Sunday, November 29, 2015

Cooking With Mrs. Claus

Pier1 Imports Mrs. Claus Apron
It doesn't get more festive than this… I love a Christmas apron and insist on having one whether I'm cooking for a crowd or just my husband and I. Add a festive cocktail or a glass of mulled wine and enjoy the holiday season!

Friday, November 27, 2015

Winner Takes All

Lakeland Racing Elves Christmas Crackers
Christmas crackers that will keep the kids entertained during the holiday dinners you have planned… Priceless! 

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Christmas Gift Guide for Entertainers

1. Kikkerland Mouse Cheeseboard Set / 2. Crate and Barrel Slate Place Card Holder Set
3. G&G Mercantile + Co. Oyster Plate / 4. Draper James Bessie Bow Place Card Set  / 5. Alessi Boston Cocktail Shaker Set
6. G&G Mercantile + Co. Picnic Basket / 7. Pottery Barn Barrel Tabletop Wine Rack
8. G&G Mercantile + Co. Card Set / 9. Anthropologie Brass Stag Bottle Opener / 10. Draper James Mug Set
Whether you're taking a host or hostess gift to a party you're attending this holiday season like an adorable mug set or a stylish card set or simply shopping for that person on your list who loves planning a party, you can't go wrong with these fabulous gift options! Anyone who loves a party will be delighted with slate place card holders or an adorable mouse cheeseboard under the tree, not to mention a set of the Bessie Bow Place Cards from Reese Witherspoon's Draper James tucked into a stocking. For the Southern hostess who loves serving up a bit of seafood, a traditional oyster plate is just the thing. Of course, parties are sometimes best enjoyed outside, which is why a beautiful picnic basket will never go out of style and cocktail connoisseurs will get a kick out of the Alessi Boston Shaker Set for masterful mixology. Let's not forget the tailgaters who will be ever-so-stylish opening a bottle of their favorite craft beer with a Brass Stag Bottle Opener from Anthropologie. And then there's my personal favorite in this round-up... The Pottery Barn Barrel Table Top Wine Rack for those long, leisurely dinner parties with friends when it's a shame to miss even a second of the riveting conversation to retrieve another bottle of wine for the table. Giving any of these gifts to your favorite host with the most or hostess with the mostess will definitely ensure your invites to all the best parties in 2016!

All in Good Measure

Sass & Belle Copper Measuring Spoons
Because nothing motivates me to get in the kitchen for some baking like a new treat for my kitchen… I seem to never have enough measuring spoons, so this year I'm stocking up whenever I see some that catch my eye. Copper, chic and compact, Sass & Belle's Copper Measuring Spoons are just right!

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Christmas Gift Guide for Home Cooks

1. The Orange Chef Co. Cutting Board with iPad Stand / 2. Enclume Cookware Stand / 3. Le Creuset Camembert Baker
4. Robert Welch Signature Knife Block Set / 4. Williams-Sonoma Cook's Herb Wreath
5. The Flavour Thesaurus / 6. Sophie Allport Chicken Apron

We all have that person on our Christmas shopping list who loves to cook, but how do you find a gift for them that they won't have already? There are lots of fun new gadgets for the home cook on the market these days, from cutting boards with iPad stands to beautiful wreaths made of fresh herbs. For someone quite special on your Christmas shopping list, I can't recommend the Robert Welch Signature Knife Block Set enough - these are the knives I use in my kitchen. I've had them for over a year and they're amazing! Having a great set of knives makes cooking such a breeze and overall, a more enjoyable experience. Of course any home cook would love a lovely piece of cookware, but if you're unsure of what they have already, why not think outside the box with something unique like the Le Creuset Camembert Baker or even better, a cookware display they can use to show off their collection? If all of these suggestions sound a bit off-budget, not to worry... I've never met someone who loves to cook and claims to have too many aprons - there's always one or two in the laundry basket waiting to be washed. Finally, for the creative cook, I highly recommend The Flavour Thesaurus which provides endless combinations of ingredients, tastes & flavors that complement each other for those adventurous enough to write their own recipes! Whatever you choose, remember that it's the thought that counts and the recipient will most likely be delighted that you took their favorite hobby into account while shopping - how thoughtful of you!

Personalized Recipe Cook Book Stand

Autie Mims Personalized Recipe Cook Book Stand
Whether for yourself or for a gift, there is a sense of convenience that comes along with a cookbook stand… It keeps things a little tidier and more under control in the kitchen, which can sometimes be all you need! The fact that this one is personalized just makes it super special and perfect for anyone who enjoys cooking. 

Monday, November 23, 2015

Oh the Weather Outside is Frightful…

Laura Ashley Snow Globe Tapestry Cushion
Nothing could be more holiday appropriate than a snow globe and this cushion inspires memories of childhood Christmases gone by… Don't you just love the nostalgia of the holiday season?

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Pom-pom Tea

Pier1 Imports Sweater Pom-Pom Teapot
Tea time at Christmas just got a lot more cozy & fun! Loving this little pom-pom teapot from Pier1 Imports… I'd be tempted to pull this out for Valentine's Day too!

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Cup of Christmas Cheer

Laura Ashley Christmas House Bone China Mug

A Christmas mug is mandatory as far as I'm concerned. I purchased a set of holiday mugs almost as soon as I arrived here in the UK and they have served me well for years. In my humble opinion, it's just not the holiday season until hot drinks are served from festive cups… Currently loving the Dickensian feel of this mug by Laura Ashley and it's neutral color scheme is quite chic as well!