Monthly Archives: December 2017

12/11/17

Season’s Favorites | Stocking Stuffers & Gifting Ideas

Christmas really is my absolute favorite time of year.

I use all the restraint contained in my 5’4” frame in order to not put my Christmas tree up on November 1st. And this year, shame on me, I had it up and lit the week before Thanksgiving!

No shame in my game.

I love this season, the season of giving and sharing, and all that it represents.

Salvation.

Redemption.

Joy.

Peace.

Traditions.

And one of our family’s timeless traditions is stuffing each other’s stockings on Christmas Eve and we open and unload them Christmas morning over coffee. It’s honestly, one of my favorite things that we do.

And we don’t even have a fireplace to hang the stockings! They hang from knobs on a chest-of-drawers in Mom and Dad’s formal living room.

So, I am spilling some of my favorite season’s gifting ideas- great hostess gifts for upcoming holiday parties, gifts for those in your office, gifts for under the tree, and even great stocking stuffer ideas for the whole family!

Knotted Hair Tie Set 

A perfect 6-piece set perfect for stocking-stuffing. Because, sometimes ponytails can be boring…

Slide View: 1: Knotted Hair Tie Set

Euro Slide Small Credit Card Wallet 

My most-favoritest wallet I have ever owned! Small, slim, but still room for cash, coin, credit cards, membership cards, and even your Passport and ID, for the frequent traveler.

Euro Slide Credit Card Wallet - Indigo

Euro Slide Credit Card Wallet - Indigo

Comes in a variety of colors: (pictured above in Indigo).

Merry & Bright Tea Towel 

I love a good tea towel.

I have no less than a dozen of them dotting my kitchen.

And this one is so lovely and cheery. Perfect for the favorite cook in your life.

Cinnamon Cayenne Spiced Cocoa 

Have you ever had Mexican Hot Chocolate?

If you haven’t, you are totally missing out! Rich and velvety hot chocolate laced with spicy cinnamon, sweet cane sugar, and finishes with a little hit of cayenne pepper. It’s the perfect winter treat!

Pop this little jar inside a coffee mug, tie a bow around the handle, and I don’t know anyone who would turn that down!

Pretty Press Personalized Note Pads 

I was given this personalized note pad set this year as a hostess gift and I absolutely love them!

Have your recipients name detailed in beautiful watercolor script (choose from 4 colors) on a set of 2 notepads on high quality paper.

Capri Blue Iridescent Jarred Candle

These are impossibly beautiful, and they smell fantastic too!

Slide View: 1: Capri Blue Iridescent Jar Candle

Capri Blue is the color pictures, but they come in a variety of colors. And, when the candle can no longer be burned, you have a beautiful accent jar for your shelf!

Lizush Bath Bombs

All Natural ingredients, non GMO, Vegan, Bath Bombs, Melts, and Shower Tablets made with Essential Oils.

And the set of 11 Bath Bombs? They come absolutely beautifully wrapped perfect for the Mom, Teacher, Co-worker, or BFF in your life!

Or, order a nice big set of them, and individually wrap them up in clear, glassine bags with a beautiful bow and pop them into stockings or attach them to the outside of a wrapped giftbox. Just lovely!

Slip, Pure Silk PillowCase 

Slide View: 2: Slip Silk Pillowcase

A top-rated product and great gift. Pure Silk Pillowcases are hypoallergenic, for anti-aging, anti-sleep creases, and the anti-bed head. Comes in a variety of colors and in its own case.

Baby’s First Christmas, Personalized Ornament 

Have a new addition to the family table this Christmas?

They can’t be left off the tree!

Crocheted Booties, for 1-2 year(s) and under

Slide View: 2: Crocheted Booties

Those peacock crocheted slippers have my heart! So stinking cute!

Acrylic Initial Necklaces 

Playful & spunky! Perfect for the teenager or fashion-forward younger friend in your life!

Mer-Sea & Co. Lip Rescue Kit 

Slide View: 2: Mer-Sea & Co. Lip Rescue Kit

Lip Balm, Tint, and Scrub to take extra special care of that extra special pout.

Judith Bright Jewelry 

I am a sucker for all things Judith Bright. I wear something of hers no less than 3-5 times in a single week!

Some of my current favorites?

1-Stone Nest Clasp Bracelet (choose your own gem stone)
Iolite

Hammered Wire Drop Nuggets, (choose your gem stone)

Chalcedony

Map-Maker Luggage Tag

For the jet-setter in all of us!

Map Maker Luggage Tag

All who wander, are not lost…

Love the watercolor artist print on the tag.

So, I hope this gives you some inspiration for small, but thoughtful, and sure to be well-received gifts and stocking stuffers for your Christmas season!

It’s sure to be merry & bright!

xoxo…

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12/04/17

Goat Cheese Stuffed Bacon Wrapped Dates

Man, oh man, oh man!  If that title didn’t suck you right in, the taste of these amazing, hand-held, sweet & savory appetizers certainly will!

And with the Holidays rolling around and lots of perfectly goo excuses for getting together, I am sharing one of my all-time favorite appetizer recipes with you… again!

SO incredibly delicious and so stinking easy.

All you need are 3 simple ingredients:

  • Pitted Medjool Dates*
  • Softened Goat Cheese
  • Bacon

*Note on the dates- I do believe that Medjool or Persian dates are larger and chewier than California dates, and I think they have more flavor and produce a tastier appetizer. Also, look for already split and pitted dates for easier assembly.

So, here we go! Just a few minutes and a little bit of prep away from cheesy, sweet, bacon wrapped bliss!

Goat Cheese Stuffed Bacon Wrapped Dates 

Preheat your oven to 375 degrees.

Line a rimmed baking sheet or flat cookie sheet with parchment paper or aluminum foil for even-easier clean-up!

Stuff the opening of each pitted date with softened goat cheese, press lightly with your fingers to “close”, and then wrap each date in 1/2 slice of bacon.

You can choose to secure these little bundles with a toothpick, or like I do, just place them seam side down on the baking sheet, and as the bacon bakes and crisps, they will form a seal.

It’s okay if the bacon stretches just a bit and tears, it will all bake deliciously together in the oven!

Place the dates in the oven for 20-25 minutes until the bacon is crisp. Allow to rest on the baking sheet or baking pan for an additional 10-15 minutes before placing them on a serving plate. They will be very, very hot otherwise and the cheese in the center is gooey and molten.

They are also excellent served at room temperature, but I must admit, I can’t get enough when they are still warm from the oven.

The flavor combination is unlike anything! Salty, sweet, chewy, and of course- the BACON! I promise you will not able to eat just one.

And, the good news is, you can make as many as you need- ideal for small, intimate dinner parties, tailgates, cocktail parties, and even for a fancy family holiday.

For even easier entertaining, just assemble, arrange on the baking sheet, wrap with plastic wrap,  and store in the refrigerator for up to 3 days ahead of your party.  Approximately an hour before guests arrive, bake as directed and allow to cool slightly. Then, when guests arrive, they are perfect for serving!

 Delicious!

I know you are going to love this one…

And when you make them, and I am convinced that you should, would you please invite me over?!?

XOXO….

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