Celebrate summer with cookies

Summertime and the livin is oh so easy! Time for summer parties, trips to the beach, tubing down the river, catchin’ a wave or just chillin’ and grillin’ with family and friends. This summer take the heat out of the season and put the sizzle into your summer with gourmet cookies!

Summer is the best time for picnic, outdoor activities, gatherings, family or class reunions, and beach house parties. The season calls for food and snacks which you can easily pack and take with you. Summer cookies are the perfect treats for summer. You can never go wrong with a basket of summer cookies. Summer without cookies is like a summer without the sun! Taste the cool summer treats of Heidi’s Heavenly Cookies in the form of gourmet cookie platters, cookie baskets and cookie bouquets.

Heidi’s Heavenly Cookies will make your summer, sweeter and so much cooler, especially in taste and looks. You can choose from a variety of mouth-watering, rich, and decadent treats including the Heavenly Harmony, Heavenly Medley, Festive Tray, Heavenly Sensations, Heavenly Sunshine, and the Heavenly Dream. Most selections contain chocolate chip,chocolate eclipse, raspberry eclipse, oatmeal raisin, macaroon dipped in chocolate, chocolate mint, toffee chocolate chip cookies and English Toffee Candy. Celebrate the summer with gourmet cookie baskets, cookie towers or cookie platters. How sweet is that?

Homemade cookies can be a family affair . Homemade cookies are fresh, smell and taste delicious. You and your children can make your own summer homemade sugar cookies straight from the oven. There are easy summer cookie recipes available on the Internet. You may find receipes for Chocolate Cherry Drop Cookies, Caterpillar Cookies, Chocolate Raspberry Linzer Cookies, and Blueberry Cookies. Peanut butter and citrus cookies are also good choices for summer. Cookies stay moist because of the peanut butter. Citrus cookies, on the other hand, give a refreshing feeling during the warm and hot days. Summer has never been this fun.

Summer snacks and foods keep you refreshed, cool, and happy. Cookies are one of the most popular foods to eat during the summer. Don’t waste your time this summer by just sitting around or sleeping in your bed. Get up, have fun and above all, bring Heidi’s Heavenly Cookies with you! wherever you go! Summer is the perfect time to enjoy cookies and relax. Go ahead and indulge in a basket of delightful and tasteful cookies this summer. Gourmet cookies, beat the heat the sweet way!

 

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Top romantic gifts for chocolate lovers

Legends dating back to ancient cultures, chocolate was synonymous with love, a powerful love potion. Considered as the elixir of the gods and royalty.Chocolates are the gifts for all seasons. Who would not know these famous chocolate brands – Ferrero Rocher, NOKA, Lindt & Spugli Chocolates, Richart Chocolates, Ghirardelli Chocolates, Neuhaus Chocolates, Godiva Chocolates, Thorntons Chocolates, Guylian Chocolates, and Hershey’s? You do not need to wait for birthdays, Christmas, graduation, or Valentine’s Day to give chocolates as your gift to your loved ones. You can even give these chocolates to a friend or to your lover during a normal day. People love chocolate, the aroma, the taste, the texture, all of the senses become invloved. Chocolate makes you happy because it has phenylephylamine which is the hormone that the brain tiggers when you fall in love. Throughout the year, a lot of people across the world buy boxes of chocolate and use them as romantic gifts to their loved ones. A chocolate lover would love to receive any kind of chocolates from dark chocolate, homemade and handmade chocolate cookies, nuts and almond nuts filled chocolate, milk chocolate, etc.

But what are the top romantic gifts you can give for your partners, parents, or friends who are chocolate lovers? Here are some:

1. Homemade/ Handmade chocolate cookies. Nothing beats the personalized or customized chocolate cookies. This kind of chocolate cookies is baked with a touch of emotion and is a product of love. Usually, chocolate cookies are made with dark chocolate and white chocolate which will surely satisfy your taste buds.

2. Chocolate cookbooks. Chocolate lovers do not just love to eat chocolate, they also love to bake and cook.

3. Gourmet Chocolates. These are excellent treats for everyone. You can even wrapped these chocolate in pretty wrappers and give them to your loved ones to express your sincerest and deepest feelings.

4. Bouquet of chocolate roses. Instead of the traditional bouquet of roses, you can be creative and interesting this time by giving something new. It’s a perfect way of saying your sweetest “I love you.”

5. Gift certificates to a chocolate shop or bakeries. There are chocolate lovers who prefer to eat Hershey’s or other chocolate brands or buy something unique in a local chocolate shop in their respective areas. Your loved one can make their own decision or selection of the chocolates they want.

6. Engraved chocolate hearts or bars. Who would not want to receive a chocolate bar where your name is engraved or your photo is placed in a chocolate heart with a special “I love you” and “Thank You” message?

It has been said that love makes the world go round…add a gift of chocolate to that love and the circle is complete..

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Childhood can be one of the most memorable moments

Childhood can be one of the most memorable moments in life. Our youth would not be complete without the famous and most favorite childhood treat, cookies When we were children we learned how to share with others. However, sharing our cookies with friends may have not been something we wanted to do!

As adults, when life gets tough, we long to retreat to a better time. We turn to memories of our younger years, invoking the smell and taste of homemade cookies. Remember the aroma of classic chocolate chip and yummy oatmeal raisin? Life seemed better when we had a cookie in both hands! Cookies are a favorite snack, regardless of age! A glass of cold milk with a plate of warm cookies, now that is relaxation! Cookies come in many styles and shapes, cookies for sale may be cut out or rolled in various shapes, they come dropped, pressed or in bars It doesn’t matter, the question is what is your favorite cookie? What do you like to bake? Favorite recipes? Family recipes handed down..they all have special meaning to us, . However if you love to bake cookies;  you should know the secrets to make your cookies the best. And make them your specialty cookies. After all happiness is the smell of homebaked cookies!

Here are some of the secrets to make your cookies memorable

1. Use butter,not margarine. Butter and margarine are two different products. Butter is a natural product.. Butter also produces a flavor that cannot be created by other oil or fats. To soften your butter, bring to room temperature, if you squeeze your butter and it leaves a deep indentation, it is too soft, your identification should be minimal. Do not microwave to soften. Microwaving can change the consistency.

2. Cookie sheets should be heavy. Your cookies are less likely to burn if your cookie sheet is heavier.

3. Use parchment paper.. Parchment paper reduces the need to grease your baking sheets, creates even baking and minimizes clean up. You can re-use your parchment paper for the same type of cookies. In the long run, they are more economical and more efficient. Parchment paper also absorbs extra fat in your cookies and that is a good thing!.

4. Before baking or mixing your ingredients, take a moment and assess your kitchen, is it too hot, too cold, is the air humid or dry? What about altitude? All these play a factor in determining if you need to adjust your ingredients. Too humid? You may need to lessen fats and sugar. Too dry? Maybe alter the amount of flour, and increase your fats. . Bring your ingredients to room temperature before you mix them and above all do not over mix your batter!

5. . Before baking your specialty cookies, the first step is to have the right temperature set for your oven. Oven temperatures may vary by type of oven, gas or electric, conventional or convection.

6. Do not bake your cookies for too long. Once removed from the oven, cookies will continue to cook from the heat of the cookie sheets..

These are just some of the secrets in making your cookies the best. A lot of practice and you will eventually make perfect cookies. Who knows, maybe one day you may start your own business and offer your cookies for sale!!

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Gifting Ideas the Gourmet Way

Need your gift giving made easier? Give gourmet gifts that not only taste delicious, but are tasteful in presentation. Give Heidi’s Heavenly Cookies where traditional cookie delivery has been replaced with gourmet cookie baskets full of irresistibly fresh and delicious cookies. You will experience the ultimate in gift giving, cookie baskets that are beautifully packaged and arrive brimming with taste and sophistication that will leave a lasting impression.

For a moment, close your eyes and imagine the perfect cookie. Cookies that are homemade with all-natural, high-quality ingredients, hand rolled and oven baked with love and care. It emerges from the oven evenly baked with a hardy exterior, but the inside is melt-in-your mouth moist.

Come to know the taste of silky chocolates, toasted coconut, roasted almonds, moist plump raisins, aromatic mint and raspberry, all with depths of flavor so unexpected, your senses come alive. Don’t be surprised if you find yourself wanting more.

Giving the perfect gift is just a bite away. Give a gift with gourmet taste, a gift that will be memorable, a gift that leaves you top of mind with your recipient.

Need reasons why gourmet cookies are the ultimate in gourmet gifting?

 

•Cookies that warm the heart and please the palate.

•You can personalize a gift message, showing your gratitude in words and deed.

•Cookies are the supreme ice breaker, share a cookie, make a friend.

•Romance? At a loss for words? Let gourmet cookies speak for you, the richness of dark,
semi sweet and milk chocolate combined with aromatic mint, coconut, raspberry and marshmallow will express the sweetness of your love .

•The ultimate reason for gifting the gourmet way…you should always go through life with a cookie in each hand!

Heidi’s Heavenly Cookie Gifts are the perfect choice in artful gift giving. The sumptuous cookies received from Heidi’s Heavenly Cookies will be the pinnacle of gifts. Whatever the occasion, we are there, whatever the need, we are there, gifting made easy, gifting made sweet, sophisticated, artsy, and most of all delicious.

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An Interview with Anne Ditmeyer of Prêt à Voyager

Prêt à VoyagerMeet Anne Ditmeyer and her fabulous blog Prêt à Voyager where she seamlessly marries design and travel into one aesthetically pleasing, adventurous lifestyle. This Paris-based blogger, world traveler, freelance designer, and writer gives us a sneak peak into her life in our interview below:

An Interview with Anne Ditmeyer of Prêt à Voyager:


1.  Travel and design are obvious passions of yours. When did they begin to peak your interest?

I’ve always had a visual mind. As a kid I used to wake my mom up at the crack of dawn to make crafts. In college I studied Art History undergrad, and fell into Anthropology at that time. Later design interested me as a way to help put together and synthesize ideas. I was lucky to grow up in a household where travel was the norm. Every spring break we’d go somewhere new (I’ve now been to 47 of the 50 states), and every summer we’d visit family in Boston. On top of that my dad was regularly traveling to places like Swaziland and Malawi, so it just felt normal to me. Most travel sites out there don’t interest me, so I started Prêt à Voyager to explore the creative ways which design and travel come together.

2.  Tell us the story of how your path crossed with Design*Sponge and how you began writing Sneak Peeks for them?

As soon as I discovered Design*Sponge it was love at first sight. Grace, the founder/editor and I actually have fairly similar backgrounds – same age, from Virginia, etc. and some people even think we look like sisters. I first made contact with Grace when my best friend and I offered to write the Baltimore City Guide for the site. Soon after Grace had a call for first intern, I got the job, and before I knew it I was a contributing editor. It’s hard to believe I’ve been part of the team for over 3 years now, and it’s been a joy to watch the site grow and develop.

3.  Give us a sneak peak into an average day of your life.

That’s a tough question, because there is never a typical life. I’m a freelance designer, who dabbles in a lot of things, and up until I defended my thesis last week, I was also a full-time student, but even as a student I found a way to weave travel and design into what I’m doing. More and more I find myself working late, but letting myself sleep in. I like to fit in a swim whenever I can, and many days include meeting up with designers and creative folks at cafes. A couple years ago I wrote this “day in the life” post. Basically, I’m always on the move, doing, seeing, or thinking something.

4.  If you had a list of best-kept travel secrets you’d recommend, which would you include and why?

My best kept travel secret is to live like a local. Doing the most mundane tasks – going to the market, sitting in a cafe, walking in the park, can be the most rewarding moments of a trip (also highly cost effective!).

5.  What are some tips you can recommend for someone who is attempting to narrow down their travel destinations and pick just one this year?

Don’t go somewhere just because some list tells you to. Go with your gut and with your passions. If you’re a big reader and inspired by Russian literature, go to Russia! Do what appeals to you, and it’s ok to have an excuse for your next trip.

6.  Looking out 3 to 5 years, beyond the obvious trends, what do you think will be the next big change in design?

Currently I’m really interested in the field of “design thinking” and the way that design can be used for social change. I think the platform OpenIDEO is doing a great job and leading the way. And just today I was reading in GOOD about how this kind of design thinking is making its way into schools.

Anne, it was an absolute pleasure getting to know you better! Thank you for sharing your insights and great tips for travel (hmm…you said follow your gut—curry is sounding phenomenal right now. Thailand here we come!)—we look forward to keeping up with you and your adventures on your blog! Thanks and congratulations on your thesis!

Got wanderlust? Follow Anne: Blog, Twitter, Facebook

Happy Weekend!

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Wedding Inspiration: Cookie Wedding Favors

“If you’re like me, you’re tired of seeing the same old Jordan-almond wedding favors. That’s why I L-O-V-E Heidi’s Heavenly Cookies. These sinfully delectable treats are from Alpharetta native Heidi Nel, who will wrap each cookie in a sweet customized box to match your wedding colors and style.”

—Brides.com

At Heidi’s Heavenly Cookies, we’re all about the delicious details. We design beautiful wedding favors to match your wedding decor, and offer elegant cookie platters, cookie gift baskets, and individual cookie favors wrapped in cello bags or mini wedding cookie favor boxes and elegantly finish them with wedding color ribbon—the perfect “Thank You” to your guests.

Our irresistible Rock-a-mallow makes a perfect gourmet cookie wedding favor!

Rock-A-Mallow | Gourmet Cookie Wedding Favors

Planning a wedding? Talk to one of our wonderful wedding coordinators at 1.877.434.3472 or email us at orders@heidisheavenlycookies.com.

Find reviews on Wedding Wire from brides that found our favors to be perfect for their special day.

Happy Wedding Planning!

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An Easter Eggstraveganza

Spring is finally here! With Easter just around the corner, Heidi’s Heavenly Cookies is happily bustling about baking fresh, irresistible, gourmet cookie goodies just for you and your loved ones—perfect for your Easter baskets and dessert tables!

Celebrate Easter & Spring

Easter DIY Crafts:

Easter Chocolate Bark

Bunny Masks

Rabbit Doll

Egg-Shaped Sidewalk Chalk

Confetti Egg Game

Marshmallow Peeps

Decorate Eggs

Decoupage Surprise-Filled Eggs

Embroidered Eggs

Happy Spring & Easter!

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iRelaunch Return to Work Conference

Return to Work Conference - iRelaunch

Return to Work Conference - iRelaunch

Heidi Nel will be a guest speaker at the iRelaunch Return to Work 2011 Conference – Atlanta, hosted by Emory University’s Goizueta Business School today!

Featuring a panel discussion with Atlanta executive female re-launchers, workshops, and an interactive networking session, iRelaunch founders Carol Fishman Cohen and Vivian Steir Rabin—authors of acclaimed career reentry book, Back on the Career Track: A Guide for Stay-at-Home Moms Who Want to Return to Work—aim to help experienced professionals re-enter the workforce after an extended hiatus from the job market. Those attending will find insights, new networks, and opportunities to aid them in jump-starting their career.

Heidi's Heavenly Cookies' Heidi Nel to be Guest Speaker at  iRelaunch Return to Work 2011 Conference AtlantaHope to see you there!

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Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day

“May your neighbors respect you, troubles neglect you, the angels protect you and Heaven accept you.

—An Old Irish Blessing

St. Patrick's Day Gift

Save 15% off our Tower of Toffee gourmet cookie gift basket for St. Patrick’s Day with our St. Patty’s Day promo code found exclusively on Twitter (good for this week only).

We hope your St. Patrick’s Day is full of luck and joy…and hopefully many heavenly gourmet cookies!

P.S. Looking for some scrumptious recipes and party tips for your Irish Feast? See this St. Patrick’s Day post.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

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Celebrate Women’s History Month!

Women's History MonthHeidi’s Heavenly Cookies would like to Celebrate Women’s History Month by giving 15% off (not applied to shipping) of the ONLINE order of our Rock-A-Mallow gourmet cookies, which come elegantly gift wrapped in a pink box.

Follow us on Twitter to find our PROMO CODE! Effective March 1st 2011 thru March 31st 2011.

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