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Isanti, MN 55040

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Guy's Chips Supreme Recipe

As promised, this year’s Guy's Recipe for 2012 bypasses breakfast and dessert and goes straight to halftime.  Get this ready before the game and shove it into the oven a few minutes before halftime (not responsible for overcooking due to excessive time-outs).

Spray a cookie sheet then layer it with  Nachos, Doritos, corn chips or whatever your preference—even crackers such as Wheat Thins or Triscuits will work .  Just make sure to cover all the open spaces so the toppings are on the chips, not the pan.

Now you want to load it up with toppings.  I use any or all of the following.

·         Pre-cooked bacon (for best favor),  or ham, sausage, pepperoni…

·         Broccoli (cut into small bit size pieces).

·         Cauliflower  (likewise)

·         Tomato (ditto)

·         Green pepper, scallions, olives, mushrooms…

[The Broccoli and cauliflower allow you to pretend it’s good for you.]  If you have a Packers fan in the group make one with anchovies and jalapeno peppers.

Now pretty much cover it with shredded cheese until it’s hard to see what’s underneath.  Then drizzle (not pour or soak) Ranch Dressing over it.  Tip—have the Ranch at room temp or even nuke it for 15-20 sec or it will come out in gobs.

Now you’re ready to shove it in the oven (preheated to 350) or under the broiler—if you go the broiler route remember to key your eye on it, not the cheerleaders.  It’s ready when the cheese is nice and bubbly (just like a pizza, which it sort of is)

The biggest risk is that you didn’t make enough and you miss the third quarter because you have been sent back to the kitchen to make another batch.

As always, goes best with a good micro-beer.Chips Supreme

Next year’s guy’s recipe—right now I don’t have a clue

Also check out the recipes from the last three years—just page down to them.

                Guy’s Baked French Toast (2011)

                Guy’s Bread Pudding (2010)

                Guy’s Baked Apples (2009)


Decorating Your Christmas Tree

We are not interior designers, but we have had many discussions with our customers about decorating their trees, often on weekdays when we are not as busy and have the time to chat a bit.  So we wish to share some ideas with you.

Decorating starts with using a stand that will hold the tree nice and straight and also supplies the tree with all the water it needs.  The stands we sell have a 2 ½ gallon capacity, which is generally enough even if you happen to forget to water it for a day.  A great idea is to associate watering with a “trigger” event such making coffee in the morning or starting the dishwasher in the evening.)

Surprisingly enough one of the hardest trees to decorate is the “perfect” tree.  Trees come in all sizes and shapes.  Just as you like interesting people, you want your tree to be interesting as well.   Thus, trees with wild branches and holes may present more opportunities for doing something memorable.

Next come the lights--lots of lights.  At the farm we are gradually replacing all our lights with the much lower energy consuming LED lights.  But no matter which type of lights you are using, the commonly accepted rule of thumb used by interior designers is 100 lights per foot of tree.  That’s 800 lights on a 7-8 foot tree!  Based upon discussions at the farm I would say that most people use about 300 on a 7-8 foot tree—less than half of what an interior designer would use.

Everything is personal preference.    Some, for example, prefer a theme tree and there is no end to potential themes—all white, gold, or purple ribbons, sports memorabilia, children made ornaments, Victorian ornaments, birds, dogs, cats, photos, Christmas cards, only lights, tinsel…

However, we normally go for a family tree—one that’s full of the kids and grandkids home or school made photos and ornaments, plus various special meaning ornaments picked up over the years.  Perhaps the theme in this case is “more is better”.

Back to that less than perfect tree.   Here’s where you can let your creatively shine!  Every tree almost needs a hole or two for rag dolls or teddy bears.  Wild branches often allow you to use some heavier ornaments that you might not normally use.  A couple of years ago we had a tall, but very open wild tree.  It was so open that we ran the lights along the trunk and then wrapped them in place with ribbon instead of using them on the branches.  After we loaded it up with tinsel it seemed to almost glow from inside.

Finally, remember to decorate your tree twice--once for your home, and then, after Christmas, for the feathery and furry creatures outside.  Place it in a snow bank and have the kids decorate it with popcorn strings, carrots, peanut butter pine cones…  Use your cookie cutters to make ornaments out of a slice of bread.  Everyone will enjoy the window show all winter long.

We hope this was helpful.  Be sure to share a photo of your decorated tree on our Facebook page atwww.facebook/pinesteadtreefarms.com or email it to us at reachus@pinesteadchristmastrees.com.

The Hartley family


Arbor Day Weekend

Up to this year we had never done anything special for Arbor Day.  Arbor Day is "plant a tree" day--a nice complement to Earth Day, which occurs a few days earlier.  As we do every year, we are planting trees here at the farm, however, we have never provided our Christmas Tree customers an opportunity to plant a tree of their own.  Everyone who purchased a tree last Christmas received a "Cut one, plant one" certificate for a free tree on Arbor Day weekend.

Shown are some of the potted Blue Spruce, Fraser Fir, and Balsam Fir three and four year old transplants we gave away this Arbor Day weekend.  We had a great response and are already looking forward to our "2nd annual Arbor Day Free Tree Weekend."