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    Free Printable Valentine’s Day Card

    February 3rd, 2015 admin

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    Here is a free printable Valentine’s Day card from your friends at GiftTree. All you have to do is print, trim, fold, fill out and give it to your Valentine.

    To download, please click on the image below:

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    Super Bowl Dip Recipes

    January 28th, 2015 admin

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    The first Sunday in February, a day to sit around with friends eating tasty snacks and savoring adult beverages… Oh yeah, and I heard something about a football game. There are still a few days to go and now is time to start planning your snacks. Here are a couple of dip recipes to make you the MVP of the snack table.

    Six Layers and a Chip Dip

    First off we have a classic dip recipe that everyone will enjoy, just don’t tell them it’s a bit healthier than the standard recipe. The secret is substituting sour cream with nonfat yogurt. When you mix in the cilantro, they’ll never know!

    Ingredients

    2 cloves garlic

    2 teaspoons kosher salt

    1 (15-ounce) can black beans, drained and rinsed

    1 (15-ounce) can pinto beans, drained and rinsed

    2 teaspoons chili powder

    2 tablespoons water

    1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil

    2 cups lowfat shredded Cheddar

    2 ripe avocados, preferably Hass

    1 jalapeno, stemmed, finely chopped, (with seeds for more heat)

    2 cups chopped romaine lettuce

    1 1/2 cups nonfat yogurt, preferably Greek

    1/2 cup fresh cilantro, leaves and some stems, roughly chopped, plus more for garnish

    3 ripe medium tomatoes, diced

    5 scallions (white and green), thinly sliced

    Baked tortilla chips, for dipping

    Directions

    On a cutting board, smash the garlic cloves, sprinkle with 1 teaspoon of the salt, and, with the flat side of a large knife, mash and smear the mixture to a coarse paste. Put the garlic, beans, chili powder, water, and olive oil in the bowl of a food processor and blend until smooth. Spread in the bottom of a 2 quart casserole or gratin dish, or in individual sized dishes, as desired.

    Scatter the cheese over the beans. Halve and seed the avocados, then mash with the jalapeno and another teaspoon of salt in a small bowl. Spread a layer of the avocado over the cheese, and then scatter the lettuce on top.

    Mix the yogurt with the cilantro and then spread over the lettuce. Add a layer of tomatoes and finally scatter the scallions on top. Chill until ready to serve. Garnish with a few cilantro sprigs and serve with baked chips.

    From Food Network Kitchens

    Read more at: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/food-network-kitchens/six-layers-and-a-chip-dip-recipe.html?oc=linkback

    Charred Tomatillo Margarita Salsa

    Secondly we have something a little more adventurous that is adults only. This recipe adds tequila for a new twist on classic salsa. Just remember, don’t let the kids get into this.

    Ingredients

    6 tomatillos, husks removed and halved

    2 poblano chiles, halved and seeded

    1 bunch scallions, trimmed

    Vegetable oil, for drizzling

    Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

    1/4 cup tequila

    1/2 teaspoon chili powder

    Juice of 1 lime

    Tortilla chips, for serving

    Directions

    Place the tomatillos, poblanos and scallions on a rimmed baking sheet. Drizzle with vegetable oil and season with salt and pepper. Place under the broiler and cook until well charred, turning once, about 5 minutes per side. When cool enough to handle, remove the skin from the poblanos.

    Add the charred vegetables to a food processor along with the tequila, chili powder, lime juice, 1/2 teaspoon salt and a pinch of black pepper. Pulse until smooth but still slightly chunky. Remove to a medium bowl. Season with salt and pepper. Refrigerate until chilled, at least 1 hour or overnight. Serve with tortilla chips.

    Copyright 2013 Television Food Network, G.P. All rights reserved

    From Food Network Kitchens

    Read more at: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/food-network-kitchens/charred-tomatillo-margarita-salsa.html?oc=linkback

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    Valentine’s Day Gifts for Men

    January 26th, 2015 admin

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    Finding the perfect Valentine’s Day gift for the special man in your life can be tough! So often it seems that Valentine’s Day is geared mainly towards women, but don’t fret, here at GiftTree we have a selection of gifts that guys will love too. Whether your man is a connoisseur of sudsy beverages, has a sweet tooth, or is the kind of guy who likes to keep himself looking and smelling good, we have you covered. Take a look at this awesome selection of Valentine’s Day gifts for men.

    Personalized Stainless Steel Beer Growler

    17895The Personalized Stainless Steel Beer Growler is the perfect gift for the man who likes to brew and drink fresh tasty beer. The growler’s heavy stainless steel construction guarantees the integrity and quality of each beer’s unique character. A gasket ring sealer at the base of the lid prevents carbonation from escaping and keeps the beer crisp and fresh, while an ample 64 oz capacity ensures there’s always plenty of beer to go around. Our exclusive personalization feature elevates the gift to a permanent and memorable keepsake, with an engraved name or special title of your choice. If your guy enjoys brewing his own beer, this is a great way to transport the brew to show off to friends, for picnics or a tailgate party. Many taprooms and bottle shops now have growler fill stations where you can have growlers filled with fresh beer as well. For an extra special touch, find a local establishment with a growler fill station and have the growler filled with your man’s favorite brew. Just a tip, have the growler filled as close to giving this to your guy as possible for the freshest beer.

    Sweetly Yours Valentine’s Cookie Box

    19399If your man has a sweet tooth our Sweetly Yours Valentine’s Cookie Box is a great option and is good for all ages. Hand-frosted heart-shaped sugar cookies are combined with fresh-baked Snickerdoodle and White Chocolate Hazelnut cookies and arrives decorated with a beautiful “Happy Valentine’s Day” satin ribbon. Only the finest in premium ingredients are used in the baking process such as Guittard Chocolate and natural sea salt and each cookie is individually wrapped to ensure freshness. Get this for your sweetheart with a sweet tooth and let them know you really care.

     

    Bon Appetit Gourmet Gift Basket

    5389For the foodie in your life we have the Bon Appetit Gourmet Gift Basket. A vintage picnic suitcase that opens to reveal an impressive assortment of gourmet treats and savory snacks such as: Saraivanov Smoked Salmon, Grilled Vegetable Antipasti, Busseto Dry Salami Con Vino, Godiva Dipped Cashews, Lindt Truffles, and much more. This collection of gourmet treats will be sure to please your favorite epicurean this Valentine’s Day.

    For even more manly gifts check out our Gifts for Him page.

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    2015 Valentine’s Day Collection

    January 20th, 2015 admin

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    Is it too early to bring up Valentine’s Day? Here at GiftTree we certainly don’t think so, which is why we are taking this opportunity to introduce our Valentine’s Day Collection. We have a variety of high-end gifts to show that special someone in your life how much they truly mean to you. We offer everything from elegant jewelry to decadent sweets and a fine selection of wine and champagne. Also, many of our products can be personalized for that extra special touch. This is just a short list of some of our featured Valentine’s Day gifts for your sweetheart.

    Valentine’s Wine & Chocolate Basket

    If you’re shopping for someone who enjoys both the luxuries of artisanal chocolate and red wine, we have the perfect gift for you! The Valentine’s Wine & Chocolate Basket comes with a bottle of California Winemaker’s Red (with the word Love custom engraved on the bottle), artisanal chocolate from renowned chocolatiers such as Lindt, Seattle Chocolates, Godiva and more. This gift is a surefire way to please the wine and chocolate lover in your life.

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    Valentine’s Day Spa Collection

    If you would like to spoil your Valentine with the gift of relaxation, our Valentine’s Day Spa Collection will do that in the most luxurious fashion. This provides everything needed for a romantic and refreshing spa experience, including heart-shaped bath beads, Deep Steep passion fruit and guava products, natural botanical soaps, and more. To finish off the spa experience a comfort-contoured eye shade and 100% cotton ring-spun towel are included, all of this comes packed in a keepsake tote. This is a great gift for a romantic spa night in.

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    Chocolate Indulgence Valentine’s Tower

    True chocolate lovers will adore our Chocolate Indulgence Valentine’s Tower, which consists of three romantic red gift boxes filled with gourmet treats they will be sure to love. Lindt Chocolate Valentine’s Truffles and Marich Dark Chocolate Caramel Hearts are paired with Snickerdoodle cookies, Yogurt Covered Pretzels and more. Show your sweetheart just how sweet they are and how much you care with this elegant gift tower.

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    Our large selection of Valentine’s gifts ensures that you will be able to find the perfect way to express your affection. See our entire Valentine’s Day Collection here.

     

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    Healthy Winter Recipe

    January 19th, 2015 admin


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    Nothing offers more relief after a cold winter day than your favorite comfort food, being based just outside of Portland, OR, GiftTree HQ and Call Center employees definitely know a thing or two about these hearty dishes Although it may not be nearly as cold here as a large swath of the United States (it looks like warnings of another Arctic Blast for the Mid-West and East coast), the soggy cold weather creates the perfect climate for winter comfort foods. The downside to these rich and tasty meals is that many of them may not jive with certain New Year’s Resolutions. In keeping with the spirit of sticking to healthy goals, this winter bean soup with vegetables and pesto will warm you up after a cold winter day while still keeping the calories in check.

     

    Makes 4 servings

     

    INGREDIENTS

     

    Pesto:

    • 2 cups (packed) fresh basil leaves
    • 1/2 cup drained canned diced tomatoes
    • 3 tablespoons freshly grated Parmesan cheese
    • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
    • 3 garlic cloves, peeled

     

    Soup:

    • 2 large leeks (white and pale green parts only), chopped
    • 2 medium carrots, peeled, diced
    • 1 6-ounce white-skinned potato, peeled, diced
    • 3 tablespoons water
    • 8 cups canned vegetable broth
    • 1/2 cup orzo (rice-shaped pasta)
    • 6 ounces green beans, trimmed, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
    • 1 15-ounce can cannellini (white kidney beans), rinsed, drained
    • 1/4 teaspoon dried crushed red pepper
    • 2 tablespoons freshly grated Parmesan cheese

     

    PREPARATION

     

    For pesto:

    Puree all ingredients in processor and season with salt and pepper. (Pesto can be made 1 day ahead. Cover and refrigerate.)

     

    For soup:

    Combine first 4 ingredients in heavy large pot. Cover and cook over medium-low heat until vegetables are almost tender, stirring occasionally, about 8 minutes. Add broth; bring to boil. Stir in orzo; boil uncovered until orzo is almost tender, stirring often, about 12 minutes. Add green beans; reduce heat and simmer until beans are tender, about 6 minutes. Stir in cannellini and crushed pepper; simmer until heated through, about 3 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.

     

    Divide pesto among 4 bowls. Ladle soup over pesto; swirl to blend. Sprinkle with 2 tablespoons cheese.

     

    Per serving: calories, 353; total fat, 12 g; saturated fat, 2 g; cholesterol, 6 mg

     

    Check out the original recipe at epicurious.com. This is a recipe that responds well to alterations, if you don’t care for an ingredient or have a dietary restriction, give this soup a try with a substitution. Orzo can be subbed with quinoa, or more veggies, if pasta is not on your list. Or try swapping the white potato with a sweet potato for an interesting flavor combo. One final note, if you’re cooking for any vegetarians, look for cheese without animal rennet.

     

     

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