GIFT GUIDE 2017: FOR THE HOST

We are an avid Amazon Wishlist family, and while I love being able to pick out items our family wants and needs, I really love spending time on friends. Gifting with my gals, aka ‘hosts”, is one of my favorite gift giving plans because it reminds me of a relationship I have cultivated. I love the idea of gifting back to these ladies who give me so much each year. These are just a few of the items I’ve had my eye on and stay tuned for another perfect host gift to come!

  1. Food52 limited edition matte black petite rice cooker. So okay little cast iron pot you are the cutest. But also, I despise how finicky cooking rice in metal is. Whether pot or cooker, I love the idea that I can easily cook up some rice in this pretty but functional piece.
  2. I know this is on trend, but agates have been a large part of my life since I was a child. My parents home is covered in discovered and purchased rocks and they had agate coasters LONG before they were trendy. So finding this piece is some serious gold. Can you imagine stacking all kinds of yummy cheese and charcuterie goodness on top of that? I AM SO IN.
  3. The perfect follow up to the beautiful agate slice is a cheese grotto. First, because whoa it’s a thing and it’s pretty. But it is a pretty thing to store your cheese in and that is what dreams are made of. SOLD!
  4. Oh spoons, you fickle utensils. The one utensil we are always low on is spoons. With kids and coffee and tea and basically, all the things, we fly through our spoon supply on a daily basis. The idea of having these cute gold spoons to stir my coffee each morning would make it just that much better. Also, kids, keep your hands off!
  5. These cups are not only my go to for water and wine, the are totally functional, dishwasher safe, and are modern in the best way. Did I mention they are a part of Williams and Sonoma’s Open Kitchen line that makes them more than affordable? Seriously, you can’t say no to these babes.
  6. I know Pantone just released their color of the year (insert cringe) but grey is my color of the year every year. These Anthropologie fringe napkins are just a fun way to liven up a gift. I wouldn’t give the set, but wrap gifts in them so make them extra special!
  7. ROSEWATER AND COCONUT. Paddywax, you never disappoint. This candle smells like fresh flowers and the beach and I will never have enough. Also, the simple white geometric pattern works with everything. In all honesty, this is my go to and I always have friends raving about them. 4
  8. An authentic Indigo lumbar pillow. This gift is what you give a real friend. The Indigo ages and softens, it will always find the perfect spot in any home, and it’s my favorite pillow. Why not gift your friends your favorite thing, am I right?

GIFT IDEA: BAR KIT FOR HIM

GIFT IDEA: BAR KIT FOR HIM BY EMILY ALDER

One of my go-to gifts for my husband and father is a nice bottle of Irish Whiskey or Scotch. It’s something that I know they enjoy and something that can bring us all together around the table or in the hot tub.

While I love the idea of a simple go to gift, it’s nice to liven things up a bit so I recently put together a DIY Bar Kits that was a little more personalized. A nice Irish Whiskey (Tullamore Dew is Matts favorite), a flavored soda or syrup, ice mold, muddler, metal straws, and some fresh fruit to garnish it off.

Basically, a spinoff of the Moscow mule, this kit provides the majority of ingredients for a Irish Mule. Our Irish mule recipe usually goes a little like

this:

2.5 oz. Irish Whiskey

Ginger Beer or Ginger Syrup with Soda Water

Juice from one lemon, lime, or tangerine

Stirred over ice

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SPANISH SNACK PLATE

SPANISH SNACK PLATE

Although we are almost through the last of October, SoCal has been hit with a serious heat wave. Living is a little cottage by the sea has all kinds of benefits but one downside is we are lacking AC. So once I pick up the kids from school, get the twins down for their nap and help Thomas with his homework, dinner time hits and I’m overheating. As a result Matt and I have had a few ‘lazy nights’. We get the kids fed and don’t feel up to cooking a meal so I’ll pull a couple of simple ingredients that we have in the fridge and graze.

I’ve mentioned my love of cheese and charcuterie before

 

I always have a couple of types of cheese, meat, and sides on hand for nights like these. Slicing up a block of Manchengo, some pitted mixed olives, pieces of capocollo, and pistachios we had our Spanish plate. The snack ingredients are all relatively mild and aged so it’s easy to keep them on hand.

I paired it with a crisp and dry French Grenache Rosé from the Pays d’Oc Region.



 

Here’s to a near endless summer and any excuse for cheese and cured meats!

 

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