Wednesday, December 17, 2014

The Perfect Holiday Meal

There’s no place cozier during the holidays than being in the kitchen cooking and baking with your loved ones. Busy schedules, tackling budget concerns, and stressing over unexpected surprises during the holiday season can make it hard to get together and enjoy a home cooked meal. It can even become difficult to get together at a restaurant.


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Fortunately, The Chip Shoppe is here to help you out during the holidays, offering a variety of delicious and healthy frozen food options for your family. Even when the kids are home on their holiday break, or you have an extra twenty relatives to prepare food for, The Chip Shoppe offers “heat and eat!” soups with flavors including Wagon Trail Chili, Chipotle Chicken and Italian Sausage Tortellini. We also offer midwest classics like Chicken Wild Rice, Beer Cheese and our new Hunter’s Stew. Cheese dips, chili mixes, and an array of appetizing spices are sure to enhance any holiday meal, no matter if you are grabbing a quick weeknight dinner or creating a Christmas spread.


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Along with our soups, your family will love our decadent variety of desserts. From the Old Fashion Coffee Cake, Caramel Banana Bread and Lemon Poppy Seed Pound Cake to red velvet rolls, and a variety of cheesecakes and pies, there’s a flavor to please every palette. Of course, check out our Chip Shoppe cookie doughs with flavors including Chippy Chunk, Triple Chocolate Brownie, and our exclusive Caramel Apple Crunch.


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We pride ourselves on providing a variety of delicious food with healthy and gluten-free options to cater to every family member. Check out our Fall/Holiday 2014 brochures and our services online for more deals and tips on creating the perfect holiday meal for your family and friends this season.

Monday, December 15, 2014

Kids' Holiday Craft Fun

Capture your children’s excitement this holiday season with a few fun seasonal crafts to be enjoyed for holidays to come. A simple way to preserve the magic of Christmas, these festive kids’ crafts are sure to excite your little ones and create treasured holiday memories for you. Join the Chip Shoppe in celebrating the magic of the season with these easy-to-do crafts for your family!



Scented Christmas Tree Ornaments:
Your little ones love helping you decorate for the holidays. Add a little holiday cheer through sights and smells with these festive cinnamon trees!


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( Image credit: http://www.craftsunleashed.com/seasonal/winter/cinnamon-stick-tree-ornaments/?crlt.pid=camp.U0PkkUTog7iR)


What You’ll Need:
-3” cinnamon sticks
-¾” Canadian pine garland
-Bright colored buttons, plastic gems, beads or pom poms
-Hot glue gun and glue
-Twine cord
-Wire cutters


  1. Using wire cutters, trim pieces of varying lengths from your strand of pine garland to create the greenery for the trees. Place a dab of hot glue on the cinnamon stick and press garland clipping down firmly. Repeat twice more with slightly larger garland trimmings, and allow hot glue to cool.
  2. Fasten a 3” piece of twine to the back of the top of each tree to create a loop for hanging, using a dab of hot glue. Allow glue to cool.
  3. Let the magic happen! Assist your kids as needed in gluing tree decorations to the branches using small dabs of hot glue. The more sparkle and color, the better!


You’re ready to add the little trees to your ornament collection! A fun way to allow each of your children’s personality to shine through, these festive trees will reflect the little hands and big talent that created them.



Holiday Chalkboard Cocoa Mug:
Your guilty pleasure and your kid’s holiday favorite, personalized hot cocoa mugs complement this classic cold weather treat, reusable for any time of the year!



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What You’ll Need:
-Porcelain mugs
-Pebeo porcelain bakeable chalkboard paint (non-porcelain paint will not adhere to mug)
-Painters tape
-Paint brush
-Chalk


  1. Ensure mug is cleaned and completely dry.
  2. Using painters tape, tape off section of mug to be painted for chalkboard affect.
  3. Apply chalkboard paint with paint brush.
  4. Once paint is fully applied, carefully peel up painters tape while paint is still wet; this will prevent the tape from pulling up the paint if allowed to dry.
  5. Allow paint to dry for 24 hours, then bake in oven at 300 degrees for 35 minutes. This sets the paint, and your mug will now be dishwasher and microwave safe.
  6. Decorate mugs with chalk before filling with hot chocolate
You’re now ready to serve holiday inspired cocoa in fun, personalized mugs! May we suggest plenty of marshmallows and for a twist, add a few splashes of Torani raspberry syrup.



Olaf Sock Snowman:
Have you ever met a kid who doesn’t like frozen? Adults and children alike are still raving over the Disney’s hit. This holiday season, channel some of your frosty friends and help your kids create their very own Olaf snowman!


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What You’ll Need:
-1 kids size small white sock
-Approximately 1 ⅓ cup rice for filling
-2 white pom poms for feet
-Craft googly eyes
-Orange felt
-Adhesive backed black felt
-3 clear hair elastics
-Hot glue gun and glue
-Printable Olaf features (Click download button on webpage) or free hand stencil Olaf features on black felt using white chalk


  1. Pour roughly ¾ cup rice into sock and fasten with clear hair elastic to create the bottom of Olaf.
  2. Pour about ⅛ cup rice into sock on top of hair elastic, to create the midsection of Olaf. Secure closed with elastic hair tie.
  3. Pour about ½ cup of rice into sock to create Olaf’s head, shaping the rice slightly taller and thinner than the others for the correct head dimensions. Secure with hair elastic.
  4. Secure each ‘snowball’ using hot glue to keep Olaf’s shape; apply hot glue to hair elastic where each meets the sock fabric to ensure Olaf will stay sturdy.
  5. Peel off black felt pieces for Olaf’s smile and glue to his head, and hot glue his nose and eyes on.
  6. Stick on/hot glue black felt arms and glue on white pom pom feet.
  7. Stick/glue Olafs black hair on his head, attaching at the top most hair elastic.


Now, your kids are ready to enjoy their very own Olaf the snowman! Let your little ones add their own Olaf flare with colored felt or ribbons as a scarf.


Holiday crafts are a great way to celebrate the season and spend time with your children. add to your collection each year and create memories of holiday fun. The Chip Shoppe wishes you and your family a very happy holiday season!

Friday, November 21, 2014

The Chip Shoppe 2014 Winter Warehouse Sale

It is almost here- The 2015 Chip Shoppe Annual Winter Warehouse Sale and we have a lot of awesome items for great prices!


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The Chip Shoppe warehouse sale will be:


  • Jackson, Wisconsin
    • Thursday, December 4th, 2014 from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
    • Friday, December 5th, 2014 from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
    • Saturday, December 6th, 2014 from 8:00 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • St. Cloud, Minnesota
    • Thursday, December 11th, 2014 from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
    • Friday, December 12th, 2014 from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
    • Saturday, December 13th, 2014 from 8:00 a.m. to 2 p.m.
 
Addresses for the Warehouse Sales:

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All food items are $6.00 and Gift items are 75% off! You can stock up on your favorite Chip Shoppe foods, like our Famous Chip Shoppe Cookie Dough, Gourmet Soups, delicious Cheesecakes and Pies and braided bread. You can also stock up on quality gift wrap and Gift Bags just in time for Holiday gift-giving.


Gift items such as gourmet chocolates, trendy jewelry, candles, kitchen items and other household and decorative items are also available. The warehouse will be full of great ideas to finish Holiday Shopping for friends and family, and extra gifts for neighbors, teachers, daycare providers and more!


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For an added bonus, you get 1 free gift item with a purchase when you bring in this coupon! Keep watching The Chip Shoppe Facebook page for daily specials and updates on special discount items.


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Feel free to comment below and let us know of any questions you may have as well as what Chip Shoppe item you are most excited to purchase from our winter warehouse sale!

Friday, October 24, 2014

Start your Morning with a Routine: Your Guide to get your Kids to School and make it to Work on Time

If you’re like the majority of us, your days are planned out even before your head’s off your pillow. Soccer practice, PTA meetings, hitting the gym - the life pie-chart tends to have some pretty small, yet crucial pieces. And, nothing can unravel a day before it even begins better than a rocky, disorganized, frantic morning.
 
 


GIVE YOURSELF TIME
This one seems like a no-brainer, but it’s imperative. How many times are we tempted to hit the snooze button over and over? Sleep is wonderful, but that last half hour lounging in bed next to a chirping alarm clock won’t make a huge difference. Use that time to get up, make a cup of coffee or catch the morning news before the kids are awake. You’ll be more alert and ready to tackle the day!



PREP THE NIGHT BEFORE
Take a moment the night before to help your kids set out clothes for the next day. Prepare food and pack lunches too - that way, it’s just a simple grab-and-go.  Breakfast  can work this way too; consider oatmeal or hard-boiled eggs. Organize backpacks and make sure everything is in there. These little things won’t take you long during the evening, but they can make a huge difference during a busy morning.  



WRITE IT DOWN
It’s always easier to stay organized when you know what you need to do. Keep a calendar in a central location and keep it updated with appointments and deadlines. Create an age-appropriate chores/responsibilities checklist for the refrigerator to ensure everything you need gets done. And, review these with your kids in the morning. Having all the things you need to know, right in front of you, sets the table for a well-organized day.



SET DAILY GOALS
We asked a mom of two young children to shed some light on successful morning routines. She says she likes to talk with her kids about what they want to accomplish that day, and help them set realistic, enjoyable goals. Nothing like starting the day with a positive, constructive spirit!



STAY CALM
Finally, don’t sweat it if things don’t do exactly as planned. Sooner or later, your alarm clock will not go off. Your kids will change their minds about outfits set out the night before. Dogs knock over garbage cans, and folders of homework will mysteriously disappear. By having your routine locked into place, you’ll condition yourself to be calm and collected - and folks with those qualities can handle curveballs!


These are a few simple ideas we drummed up. Got any morning stress-busters or your own? Comment below!

Thursday, August 28, 2014

How to Choose a Fundraising Company Perfect for YOU!

When it comes to school fundraising companies, what starts as a simple web search will quickly net hundreds of options.
So, how do you sift through this seemingly endless list of options and hone in on the one perfect for you?

Now, as a fundraising company, we’re clearly a little biased, but we’ve got good reason to be; we’ve got the products, the experience and the expertise to help you make your fundraiser soar.

Here are a few things we recommend you keep in mind as you choose that right company.


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Customer Satisfaction
A good fundraising company does not expect you to know everything right out of the gate; that’s what trained professionals are here for. The Chip Shoppe provides top notch customer service with a focus on the most important facet of fundraising - the needs of our customers.  Not much more we can say about this here...the stories of our clientele speak for themselves.

Experience.
In order to get the most out of your fundraiser, it’s crucial to choose a tried and true organization. We’ve been in the fundraising business for about 15 years - our staff is knowledgeable, passionate, and dedicated to getting and keeping you on the right track!

Low Cost. High Profits.
Let’s face it; a lot of people shy away from fundraising companies out of fear that the company will take more than their fair share of your hard-earned profits. To start, our Chip Shoppe customers pay nothing up front - Our FREE sales kit contains everything you need to start selling. This includes order cards, brochures, collection envelopes and a pre-paid envelope to submit your order. And, you’ll get what you came for - generous profits with no hidden costs.

Quality Fundraising Products with value.
So, getting started shouldn’t be hard - and keeping your clientele should be even easier. During our tenure, the high quality and in-demand products in our fundraising catalogs have retained a great deal of business. Many of them are one-of-a-kind items that you will find only at The Chip Shoppe. Top-quality products year after year mean loyalty and profits for your school every year.
 
Unexpected Extras
With the Chip Shoppe, you’re not just seeing profit - your hard work will be rewarded with a host of prizes! These will vary from school to school, but you can count on fun options every time.

So, that’s a short list of some things to look for when choosing your fundraising group. Now, we hope you’ll consider us in your short list - and we can’t wait to answer any questions, and get you started on the fast track to fundraising success!

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Lake/Cabin Safety


Ask a random person in the Midwest what they love about summer, and you’re pretty likely to get an answer involving lakes, cabins and camping. Here in our part of the world, it’s pretty convenient to plan an escape from urban living for a while in favor of peaceful, relaxing bonding time with the family at a nearby cabin, campground or resort.
But, even in nature’s playground, there are certain precautions that must be taken to stay safe - especially with kids around.

So, in light of summer camping season, here are some tips we’ve gathered that will help keep you and your family safe in the great outdoors.


Maintain Supervision.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), about ten people die from unintentional drowning around the country every day - two of which are children ages 14 or younger. More specifically, children between the ages of 1 and 4 have the highest drowning rates. Now, we’re certainly not trying to scare you with these stats; it’s just important to remember these facts, and remember that drowning is very preventable. Make sure a responsible adult is in place to watch out for the kids. Ideally, this person will be familiar with CPR and other life-saving techniques. Always have those life jackets handy; most boating injuries and deaths can be prevented with readily available flotation devices.
Sun Protection.
Mother nature can be pretty unforgiving when it comes to solar rays, so don’t forget about sunscreen and protective clothing like hats and sunglasses. Sunscreens with higher SPF ratings block slightly more UVB rays, but you’re pretty covered with consistent applications of an SPF 30 sunblock. Make sure the products you choose are water resistant and apply at least 1 hour before you expose yourself to the sun, and reapply every two hours - especially if you’re sweating or swimming.
Bug Protection.
It’s Minnesota; when the sun sets, get ready to swap the sunblock for bug spray. In addition to being obnoxious, mosquitoes and other biting flies can carry a whole range of vacation-ruining diseases. So, make sure you’re armed. Choose a repellent with active ingredients like DEET and picaridin; these are highly effective and can ward off pests for anywhere from four to ten hours. Also, much like with sunscreen, make sure you read product labels for time estimates and reapply when necessary.
Keep Distance. One of the great things about being out in nature is the potential for experiencing the wonder of rural wildlife. Now, while it’s great to spot a bear, raccoon, coyote or other critter, don’t go out of your way to lure them.  Keep food waste, garbage bags and other temptations out of reach. And, if one of these wild creatures does approach your home base, keep your distance. Most of them are far more afraid of you than you of them, and will run off at the first sign of you, but when it comes to wildlife, it’s always better safe than sorry.
Stay hydrated.
With all this fun in the sun, it can be easy to forget to drink lots of water. Don’t overlook this; dehydration can come on quickly and lead to all kinds of problems - especially in very active kids. And, most of the time, you won’t even realize you’re  dehydrated until it's already set in. So, head it off by drinking a consistent amount of water, and pay attention to symptoms like extreme thirst, excessive sleepiness in infants and children, irritability and confusion in adults and sunken eyes; these are signs that a person is suffering from dehydration.


Remember - prevention is always the best solution, so keep these tips in mind - and enjoy every minute of your well-earned vacation!

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Five Fun Fourth of July Kids' Projects

The sun is shining, the sounds of boat motors and smells of BBQ grills are filling the air...and folks all around the country are getting ready to wave the flag in celebration of our nation’s birthday.

It was on this day, in 1776, that our founding fathers signed the Declaration of Independence, setting the table for our annual celebrations with our family, friends and communities!

If your gathering include some little ones, take a note - we’ve compiled a fun collection of crafts and food that will make the holiday extra fun and creative for them!


1. One thing we can count on on the Fourth of July - hot weather. This cool, layered drink recipe is refreshing, easy to make, and as you can see, very patriotic. Thanks to In Katrina’s Kitchen for the cool idea.


Show your spirit! This nifty guide for creating all kinds of red, white and blue apparel and accessories for the holiday was found on shelterness.


No Fourth of July celebration is complete without food...and no summer is complete without marshmallows! This guide for creating your own red, white and blue treats is part of a larger project we really liked, found on puertabella.blogspot.com.


Keep the kids busy and creative with a host of fun crafts - we found a lot we really like on the website Spoonful.


Temporary tattoos are a smash hit with kids of all ages, and this idea from Alex Toys is ultra simple and completely fun.

Do you have a fun craft project or food you’re whipping up for the fourth? Leave us a comment and tell us about it!