GIFTS FOR THE COOK OR FOODIE
Hi, Everyone! How has your weekend been? Last week was a whirlwind with lots of events and birthday celebrations for a couple of friends. There was no rest for the weary this weekend. We are helping our daughter get settled into her place and putting up our Christmas tree (have to get rid of the pumpkins too!). Today, I wanted to share some gift ideas for the cook or foodie in your life. I am not a great cook, but I do love to bake. My husband, thankfully, is a fabulous cook, so it was fun looking for things that go in the kitchen.
A few other items that I think would make fun gifts would be this Popcorn Maker and Popcorn Library to go with it for the popcorn lover or a family gift. This alcoholic Bento Box from Sugarfina is so fun for a hostess gift. This Di Martino Special Edition 2019 D & G (Dolce & Gabanna) Pasta Tin is not only beautiful but is delicious (I tasted the pasta).
Do you have friends or family members that love wine? I think these Wine Chilling Wands are fantastic. They can cool a single glass of wine to the ideal serving temperature up to twenty times faster than your refrigerator. This would be a great gift combined with a bottle of wine and or a beautiful set of wine glasses.
Gifts For The Baker
Another gift that is nice for a neighbor or family is a Loaf Pan filled with your favorite bread recipe. If you don’t have one, this is my favorite!
- 1 cup margarine
- 3 cups sugar (I use coconut sugar)
- 3 eggs
- 1 lb. pumpkin, solid pack
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 3 cups flour (I use this gluten-free kind), sifted
- 1 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon cloves
- 1 teaspoon nutmeg
- 1 teaspoon allspice
- 1/2 cup chopped nuts (optional)
Cream butter and add sugar. Gradually beat in eggs and vanilla. Sift all dry ingredients together and add gradually, alternating each addition with pumpkin. Add nuts if desired. Bake in a 3 greased 1 pound loaf pans at 350 for 40 to 45 minutes. Yields 3 loaves. P.S. I double the spices above.
I hope you have a great day!