With Christmas only ELEVEN days away, the race against time to finish all of our shopping has officially begun! Do you have any foodies in your life that you still need to find gifts for? Here’s a list containing a few of my favorite things – some I own and recommend based on personal experience, others I only dream of owning!
The Pioneer Woman recently came out with the loveliest collection of cookware at Walmart. It’s vintage and feminine and I truly don’t think there’s a single piece you could go wrong with. The 5-Piece Measuring Kit is perfect for any baker or home cook that loves pretty things.
A few weeks ago, I got to meet Giada De Laurentiis and have my copy of Happy Cooking signed by her! She was so warm and friendly.. it was such a memorable experience for me. I highly recommend this cookbook for just about anyone. Simple, fresh recipes, as well as general suggestions for living a healthy life makes it almost read like a novel! My favorite recipes so far include Dairy Free Mushroom Risotto, Overnight Oats, and Aunt Raffy’s Healthy Granola.
Patrick and I used a blender very similar to the Nutri Ninja this summer at our friend’s Mark and Emily’s house for our breakfast smoothies. It’s so simple to use and the clean up is a breeze compared to a huge blender. This is at the top of my Christmas list this year!
Pure, therapeutic grade essential oils are a wonderful, natural way to add flavor into your day. I am constantly adding lemon oil to my water throughout the day to give it a little oomph. Other suggestions are cinnamon, rosemary, lime, and grapefruit. If you’re interested in learning more about essential oils, let me know!
Apartment living means that Patrick and I have yet to own a grill. The Griddler would be the perfect stand-in. It acts as a grill, griddle, presser, and even has a waffle iron attachment you can buy separately.
One of my top 5 favorite movies. It has everything a good movie should – an adorable kid, redemptive relationships, and Cuban food. Also.. it’s currently on Netflix!
While they can be a bit of a splurge, John Boos butcher blocks are gorgeous, rugged, and made to last. They’re used on Food Network’s The Kitchen, as well as in my friend Natalie’s actual kitchen. This is one of those items I dream of having in my kitchen one day.. hint hint.
Dearie is an in-depth story of the life of Julia Child that goes far beyond her TV shows and cookbooks. You’ll see Julia struggle with finding purpose and direction in life, and then get to follow alongside her and Paul as they fall in love and build a life all over the world together. I cannot say enough great things about this book – I laughed out loud, literally sobbed at times, and ultimately walked away feeling inspired to do something important with this one life I’ve been given.
Also up there at the very top of my movie list – The Hundred Foot Journey is a beautiful story about different cultures coming together over what else – good food.
The Kinfolk Table is filled with tips on living life slowly and intentionally, gorgeous photography, and delicious recipes. This book lives on top of my coffee table year round!
The perfect gift for any beer lover in your life. Each month they will receive 12 beers from microbreweries located in the United States, along with a newsletter that includes tasting notes, brewery profiles, and suggested food pairings. If beer is not their thing – the company also has monthly clubs for wine, cheese, flower, and chocolate connoisseurs.
One of my favorite dates of all time was when Patrick took me to a Chilean cooking class while we were living in Wilmington. A cooking class is the perfect gift because it’s something you get to enjoy with one another, creating memories that last much longer than anything materialistic. Check around in your area to see if a local kitchen/cookware store offers classes.
Wishing you a Merry Christmas filled with love, an abundance of sweets, and the peace that comes when we step away from the busyness and noise and remember WHO this season is truly about.