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Phil

Great Christmas Tree Care Idea

Today was the first day of what we call our “pre-opening” weekend–the weekend before Thanksgiving. We use this weekend to work all the bugs out ahead of our big opening on Thanksgiving Friday. Of course there is a lot of “where’s this”,
“can’t find that”, “how do you”, and “this doesn’t work”. But one-by-one all systems are a go for next week.

This afternoon we had a woman come in to buy a Colorado Blue Spruce. Since it is a little early in the season for a Blue Spruce, we got to talking to her. Turns out she bought one here last year on the same Saturday before Thanksgiving and had it up through the new year holidays–without it sheading needles! The secret to her success was placing a small humidifier under the tree.

 

We always tell people to keep the tree well watered and don’t put it next to a heat source. We have never thought to say put the tree by a moisture source (or put a moisture source by it). It’s supprising how often and how much we are learning from our customers at the same time they are, hopefully, learning from us.

 


Phil

Guys Baked Apple Recipe

Hey guys–here is how to take credit for the highlight of the christmas dinner!

I have made baked apples several times.  Serve them before the gifts are distributed and everyone will say how great they are. 

  • Take the required number of apples (I use Granny Smith, but whatever your preference).  Cut them in half and scoop out the seeds. 
  • Set each half in a cake pan, but put a canned pineapple ring underneath it to hold it flat (neat trick huh).  Dump the pineapple juice into the pan. 
  • Fill the scooped out hole with maple syrup and rub some around the entire top of the apple (I use the real stuff–a finger works better then a brush).  
  • Spread some brown sugar on the flat  part of each apple and let a lot also fall off into the pan.
  • Also mix together some cinnamon (a lot) and nutmeg (a little) and sprinkle it on.
  • Place several canned Manderan orange slices on top of the brown sugar.  If you have any left also dump them and the juice into the pan.  Plus maybe a little more brown sugar to be on the safe side.
  • That should be enough liquid, but you could also add apple cider or apple juice (good) or bourbon (better) or brandy (best).  I have never skipped the other liquids and used beer; if you try it let me know how it tastes.
  • Throw some dried fruit–cranberries, cherries, blueberries, etc., and some large walnut peices over the top.
  • Bake at around 350 for about 30-40 minutes or until your pocketknife slides in easy.
  • Or, if you’re really in a hurry to open your new toys, nuke them for a couple of minutes.
  • Remember to take the credit.

They’ll want you to make dessert again next Christmas.  So come back next year for another winner.


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Phil

Christmas is Coming!

Welcome to the first post of the our new blog!

Our new blog is also part of our totally redesigned web site at www.pinesteadchristmastrees.com. Also be sure to sign up for our new 
e-newsletter which replaces the post cards we previously sent out at Christmas.  We won’t pester you with lots of e-mail.  Our thinking is a spring, summer, fall newsletter with a focus on caring for the evergreen trees in your yard.  Plus a  November newletter with Christmas season events, specials, and coupons.

New this year!  In addition to the trees in the field which, of course, are now taller and fuller, we have expanded our pre-cut selection.  We also have several new crafters with new items in the gift shop.  We have added a toboggan “lunch counter” for the fire pit.  We have also added a new “Tobaggan Race” photo op.

Almost forgot to mention the most important “new”–two additional staff.  One in January and one in May.  Both will be in trainee status for quite a few years, but will no doubt be doing some light duty with the photo ops.

We will have all the photo ops, including the ” Tobaggan Race”, “Priceless Presents”, and all the other displays and sleds set up for the pre-Thanksgiving Saturday and Sunday (November 21 & 22).  More and more familys are coming out early to take photos for their Christmas Cards.   No purchase is necessary, but–just in case–the gift and wreath shop will be open and you can cut your tree 
as well.  If you do use one of our photo ops as a backdrop for your Christmas card be sure to send one to us.  We’ll display them in the gift shop.