Is a Franchise the Right Business Model For You? by Nancy Schramm

Rolisa creating her beautiful Veggy Medley

Rolisa creating her beautiful Veggy Medley

How many times have you thought it would be great to be your own boss, set the rules, make all the decisions, be as creative as you know you can be?

If you want to be your own boss and have the ability to decide for yourself what you will create, how you will create it, and how you will sell it, is a franchise really the best business choice for you?
If you are the creative type of person with some business experience, Flowers to Eat has classes that can help you start your own, independent fruit and vegetable arrangement business.
We are not a franchisor.
With Flowers to Eat’s classes there are no upfront franchise investment fees or ongoing monthly royalty fees. Once you have learned our techniques, you are free to modify the arrangements that you have learned and to build upon them in anyway that is beneficial to your market.
We do not limit the area that your store can cover, what new designs you want to create, what suppliers to purchase from, what days or hours your store needs to be open. These are all business decisions you should control in your own business.
Our goal is to give you the knowledge and tools to create beautiful arrangements while leaving you free to use your own business acumen and familiarity with your customer base to tailor your store to your market.
Contact us for news about upcoming classes at http://www.flowerstoeat.com

Top 10 Reasons to Give a Flowers to Eat™ Bouquet

ImageThe holidays are past and the new year is underway. If you live in the Tampa, Fl. area and were lucky, you received a delicious bouquet of chocolate covered strawberries or fruit from Flowers to Eat™ over the holidays. Or maybe you were that wonderful gifter who gave a delicious bouquet from Flowers to Eat™ to someone special in your life.

It’s not too late, though, to get the new year off to a great start with a fresh fruit arrangement. Let’s play David Letterman for a minute and think of the Top 10 Reasons to Give a Bouquet from Flowers to Eat™

10. To say: Happy Birthday or Happy Anniversary!

9. To say: Congratulations or Well Done!

8. To say: I Love You!

7. To say: I’m Sorry!

6. To say: Thank You!

5. Because you or they have had a bad day or because you or they have had a GREAT day.

4 Because you Know they Love dark chocolate and fruit.

3. Because a Flowers to Eat™ bouquet LOOKS so good!

2. Because a Flowers to Eat™ bouquet TASTES so good!

1. Because no one else makes those “Melt In Your Mouth Banana Bites™!

We look forward to helping you make someone’s day very special. Visit our website, http://www.flowerstoeat.com to see the variety of arrangements that we offer.

CRANBERRIES, that seasonal fruit that you either love or hate, by Nancy Schramm

It’s Cyber Monday, Thanksgiving has passed and retailers are counting on us to stimulate the economy, spread good cheer and purchase interesting presents for Hanukkah or Christmas.

But let’s take a step back and talk about the cranberry.

At our house, cranberry sauce is a tradition for Thanksgiving dinner. When my children were growing up that meant the Ocean Spray jellied cranberry sauce. Nothing fancy, open the can, put the contents in a bowl, cut into serving sized pieces, place in refrigerator until dinner time. Super simple and if I remember right several of my children actually ate some.

Now that they are grown, one of my daughters-in-law makes homemade cranberry sauce and brings that, along with her famous sweet potatoes to Thanksgiving dinner. It is delicious.

Cranberries are one of the healthiest foods available to us. The array of phytonutrients that they contain are one of the reasons for this. Recent research has shown that the whole cranberry is the best choice for the complete benefits of the cranberry. Their antioxidant, anti-inflamatory, and anti-cancer properties are impressive. To read more about these aspects of the cranberry, click on this link: http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=145

My absolute favorite way to enjoy cranberries is via Cranberry Nut Bread. The combination of the tart cranberries, the crunchy walnuts, and the touch of orange flavor from orange zest and juice make for a great combination.

Here is Ocean Spray’s Classic Cranberry Nut Bread recipe. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.Image

Ingredients:

2 cups flour
1 cup sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 cup orange juice
1 tablespoon grated orange peel
2 tablespoons shortening
1 egg, well beaten
1 1/2 cups Ocean Spray® Fresh or Frozen Cranberries, coarsely chopped
1/2 cup chopped nuts

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350ºF. Grease a 9 x 5-inch loaf pan.

Mix together flour, sugar, baking powder, salt and baking soda in a medium mixing bowl. Stir in orange juice, orange peel, shortening and egg. Mix until well blended. Stir in cranberries and nuts. Spread evenly in loaf pan.

Bake for 55 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool on a rack for 15 minutes. Remove from pan; cool completely. Wrap and store overnight. Makes 1 loaf (16 slices).

PER SERVING (1 slice): Cal. 211, Fat Cal. 54, Protein 3grams, Carb. 37grams, Fat 6grams, Chol. 18mg., Sodium 313mg.

Fruit Horoscopes

Fruit Horoscopes                                                                                                                 

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Do You Think Your Love of Strawberries is a Reflection of Your Personality                 

by Derek Schramm, Ph.D

It has been said that “Life is not solely comprised of tasks but of tastes.”  With nature’s abundance of tastes, we can enjoy the sweet pleasures of produce, while helping our bodies heal and develop. 

 What is your favorite fruit? 

 The Pineapple?  If so, “You like beauty.  You carefully weigh every word that comes out of your mouth.  As a result you always know what to say, and people like you because of that.  You have no difficulties to manipulate others.”

  Perhaps you favor Apples.  “If you love apples then it means that you are hardworking and a little old-fashioned.  Your bosses like you as you are able to do whatever they require from you. You have sentimental personality, you are often sad without knowing why.” 

 These and other choice ideas about your fruit choice and personality are referred to as your “Fruit Horoscope.” The accuracy of such sentiments remains to be proven, but it is clear that we all love fresh fruit. 

 At Flowers to Eat™,  your bouquet selection is large and the quality the highest.  These gifts will put a sparkle in your friend’s eyes, as they can partake in guilt free pleasure this holiday season.

 If your favorite fruit is a strawberry, peach, lemon or kiwi, among others, and you want to read more about fruit horoscopes, this url will link you to the authoritative website. 

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Grapes vs Raisins – which do you prefer? by Nancy Schramm

Flowers to Eat™ creates many bouquets that contain grapes. Green grapes, purple grapes, we use them both. Skewered in columns or dipped in dark chocolate on trays of fruit, we love to add grapes to our arrangements.

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Raisins, those dried shriveled up remnants of sweet juicy grapes don’t make it into our bouquets. Have you ever seen a fruit arrangement that contained raisins?

Ok, so raisins aren’t as attractive in a fruit bouquet, but they are still packed with vitamins and antioxidents. In fact, ounce for ounce, raisins contain nearly 3 times as many antioxidents as their juicy predecessors. Antioxidants are important in promoting and maintaining good health and optimal growth, so if you choose to eat raisins, you can eat just 1/3rd as many raisins as grapes and obtain the same amount of antioxidents.  Good choice maybe if you don’t want to carry a large bag of grapes to work with you.

Raisins do contain many more calories than grapes do, though. A half cup of raisins equals approximately 250 calories; an equal amount of grapes have only 30. But, then again, you will be fitting many more raisins into that 1/2 cup than you could grapes.  Trade offs, trade offs, life is full of them.

Whichever you choose, you will be doing your body a favor munching on the grapes/raisins instead of that sugar cookie, and both really do taste great.

If you are interested in seeing a quick video of raisins turning into grapes, check out the following link. The transformation takes only 30 seconds on You Tube.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uD_vhbv05aw

October Holidays

Ok, I get it that every cause is important and that we enjoy celebrating all kinds of events. But when I was looking at what is coming up in October, I was truly surprised by the long list of events there are to celebrate. I won’t bore you with the whole list, but thought I would share some of the many interesting dedications.

Most people probably know that October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and that Boss’s Day is October 16th this year. These are events that we, in the Flowers to Eat™ store anticipate and plan for.

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There are some celebrations tho’ this month that we had no idea were coming up.

Did you know that October is also Apple Jack month? Now I had an idea of what Apple Jack is, a strong alcoholic drink, but I had no idea there was a month dedicated to it. It’s apple season for fresh apples (think of a juicy, ripe apple or apple pie), but I would have thought Apple Jack month would come later after the apples were starting to be a little too ripe for a delicious fresh snack.

October is also International Drum Month (have you been to a Drum Circle lately?), National Popcorn Popping Month, Clergy Appreciation Month (do you think your pastor would like to celebrate it with some Apple Jack?), and Sarcastic Month. Now that last one is one my husband would probably say was right up my alley.

Then there are causes that don’t seem to warrant a whole month dedicated to them, they get just a week. Week one of October wears two hats, Customer Service Week and Get Organized Week. So, if you work in Customer Service, I guess you get time to get your workspace organized. Week Two is Pet Peeve Week, by limiting this activity to just one week it forces you to cull the list of your pet peeves to a reasonable number. OK, there’s that sarcastic thing coming out.

Special Days are even further down the list of time allotted to them.

Today, October 2 is Name Your Car Day

October 3 is Virus Appreciation Day and Techie Day……we need the techie to help us get rid of those pesky viruses.

October 5th is International Frugal Fun Day……if you have been affected by a down economy, this may be every day

October 6th and October 14th are Be Bald and Free Day……..bald folks need 2 days to celebrate their naked heads?

October 9th is Moldy Cheese Day…….yeah, bring out the blue cheese!

October 14th is also National Dessert Day……..does that mean we can have dessert for breakfast, lunch and dinner?

October 19th is Sweetest Day…….I think this is an autumn version of Valentine’s Day

October 21st is Babbling Day…….I think this one was thought up by men who didn’t want to listen to their wives of girlfriends

October 24th is both National Bologna and United Nations Day……..is that a coincidence?

And the list goes on and on, ending on October 31st, Halloween with Increase Your Psychic Powers Day.

I counted 67 single day dedications listed on the Holiday Insights.com website.

Whatever your background, vocation, hobby or special interest, it looks like there is a reason for you to celebrate in October. Happy Special Day!