Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Last Minute Gift Guide: For a Foodie (Part 2)

1.) L'Occitane Hand Cream- Link here. If you spend a lot of time in the kitchen then you likely know how often you have to wash your hands. This is a luxurious product for dry hands and would make a great gift (or stocking stuffer) paired with hand soap, kitchen linens, or nice gloves for washing dishes.

2.) Half Baked- Harvest Cookbook- Link here. Cookbooks are so fun to get and collect. After following Tieghan on Instagram I pretty much drool over most of her recipes. This book is on my list and hopefully will be the next cookbook in my bookclub! (Want to join us?! Group details-here.)

3.) Dash Mini Waffle Maker- Link here. This is such a fun waffle maker and makes a single waffle which makes it small and compact for storing. Would be such a cute gift paired with a waffle mix, maple syrup, a whisk, and good quality vanilla extract.

4.) Le Creuset 5-Piece Utensil Set with Crock- Link here. This is on my Christmas list! The colors of the crocks are swoon worthy and the utensils are some of my favorites.

5.) Le Creuset Enameled Cast-Iron Dutch Oven (7 1/4 qt)- Link here. This is such great cookware and it's equally beautiful and functional. When in doubt- you will not regret going with this large size. Especially for someone who loves to cook. The color choice will be the only difficult part of this gift!

6.) Maldon Sea Salt- Link here. There are so many salts on the market that range drastically in price points. This, in my professional opinion, is the best finishing salt. Hands down.

7.) Wooden Cookbook or Tablet Holder- Link here. Something a little unexpected but totally practical! This work great for books or tablets so you don't have to guess which they prefer to use in their kitchen. Bonus- this hangs when not in use to add a decorative touch or to keep off your counter.

None of these are sponsored in any way. Some of the links are affiliate which means I earn a commission on purchased items.

Last Minute Gift Guide: For a Foodie

1.) Le Creuset Trivet- Link here. Trivets are one of those things you don't know you need until you're hosting and take something out of the oven to serve and boom- you don't have anything to put it on! These elevate the experience for serving appetizers or a buffet-style dinner party. Also, how could you even choose from these beautiful color options?!

2.) Nespresso Vertuo Coffee and Espresso Machine- Link here. This machine is an affordable luxury for any coffee drinker. It makes coffee, lattes, espresso, cappuccino, etc. It's sleek and cranks out really good coffee. If you know someone who frequents coffee shops or appreciates the diversity of options this yields- this if for them!

3.) Williams Sonoma Striped Towels- Link here. I have been using these towels for years and they hold up nicely and look timeless with the stripe details. Giving a set of kitchen towels with color coordinating oven mitts or apron is always a fun gift to give.

4.) Epicurean Cutting Board- Link here. This is an excellent board and a practical upgrade for worn out plastic ones some cooks just can't bring themselves to replace. There are a variety of sizes which make it nice to gift a set from small to large. Alternatively, just one board with a recipe card attached (of one of your favorites) would add a nice touch.

5.) John Boos Reversible Cutting Board- Link here. The best boards I've ever worked with. Lasts a lifetime if you take care of it properly and looks stunning to keep on your counter. Most cooks will recognize this board and be over the moon to receive one!

6.) Recipe Cards- Link here. Shameless plug. I cherish family recipes and flipping through my mom's recipe binder with her handwriting and notes scribbled throughout provides so much nostalgia for me. Yes, in a world of digital recipes and Pinterest, these seem outdated but gosh these are special. With a variety of prints to choose from you are sure to find a beautiful option to gift or use as a stocking stuffer.

7.) Lodge Cast Iron Skillet- Link here. There is no less expensive but durable cookware than cast iron. It goes from stovetop to oven to table and can be used for sweet or savory dishes. You can't go wrong with this skillet! Include a little tag on the handle with proper care and maintenance instructions.

8.) Nielsen Massey Vanilla Bean Paste- Link here. This is just one of those gifts that are so fun to receive! It's definitely a luxury to have good quality vanilla and if you're gifting for someone who loves to bake, they will appreciate this. I much prefer the paste for the beautiful flecks it contains in baked goods.

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Thursday, November 28, 2019

Black Friday Sale

After a day filled with family time and great food it's safe to say my heart (and stomach) is full. As a small shop owner offering sales is tough but what better weekend to go big or go home? I know from experience that this is the weekend that kicks off holiday shopping and who doesn't love to snag a good deal?! Everything in my shop is on sale up to 20% off from Friday-Monday only. Luckily, you can shop from the comforts of your couch and I'll have everything shipped out by Monday to get these goods in your hands as soon as I possibly can! 

Are you a die hard Black Friday shopper?! I've braved the stores in years past even venturing out late at night to be first on the sales and to be honest, I skip that madness nowadays. But I'm curious if you do and if so, is it for a specific item or are you just in on the adventures of it all?

Happy Shopping!

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Kitchen Remodel: Week 6/7/8

Week 6 was supposed to be the last week and yet, we're dragging it into 7 and 8 weeks. Week 6 took big shape with trim on the cabinetry, hardware, light fixtures, etc. Appliances were installed (YAY!) and were just waiting on a few details like shelves and the hood to be fully functioning. As with any home project there are always surprises that pop up or missing items that require delays in install. I've learned a little patience in this process and have had the mindset of, when it's done, it's done.

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Toddler Feeding Essentials

Every few months it seems like your child enters a new stage which requires an update to feeding tools. It can be so overwhelming with all of the options out there let alone dealing with an opinionated toddler who thinks they can dictate what they will or will not use. I'm not sure if I'm lucky with a toddler that doesn't give me too hard of a time or whether my toddler knows I'm not playing the "options" game and deals with what he's given. There have been a few occasions with cups (weighted straw being one of them) that we just weren't ready for yet, but otherwise I haven't had to buy 10 options to see which one he'll comply with.

I have purchased a few options and keep them all in rotation for meal time. I'm fortunate to have older sisters with wisdom to pass down on what's worked for their kiddos but I also like to explore options for myself and find new brands that I like. Here's a handy list of things that are tried and true in our house and thank heavens for Amazon prime. I truly don't know how my mom survived 4 kids- 6 years apart without such a convenient resource of next day delivery!

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Thanksgiving/Entertaining Tips

With the holidays quickly approaching it seems like the season for hosting and getting together with friends and family is at an all time high. While I don't host Thanksgiving I will be hosting Christmas Eve this year, for the first time, which I'm very excited about! Everyone seems to stress out about these meals and it's completely understandable to do so. But it doesn't have to be a stressful event to host. Here are a few tips I've learned over the years.

Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Cookbook Book Club!

I'm the type of person who collects cook books but never actually opens them. If I do, I generally use the recipes as inspiration to create my own. But I've always wanted to tackle a book, like Julie and Julia and actually make the recipes that are in it. So, after talking to a couple friends, we decided we would do just that. This month we're starting with Magnolia Table, and I can't wait to dig in!

After posting about it on social media I'm surprised how many people expressed interest in joining, and for that reason, created a Facebook group for our cook book club! Each month we'll devour a new book and make as many recipes as we can and review them together. There are no rules and this is new territory for me, so I'm excited to get cooking with the community!

Let me know if you'd like to join us!