Thursday, December 12, 2013

Figi's Gifts- online food company

This company is located in Marshfield Wisconsin- so, I am partial to anything in Wisconsin.
I had one easy process, a year ago and decided to use them again. here is what happened:

I used this company a year ago to send a gift box. All went well.
This year~
i ordered another to be sent to one of our sons. Two minutes after I got off the phone after placing the order, I realized I provided them with an incomplete address. I called back.
I was told, it wasn't in the system and to wait for a few hours.
i called back at midnight. It still wasn't in the system and was told to wait 24 hours.
i called back 25 hours later. It still wasn't in the system and was told it takes 24-48 hours- REALLY? I had paid up for 2-3 delivery too! I was running out of time- I had 2 days left ( 48 hours) to get the address changed.
I called back the day before it was to be delivered. I was told there was no such order!
I was transferred to someone else who could help.
Then, transferred to another person who could dig deeper. Omg, he found the order and told me I would have to pay more for overnight shipping. I was furious!
In the end, I did not have to pay more and it arrived on time.
Lousy staff at Figi's, unless you talk to Wayne. But who knows how you can find him-
Too many calls to Fig to fix my problem. No one had the right information.
I have to add this to my blog.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Orange Cranberry Loaf

I found this pretty picture and delicious recipe on Ziplist- it's from

  • 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup plain yogurt*
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • zest of one orange - about 1 tablespoon
  • juice of an orange*
  • 1 packet of vanilla sugar (comes in a 9g packet dr oetker or ruff brand)
  • 1/2 cup light tasting olive oil
  • 1 cup fresh cranberries and 1/4 for the top
  • For the Icing:
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2- 3 tbsp cream or orange juice or milk*
  1. Preheat oven to 325, grease the bottom of 8 inch loaf pan and add a piece of parchment, enough so that it sticks out over the sides of the pan.
  2. Combine the flour, baking powder and salt, set aside. In another bowl, combine yogurt, eggs, sugar, orange zest, olive oil, orange juice and vanilla sugar.
  3. Add in the 1 cup of cranberries, combine, pour batter into the pan. Add the extra cranberries on top of loaf.
  4. Bake for 40 -45 minutes until toothpick comes out clean (may take longer depending on pan or oven). Remove from pan, that is where the parchment comes handy. Spread glaze over the cake, enjoy!
  5. *Make sure when you buy yogurt its plain yogurt made with only simple ingredients, like cream, milk and bacterial cultures, anything else is not real yogurt. Homemade is best but not always an option.
  6. *If you want a thicker icing use cream, if you want a glaze type icing use orange juice or milk.
  7. * If the orange is the size of an average lemon I use all the juice from it, if it is a very large orange then half or 3/4's of it is enough, I would say 3-4 tbsp worth of juice.