards we made just for you! 

5 Winter Plants that will Plow the Stress Away

A winter garden can the perfect holiday escape. The holiday season is one of the most stressful times of the year; having to deal with tangled strands of Christmas lights, a tree that will not stand up and the light-up nativity scene that will not light. With all the stress, you may not have a good stress reliever. What about planting a winter garden? It’s great for stress relief and it brings some life to your yard. Here are 5 winter plants that will help plow your stress away. 

 

  1. Blueberries – Though blueberries are perennial, if planted now, will give you blueberries every year during the late winter, early spring. They are easy to take care of and cold tolerant. Use blueberries for jam, desserts, pancake and waffle toppings, and so much more. 
  2. Winter Lettuce – What is better to plant for winter than some winter lettuce? This plant loves the cold and looks great in a garden or in flower pots on your front porch. Just use the lettuce to make a healthy salad so you don’t feel bad about eating all that Holiday food. If you are not interested in staying healthy, slap some of that lettuce on a double cheese burger with extra mayo. R4E038256
  3. Carrots – Chop up these cold weather vegetables and toss it that healthy salad for a nice crunch. Carrots are great to start indoors during winter. Once large enough, transplant them outdoors so no one with a bottle of ranch dressing finds them. R4E038251
  4. Greens (mustard greens, collard greens, turnip greens) – You need to act quickly and plant some greens! These bitter tasting, leafy plants love cold weather and if planted now, should be ready to pick for a New Year’s Dinner of pork chops, black eye peas, greens, and corn bread. If you need help getting your kids to behave this holiday season, just make them eat their greens before opening presents.  
  5. Herbs – Basil, oregano, thyme and parsley are easy to grow indoors if you don’t want to deal with the cold. Just plant in container near a window for some light and watch it grow. Herbs are great to use in the kitchen to add a fresh kick of flavors to any of your dishes. 

 

So, give yourself something to do this holiday season rather than stress over holiday meals, ugly sweater parties, and crazy family members. Place some seeds into some dirt and cozy up in your favorite fur boots and garden gloves. Happy Gardening!