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Father’s Day Gift Ideas That Are Under $15

Father’s Day Gift Ideas That Are Under $15

Read through and see our favorite Father’s Day Gift Ideas that are Under $15! We made up a list of our favorite gifts for Mother’s Day…so we couldn’t leave dads out! Most are from small businesses like ours and many are handmade. Links to order are in the headings, so click and celebrate a dad in your life!

Sledgehammer by Garage Coffee 

Garage Coffee was created  with the idea that mind blowing and unique coffee didn’t have to be the sole property of upscale and elite coffee shops. We roast using a little hard work and get great coffee from responsibly sourced green coffee beans from many countries around the world. Why the name? On a whim, a friend and I taught ourselves to roast in the garage in-between a few old motorcycles and it took off from there. Soon after, we decided to call ourselves Garage Coffee. Our best selling coffee is the Sledgehammer, a dark roasted coffee from Jaltenango, Chiapas Mexico. It has that classic coffee profile without bitter or burnt tastes and is grown and processed by indigenous farmers paid a fair price for their hard work. Cost: $12

Freehawk Tactical Outdoor Survival Paracord Bracelet

For the dad who loves exploring and hiking. This is a survival tool that is disguised as a bracelet! The paracord bracelet is the base for a thermometer, whistle, flint rod, scrapper, paracord and buckle. It’s weatherproof and waterproof, making it ideal for camping, fishing and biking. Cost: $8.99, Amazon.com 

Oregon Barbecue Company’s Oregon Gold BBQ Sauce

Inspired by backyard BBQ gatherings with friends and family, we’ve captured the ultimate combination of culture, atmosphere, mouth-watering food, and brought it to the masses. Our award winning BBQ was far too tasty to keep all to ourselves, so the Oregon Barbecue Company is bringing the finger lickin’ goodness to the great people of the Pacific Northwest! Oregon Gold is a tangy Carolina style mustard base sauce that compliments chicken, pulled pork and sausage gracefully, without over powering the flavor of the meats. This 3-Generation recipe has been honorably passed down to us, so that we can pass on its unforgettable flavor to the world. Cost: $8/12 oz bottle

7DogForge Bottle Opener Forged from Mild Steele

Located in the Pacific Northwest, 7DogForge has been creating fine works of art for more than 15 years. We have created so many custom forged pieces that include fireplace tools, wine racks, cabinet hardware, cutlery…and much more! For the wood art enthusiast we also create cutting boards and furniture. We have cutting boards, cheese boards, key-chains and bottle openers all at $15 each. However, dads really like the ornate bottle openers forged from mild steel! Cost: $15/each

Urban Cheesecraft’s Mini Farmers’ Cheese Kit

Just add milk and you have cheese in under an hour! Seriously. So fun! No aging required and this kit makes three batches. Use the finished product (which doesn’t melt like most cheeses) as a salad topper, fried in a sandwich or mixed into pasta. Cost: $14.00

Beard Balm by St. Fiacre’s Farm

Organic, all natural Stubble Patch Beard Balm works as a leave in beard conditioner that will also moisturize the skin. It leaves his beard soft and easily stylable. Use Stubble Patch Beard Balm to contain that unruly beard, catch stray hairs, help dry and/or damaged hair or split ends. Also helps to reduce flaking and dandruff. Made without fragrances or synthetic materials and has a light cedar scent. Cost: $9/1 oz tin

Spoonfudge! Two Jar Sets

Spoonfudge! is a dreamy, creamy, decadent fudge in a jar. Rich and smooth gourmet fudge is poured into jars and eaten directly from the jar with the attached spoon.  It’s also great stirred into coffee or hot milk, warmed and drizzled over your favorite ice cream or pastries…the possibilities are endless! All Spoonfudge! flavors are trans-fat free. Most flavors are also gluten free! Cost: $12.95/two, 5 oz jar set

Kombucha Revolution: 75 Recipes for Homemade Brews, Fixers, Elixirs, and Mixers

Know someone who loves to drink kombucha and wants to start making their own? This book is perfect for them! It takes them through the entire process, making it less intimidating! Kombucha can be had by itself or used as a mixer in cocktails, plus it has wonderful health benefits. Recipes are fun and unique- like the  Ginger-Peach Black Tea, and Blueberry Smoothie. Cost: $13.31 (Amazon)

‘Gone Fishing’ Sign Handmade by Heritage Market

At just $10, this hand painted and distressed little sign is perfect for the angler! If you are thinking of Father’s Day, it would be the perfect addition to a gift basket filled with all of his favorite lures and fishing gear! Add hooks for just $3 and make it a key hanger! Size is 5.5″x11″ Cost: $10.00, order through Facebook page

AND FINALLY…

Mt. Hope Farms’ Autumn Apple Fruit Spread

We use our farm grown apples, brown sugar and organic sugar, a splash of local rum and Oregon sea salt to create this rich fruit spread. The taste of fresh apples and a hint of caramel make this one of our personal favorites. It’s perfect for a charcuterie board or as a complement to grilled pork chops.  Favorite Pairings: You’ll want to eat this right out of the jar! Pair with aged cheddar on a cheese platter, on a turkey sandwich, on ice cream or as a treat in your oatmeal. Our fruit spreads are made with our farm grown and locally sourced ingredients. These ingredients include organic cane sugar, organic lemon juice and spices from a local Portland shop. Nothing artificial is ever added- our products are all natural, vegan and contain a fraction of the sugar added to most conventional preserves. Cost: $9.95 (includes shipping)/ 10 oz jar

Father's Day Gift Ideas That Are Under $15

 

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Baked Brie with Mt. Hope Farms Fruit Spread

Our favorite way to use our fruit spreads is by pairing them with cheese.  Make this baked brie for your next get-together, using any of our spreads!

Ingredients:

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Cut off top of brie round (just a thin slicing motion across the top of the round).
  3. Place brie on small baking sheet.
  4. Spread fruit spread on top of the round and sprinkle hazelnuts.
  5. Bake at 350 degrees for 8 minutes.
  6. Serve warm with crackers and Sweetbird Kitchen Pie Crust Crumbles.

If you want to see how we prepared this, go take a look at our Youtube video- click here to watch!

 

 

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Creating a Cheese Platter!

One of the most fun ways to use our fruit spreads is to include them on your cheese platters and charcuterie boards for entertaining!  We thought it would be helpful to provide a few tips and links to help you build the perfect cheese platter. Plus, we have given some recommendations on what types of cheeses our spreads pair well with (notice that we really love Triple Cream Brie).  Most of our advice is pretty basic, but it might help motivate you to try something new 🙂

Some of our quick tips:

  • We like to include at least three to four different types of cheeses on our platter to give guests choices in taste and texture. An easy way to ensure a good balance is to put out one cheese from the firm, soft, aged and blue cheese groups. Label each cheese so your guests know what they are trying and can pair them with whatever spreads, fruits and nuts that you are serving.  If you have a pungent variety of cheese, consider serving it on a separate plate so it doesn’t overpower the entire board or scare people away 😉
  • Take cheeses, and our fruit spreads, out of the fridge at least 30 minutes before serving.  This will help all of the flavors come through!
  • Plan on buying about 3 ounces of cheese per guest.  Ask someone at your grocer’s cheese counter for help with estimating how much you will need.  Select Market of Choice stores (Cedar Mill, West Linn and Terwilliger locations) and New Seasons Markets (Woodstock and University Park location) carry our products and have wonderful cheese stewards.
  • If possible, put out a separate serving knife with each cheese.
  • Include fun, festive accompaniments on your platter.  We love including Mt. Hope Farms’ Fruit Spreads, Oregon hazelnuts, walnuts, fresh fruit, olives, crackers, breads and cured meats.  All of these things can help provide flavor balance and pops of color.  It has been really fun to source these products from other local food artisans and farmers!

Mt. Hope Fruit Spreads and Cheese Pairing Suggestions: 

Have you paired our products with other great cheeses that we didn’t think to list here? Please share in the comments- there are so many combinations that we could have skipped over!

If you would like some more information about creating a cheese platter for your upcoming celebrations and parties, check out these links:

Looking for advice on buying wine to go with your tray of beautiful fruit spreads and cheeses?  This is a good start:

  • http://drinks.seriouseats.com/2013/12/guide-to-best-wine-for-cheese-pairing-cheat-sheet-party-cheese-plate-wine-advice.html