Month: October 2019

Holiday DIY: Adorn Your Home with Bella Viva Dried Fruits!

Looking for fresh holiday decorating ideas? We’ve got ‘em! Right now, our country store is festooned with fragrant and colorful decorations featuring our Dried Fruits and you can bring them into your own home with these easy DIY orchard-to-home decorations and potpourris. Let’s get started! Make a Bella Viva Orchards Evergreen-Citrus Wreath for indoors or out with a store-bought wreath and just a few supplies! It’s beautiful and so fragrant. Continue the theme with this fresh and natural Bella Viva Orchards Citrus Garland. Make it as long or as short as you want. So go ahead, stock up on Dried Oranges and Lemons and

Bella Viva Orchards Citrus Garland

Supplies (for one 6-foot garland): 24 Bella Viva Orchards Dried Orange Slices24 Bella Viva Orchards Dried Lemon Slices24 dried bay leaves12 cinnamon sticksSoft jute twine (from craft store or hardware store)Large upholsterer’s needle (large enough to fit the twine through the eye)Scissors Steps: 1.    Cut jute twine into an 10-foot length. Thread one end of twine through the needle. 2.    Thread one Dried Orange Slice, one Dried Lemon Slice and 3 bay leaves onto the twine. Push to the end until you have one foot of twine remaining. Tie a knot to secure the first Dried Orange slice to the twine and

Bella Viva Orchards Evergreen-Citrus Wreath

The wreath we picked up had some pine cones and faux red berry stems already attached, which is a plus! You’ll need: Supplies (for one wreath): 1 store-bought fresh evergreen wreath6 pine cones (if not on purchased wreath)12 Bella Viva Orchards Dried Orange Slices15 Bella Viva Orchards Dried Lemon Slices15 Bella Viva Orchards Dried Tart Apple Rings8 cinnamon sticks4 faux red berry stems (available at your local craft store)1 ¾ yards of 2 ½-inch wide wire-edge ribbon1 natural-themed Christmas ornament (we used felt reindeer)Soft jute twine (from craft store or hardware store)Florist’s wireWire snippersScissors Steps: 1.    Using wire snippers, cut florist’s wire into

Bella Viva Orchards Ornaments

Supplies (for a dozen ornaments): Soft jute twine (from craft store or hardware store)9 Bella Viva Orchards Dried Orange Slices9 Bella Viva Orchards Dried Lemon Slices9 Bella Viva Orchards Dried Tart Apple Rings9 Bella Viva Orchards Dried Honeycrisp Apple SlicesOrnament hangers (from craft store) Steps: 1.    Cut twine into twelve 10-inch lengths. 2.    Using one 10-inch twine length, thread three Dried Orange Slices and tie twine into a bow. Repeat until you have three sets of oranges. Then thread three Dried Lemon Slices on 10-inch twine lengths until you have three sets. Continue by threading three Dried Tart Apple Rings on 10-inch

Bella Viva Orchards Potpourris

Transform the heavenly aroma of our country store to your home for the holidays. It’s easy to mix up a batch of dry or simmering Bella Viva Potpourris to fill your home with airy notes of Oranges, Lemons, Apples and warm winter spices. These blends are sure to delight your family and visitors alike! For Bella Viva Orchards Dry Potpourri, grab a large bowl and add 4 Dried Orange Slices, 4 Dried Lemon Slices, 6 Dried Tart Apple Slices, 8 whole cinnamon sticks, ¼ cup whole cloves, ¼ cup whole allspice, 2 teaspoons freshly ground nutmeg, 5 bay leaves and 7 or 8 small

In the Kitchen: Baked Apple Hand Pies

Leave the deep fat fryer in the closet, ‘cause you’re about to enjoy this healthier dessert that’s long on sweetness and flakiness and short on the guilt. So pick your favorite varieties of sweet or tart Bella Viva Orchards’ Dried Apples and fire up that oven! It’s delish time in your house! Yields: 12 hand pies Prep time: 1 hour 15 minutesCook time: 20 minutesTotal Time: 2 hours 35 minutes (including fridge time) Ingredients: 1 recipe hand pie crust (recipe below), or 1 store-bought pie crust2 cups chopped Bella Viva Orchards Dried Skinless Apples (see note)About 2 cups very hot water1 teaspoon vanilla extract1

It’s Baking Time: You’ve Got This!

Sweater weather is here and that means it’s time to fire up the oven and get baking, as if any of us need an excuse, right? Think about aromas of fruity and nutty-good baked treats wafting through the air from your kitchen. Getting hungry? We thought so! Whether you’re baking for the holidays or for everyday bliss, you’re in the right place to score from our great selection of diced fruits, nut pieces and plant-based flours and powders, all offering you convenience and good nutrition in every bite. Perfect for cookies, muffins and cakes, our diced fruits and nuts are winners! Think about mixing

Apple of Your Eye: Sweet, Tart Autumness!

As the leaves turn color and fall from the trees and the days grow cooler and shorter, it becomes the perfect time for apples. Dried Apples, that is! These chewy guys want to jump into your desk, your kids’ lunch bags and into your kitchen. And the doctor would approve! Naturally fat-free, gluten-free and GMO-free, Dried Apples are high in vitamin C and contain dietary fiber, vitamin B-6 and a bit of potassium and magnesium. Experts tell us that Apples can help promote weight management, bone health, digestive function and pulmonary function. The same sources state that Apples can help stave off asthma and

Behold: The Courageous Cranberry!

Brilliant red, sweet and tart. That’s the courageous Cranberry! These beautiful berries, sweetened just enough to round out that puckerfulness, are screaming to be part of your healthy diet. They want you to think of them when it’s time for breakfast, lunch, snacktime and dinner. They especially want you to think of them now that cooler weather and holidays are upon us. Dried Cranberries are a source of dietary fiber and some calcium, iron and potassium. They’re also GMO-free, fat free and sodium-free. Their claim to fame? Think about antioxidants and bioactive compounds rather than vitamins and minerals. These compounds help promote healthier metabolism,