Campfire Food for Camping in Utah this Summer

Spring is almost over, and summer is fast approaching. Kids will be out of school and for many of you this means vacations and adventures in the great outdoors. My favorite summer adventure includes sitting around a campsite, eating good food, and hanging out with good friends while roasting things over the campfire. I love it! When you set out on your next family trip you'll want to make sure that you have the essentials with you. Essentials like sleep gear, a working car, and good Continue reading →

Fermentation and Pickling Crocks Questions & Answers

At some point in your life, you’ve probably had fresh, homemade pickles – maybe even homemade sauerkraut or kimchi. You might even have a few seasons of pickling and fermenting under your belt. Yet, I would venture to bet that, no matter where you are in your journey, you have a few questions about pickling crocks. We’ve carried made-in-Ohio, USA stoneware pickling crocks for several years (click to see them online!) here at Smith & Edwards, and here are some questions our customers have asked Continue reading →

4 New Ways to Stay Warm & Keep Food Hot in Tough, Cold Weather

With winter just around the corner, we’ve stocked up on your must-haves for playing & working outside. Whether your job’s out in the elements, or you like to play out in the snow, you’ll love these new clothes and food & drink items from rugged brands like Stanley & Berne. Some Smith & Edwards employees volunteered to help show off the new goods – thanks guys! Stanley thermoses are the go-to for keeping coffee, hot chocolate, soup, & chili warm while you’re working at a Continue reading →

Solve these 4 Embarrassing Bathroom Mistakes!

Here’s the SCOOP on POOP. Everybody does it, according to this book. But it doesn’t have to make you gag or groan. Here at Smith & Edwards, we’ve collected a HUGE pile of accessories for your throne room. We wanted to make a big stink about them because they will make your life BETTER! Two of these have been featured on the hit show SHARK TANK and they need to be in your bathroom. Emma Lee from our Housewares department was our brave volunteer to Continue reading →

How to Make Dried Apricots & Apricot Jam

What do you do with a couple pounds of fresh Utah apricots? Some of the best ways to preserve that fresh, tangy sweetness are dehydrating apricots and turning them into apricot freezer jam. Maggie & Hannah are 10-year-old friends, cousins, and daughters of Smith & Edwards employees. They gave it a shot! Here’s how they did – and if they can do it, YOU & your kids can, too! Making Dried Apricots You’ll need: Food Dehydrator Kitchen knife Wash and dry the apricots. Then, cut Continue reading →

Summer Stress Relief for Angry Mamas

Are you an angry mama? We get it! If you’ve spent the summer driving the kiddos to practice, camp, and sleepovers, all while thinking to yourself “Well, when do I get to take a vacation?”…. you’ll find some great ways to RELAX at Smith & Edwards. Check them out! Summer Stress Relief: 5 Fun Distractions Angry Mama kitchen goodies Scrubbing the microwave is one of my least favorite things to do…. maybe it’s because I’m 5’2 and the microwave is literally over my head. Vickie, Continue reading →

How to Freeze Beets

Beets are a yummy vegetable packed with nutrients like manganese, potassium, copper, magnesium, vitamin C, iron, and vitamin B6. They’re a delicious Utah summer crop, and you can freeze beets to enjoy them year-round. Our produce experts Vickie Maughan, our Housewares manager, and Jean from Pettingill’s Fruit Farm, teamed up to freeze beets last week and here’s how they did it. You’ll need: Disposable gloves Kitchen knife Pot of water Ziploc freezer bags How to Freeze Beets Put on your gloves! Wash the fresh beets Continue reading →

How to Freeze Cherries

Here in northern Utah we’re lucky to get large yields of cherries in late June & early July! While there’s no end to what you can do with fresh cherries – cobbler being my favorite! – freezing cherries is a wonderful use for these short-seasoned juicy treats! Freezing cherries will let you taste that sweetness even in January. Plus, you can use these for your shakes & smoothies. Vickie, our Housewares manager, and Jean from Pettingill’s Fruit Farm, got together to show me how to Continue reading →

Chaser has Landed! (Limited-Edition Ty Beanie Boo)

Look what just landed – We’ve got “CHASER” the Limited-Edition Teeny Ty at Smith & Edwards! Chaser cannot be purchased at any store, so we’re giving him away – FREE! Even his tagging is super special and sparkly. Just follow the 3 steps below to enter to win this cute red dragon Beanie Boo before July 30th, then stop in to see all of the Teeny Ty characters we now carry. We’ve also got Beanie Boos in a variety of sizes and characters – come Continue reading →

How to Make your own Laundry Bucket Washer (video)

Pig muck-covered overalls? Horse leg wraps? Greasy shop rags? There’s no way those are going in the nice front-loading washing machine. Here’s a neat way to turn 5-gallon buckets into a shop washing machine that keeps the mucky things out of the clothing laundry. We saw this on Pinterest and HAD to try it out! Plus, you can also keep this on hand for emergencies: the Zombie Apocalypse or when the power goes out. Thanks to Melissa in our Housewares department for showing us how Continue reading →