Our road trip…according to my iPhone.
2012, where did you go ? You just seemed to fly on by.
2012 was a pretty busy year for me. I finished my dissertation and got my Ph.D.. and then moved across the country to the desert.
And this little blog of mine has continued to grow. It couldn’t have happened without you. So, thank you. I wish you all a very happy new year and I hope that 2013 brings you nothing but love, good health, happiness, and of course, delicious food.
Here are the top 10 posts of 2012. You guys really love booze. You rock my world.
10. Peanut Butter Coconut Protein Bars
9. Banana Oat Breakfast Cookies
8. Low Fat Spinach Cheddar Quiche with Oat Crust
7. Skinny Raspberry Margaritas
6. Peach Grapefruit Sangria
5. Strawberry Sherbet
4. Veggie Pot Pies
3. Apple Pumpkintini
2. Slow Cooker Honey Sesame Chicken
1. Slow Cooker Chili Lime Pulled Pork Tacos
With Christmas just 10 short days away, I thought I would give you guys a little list for some last-minute ideas for the foodies in your life! And the best part about all of these items is that they are $50 and under! So, get shopping!
1. Baker Nutcracker: $25 at Pier 1 Imports
Ever since I was little, I’ve always been crazy about these guys. This is probably because my mom would always take me to the ballet every Christmas. And seriously, how cute is this baker nutcracker?!
2. Tablet Kitchen Stand: $49.95 at Williams-Sonoma
This stand might be at the top of this list for me. I always have my iPad in the kitchen with me when I am trying out new recipes and this little stand is perfect! You can also purchase a blue-tooth speaker and screen protector to go with the stand (sold separately).
3. Cuisinart Immersion Hand Blender: $29-$39 at Amazon
I have been meaning to buy myself one of these and haven’t gotten around to it so it is also my list! It would be really useful for soups! And they come in such fun and pretty colors!
4. Conversion Dishtowel: $4.95 at Crate and Barrel
I’m really horrible with conversions. Like, the worst. So, how freakin’ cool and handy would this dishtowel be?!
5. Herb Keeper: $20 at Uncommon Goods
Though I have been meaning to plant my own herbs at my new place, I haven’t gotten around to it, so I am still buying them from the store. I really hate when I buy herbs, only need a little, and then basically have to throw the rest away because I can’t get to them fast enough. This little herb keeper would be great for making them last longer!
6. The OCD Cutting Board: $26 at Think Geek
7. Merry Berry Soap and Lotion: $16 at Crate and Barrel
I’m pretty sure I had something similar on last year’s gift list, but I don’t care, I’m adding it again! During the holidays, you are probably washing way more dishes than normal and it’s colder outside. This soap and lotion set is perfect to keep next to your sink!
8. Utensil Earrings: $28 on Etsy
Ok, how cute are these utensil earrings I found on Etsy! Perfect for any cooking enthusiast!
9. Cake Pops Set: $45 at Amazon
I don’t have any kids yet, but this adorable cake pops set from the incredible Bakerella really makes me wish I did because these look like too much fun!! Maybe my husband will do this with me?!!
10. Sea Salt Caramels: $22 at Crate and Barrel
You can never go wrong with tasty candy for a foodie. These sets make great gifts for co-workers or teachers as well. Crate and Barrel and Williams-Sonoma both have a great variety of treats!
Happy February 1st! I’m going to break up the Super Bowl recipes with a little Valentine’s Day love. Valentine’s Day is a mere 2 weeks away and whether you are looking for gifts for your sweetheart, family, friends, or even yourself, I’ve got you covered! I’ve scoured my favorite websites to find some great Valentine’s gift ideas for the foodies in your life. And best of all, these gifts are all $50 and under! Happy Shopping!
1. La Maison Du Chocolat Assorted Chocolates | Williams-Sonoma
$50 - williams-sonoma.com
Um, chocolate. Duh. What foodie wouldn’t love delicious gourmet chocolates?!
2. HEART COFFEE SCOOP | Romantic, Unique, Handmade Pewter Arrow and Heart…
$24 - uncommongoods.com
How about a little somethin’ somethin’ for the coffee lover in your life? I love this great coffee scoop from Uncommon Goods. It’s purty and it’s so much better than those flimsy plastic scoops!
3. Amazon.com: Chocolates and Confections: Formula, Theory, and Technique…
$41 - amazon.com
While I would love a box of gourmet chocolates, I’ve also always wanted to learn how to make my own candy. This book is just incredible and is packed with gorgeous photos and tips on making your own candy!
4. Adult Apron | Williams-Sonoma
$30 - williams-sonoma.com
Having a nice apron is essential in the kitchen for me, especially if flour or oil are involved! Williams-Sonoma makes great, high-quality aprons that your loved ones can enjoy year ’round. AND you can get them personalized with your honey’s name!
5. Amazon.com: Tovolo 80-3923 Spatulart Flexible Heart-Shaped Spatula:…
$8.22 - amazon.com
How cute is this spatula?! It’s so perfect for making some delicious pancakes for a special breakfast in bed! You can’t see it very well in the picture above, but it has the word “love” written in different languages. You can find this and other V-Day themed kitchen tools on Amazon.
6. Prep Bowl Set of 3 – Assorted : Target
$15 - target.com
Speaking of breakfast, how about some cute prep bowls so you can mix up that breakfast in bed?! Target has some seriously adorable Valentine’s themed dishware right now. I want it all!!
$9.95 – williams-sonoma.com
I’m loving this cute wine tote from Williams-Sonoma! Stick a nice bottle of wine or champagne in it and you have yourself an excellent gift for the wine lover!!
8.Amazon.com: RSVP International 4-pc. Endurance Heart Measuring Cups:…
$30 – amazon.com
I love measuring cups. I use mine almost daily so having a few extra sets is always a good idea! These little heart measuring cups are not only cute, but also really sturdy. Definitely worth the extra $$!
9. Whoopie Pie Heart Pan in Valentine’s Day & Red Velvet Whoopie Pie Mix| Crate&Barrel
$13 & $8.95 (for the mix) - crateandbarrel.com
Red velvet and Valentine’s Day pretty much go hand-in-hand. The baker in your life can whip up some delicious red velvet whoopie pies with cream cheese frosting with this festive whoopie pie pan and red velvet cake mix from Crate and Barrel.
10. Sweet Heart Large Mug in Valentine’s Day & Belgian Dark Sipping Chocolate | Crate&Barrel
$4.95 (for the mug) & $4.95 (for the mix)- crateandbarrel.com
Snuggle up with your sweetheart with a couple of these lovely mugs and some delicious hot chocolate!
What is on YOUR Valentine’s wishlists?! Feel free to share links in your comments!