DIY Lemonade Station

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Video Description: Learn about Sprouts Sparkling Lemonade, imported from France.


Lemonade stands headed by young entrepreneurs have shown time and time again that if you have a pitcher of lemonade, you have countless new friends. The drink that is notorious for drawing in others is also a wonderful addition to social gatherings. A DIY lemonade station gives homage to the easy days of youth while exciting guests with add-ins like fruit and herbs. The key ingredient remains the same but the possibilities of flavor combinations are endless. Shop Sprouts Sparkling Lemonade that comes ready in re-sealable glass bottles and flavors that appeal to all. Plus, we have a few ideas to help get you started!

Sprouts Sparkling Lemonade Parings

Lemon Flavor: Pairs well with blackberries and thyme Pink Flavor: Pairs well with slices of lime and cucumber Orange Flavor: Pairs well with mint leaves and orange slices to garnish Tangerine Lime Flavor: Pairs well with lavender and lime slices to garnish

Setting up your Station

Now that you have some ideas, you can prepare a station that gives everyone’s creative genius a chance to play. Here are the supplies that give the piece its final touch. Cheers!
  • Bucket of ice
  • The more color, the better!
  • Bright colored bowls for placing add-ins
  • Chilled glasses
  • Decorative tags to label herbs
 

DIY Friendsgiving Centerpieces

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Video description: Learn how to make holiday centerpieces with Baked by Joanna during our recent Facebook Live. Full instructions below.


#1 Small, but Flexible

Sprouts carries a wide range of florals that will make it easy to outfit your table for a Friendsgiving or Thanksgiving celebration. For an easy centerpiece, head to the Produce Department, where you can pick up a pumpkin cup bouquet from the manager. The display works perfectly for small tablescapes. You can also create a more substantial centerpiece by combining multiple pumpkin cup bouquets with some bulk food items and candles.

Materials

  • Serving tray
  • Dried beans and peas
  • 2–3 Pumpkin cup bouquets, depending on the size of your tray
  • Candles
  • Hazelnuts

Directions

  1. Fill the bottom of a serving tray with a mix of dried beans and peas sourced from the Bulk Department of Sprouts.
  2. Place the pumpkin cup bouquets in the bed of beans and peas. Finish by placing candles around the pumpkins and sprinkling whole hazelnuts throughout.
  3. When ready, light the candles to create a nice glow for dinner.
   

#2 Traditional Bounty

Gourds, squash, nuts and corn are fall holiday staples. Separately, they look lovely, but together as a centerpiece, they can be a showstopper. This centerpiece is ideal if you love traditional hues of the season and prefer something quick and easy to make. All you need to do is pick up some essentials from Sprouts and raid your home for the rest. From there, it’s all about layering.

Materials

  • 1 Cinnamon wreath
  • Fall dried foliage mix
  • Pedestal bowl
  • Squash
  • Gourds
  • Decorative corn
  • Pinecones
  • Bulk nuts, in shell

Directions

  1. Begin by weaving sprigs of the fall dried foliage mix through the cinnamon wreath. Place the wreath on the table where you prefer to display your centerpiece.
  2. Place the pedestal bowl in the center of the wreath and begin layering in the squash and gourds. Start with the largest of the bunch to ensure there’s room for it to fit.
  3. Adorn the bottom of the display with the decorative corn, pinecones and more gourds. Finish by filling the base with bulk nuts until nearly full. Add some nuts to the pedestal bowl as well.
 

#3 Versatile and Filling

No one ever said a centerpiece couldn’t be interactive. In this case, it’s filling too. I teamed up with Sprouts to show you how a centerpiece can be transformed into an edible garden. It still incorporates traditional decorative elements of fall, so don’t worry, you won’t be missing that autumn flair. But now, you and your guests can snack the night away. This centerpiece shares the best cheeses, nuts, dried fruits, chocolate and more. Just customize it to fit your taste.

Materials

  • Cutting board
  • Rustic charger
  • Bowls
  • Squash
  • Gourds
  • Decorative corn
  • Variety of breads
  • Crackers
  • Variety of cheeses
  • Variety of bulk dried fruit
  • Variety of bulk nuts, sweet and savory
  • Chocolate
  • Honey or agave
  • Preserve, such as fig spread
  • Fresh herbs, such as sage and thyme

Directions

  1. Place the cutting board in the center of a table. Use a bowl to prop up the rustic charger on one end of the display.
  2. Place the larger elements on the board. Larger items include the bowls, squash, gourds and decorative corn.
  3. Add the bread and crackers to the smaller surface, the charger. On the larger surface, fill the board and bowls with cheeses, dried fruit, nuts and chocolate. Place the preserve and honey, or agave, on opposite sides of the board.
  4. Finish the centerpiece by tucking fresh herbs along the base of the smaller surface to hide the bowl propping it up. Also, create a more cohesive look by cascading the herbs down the side of the small surface onto the larger. Additional herbs can be tucked into the squash and gourds for texture.

About Joanna Meyer

Food Stylist, Culinary Creative and Blogger

Joanna is a commercial food stylist based in Phoenix, AZ. Her work and recipes have been seen around the world. When she is not styling for her favorite brands, she enjoys publishing recipes and sharing her love of everything food on her self-titled blog, Baked by Joanna. Her other interests include spending time with her family and staying healthy and fit.

DIY Father’s Day Gifts

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Father's Day Gift Basket Say thank you to all the doting dads and handsome heroes this Father’s day. After all, where would we be without dad jokes, practical advice and bear hugs?If the standard gifts are feeling a little tired, we have a few ideas to “tie” this Father’s Day together. Check out these fun gifts that he’s sure to love, including one by blogger, Julie, from Fort Worth Moms Blog! Julie shares her process in creating a one-of-a-kind gift for Dad. Keep reading to learn how to make your own unforgettable gift: I considered a basket of grilling items. After all, it is summer, and summer is grilling season. Sprouts has a huge selection of fresh produce, meats, spices for DIY dry rubs and craft beers, microbrews, etc. But goodness, y’all! I am weeks away from delivering our second baby. Everyone here needs to stay ready-to-jump-behind-the-wheel-at-any-moment sober (so no alcohol), and I refuse to step outside into the heat for any reason (so no outside cooking for us). I had to rethink my plan. Because a trip to Labor & Delivery is in our near future, I decided he needed a “We’re Having a Baby, Baby” basket. Read more of Julie’s full story!    
Rosemary Shaving Cream

Rosemary and Peppermint Shaving Balm

Your dad will feel pampered and refreshed after using this rosemary mint shaving balm—and will love knowing that it was made with love, by yours truly!

Ingredients:

• 1/3 cup Shea butter • 1/4 cup Virgin coconut oil • 1/4 cup Jojoba or sweet almond oil • 10 drops Rosemary essential oil • 3-5 drops Peppermint essential oil

Instructions:

1. Place a small saucepan over low heat and mix shea butter and coconut oil, stirring until melted. Transfer mixture to a heat-resistant bowl and add in jojoba oil (or almond oil), then the essential oils and stir. 2. Chill mixture in the refrigerator until solid. Once solid, remove from refrigerator and whip mixture using a beater. Mix until light and fluffy. Store in an airtight container for up to one month. Note: This shaving lotion is soap-free and will not create a lather, but rather, a protective barrier between the razor and skin. Swish razor in water between strokes and enjoy!
Dads Dry Rub

Dad’s Day BBQ Rub

Here’s a super easy and thoughtful gift that you can gather from our Bulk Department! Let your inner artist out by layering spices to create a colorful complement to your summer barbecues.

Ingredients:

• 1 1/2 Tbsp. Chile powder • 1 tsp. Black pepper • 1 1/2 tsp. Onion powder • 1 Tbsp. Thyme • 2 Tbsp. Sea salt • 1 tsp. Garlic salt

Instructions:

Layer spices multiple times into a small mason jar and seal. Decorate with a ribbon or twine.

DIY Bloody Mary Bar

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Four glasses of Bloody Mary Drinks Next time brunch is at your place, try this fun and unexpected DIY Bloody Mary Bar! Mimosas are the classic brunch cocktail, but breaking out the veggies instead and mixing up a hearty Bloody Mary is another great way to start the day. Not only will this build-your-own-drink bar impress your guests with its stunning display, they’ll also have a blast making their own Bloody Marys and experimenting with unique flavor combinations. Better yet, for a non-alcoholic or “mocktail” version, simply replace vodka with sparkling water!Bacon, tomato juice, vegetables, celery in a glass With vibrant, fresh citrus and colorful veggies, the only thing you’ll need is R.W. Knudsen’s savory tomato juice. R.W. Knudsen’s Organic Tomato Juice features flavors like Sriracha and red bell pepper, so you and your guests can skip adding the heat—it’s all the spice you need in one bottle!

 You’ll need:

  • Vodka or sparkling water
  • R.W. Knudsen’s Organic Tomato Sriracha Juice and/or Organic Tomato Red Bell Pepper Juice
  • R.W.Knudsen’s Organic Chopped fruits and veggies for garnish—these could be cherry tomatoes, lemon, lime, celery, bell peppers or olives
  • Optional garnish: bacon
  • Cayenne pepper salt for a salted rim
  • Glasses

Set up:

  • Lay out glasses
  • Arrange juices and garnishes
  • Lay out skewer sticks for an easy garnish kabob
  • Let guests enjoy and experiment with the Bloody Mary fun!

Dad’s Day DIY Shaving Balm

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Shaving BalmWhat better way to say “I love you,” than with a handmade gift? Pamper your pop with this simple DIY cologne balm, dress it up with a meaningful tag and watch him light up.

Ingredients:

  • 1/3 cup Shea butter
  • 1/4 cup Virgin coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup Jojoba or sweet almond oil
  • 10 drops Rosemary essential oil
  • 3–5 drops Peppermint essential oil

Instructions:

  1. Place a small sauce pan over low heat and mix shea butter and coconut oil, stirring until melted. Transfer mixture to a heat-resistant bowl and add in jojoba oil (or almond oil), then the essential oils and stir.
  2. Chill mixture in refrigerator until solid. Once solid, remove from the refrigerator and whip mixture using a beater. Mix until light and fluffy. Store in an airtight container for up to one month.
Note: This shaving lotion is soap-free and will not create a lather, but rather a protective barrier between the razor and skin. Swish razor in water between strokes and enjoy!  

Cedarwood Pine Cologne Balm

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Cedarwood Cologne Balm What better way to say “I love you,” than with a handmade gift? Pamper your pop with this simple DIY cologne balm, dress it up with a meaningful tag and watch him light up.

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 oz. Aura Cacia Apricot Kernel Oil
  • 1 1/2 oz. Aura Cacia Cocoa Butter
  • 15 drops Aura Cacia Texas Cedarwood Essential Oil
  • 15 drops Aura Cacia Pine Essential Oil
  • 6 drops Aura Cacia Rosemary Essential Oil
  • 4 oz. Aura Cacia amber glass wide mouth jar

Instructions:

  1. In a double boiler, melt apricot kernel oil and cocoa butter.
  2. Remove from heat and allow to cool for a few minutes.
  3. Add essential oils and pour into jar. Allow the mixture to solidify before use.
  4. To use, rub balm onto neck and hands.

Quick Tips:

  • To speed up solidification, refrigerate the balm.
  • This blend also works well as an aftershave balm.
Substitution: To increase the aroma’s sweetness, substitute Aura Cacia Bergamot Essential Oil for the rosemary.

Thanksgiving Dishes

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Thanksgiving offers so many wonderful opportunities to share good food with friends and family. But … it can also be easy to overindulge on Thanksgiving. Sprouts’ nutrition partner, Jessica Spiro, RD, shares tips to cut sugar from your holiday meal with three easy and healthy side dishes. See how she makes Cauliflower Mashed Potatoes, Sweet Potato “Toast” and Pumpkin Pecan Energy Bites using Sprouts brand ingredients.

Video Description: Check out these easy and healthy holiday appetizer recipes, as featured on San Diego 6!

 

Foodborne Illness Information

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Foodborne Illness Information In a perfect world, no one would get sick, least of all from eating food. Unfortunately, bacteria is naturally present in our environment and it would be impossible to eliminate all pathogens from our food chain. Therefore, bacteria may be present on food products when you purchase them and could cause foodborne illness if not properly handled. Examples of products that may contain foodborne illnesses include raw meat, poultry, seafood and eggs, as well as produce such as lettuce, tomatoes, sprouts and melons. Everyone in the supply chain, including consumers, have an important role to play in reducing their risk of foodborne illness. Foodborne illnesses are preventable through good personal hygiene, avoiding cross-contamination and adhering to proper cooking temperatures.

In case of suspected Foodborne Illness, follow these general guidelines:

1. Seek treatment as necessary. If the victim is in an “at-risk” group, seek medical care immediately. Likewise, if symptoms persist or are severe (such as bloody diarrhea, excessive nausea and vomiting, or high temperature), call your doctor. 2. Call the local health department if the suspected food was served at a large gathering, from a restaurant or other food service facility, or if it is a commercial product. 3. Call the USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline at 1-888-MPHotline (1-888-674-6854) if the suspect food is a USDA-inspected product and you have all of the packaging. Check out the FDA’s list of what you need to know about foodborne illnesses.

Preparing Food and Avoiding Cross Contamination

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Food Preparation Raw meat, poultry, seafood and eggs can spread illness-causing bacteria to ready-to-eat foods if you don’t keep them separate. Remember these helpful tips to avoid cross contamination:
  • Use one cutting board for fresh produce and a different one for raw meat, poultry or seafood.
  • Never place cooked food on a plate that previously held raw meat, poultry, seafood or eggs.
  • When storing in your refrigerator, place raw meat, poultry and seafood in sealed bags or containers to prevent their liquids from contaminatingotherfood and surfaces.
  • If you are not planning to use these foods within a few days, they should be kept frozen.
Visit fsis.usda.gov to learn more tips on why cross contamination matters.