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Buttercream Frosted Cut-Out Cookies, Summer

Beauty in Bloom: Fun Facts About Sunflowers

September 3, 2014

When you look at a sunflower, you can’t help but smile. There’s just something about those bright, larger-than-life flowers that really brighten up the day. That’s why every summer and fall, we love putting a sunflower spin on our famous buttercream frosted cookies!

In honor of one of our favorite vibrant blooms, here are some fun facts about sunflowers!

Did you know…

– Sunflowers belong to the Helianthus genus. Helianthus is a combination of the Greek words – “helios,” meaning sun and “anthos,” meaning flower.

cheryls-buttercream-frosted-sunflower-cookies– The sunflower has been cultivated for over 4,500 years!

-While the sunflower is native to North America, its popularity as a cultivated crop began in Russia.

– It is a very fast growing plant; in fact, it requires around only 100 days from planting to reach maturity.

– Flower heads from young sunflower plants actually follow the movement of the sun during the day. This behavior is known as heliotropism.

– In fact, the French word for sunflower is tournesol, which translates literally to “turn with the sun.”

– Sunflower plants vary tremendously in size; they can be as small as three feet and as large as eighteen feet in height.

– One single sunflower can have up to 2000 seeds – that’s a whole lot of snacking!

– There are more than 60 different kinds of sunflowers growing all over the world.

– Not only are sunflowers the state flower of Kansas, but you can find 11 different varieties of sunflowers growing in this one state!

– There are 2 different kinds of consumable sunflower seed – striped and black oil.

– As of 2014, the tallest sunflower in the world belongs to Hans-Peter Schiffer from Germany. His wow-worthy bloom measures at 28 ft, 8.49 inches (8.75 m) high and was measured on August 27, 2013.

– On the flip side, according to the 1996 Guinness Book of World Records, the smallest sunflower ever grown measured at only 2 1/5 inches at its mature stage – that’s one petite plant!

– Not only can you eat sunflower seeds, but you can even use them to make medicines, paints, and cooking oil.

– Sunflowers are more than just plants, they are art! In fact, famous painter Vincent Van Gogh was so inspired by this beautiful bloom that he did a whole series inspired by and featuring sunflowers.

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Cheryl's Cookies and Brownies, Spring

Celebrate Spring with Flowers

March 20, 2014

Cheryl's Cookie Flower Pot

How do you celebrate spring? Whether it’s by giving your garden its annual makeover or enlisting the family in a day of juice-fueled spring cleaning,

this season is a time for a fresh start and new beginnings. Once the season’s first flowers come out of their winter hibernation and start peeking through the frozen blades of grass, we know its time to shed the winter blues and prepare for the season of life and growth. That’s why this year, we are celebrating spring by immersing ourselves in all things floral!

Here are some creative ways to celebrate spring with flowers; gather the troops and make this a spring celebration for the whole family!

Ways to Celebrate Spring with Flowers:

Eat Buttercream Frosted flower shaped cookies

What better way to ring in the season than with a batch of Cheryl’s FAMOUS buttercream frosted cookies shaped like flowers?! Send a cheerful Cookie Flower Pot of buttercream frosted cookies to those you love to help spread the spring cheer!

Go on a Family Hike

Take the whole gang out for a day of fresh air and flower identifying! Make it an educational (and fun) experience by bringing along a book of plants to help point out and bring attention to the plants growing you encounter along the way.

Make a Nature Book

Have kids gather flowers from your backyard or the local park and add them into their own collection box! Use mod podge or similar adhesive to secure the flower on the page; provide the children with markers so they can label the flowers accordingly for a creative and educational experience!

Make Your Own Flower Bouquet

The simplest fun yet festive way to celebrate spring is by simply gathering flowers and creating your own bouquet! Dress up your vase with a seasonal ribbon and you have a beautifully fresh decoration for the home.

Plant Your Own

Even if you don’t have a garden, gather the family and plant a flower or seed altogether! As your family grows so will the seedling sprout into something beautiful and new.

Spread the LOVE with a Cheryl’s Cookie Card

Surprise friends and family with a slice of spring delivered right to their mailbox with our charming Cookie Cards!

Cheryl's Cookie Flower Card