Dutch oven cooking with Colleen Sloan

Dutch Oven Cooking with Colleen Sloan

- posted by Rose Marion

We were so lucky to have Colleen Sloan, the first lady of Dutch oven cooking, give us some excellent tips on Dutch oven (D.O.) cooking. And you're lucky, too - keep scrolling to see her creations & get 2 complete Dutch oven recipes!

I got to catch up with Colleen as she was cooking up samples outside Smith & Edwards. You wouldn't believe the number of ovens she had going with all different meals and treats inside.

Colleen had a pie going, pizzas, orange rolls, chicken noodle soup, taco bread, chili, garlic cheese rolls, apple crumble, and even more meals - there were Dutch ovens everywhere.

See Colleen Cook!

If there was a way to capture the heavenly smell of Colleen's Dutch oven cooking, you wouldn't need to see what she was doing. But these pictures tell the story of some of her dishes, and just think, every dish smelled - and tasted - just as scrumptious as you'd imagine looking at them.

Remember, Collen prewarms her D.O.s and sprays the inside with a coat of vegetable oil before each dish.

Chili

Dutch oven chili - cooking
Nothing better on a campfire than some chili steaming away. For this pot, we just opened some canned chili and added cheese (lots!) - but a Dutch oven will give your from-scratch chili an amazing flavor, too!
Dutch oven chili - serving up
Serving up the cheesey chili - mm mm mmmm!

Taco Bread

This is a happy recipe Colleen discovered - Taco cheese biscuits, or taco bread! In a warm D.O., the dough rose and baked for about 35 minutes, then it was ready. You can make this same meal with your own favorite spices - and lots of cheese :)

Dutch oven Taco bread - Cutting up dough
Audrey's cutting up some frozen bread dough into morsels. You can keep your dough whole, or in medium chunks for rolls: cutting it this small made it easier to break into samples when it's done, and also faster to cook.
Dutch oven Taco Bread - adding meat
Where's the beef? Colleen's adding some precooked ground beef cooked in taco seasonings.
Dutch oven taco bread - cheese
Audrey: How much cheese do I put in?
Colleen: Just put in the whole bag!

 Dutch oven Taco Bread - Green Onions

Last peek before the lid goes on: some green onions on top. Yum!
Dutch oven taco bread - serving up
It's half gone already! Look at that... and it breaks apart into perfect morsels because the bread was cut in pieces. Yumm!

 

Candied Yams

You'll have to imagine how these turned out - I could have watched Colleen cook all day, but I had to go back inside before I saw how these candied yams turned out. I'm sure they were delicious... and so easy to make!

Dutch oven candied yams - Baked yam
To start, Colleen sprayed vegetable oil in the Dutch oven. Then she's got some prebaked yams wrapped in foil, just like you can bring on your camping trip, and Skip's going to peel and slice them.

Dutch oven candied yams - slicing yams

Dutch oven candied yams - brown sugar
Yams are very good for you! So go ahead and add in a couple handfuls of brown sugar...
Dutch oven candied yams - butter
...plus a sliced stick of butter for a delicious pot of vegetables!

Then pop the lid on, and let it go til you smell that delicious candied yam smell. Mm mm mmmm!

Pizza

This was another one I couldn't snap the final product - it was out of the Dutch oven and scarfed down before I could take the picture! But here's how Skip made his Dutch oven pizzas:

Dutch oven pizza - kneading dough
Skip's kneading some Rhodes dough into pizza shapes
Dutch oven pizza - dough in pan
Skip can fit 2 pizzas in this 10" Dutch oven - he could also cook them on a flat lid
Dutch oven pizza - toppings
Let's see... Skip's got pizza sauce, ground meat, pineapple (yum!) going... good so far, but we're missing something...
Dutch oven pizza - cheese
That's better! Can't forget the cheese. Lid on, cook away, and devour!

 

Apple Crumble

Dutch oven apple cobbler - First the pie filling
First thing you need for a Dutch oven apple crumble is some apple pie filling
Dutch oven apple cobbler - add cake mix
Add a bag of cake mix over the filling
Dutch oven apple cobbler - stir
Give it a nice stir - keep the cake mix on top
Dutch oven apple cobbler - add cinnamon
Think it needs some cinnamon! It smells so good already (remember, the D.O. is prewarmed)
Dutch oven apple cobbler - add pop
Add a can of pop - you can use any you like, Colleen went with Sierra Mist
Dutch oven apple cobbler - bubbles
It's bubbling now with the pop in there! Time to put the lid on and let it go.
Dutch oven apple cobbler - cooling off
Smells ready! We peeked, and it's done. So we've tilted the lid to help it cool down.
Dutch oven apple cobbler - ready to serve up
Mmm! It's ready - smells like cinnamon, rich apples, and good cooking.
Dutch oven apple cobbler - dishing up
It's time to serve up! Colleen does the honors
Dutch oven apple cobbler - tasting time
Kelly gives this apple cobbler her seal of approval! Yum!

Beginning Dutch Oven Cooking Tips

The Dutch Oven Cooking Basics

If you're cooking for just you or 1-2 more people, a 10-inch Dutch oven is a great size to start with. Get yourself a Dutch oven, a hot mitt and a lid lifter if you like, and a cookbook - Colleen's Log Cabin Dutch Oven cookbook is a great place for beginners to start! Just start trying it out - you'll get the hang of it in no time.

Where do you Start?

Do you have a recipe you use at home? Just put it in a Dutch oven, put your Dutch oven in your electric oven set to 300°, and let it go.

You don't need to go hotter than that, because the cast iron gathers and retains heat, so it'll get even hotter than 300.

If your Dutch oven is a camp oven - that is, if it has legs - simply set your Dutch oven on a cookie sheet to avoid hassling with the racks. A cookie sheet makes it easier to slide the Dutch oven out, too.

Keep the Lid on It

Try not to peek, so all the flavors and nutrients stay inside the Dutch oven. Instead, when it smells like what it tastes like, your nose will let you know when it's done!

The Dutch oven is the original slow cooker and pressure cooker - in fact, with the lid on, you can get between 1-3 pounds of pressure inside, which helps your food cook thoroughly for a rich flavor, without a long time waiting. So remember, don't lift the lid because it'll release all that pressure.

The best way to get started Dutch oven cooking is to try out your own recipes you already know. Then once you've got a feel for it, give one of Colleen's great recipes a try!

Dutch Oven Recipes

I asked Colleen if I could share some recipes from her wonderful Log Cabin Dutch Oven Cookbook, and... she said YES!

So here are 2 very simple recipes that you can try tonight with just a Dutch oven in your oven at home. And as I learned today, you can add your own spices, sauces, and especially cheese to just about any Dutch oven recipe to make it even tastier! (We debated the finer points of cheese on apple pie - a cheese-stuffed crust was the way to go, we decided)!

Dutch Oven Bread

You'll need:

  • 3 cups flour
  • 1 Tbsp. Baking Powder
  • 1 tsp. Salt
  • Water (enough to make a dough)

Mix dry ingredients with 3 Tbsp water to start. Add more if necessary. Work as little as possible and bake in a greased Dutch Oven for 20 to 25 min. It can be baked as one large loaf, or several small loaves.

You'll find dozens of hand-written notes in the Log Cabin Dutch Oven Cookbook from Colleen. She's written "Um-Um-Good" next to this one! This is such a simple recipe, I can't wait to try it. And here are some variations she recommends to mix it up:

  • Use milk instead of water
  • 1 Tbsp. Sugar
  • 1 Egg
  • 1 Tbsp. Oil
  • 1 tsp. Cinnamon or Nutmeg
  • Raisins, currants, drained blueberries, cheeses, garlic, onions, and more. All to make your bread taste swell.

Dutch Oven Pot Roast

You'll need:

  • 1 large Pot Roast
  • 1 tsp. Salt
  • 1 medium Onion (sliced)
  • 1/2 tsp. Pepper
  • 8 to 10 Potatoes (peeled)
  • 1 cup Water
  • 10 to 12 Carrots (peeled & cut in half)
  • 1 can Cream of Mushroom Soup
  • 2 Tbsp. Cooking Oil (or bacon grease)

Put cooking oil in bottom of Dutch Oven and place the roast inside. Place onions on top. Add remaining ingredients and cover. Cook for about 90 minutes. Be sure to maintain the temperature. This one-dish meal is excellent for outdoors. Briquettes can be added 15 minutes before serving.

Recipes reprinted from Log Cabin Dutch Oven Cookbook by Colleen Sloan, with permission - thanks, Colleen!

More Dutch Oven Cooking Tips from Colleen

Colleen uses vegetable oil - Dutch ovens love it, and it's easy to spray through a spray bottle. Just fill a spray bottle and pack it with your Dutch ovens for easy.

The other spray bottle Colleen keeps with her when cooking is a 4:1 mixture of 4 parts water, 1 part apple cider vinegar. She uses this to disinfect pots, Dutch ovens, and her hands while cooking. That's a tip you can use camping, too!

Spraying Skip's hands with vinegar to clean them after peeling yams. Just make sure your bottle's labeled!

Spraying Skip's hands with vinegar to clean them after peeling yams

Preheat your Dutch oven, so it's got a head start and can cook your food faster. Especially if you're out in cold weather! Don't get it piping hot, just warm, and then oil it up and cook away.

Don't forget you can cook on a lid! Pizza and fillets are great to cook on a lid, not to mention eggs and toast.

You have some choice in the shape of lids: some lids are fairly flat, and others are quite rounded, giving you better control of liquids and eggs.

Cast iron Dutch oven lid

Here's an example of a rounded Dutch oven lid - this one is by Camp Chef.

Speaking of lids... while you're preheating your Dutch oven, or D.O., make sure your lid's preheating, too. And when you take the lid off, put it on a burner to help it stay warm!

Keeping a Dutch oven lid warm on the Camp Chef stove

Keeping a Dutch oven lid warm on the Camp Chef stove (right burner)

Cleaning Dutch Ovens

Cleaning a Dutch oven pan isn't as hard as you think. Sure you can't just stick it in the dishwasher (rust), but it's not tough.

Colleen cleans a bit as she goes - as soon as an oven's empty, she sprays it with her vinegar water bottle so the food doesn't harden on the pan.

Then when you're washing your dishes, put your Dutch oven in the sink with hot water, swish it around with a rag. Dump it out, rinse it again, then put it on the stove and warm it up to dry. You could also put it back in your stove's oven if the oven's still warm. This'll make sure all the moisture disappears.

Then, when you get your Dutch oven out to cook next time, just oil it up, heat it up, and you're ready to go.

Scraping a Dutch oven

About Colleen

A caterer by trade, Colleen Sloan had always been around Dutch oven cooking - her great-great grandparents came across the plains cooking in Dutch ovens all the way, so her great grandparents, grandparents, and parents have all helped refine her family's recipes. Colleen compiled her grandmother's recipes in the Log Cabin Cookbook.

And that's not her only book... she's written a total of 6 Dutch oven cookbooks, and you can find them all at Smith & Edwards - we even have her first book available online here.

Colleen Sloan and Vickie Maughn, our Housewares manager

Colleen Sloan and Vickie Maughn, our Housewares manager

Raised on a Utah farm by pioneer stock, and involved for 45 years in Scouting, Colleen loves sharing her knowledge and passion for Dutch oven cooking. Colleen loves just about everything out of a Dutch oven, but 2 of her favorites are bacon cheese biscuits, and fried chicken in a Dutch oven. And she's sure you're going to acquires some favorite Dutch oven dishes, too!

Nervous to try Dutch oven cooking? Colleen's sure there's no bad recipe. Just put together the food you have and your favorite seasoning, and it'll turn out! Colleen says, "When it comes to seasoning, let your imagination do the walking through your Dutch oven recipes. Try some different things and see!"

Get your Dutch Oven Gear online at Smith & Edwards:

Camp Dutch oven Log Cabin Dutch Oven Cookbook by Colleen Sloan
Dutch Ovens Colleen's Dutch Oven Cookbook

Thanks Colleen, Skip, and Audrey!

Colleen's been coming out to Smith & Edwards for over 20 years to give us demos, samples, and great advice on Dutch oven cooking. We sure appreciate it.

We owe a big thank-you to Colleen and her crew! They braved the cold the morning of Black Friday 2013 to cook and serve up samples during the day - and they even served up hot chocolate and coffee for folks waiting in line before we opened the doors. It was sure appreciated by folks standing in 32-degree weather!Hot cocoa from a Camp Chef Hot Pot at Smith and Edwards

Who doesn't love the coffee and hot chocolate camp stove setup that they have?

Who doesn't love the coffee and hot chocolate camp stove setup that they have?

Steaming-hot hot chocolate and coffee make even a brisk morning warm.

Steaming-hot hot chocolate and coffee make even a brisk morning warm.

Colleen, left, with her assistants Skip and Audrey - Dutch Oven caterers!

Colleen, left, with her assistants Skip and Audrey - Dutch Oven caterers!

Many thanks to Colleen and her friends Skip and Audrey of S & A Catering in Sandy, Utah. Skip & Audrey's number is 801-973-8371.

Want to know more about Dutch oven cooking? Visit IDOS, the International Dutch Oven Society. Not only are they worldwide - IDOS members will also be sharing samples and recipes the first weekend of May at the Weber County Fairgrounds, so mark that on your calendar if you're a Dutch oven fan or just looking to get started!

Fun neighbor gift ideas

Amazing Holiday Gift Wrap Ideas from All Wrapped Up!

- posted by Rose Marion

Today we had an amazing demonstration in-store: Leslie Sackett and Bonnie Hohman from All Wrapped Up, a Layton-based wrapping paper company, stopped in for a couple hours to give us great ideas on Christmas gifts for kids and neighbors - and great ways to decorate those gifts, too!

 gift wrap demo at Smith & Edwards

Bonnie and Leslie sharing holiday gift wrap ideas today at Smith & Edwards! Check out the green polka-dot gift: sodas because you're "Soda-lighted" to be neighbors! :)

I was blown away by how many cool ideas Leslie and Bonnie had - and these weren't outrageous, hard-to-find gifts. These are fun, everyday items that people love to get as gifts - but Leslie and Bonnie made them look like a million bucks!

Leslie and Bonnie know all about wrapping amazing gifts because they've built an entire business around making gifts look great with premium wrapping paper!

Take a look:

Holiday Gift Wrap Ideas from Bonnie & Leslie:

Smith & Edwards Holiday Gift Ideas: Hot Chocolate and Pamper Yourself

On the left, give the gift of hot chocolate! A mug (these shown are from the popular "That's All" line), hot cocoa mix, marshmallows, and you could even add candy canes!
I'll show you a close-up of the middle fudge can - keep reading!
At far right, "Wishing you Warm & Cozy Toes this Winter" has a theme of pamper-yourself goodies. What great holiday gift ideas for neighbors, teachers, and friends!

I love this 5-gallon "game night" bucket that's wrapped in Santa wrapping paper - it's perfect for neighbors as well as kids! You can even add cards and your kids' favorite games, like Sorry!, in the bucket. Perfect for young kids as well as kids who are just starting their own family themselves.

Holiday gift wrap ideas at Smith & Edwards

All you need is a 5-gallon bucket, your kids' or your neighbors' favorite candy, and some tulle and wrapping paper, for a great holiday gift idea!

Bonnie and Leslie are really creative, so they found some poems to attach to the gifts that are fun - you can print them out on white paper and glue them to scrapbook paper or matching wrapping paper for a really charming look.

Fudge holiday gift ideas at Smith & Edwards

This poem explains that they ran out of time to make fudge - so here are all the fixins to make their own fudge themselves! (click to view larger)

 

Paint Can M&M Poem Gift Ideas

Cute M&M's candy gift idea made with M&Ms, a poem, wrapping paper, tulle... and is that a paint can?

Yep- those are real paint cans! Use Bonnie and Leslie's idea - you can buy never-used, brand-new paint cans here at Smith & Edwards and here on SmithandEdwards.com.

Bonnie told me, So many people will wrap their gifts in a box. But how neat is it to put your gifts in a paint can? It's a really unique idea they'll remember!

To make a paint-can gift, simply collect the paint cans you'll need at Smith & Edwards, then cut the wrapping paper you'll need to cover the outside. Tape the wrapping paper in place, wrap with tulle, and before you make the bow, slide on a hole-punched poem for a cute note that shows your neighbor how much you care!

 

Oh, and I've got to show you my favorite "neighbor gift idea":

Neighbor gift Ice Melt at Smith and Edwards

Give your neighbors the gift of ice-free steps and driveway! Use a 5-gallon bucket or a paint can to hold the ice melt, and tie on one of our aluminum scoops, and you're set!

Ice Melt Poem - Gift Wrap Ideas at Smith & Edwards

Here's the poem you could use to explain your thoughtful gift of Ice Melt!

What you'll need to make an Ice Melt Gift:

  • 5-Gallon Bucket or new Paint Can
  • Ice Melt (we have 8-pound jars and 20-pound bags as low as $6.99)
  • Aluminum scoop
  • All Wrapped Up wrapping paper - now available online!
  • Tulle
  • Poem

Heck, they might snowblow your sidewalk if they like your gifts - so why not?

What Makes "All Wrapped Up" Special?

Bonnie and Leslie created All Wrapped Up out of their desire for attractive gift wrap that came in large quantities - not just in precut sheets - and was also high-quality.

This paper is thick - this is really nice paper that won't tear around the corners of boxes - so even if your gifts get mailed cross-country, they'll look as good as when you wrapped them! They come in rolls of 150 square feet. And the designs are all custom creations.

Plus, the wrapping paper is created right here in the USA. And All Wrapped Up's wrapping paper is completely recyclable, made using water-soluble inks: having a "green" wrapping paper that was also well-designed and durable was important to Leslie and Bonnie.

Trust me, once you try this wrapping paper, you won't want to go back to the other stuff!

And they might not want me telling you this, but Smith & Edwards has the BEST prices on All Wrapped Up® wrapping paper in Utah!

Thanks, Leslie and Bonnie, for a great demo today - hope to have you back soon!

Leslie and Bonnie from All Wrapped Up, Layton, UtahWatch for them Tuesday, November 19 on Studio 5... and I'm sure we'll be running some promotions on their top-notch wrapping paper soon!

Get FREE Wrapping Paper!

Of course, who wouldn't love a big basket of gift wrap supplies? That's what you can get through our Facebook page:

All Wrapped Up Gift Wrap Giveaway Smith & Edwards

Click the picture to go to Facebook and enter the Giveaway! (ends next week)

Come Get Your Wrapping Paper at Smith & Edwards

Come on in to Smith & Edwards to get your hands on these great wrapping paper designs. (MV, our Sporting Goods manager, would like me to remind you that we have plenty of gifts here at Smith & Edwards, too... but that's another post!)

We're located at 3936 N Highway 126 in Farr West, Utah. Come see us this week!

Where's the goods?

Come in the front door and look to your left: you'll see Leslie and Bonnie's great Christmas wrapping paper  in baskets right at the door. (Look how much paper comes in each roll! No more running out on Christmas Eve!)

Christmas wrapping paper made by Layton, Utah company All Wrapped Up - Smith and Edwards

Then, keep going down that main aisle until you find yourself in Housewares, where you'll find those aluminum scoops, tulle, and everyday wrapping paper that's great for birthdays and more.

You'll be right next to the Paint counter then, and you can pick up the 5-gallon buckets or new paint cans you need to package your ice melt or candy gifts.

(Where else can you find all these great-quality products in 1 place than Smith & Edwards?)

See you soon!

Floppy Moose at Smith and Edwards

Savor the Christmas Experience - and Bring it Home!

- posted by Rose Marion

Update: our Christmas selection has just been marked down: up to 70% off MSRP (manufacturer's suggested retail price). So Smith & Edwards is THE place to find your perfect Christmas decorations - and at a great price, too!

Smith & Edwards has all your home decor and outdoor decorations you need to celebrate the holidays! We've got the most unique Christmas decorations in Utah. You'll find Christmas decorations - and gifts galore! - in the aisles here at Smith & Edwards. Just take a look...

Smith & Edwards' Magnificent Christmas Selection

There's no way we could fit everything in a little blog post... so check out these photos, and then come on in and see them for yourself!

We've got everything you need, extension cords and bulbs to gifts and toys and the best Christmas decorations Utah has to offer. Let's start off with prelit Christmas trees and these fun tree toppers:

Christmas Trees and Tree Toppers

Prelit Christmas trees at Smith and Edwards

Choose your Christmas tree - we've got white lights and multicolored lights, from "Charlie Brown" size trees to 7.5 - 9-foot trees for you.

Antler Tree at Smith and Edwards

Perfect for a cabin or country home, this prelit Christmas tree is full of antlers, too! (Deer tree topper available separately...)

Bear, Moose, and Deer tree toppers at Smith and Edwards

Choose a tree topper - we've got a Deer, a Moose, and Bears!

Fountains

Indoor fountains make great Christmas gifts! We've got simple fountains, statue fountains, fountains with lights, and even "fireplace" fountains - you have to see them...

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Christmas Lights

Here are just a few strands of the Christmas lights we have for you...

Christmas lights in all colors and shapes - Smith and Edwards
More Christmas lights - Smith and Edwards

Bubbling Christmas lights, front, and flickering flame lights in the background at Smith & Edwards

Bubbling Christmas lights, front, and flickering flame lights in the background

Wreaths & Stockings

Lots of Christmas stockings and wreaths to choose from at Smith and Edwards

Choose a stocking for everyone in your family - and we've got several styles of wreaths to choose from, too!

And we've got amazing, locally-produced wrapping paper, too!

This paper is from All Wrapped Up based in Layton, Utah.
Christmas wrapping paper made by Layton, Utah company All Wrapped Up - Smith and Edwards

Tip: Check out the in-store Gift Wrapping Demonstration we had Nov. 16!

Home Decor

You'll find everything you need to make your home a warm, festive place to host family and friends for the holidays. You'll find friendly Santas, cinnamon-scented pinecones, and much more to decorate your home this Christmas.

This Santa Claus sings and dances - what a jolly guy! - Smith and Edwards

This Santa Claus sings and dances - what a jolly guy!

Christmas Nutcrackers at Smith and Edwards

Nothing says Christmastime like cinnamon-scented pinecones!

Nothing says Christmastime like cinnamon-scented pinecones!

Floppy Moose at Smith and Edwards

There's room in every home for a floppy moose!

Christmas Ornaments

You can find ornaments anywhere - so we're featuring just the coolest Christmas ornaments.

Special ornaments with LEDs that light up - Smith and Edwards

Special ornaments with LEDs that light up

Santa Ornament blows out! - Smith and Edwards

This Santa is a great ornament for kids! The "Good Night Light" stays lit, then at bedtime...

Blow on the candle ornament... - Smith and Edwards

...blow on the candle...

and the candle's blown out! - Smith and Edwards

...and the candle goes out!

Cowboy Santas and Snowmen at Smith and Edwards

These Cowboy Santa and Cowboy Snowmen ornaments make great gifts!

Outdoor Christmas Decorations

Holiday banners for your porch - Smith and Edwards

Holiday banners for your porch

Decorate your front door (or trees!) with a grapevine snowflake wreath like this one.

Decorate your front door (or trees!) with a grapevine snowflake wreath like this one.

Light up your fence with clip-on Christmas lights - Smith and Edwards

Light up your vinyl fence with EZKlipz clip-on Christmas lights: they clip right on and stay on straight. (click picture to view larger)

Christmas garden decorations - Smith and Edwards

Festive Christmas stakes for your garden or potted plants

 

Inflatable Santa at Smith & Edwards

This 7-foot airblown Santa Claus is on special until December 1!

 

Huge candy canes for your home! Smith and Edwards

Huge candy canes for your home!

Mickey Mouse Christmas Decoration - Smith and Edwards

Let Mickey light up your porch

Light up your yard with Christmas trees and more - Smith and Edwards

Light up your yard with Christmas trees and more!

Train Set

Choo chooooooo!

Train set for Christmas - Smith and Edwards

Who wouldn't love a Train Set for Christmas?

Come on in - we're waiting to see you!

So come on in - we've got a lovely Christmas wonderland for you to explore and bring home to your family.
Trees, gifts, and Christmas decor await you at Smith and Edwards!

Come visit our Christmas display and get your own magnificent Christmas decorations: you'll see them right away when you walk into Smith & Edwards, located at exit 351 off I-15. Come see us at 3936 N Highway 126 in Farr West, Utah, because we're your #1 Christmas decor & gift destination!

Smith & Edwards' Christmas Sale

Check out our Christmas Sale - Great savings starting Black Friday!

Smith and Edwards' Christmas Sale

Dyson Animal Complete vacuum meets confetti at Smith and Edwards

Dyson Vacuum Demo: Animal Complete DC41

- posted by Rose Marion

If you came in the store today, between 11:00-3:00, you could've gotten a great deal on Dyson Vacuums! We had special pricing on Dyson vacuums and you could even try out a Dyson yourself at our Dyson vacuum demo.

Want to hear about all our in-store demos and giveaway? LIKE us on Facebook, and sign up for In-Store Offers for our best deals at our store in Ogden, Utah!

Today we had Mike and Eugene from Dyson drop by Smith & Edwards to demonstrate the DC41 Animal Complete vacuum. This is a beast!

Plus, not only could you try the vacuum out, vacuuming up confetti, metal shavings, dust, and fluff, but we also had great deals on Dysons during the demo - saving you $200 or more on certain models!

Dyson DC41 Animal Complete Vacuum available at Smith & Edwards

Dyson vacuums are amazing because they never lose suction! Just watch.

Uh oh....

Time to break out the confetti...

Someone's breaking out the confetti...!

By the way, check out the angle Mike's getting thanks to the Dyson ball -

Dyson Animal Complete vacuum working on confetti

Vacuuming up the confetti

Works on carpet...

Vacuuming confetti on hard surfaces with DC41

Then because of the unique Dyson active base plate, you can switch to vacuuming on hard surfaces like tile without losing suction.

The Dyson active base plate on this vacuum self-adjusts to carpet and hard surfaces, so you won't lose suction as you vacuum across your home.

Confetti in Dyson canister at Smith and Edwards

Confetti in the Dyson DC41 canister

Excellent for Allergies and Pets

The Dyson Animal Complete is simple - there are no bags or filters to replace, and you can empty the canister in just a push of a button.

And if someone in your family has allergies - or you just have a lot of pets to clean up after - you'll love how many allergen particles, pollen, and dust Dyson vacuums can capture. Plus, your Dyson vacuum will retain the dust it sucks up too, instead of venting it back into your rooms!

The Attachments Really Make this Vacuum Stand Out

The Animal Complete DC41, the model Mike demonstrated, comes with a bunch of cool attachments in a case.

DC41 Dyson Animal Complete Vacuum comes with several attachments in a nice bag.If you or your family have long hair (like me) or lots of pets, you know the chore of cutting hair & fur out of the vacuum base. But check out this extension - it won't get clogged:

Tangle Free Hair Tool on Dyson Animal Complete

This tangle-free hair tool rotates in opposite directions, so instead of getting stuck, hair and string go...

Hair didn't get tangled in the Dyson brush

...directly into the canister!

 

The wand extends to 16 feet, so you can clean your ceiling fans with your feet on the ground - no chairs or stools to climb on to dust your fans.

Use the angle brush to clean your ceiling fans! Demo'd at Smith and Edwards

Use the angle brush to clean your ceiling fans!

Dust with your Dyson vacuum head

Use this extension to dust surfaces.

Dyson DC41 Animal Complete Crevice Tool

Crevice Tool

 

Dyson Animal Complete Vacuum's great internal filter for lifetime use

Great internal filter for lifetime use.

Like us, Dyson will give you great customer support

And one more thing about Dyson vacuums: They put a 1-800 number on the vacuum handle, and you can call about anything - whether your vacuum's working great or needs some help. They'll recommend the attachments you should use and how to best clean your home's carpet and floors.

Plus, when you register your new vacuum, you can give them your email address and they'll send you reminders on when to rinse your filter (the recommendation is to wash your filter every 3 months).

Dyson's number is on the vaccum handle.

Dyson's 1-800 help number is on the vaccum handle.

 

Thanks Mike and Eugene for coming by and showing us the Dyson Animal Complete DC41! We've got a great selection of Dyson vacuums here for you to check out at Smith & Edwards. Come on out and see us just off I-15 at exit 351 and take home a new vacuum today.

Kendama Toys lined up at Smith & Edwards

Kendama: The Hottest New Toy is Here!

- posted by Rose Marion

Everyone's been asking us for it. You'll find the hottest toy of the season right here at Smith & Edwards by Willard Bay! (New: now you can get yours online, too!)

What is Kendama?

This amazing game from Japan is deceptively simple: a simple ball (tama) and a stick with cups (ken).

Tribute Kendama - photo credit Kendama USA

The Tama (a ball with a drilled hole) resting on the spike of the Ken (a stick with 3 cups and a spike at the top) make up the Kendama game.

The object of the game is to catch the ball - in order! - in the big cup, small cup, end cup, and finally, catch the ball's drilled hole on the spike. Doesn't sound too hard, does it?

How to play Kendama - image credit Kendama USA

"In today’s world of toys bombarded with flashy lights, computers, and mainstream entertainment, the Kendama stands out with its simple design and creative new ways to have fun." - Kendama USA

With some imagination, you can take the game even further! Everyone's got it, you've gotta try it! This isn't just a toy we think your kids will like - we've seen them at schools all over the area, from Plains City and Farr West to across the Wasatch Front. Vickie, our Toys buyer, spotted 5th and 6th graders having a blast with their kendamas the other night at the Plains City Elementary Carnival!

Kendama Toys lined up at Smith & Edwards

Get your own Kendama toy at Smith & Edwards this season

Vickie says, "This Kendama game gets you to exercise, and get you off your duff! Kendama keeps your kids active engages their brain, and builds hand-eye coordination. Everyone's doing it, you've gotta do it! Try your hand at it."

Where to get your Kendama

We've got a Kendama in your kids' favorite colors - Black, White, Dark Blue, Light Blue, Green, Red, Orange, and Lilac. We've also got extra kendama strings for greater customization. Come on in and get your kids' new favorite toy today!

New: Kendamas available online!

Get your Kendama shipped straight to your doorstep with one of our 5 Kendama colors online. Just in time for Christmas! Click here to get your Kendama.

Kendamas on SmithandEdwards.com

Get your Kendama on SmithandEdwards.com today!

The Kendama Tribute model is made from sustainable beech wood, superior-quality string, and a beveled handle. Comes with an instruction manual, free stickers, and a replacement string and bead pack.

Kendama Tribute Toys in many colors at Smith and Edwards

You'll find a rainbow of 8 colors of Kendama Tribute toys at Smith & Edwards! We've got hundreds in-stock and they're going fast!

Come on in to Smith & Edwards, we've got them in our toy department ready for wrapping. We'll see you at Smith & Edwards, 3936 N. Highway 126 in Farr West, Utah.

Smith & Edwards Toy Sale event tips

3 Tips for a Victory at Smith and Edwards' Toy Sale

- posted by Rose Marion

Smith and Edwards' Toy Sale is a great event for getting gifts for Christmas! You'll be sure your kids and grandkids will have a fun-filled Christmas morning with toys from our Toy Sale. Click here to skip right to our top 3 tips for a triumphant time at the Toy Sale!

When is the Toy Sale?

The Smith and Edwards Toy Sale happens every fall, and in 2017 our Toy Sale will be Saturday, Oct. 14. All our promotional toys are at a fixed low price leading up to December! And we have lots of toys.... some say Santa's sleigh parks right outside our door :)

We'll publish our list of Toys available at those sales on our Current Specials page!

What kind of toys can you get? These are good-quality toys from top brands like Disney, Mattel, Fisher-Price, Hot Wheels, Littlest Pet Shop, and much, much more.

OK. As promised...

3 Tips for VICTORY at the Smith and Edwards Toy Sale

What do we mean by "victory"? Well, the top toys sell out fast, and you want to be sure and get the toys your kids will love. There's nothing more satisfying than getting the toys your children want at a great price! You'll walk out the doors with amazing toys and a huge smile on your face because you did so well at the Toy Sale.

Vickie, our Toys & Housewares buyer, offered some advice she'd give for first-timers hoping to have a great time at a Toy Sale. Hardware buyer Blaine offered tips, too - together they've watched thousands of excited, savvy shoppers run down the aisles of our Toy Sales, and they know how to make it a great experience.

1. Prepare - and be early! Watch for our toy lists so you can go straight to the toys you're shopping for.

While we have thousands of toys at each Toy Sale, the most popular ones disappear fast, so if you want a specific toy from the toy list, plan ahead so you can head straight for it Monday morning without distractions.

Our doors open at 9am, but we've seen people lined up much, much earlier than that. Plan to be here early. You can even bring a chair and meet some new friends in line before the Toy Sale starts!

Our lucky winner and her friends, first in line at Smith and Edwards' Toy Sale!

Nitasha got to skip to the front of the line October 14 at our second Toy Sale in 2013. Congrats!

Here's a bonus hint: Watch our Facebook page - in 2013, we a $50 Gift Card to Smith & Edwards PLUS first place in line for you & a friend for each Toy Sale! This year, who knows what fun giveaways & prizes we've got in store.... Click here to "LIKE" our Facebook Page!

2. Shop Ahead! It feels amazing to get your Christmas shopping done early! Sure, you might be getting great deals on toys for the holidays. But these aren't Christmas-only toys - I bet you can get great deals on toys they'll love the whole year, for birthdays and more.

This is a great way to get name-brand toys for every boy and girl on your list - especially if your children have lots of cousins and friends. You'll be prepared for Christmas and beyond with a little help from us at Smith & Edwards :)

And by the way - if it looks like we're out of a certain toy, feel free to ask us for help. Oftentimes shoppers will take toys to the register, but they'll only keep some of them. We'll be running more toys back to the Toy Sale tables all morning to help you get the toys you want!

3. Come with your friends! Arrange for someone to watch the kids while you bring your friends to go Toy Sale shopping with you. Leave the kids at home, because you don't want to worry about a stroller or collecting the kids when you check out (or them seeing their presents!). So having a girls-day-out-shopping will make the sale a big adventure. Not only is there safety in numbers - it's a lot more fun, too!

You can combine your friends' shopping lists with yours, or you can divide and conquer - you'll have a ton of fun together, and you'll all have a great experience to talk about afterward.

So get ready for lots of fun! Plan on coming and enjoying a morning of scoring great toys your kids will love. It's really spectacular - you've gotta be here!

And while you might have heard scary rumors... our Toy Sales are typically pretty tame. Promise! It can get crowded, but everyone's here to have a good time and get great toys for our kids, so you don't need to bring knee pads or elbow pads. Just plan on a nice morning of great deals and great savings!

Got questions? Give us a call at 801-731-1120, we'll be happy to help you get everything you need for a great Christmas.

Handy Bucket Builder at Smith and Edwards

Take a look at the Handy Bucket Builder in our Paint Department

- posted by Rose Marion

This little lid is the coolest thing to hit our Paint Department since we can remember!

Handy Bucket Builder shelf and display at Smith and Edwards

(Click to view larger!)

We use these bucket lids ourselves in the store

Randy, our Paint department manager, thinks you'll love this product - and he'd know, he's used it himself to build a whole nursery!

Yep, our outdoor garden center this spring and summer was built with Handy Bucket Builder lids, our Smith & Edwards Ace buckets, and 2 x 12 plywood placed flat on the lids, letting us set out our plants and flowers in tiers outside.
Forget-Me-Knots stacked on Handy Bucket Builders at Smith and Edwards

We used to build our garden center using lumber and cinderblocks. The cinder blocks were heavy - and they'd take up a ton of space, pallets and pallets, when it was time to take the garden center down for fall.

Pansies on Handy Bucket Builder at Smith and Edwards

Metal 2x4s work just as well as wood ones!


These lids stack up on top of each other in a column, and they're lightweight - we hardly have to clear out any room to store them!

Come see these bucket lids in action

The Handy Bucket Builder Lid snaps on either the top or the bottom of a 5-gallon bucket. The buckets can be used upside down or not, so it's ok if your bucket has trash, paint, wood, gravel, or sawdust in it. In fact, adding weight to the buckets will help them stay in place.

We built this sturdy shelf with just scrap wood and the Handy Bucket Builder lids and 5-gallon buckets.

We built this sturdy shelf with just scrap wood, stacked on Handy Bucket Builder lids and 5-gallon buckets. Come see for yourself!

We've got a display here at Smith & Edwards between aisles 9 and 10 so you can come see the Handy Bucket Builder lids in action. To make the display you see, we stacked one pair of buckets on top of another pair of buckets, with the lids inbetween. Then, we placed two 2 by 4s in the handy bucket builder lids. Lastly, we topped with a sheet of plywood. Simple as that, we've got a steady shelf that can hold a lot of weight - and it hardly took any time at all! You can make a more secure fit with screws and a drill - we didn't have to, it was steady enough as-is.

You can also use 2x3's, which will do the same job with less weight to carry.
Build a table for your Chop Saw with a Handy Bucket Builder from Smith and Edwards

Uses for the Handy Bucket Builder Lids

This is great for camping, taking to kids' soccer or lacrosse games, and for bringing on trips with your RV or trailer. Storage is simple - simply stack up your buckets, stack the lids on top, and stand your lumber next to them.

Handy Bucket Builder lids are also a great way for you to store your Emergency Preparedness supplies as well as Food Storage.  Keep your canned or emergency food on shelves you can build quickly with lids, buckets, and lumber. Anywhere you need shelving that might have to get taken down or moved around - the Handy Bucket Builder lids are gonna do the job.

And they're infinitely reusable, too.

You can build your setup to be as temporary or long-standing as you like.

The lids are made from a flexible and shatterproof type of plastic that'll hold up through countless uses. You can even drill through the lid at indicated points for the best security.
Come visit our Handy Bucket Builder Lids at Smith and Edwards

Come in and get your lids today!

Come on in and get your lids at Smith and Edwards, they're located between aisles 9 and 10 on our main aisle of the store. And, you can also order yours online!

Handy Bucket Builder Lid: $10.99
Smith & Edwards Ace 5 Gallon Buckets: $3.50

Check out a Handy Bucket Builder lids demo:

Sitka waterfowl jacket

Duck Hunting Season is here - We've got what you need

- posted by Rose Marion

First day of duck season and we've got what you need here at Smith & Edwards!

Come on in and you'll find camouflage shirts, pants, hats, gloves, warm boots, and much more. All types of hunter orange gear that you can use the rest of the season, too. We stock a huge variety of camouflage patterns and accessories - the ducks will never see you coming in your duck hunting camo. And we've got Under Armour and hoodies as well as good socks to keep you warm on those cold mornings.

We know hunting gear because we hunt, too. Craig, our camo buyer, and Scott, one of our Hunting buyers, gave us all the details on what gear you'll need for a great waterfowl trip.

Craig and Scott know all about duck hunting - just look at the proof! Get their gear and advice at Smith and Edwards.

If you take their advice, maybe you'll have as great a day duck hunting as Craig and Scott did!

It can be tough to keep track of all the gear you need for a simple morning of duck hunting, so take a look at what we've got for all your waterfowling needs.

Smith & Edwards' Duck Hunting Picks

If you haven't been to Smith & Edwards for hunting gear before, come on in the front doors and head to the north wall, on your left. You'll be able to find the waterfowl hunting gear you need fast.

Waterfowl camo shirts

Waders

We've got the waders you need for a dry socks after a long, successful morning of duck hunting. You'll keep your feed warm and dry with insulated boots. Even if you're in the marsh rather than in a blind, a good pair of camouflage waders can be a solid investment - and the difference between a good hunt and a real success.

You'll find several types of camo waders, including blades camo, at Smith & Edwards. We also carry regular fishing waders in solid colors for fishing.

Browning Blades Waterfowl camo

Blades waterfowl camo by Browning

Waterfowl Camo

You'll find great waterfowl camo at Smith & Edwards - camouflage that has natural grassy shapes and a lot of earth tones and shading, compared to blocky, solid camo. This will help you blend right in with the blind and the swamp. We've got lots of camo patterns so you can see what works for you.

Blades, Max 5, and Sitka are our best-selling waterfowl camo patterns.

Browning Realtree Max 5 waterfowl camo

Browning Realtree Max 5 waterfowl camo

Sitka's got a very different take on waterfowl camo and camo in general than other brands. Sitka's scientists are interested in what the ducks' eyes see, rather than how humans see camo.

This Sitka waterfowl jacket is designed to look like a wetland when viewed from overhead.

This Sitka waterfowl jacket is designed to look like a wetland when viewed from overhead.

So that's why Sitka's camo has a honeycomb or mesh look to it: Sitka's betting that the birds will see Sitka camo as a more realistic view of the environment, because the camo is designed to blend in when viewed from overhead - so the ducks don't see you as they fly.

Sitka waterfowl jacketRemember, you might have camo on, and you might be in a blind, but the most important thing is to keep still! Try to only move your eyes and keep your head as still as possible for the best shot at your birds.

Gamehide waterfowl pants

Gamehide waterfowl pants

Duck Hunting Gloves

Sitka waterfowl gloveWhen you're duck calling, you don't want your hands to stand out. Keep warm and put a bit of camouflage on your hands with these hunting gloves.

Waterfowl gloves are waterproof, so you can go in and get your decoys or get your ducks out of the water without getting your hands wet! Again, Sitka makes its own special camouflage gloves so you're even more hidden, since they're designed for how ducks see you rather than how animals on the ground see us.

Sitka's gloves are great as stand-alone gloves, or, you can wear them as a base layer because they're form-fitting and not at all bulky, so almost like a second skin. You can slide on another pair of gloves on top of them when it's really cold.

Camouflage Gloves at Smith and Edwards

Keep your fingers warm in the blind with these camo gloves. You'll find your size in a variety of patterns and levels of warmth.

Duck at Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge in Brigham City

Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge in Brigham City

Hat

For the best chance of success, use our lucky Smith & Edwards hat. And we've got tons of styles of hats so you can pick your favorite. Black, Hunter orange, and several patterns of camo hats that'll keep your head warm on those cold mornings.

Sitka waterfowl beanie hat

Sitka waterfowl beanie hat

Hand Warmers

Keep warm with handwarmers in your gloves. We've got both reusable hand warmers and single-use handwarmes. Both will give you several hours of nice, glowing heat. Put 'em in your gloves, with or without a liner, to keep your fingers flexible and ready for action.

Now that you've got your camo and you know you'll be warm next time, let's make sure you've got all the gear from sporting goods you need. Head over to our east wall to our Sporting Goods department for decoys, duck calls, and shot.

Dog

We don't stock dogs, sorry. But we do have nice dog treats and bones for your hard-working retriever.

We've also got training dummies, whistles, leashes, training collars, and scents - both duck and pheasant scents.

Working on training your own retriever? Check out this video lesson:

 

Decoys

Sure we've got decoys! Get your ducks in a row with duck decoys and a mesh decoy bag to pack them out.

Tanglefree Mallard Duck Decoys and Bag at Smith and Edwards

This Tanglefree® mesh decoy bag and mallard decoys are a great place to start with decoys.

We've got duck decoys and geese decoys. The ducks above were a favorite in 2013. In 2014, we now carry Deek Decoys made here in Utah! Call 801-731-1120 for any questions, we'll be happy to help.

Duck Calls

You knew all about duck calls way before Duck Dynasty was cool.

We've got Duck Commander duck calls that will work great on your next waterfowl hunt. If you prefer Primos duck calls, we've got those, too.

Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge in Brigham City

Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge in Brigham City

Shotgun and Ammo

We've got the shot and ammunition for all kinds of hunting this season at Smith & Edwards, and we'll be happy to recommend the ammo as well as guns for your hunt - whether you're duck hunting, turkey hunting, or looking at four-legged game.

Come on back to the Sporting Goods counter - we know the guns and ammo you'll need because we hunt ducks ourselves - as well as elk, deer, and more game. We'll get you what you need.

For shells, you need to use steel shot for waterfowl. 3" is a good place to start - you want to use 2s, 3s, or 4s for ducks. We've got a huge selection, and we're happy to help you choose the best shot.

For shotguns, Scott's pick is the Benelli Nova, hands-down.

If you're looking at semiautomatic, take a look at Benelli, Winchester, Beretta, and Browning. You'll want a gun with a synthetic stock, and we've got those in black and camouflage. You'll get a gun you can rely on to function well in cold weather.

Remember to give your shotgun a good cleaning after a day in the swamp. Mud, grit, and all sorts of crud can build up on your gun. Doesn't hurt to carry some cleaning equipment and a cleaning rod with you into the blind, too, so you don't have to go back to the truck or worse, home, if your equipment gets too dirty to function.

Duck hunting at Bear River Bird Refuge in Brigham City

Duck hunting at Bear River Bird Refuge in Brigham City

Cooler and Thermos

Nothing like hot cocoa or warm soup after a long morning of duck hunting. We've got both thermoses and coolers, so you can keep your hot drinks hot and keep your ducks on ice til you get home.

Duck Stamp

You can get your federal duck stamp right here at our Sporting Goods counter. They're $15 and they'll get you in to all the waterfowl areas here in Northern Utah, like Farmington Bay and Ogden Bay. When the federal government gets its act together, check out Bear River up by Brigham City - it's a federal wetland, so it's not open at the moment, but it's a great location for duck hunting.

Duck hunting camo pants

Get duck hunting gear in our web store

Do you have a good bag for all your gear? We've got a great selection of gear bags in the store, and you can find our favorites online, like our 5.11 tactical bags and Voodoo tactical bags.

You might also want to bring a headlamp and a compass so you don't wander around the swamp longer than you have to. And we've got a huge selection of paracord in-store and in our online store, so you can keep your gear where you need them.

Hunting Camouflage Paracord at Smith and Edwards

Choose from camouflage paracord as well as bright and solid colors of paracord, both in-store and online.

Come in for great deals on hunting gear!

Don't forget to stop by our Sporting Goods department for all your shot, too. They've got some great sales and rebates for the beginning of hunting season, so come on in today.

Hunting camouflage at Smith and Edwards

Whatever season you hunt, we've got the camo and gear to help you have a successful hunt. Maybe you'll bring us back a souvenir!

What are your duck hunting tips?

Leave us a comment below with your duck hunting tips & tricks. What gear do you use year after year? What are your favorite spots? We want to hear what works for you!

Horse with saddlebags and coolers for a day of trail riding.

Western Department Hosts a Horse Packing Clinic

- posted by Rose Marion

Today we had a great in-store demonstration in our Western Department at Smith & Edwards. Duane LeRoy and his son Scott LeRoy came to give us a Pack Clinic. Duane and Leroy know all about packing horses and trail riding because they love trail riding - and they're members of the Back Country Horsemen of Utah. (Check their group out on Facebook)

Duane and Scott shared their knowledge and expertise about packing horses for trail riding, and demonstrated some of the great systems you can use to pack food, water, and supplies while you’re out riding on a trail.

Several people were here to get knowledge out of the hour-long horse packing demonstration, and there was time to ask questions and trade stories after the demonstration.

Packing with Horses for Trail Riding

Duane and Scott had been up at Ben Lomond just yesterday to support folks on the trail. Then this morning, there was the Skyline Mountain Marathon! Up in the pines, it’s much cooler than down here, but it still got hot. They were able to pack in 20 gallons of water, with dry ice to keep it cool, on each horse using this system!

Adding a bag to our packhorse at Smith & Edwards

Scott adds a bag to our packhorse.

Scott LeRoy telling us about the rope, bags, and coolers you can use for horse packing and trail riding here at Smith and Edwards

Scott LeRoy telling us about the rope, bags, and coolers you can use for trail riding.

You can hold one 10-gallon cooler on each side of this canvas sling pack. Scott and LeRoy loaded theirs full of water bottles, but you can keep your favorite drinks and cold food in these coolers. Then make sure they stay cool by packing the coolers with ice or dry ice, depending on your level of adventure! Load up your top packs with food, supplies, and Easy Boots just in case. We've got all this gear in-store for your next adventure... waterbottles too!

Horse with saddlebags and coolers for a day of trail riding.

All packed and ready to go!

We carry all the equipment to load your horse and have a nice day of trail riding. Marty and the folks in our Western Department in the northeast corner of Smith and Edwards will be happy to help you get all the gear you need - as well as tack and supplies. We know Western Tack because we use our gear ourselves! All our folks in our Western Department know and love horses, from trail riding to work to rodeo.

Did you know we make a lot of our Western Tack right here in the store? And if there's a real special saddle or set of spurs you've got your eye on, we offer Layaway, too.

We’d love to have the Back Country Horsemen back here next year to demonstrate packing techniques again! Will we see you here? What do you like to use when you're trail riding with your horse?