Rose manages the Smith & Edwards website & online store. When she's not here photographing new products or adding sections to the online store, she's reading, hiking around taking pictures, or trying not to sneeze at a rodeo!
Cut and discard the apricot pits, then mash the apricots.
Add sugar, lemon juice, and the Freezer Jam fruit pectin, according to the package directions.
Stir, then ladle the apricot jam into freezer jam jars.
This apricot freezer jam will keep in the fridge up to 3 weeks, or in the freezer up to a year! Their grandmother has a secret about adding crushed pineapple to the recipe. Try it out and see what you like!
What's happening in your kitchen? We love to see pictures of what you're making! Leave a comment, tag us on Facebook or Instagram, or send us an email.
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, our Housewares manager, found this cute & hilarious line of kitchen goodies that no mama should be without.
Check out the Angry Mama microwave cleaner (just add vinegar & water!), silicone lid opener, and mat.
Adult Coloring Books:
Did you know? August 2 is Coloring Book Day! Coloring isn't just for kids.
In Ogden, I've even seen adult coloring book groups meeting at Grounds for Coffee downtown. Get a group of your girl friends together and have a coloring book night.
Your hands have done so much: held your babies, changed their diapers, pulled your earrings back from their little fingers, fixed meals, taken care of the dog, vacuumed, loaded load after load in the dishwasher - time to pamper them. Choose some J.R. Watkins (the same brand that makes high-quality spices) or Caldrea lotions & body scrubs to thank your hands for everything they do for you.
With scents such as Lavender, Grapefruit, Coconut Milk & Honey, Pear Blossom Agave, Pomegranate Acai, and even Peppermint rejuvenating foot lotion, you'll finally start experiencing the relaxation you deserve.
You'll find Watkins, Caldrea, & more soothing body scrubs & lotions by aisle 12 in our Housewares department!
That's right, Aromatherapy is coming to Smith & Edwards! In September we'll be carrying the Airome line of essential oil diffusers.
You'll find essential oils at Smith & Edwards soon as well as these ultrasonic essential oil diffusers. These diffusers use ultrasonic vibrations to create a soothing mist of water and essential oils. All the benefits of essential oils plus a wonderful room scent in an elegant LED-lit diffuser.
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.
Pot of water
Ziploc freezer bags
How to Freeze Beets
Put on your gloves!
Wash the fresh beets and cut of the beet greens, leaving 1" of beet green stems. Don't remove the tails or beet green stems, because if you cut them off, the beets will bleed out and lose their color.
Boil the beets in a pot of water until tender. Then, set aside and let them cool off.
Boiling the beets with their stems & tails on will keep the rich purple-red color from bleeding out!
Peel the beets. You don't need a tool: you can massage the beet skin, tail, & beet green stems and they'll fall off the beet in your fingers.
Slice, dice, cube, quarter, or halve the beets any way you'd like. We love mandolines for slicing vegetables!
Put in a freezer Ziploc baggie with as many servings as you'll want.
You can freeze them individually like cherries (click here), or if your family loves beets, you can freeze them all together. Tip: Flatten the bag when you put it in the freezer so they stack nicely and will thaw evenly.
This winter, you can take the bag out to enjoy garden-fresh beets at the peak of their flavor. Microwave or lightly simmer them in a covered pan with butter, when your family's ready to eat!
Adventure is in the eye of the beholder. There are many adventures around every corner. An adventure can be as simple as a picnic with the family, to something more complex, such as a vacation or a new living location. We can choose whether what we are going through is an “adventure” or something else.
This summer, my adventure included spending time with my family while in Oregon USA. We were able to go on a family trip for the first time in 3 or 4 years. It was great to reminisce about old times and build new memories together. We were able to see some beautiful sights and enjoy the surroundings of nature.
We were able to go zip lining.
I loved walking along the beach for miles and miles. It was amazing to see the vibrant green color, and the enormous size of the Redwood Trees.
The highlight of this adventure was finally being able to see Crater Lake. It was a beautiful sight that will not soon be forgotten.
Everything from seeing these beautiful sights, to having our car overheat and the AC not work, made this trip the perfect Summer Adventure.
This Oregon adventure was a well timed event, because just as life seemed to be getting settled, it threw us another adventure.
No matter where life takes us, we have to embrace the adventure. I am so happy that I got this time with my family and was able to make those memories that will last a lifetime.
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 freeze my own cherries. Take a look!
Wash the cherries and remove their stems. Tip: use a colander!
Pit the cherries. Jean & Vickie like using the OXO cherry pitter, and collecting the pits in an extra jar or measuring cup.
Place the pitted cherries on the cookie sheet.
Secret Tip: Double decker your cherries! Place short drink cups or tupperware on the cookie sheet and place it in the freezer. Then, fill another cookie sheet with cherries and place it on top of the cups to freeze twice as many cherries!
Let the cherries freeze overnight.
A chest freezer is GREAT for freezing cherries...
The next day, take a spatula and release the bottoms of the cherries from the cookie sheet.
Gather the cherries and place them in freezer Ziploc bags. Quart, gallon - your choice!
Questions we get asked about Freezing Cherries
Q: Is it messy?
YES! Wear surgical gloves so it doesn't stain your hands, and wear a work shirt.
Pitting cherries is messy business! Wear gloves.
Q: Why not freeze them in bags from the get-go?
By freezing them individually first, they don't get stuck to each other. Then after you put them in the bag, they break apart easily.
Q: What can you do with frozen cherries?
Vickie LOVES to make smoothies with frozen cherries. YUM!
Eat these fresh-picked as a treat when the snow's flying in January, just like you were eating it fresh in July!!
Do you have more questions for us? Leave a comment & let us know!
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.
Careful, Chaser's still teething - he might nibble your finger!
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.
Or, visit us at Smith & Edwards off I-15 at exit 351, at 3936 N Highway 126 in Ogden, Utah.
How to Enter the Chaser Beanie Boo Giveaway
1. Click here to enter the Giveaway on Facebook by July 30, 2016.
2. Name/Tag the Ty® Beanie Boo lover in your life as a comment under the post! You can enter more than one person (or multiple people can enter the same person), just make sure each entry is added as an individual comment to the post.
3. Make sure you “like” and share the giveaway post.
That’s it! Giveaway ends at midnight (MST), 07/30/16, so enter and share!
*NO PURCHASE IS NECESSARY. This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Facebook.
Bryan stopped by and showed us how the Cooler Tray can keep our food from getting soggy while camping.
(yikes, who films in portrait mode?!)
When you're camping, you want to keep all your food cool overnight or over the weekend. But that doesn't have to mean soggy buns, soggy grapes, soaking-wet beverage cans that have gunk on them - ick!!
This is an easy & economical solution to that summer problem.
As one of our managers said, "I'm sure gonna miss scooping the hamburger labels out of the water when I empty the cooler.... NOT!"
The Ice-Olate Cooler Tray is designed to adjust to fit practically any size coolers: from 45 up to 100 quart ice chests & coolers, by Igloo, Yeti, Coleman, and just about any other brand. It holds up to 80 pounds of food & drinks.
This spring we visited the Perry City Three Mile Creek shooting range to show off some of the new Tru-Spec® tactical clothing that Ryan, our Surplus manager, has added to his department, as well as the tactical & range bags we've just added to the Smith & Edwards online store.
Who else could we ask to model this cool gear but Tyler? Tyler works at our Gun Counter and has a first-hand grasp of what a shooter needs, both from a military and recreational viewpoint.
Tyler at the Three Mile Creek range in Perry, UT: Showing off his Tru-Spec sweatshirt and tactical pants, and 5.11 drag bag.
Tyler got to stand around looking tacticool while I snapped photos, and then we got to shoot some video (and he got to shoot some targets). Nothing better than seeing it in action!
One of the most popular items Ryan's added is this line of tactical pants. While we stock both BDUs and tactical pants, these are the ones our customers strongly prefer. These Tru-Spec® tactical pants fit better and have great pockets. Plus, they hold up really well - whether you're bending and lifting a lot, lying prone to shoot, or wearing them for chores outside.
Tyler's wearing the Khaki Tan Tru-Spec® 24-7 Series Tactical Pants.
One of Tyler's favorites from the stack of tactical gear was this American flag Victory rifle case from Allen Tactical:
From rifle and handgun cases to duffel-style range bags and even backpacks with handgun compartments for the shooter who takes 5 handguns at a time to the range... we stock what you want!
Fit up to five handguns in their own individual cases in this G.P.S. tactical backpack!
Fit your ears, eyes, and ammo in a range bag from 5.11, US Peacekeeper, and Voodoo. Get yours here.
Do you also hunt as well as shoot targets? You'll find a HUGE range of rifle slings, in tactical styles as well as basic and Muddy Girl prints, at Smith & Edwards.
Whether you've served our country in the armed forces or not, sometimes the best tactical bag is the bag you build yourself. You can find mil-spec MOLLE (MOdular Lightweight Looad-carrying Equipment) gear at Smith & Edwards from trusted names like Voodoo and 5.11. We also carry dump pouches, magazine pouches, medical pouches, and even grenade pouches for any configuration you can think of. Click here to explore MOLLE gear.
Concealed Carry & Tactical Shirts and Jackets
Tyler wearing his white Tru-Spec Men's 24-7 Series Short Sleeve Concealed Holster shirt. Get yours here.
This shirt is also available in black.
Make sure & check out Tru-Spec's whole line of tactical shirts, jackets, and apparel at Smith & Edwards!
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 to do it, and Marty for cleaning the leg boots!
Tip: Did you just buy a new pair of dark-wash denim jeans? Add a cup of vinegar and don't add soap. Then, add your new jeans and let them sit overnight. This will help set the dye, and you won't get as much indigo rub-off on the rest of your laundry!