Wednesday, December 9, 2020

Holiday Gift Guide

The holidays are right around the corner so it is time to start thinking about finding the perfect gifts for the ones you love. I'll continue adding more products as I review them. If you'd like your product considered, please email me at Happy Holidays!
Kids and Babies:
‘Queenie Corona and the Ten Little Prints’ is available now at Amazon -

BooginHead Gift Sets: PaciPal Bandit the Sloth is the adorable centerpiece of this baby gift set with a universal loop to attach any pacifier of choice and an exclusive matching pacifier clip that works with any pacifier you choose. He’s accompanied by PaciGrip LUXE in Gorgeous Gold, PaciGrip Silicone in Green Bubbles, BlanketGrip in Gray Chevron, and Bandana Teether Bib in Mint ZigZags. $45

Scenties add a fun twist to your kids’ hair ties, headbands, masks and scrunchies. These accessories are fragranced with playful scents, which can be enabled by simply Stretching and Sniffing the product, just like we used to do with the Scratch and Sniff stickers! Your kids will be able to wear these products as hair accessories or bracelets, while also choosing from 7 different scents, including: Cotton Candy, Bubblegum, Vanilla Cupcake, Strawberry, Sour Apple, Watermelon, and Chocolate Fudge Brownie. Great stocking stuffers.

If your child has a list of cold symptoms – you need a multi-symptom solution. Hyland’s 4 Kids Cold & Cough is the go-to cold product that so many parents have come to depend on. Its formula is designed for kids 2 years old and up. It relieves Congestion, Runny Nose, Sore Throat, Sneezing, Cough & Post Nasal Drip with all natural active ingredients.  Good to have on hand this time of year.

If you don't have a copy yet, get one for yourself and one for all of your friends. The Capital Cooking Cookbook is only $20 from now until Christmas by using this code: 5KCP7TEC. Perfect for present to make special cooking memories!

The Complete One Pot is most comprehensive cookbook of one-pot recipes. Featuring 400 recipes developed for your favorite vessels (skillet, sheet pan, Instant Pot, Dutch oven, casserole dish, etc.) and designed to accommodate a range of serving sizes and tastes, this cookbook captures the spirit of one-pan cooking. And it holds true to your expectations of less mess and less stress in the kitchen.

In LET’S BRUNCH: 100 Recipes for the Best Meal of the Week, Chef Belinda Smith-Sullivan brings all these flavors and feelings together and lends a little Southern hospitality to your holiday brunch menu with delicious, flavor-packed recipes for breakfast and brunch, including front porch-worthy libations.  The holidays are a time of year when family and friends get together usually over a prepared meal. This year holiday celebrations may look totally different but however we celebrate one thing is clear: we can still sit down to a delicious brunch, be it brunch à deux, a brunch buffet, or a group of friends hanging out on the patio via Zoom eating frittatas and drinking Bellini’s, brunch is here to stay! 

Circle B Ranch’s Snack Sticks Keto friendly snack sticks are the perfect snack to pack for any foodie. Like all of Big John’s meat sticks, they’re free from nitrites, sugar, corn syrup and gluten. These snack sticks are low carb, low calorie, high in protein, paleo friendly, and gluten free!  Price: $6 for the sampler pack
RED Chocolate  Who says you can't have chocolate while on Keto? RED has all the guiltless indulgence of regular chocolate, but with up to 50% less calories and 30-40% less fat!

PLUS all RED bars are:

· Keto-Friendly (dark flavors)

· Weight Watchers Friendly

· Up to 50% less calories than other dark chocolate brands

· 30-40% less fat than other chocolate brands

· No added sugar – natural sweeteners from plants

· Cocoa from the Ivory Coast of Africa, whose farmers select, roast and grind the cocoa beans to perfection

Available on Amazon

Lemonette Dressings 

Lemonette is the first and only lemon-based clean gourmet dressing available in different flavors that are great for dressings, marinades, dips, grilling, finishes, and your own concoctions. Crafted in small batches and locally sourced in California, lemon is the foundation of all four Lemonette flavors - Mediterranean Herb, Italian Herb, Lemon Garlic, and Zesty Cumin. Meet all your culinary needs with this wholesome alternative to vinegar, cream, or soy-based sauces. It’s vegan, non-GMO, Keto and Whole30 friendly, dairy free, without any sugar or artificial ingredients. Clean, simple, plant-powered ingredients.  Made in Southern California. Available at grocery stores nationwide and on Amazon. 

The Crave Cheese Sampler gift box is another crowd-pleaser under $25. It comes with Wisconsin cheese classics, including cheddar curds and coils of Farmer’s Rope string cheese, along with two containers of Crave’s signature mascarpone, which has more than 36 honors to its name. It also includes fresh marinated mozzarella balls – the perfect accompaniment to an appetizer tray. This tasty assortment is sure to satisfy any corporate client or hard-to-shop-for family and friends.
D'Artagnan's game sausage:
Rabbit and ginger Sausage
Venison and cherry Sausage
Wild boar and sage Sausage
Duck and Armagnac Sausage
Lamb Merguez Sausage
I can't wait to include these in my holiday recipes.
Jar Goods, a fresh, new brand of clean-label tomato sauces & pestos made with vine-ripened tomatoes, pure olive oil, fresh onions, garlic and basil. You could get a variety and make a fun basket for friends and family. 

Wine and Cocktail Lovers:

It’s no surprise that LiveWire’s first offering and his most famous cocktail the
Heartbreaker was conceived at Coachella. When it emerged at the festival it was very originally called the Tequila Grapefruit Mule and it sold like gangbusters. The result is a crisp and juicy blend of vodka, oroblanco grapefruit, kumquat, jasmine and ginger, with notes of honey and a bubbly finish, it’s a delightful combination of an expertly crafted Moscow Mule and the best Paloma you’ve ever had.

Situated between Margaux and Saint-Julien, overlooking the commune of Lamarque, Château Malescasse is surrounded by the great wines of Bordeaux and many other excellent Cru Bourgeois, so it makes sense that this estate is also renowned for the quality of its wines and its superb terroir. However, this quality juice does not come at a price, and at an SRP of $22, it almost makes sense to buy a case for now and one for later. The estate is planted with 45% Merlot, 45% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Petit Verdot, with the parcels for their flagship wine carefully selected through rigorous tasting that has resulted in a blend slightly skewed in favor of Merlot for the 2017 vintage. Classically elegant, the structure is a balanced framework of sharp acidity with delicate, but solid, tannin that supports the juicy berry fruit, bay rum, and eucalyptus that stretch over a long finish. It gives you everything that you expect from a world class Bordeaux; a wine that is complex, concentrated and elegant that is designed to age.

Cellier des Dauphins 2019 Cotes Du Rhone Reserve Rosé (SRP: $10.99; purchase here) – This French Rhône Valley Rosé offers indulgent notes on the palate of red berry fruit, redcurrants and fresh floral notes that linger on the finish. Enjoy this wine as an aperitif or with salads containing fruits and green veggies.

With its rich, fruit-driven body, complimented by ripe flavors of strawberry and raspberry, San Simeon 2018 Pinot Noir is an all-around perfect addition to the holidays. Aromas of bright red fruit, cinnamon, and spice oak are revealed on the fragrant nose. For food pairings, a holiday roasted duck or dark meat turkey are popular choices.

Bonterra Young Red 2019:  Ce
lebrates the ruby-hued hard press from Bonterra’s highly acclaimed Rosé program–with a touch a Malbec for added character. Aromas of red roses, fresh fig, red berries and orange peel give way to a lively palate of raspberries, watermelon rind and pomegranate.  This wine was barrel-fermented, then racked and aged in stainless steel to preserve its fresh style. Young Red’s bright acidity and light profile make it ideally served chilled.

Stella Rosa® Golden Honey Peach: $12.95.  Embody the confidence that comes with Stella Rosa Golden Honey Peach. Others will say it is too “extra” but really, those others are “not enough.” Shine bright, baby!

Holiday Cleaning:

Pure Sky Ultra Microfiber Floor Mop: A dream clean product for those who loathe mopping floors! Take out, grab, and wipe old dust stuck in hard-to-reach places like a magnet. Cleans fine dust that cannot be seen with the naked eye, and even dirt stuck in the small crevices of a marble floor. Pure Sky’s multi-purpose cleaning cloths conveniently attach to the poll. Price: $25.75

Just for Fun:

One part oversized hoodie and one part super plush throw, The Comfy® is the wearable blanket that is perfect for relaxing on the couch or simply doing life - walking the dog, getting the mail, cheering on the sidelines, dancing in the living room or raiding the fridge for snacks. 

PANDO is the trivia game about your personal life. It’s the cure for the mundane party game and the antidote for uncomfortable gatherings. With nearly 1000 questions, PANDO is family-friendly, yet packs a punch. It’s more than a game. It’s a movement to get to know each other and to laugh more.

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