Category : Tips

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Signed, Sealed, Delivered: College Care Packages

Although it may have been a while ago, think back to when you were a freshman college student away from home for the first time. You probably experienced a lot of emotions as you adjusted to life on a college campus - excitement, anticipation, inspiration, and perhaps, maybe, some homesickness...

School Lunch Inspiration

Now that school is back in session, you may be in need for inspiration for packing those lunches! For some parents, coming up with healthy meals five days a week can be tough. For most of us, time is precious so we want things that are healthy, but easy, too. Hopefully this quick list can help...

Back to School Tips and Tricks

I’m not sure how it happened, but the calendar says it’s time so it must be true. For many of us, the start of a new school year begins today. Crazy to think how fast the summer has gone! Although I will miss the lazy mornings, the long, sunny days, and the relaxed vibe of summertime, I know...

Road Trip Tips and Tricks

Road Trip Tips and Tricks

Summer is in full swing and for most of us, there’s probably a good chance we’ll be taking a road trip at some point. Whether it’s an hour down the road or a 12 hour trip down the coast, when it comes to traveling with young kids, anything over 20 minutes can feel like an eternity (or at...

Pack a Picnic

Pack a Picnic

Perhaps it’s the relaxed state of mind that comes with the season, but life just seems a bit sweeter in the summer. Hopefully for most of us, our schedules become less demanding, we can enjoy the longer days with more hours of sunlight and we can spend more time with those we love, doing things...

Graduation Party Planning Tips

Graduation Party Planning Tips

The calendar has flipped to May (can you believe it?!), which means flowers are blooming, the days are getting longer and warmer, and summer is just around the corner. And if you have a student, it could mean that graduation is coming up...and coming up fast! Let us help! This is a big day...

Five Tips For Easy Summer Baking When The Kitchen Heats Up

Five Tips For Easy Summer Baking When The Kitchen Heats Up

Do you love to bake but get frustrated by the rising temperature during summer? These five tips from the pros at Ashley’s will help you beat the heat of summer baking while adjusting recipes for some hot treats to best fit the summer months. Put ice in doughs! When mixing, use 25 percent ice...

Not So Plain Vanilla

Not So Plain Vanilla

NOT SO PLAIN VANILLA Vanilla is an incredibly powerful ingredient that most of us use all the time. If you’re anything like us, your vanilla is one of the most used ingredients in your kitchen. Vanilla extract goes into your chocolate chip cookies, and perhaps you scrape a vanilla bean for...

5 Touchdown Dessert Ideas

5 Touchdown Dessert Ideas

5 Touchdown Dessert Ideas With the Super Bowl just around the corner, it’s time to start planning your game day menu. Since most of your guests will want to eat while watching the game (and commercials, of course), make sure to have plenty of finger foods on hand. You may even want to set up a...

2015 Wedding Cake Tips

2015 Wedding Cake Tips

2015 Wedding Cake Tips If you got engaged over the holidays, you’re likely wasting no time getting down to business with planning your big day. First of all, congratulations on your engagement! You probably already have visions of save-the-dates, designer dresses, floral arrangements, color...

8 Resolutions for the Novice Baker

8 Resolutions for the Novice Baker

8 Resolutions for the Novice Baker There’s no doubt the explosion of baking shows over the last decade has inspired many of us to dust off our aprons and try our hand at baking. There’s just one problem, it always looks so much easier on TV where cupcakes never burn, cookies are always the...

10 Tips for Stress-Free Holiday Baking

10 Tips for Stress-Free Holiday Baking

10 Tips for Stress-Free Holiday Baking We’ve all been there with powdered sugar up to our eyeballs, oven timers going off, sprinkles spilling on the floor and the company knocking at the door. You started out with the best intentions to bless your family and friends with all their favorite...

5 Tricks for the Perfect Halloween Treats

5 Tricks for the Perfect Halloween Treats

5 Tricks for the Perfect Halloween Treats With Halloween quickly approaching, you’re sure to notice the grocery store aisles lined with candy and costumes. As you begin to get busy with all the festivities, don’t forget to schedule in time to make some homemade Halloween treats with your...

The Perfect Rolled Sugar Cookies

The Perfect Rolled Sugar Cookies

THE PERFECT ROLLED SUGAR COOKIES With Halloween just around the corner, it's time to fire up your oven for homemade Halloween treats.  Decorated cookies are always a favorite this time of year and cute new ideas are popping up on Pinterest every day.  There's only one problem,...