Lolly and Tyler's London flat feels much larger than its 560-square-foot size, due in no small part to large skylights which let in a ton of light. We especially love how it looks in their compact but well-organized kitchen.
Q: I'm trying to keep my gift giving this year to handmades and edibles, but I have a lot of family and friends in other parts of the world, so that leaves making truffles or perishables that could melt or get ruined en route. What are some great edible gifts that will travel well?
For those passionate about making things in the kitchen, homemade gifts are a great way to go for family and friends. They're always unique and personal, and really show the lucky recipient that you think enough about them to make them something from the heart. One of my favorite homemade gift ideas? The cinnamon roll wreath.
With all the tins of cookies and the pretty packages of homemade caramels and truffles that get passed around this time of year, I would like to put in a good word for the humble loaf cake. Here is a gift that keeps on giving: a slice for breakfast, a slice for afternoon snack, a slice before bedtime! Want a few recommendations for surefire gifting wins? Here are five of my personal favorites.
It sounds funny, but the Christmas pickle is a real tradition that dates back to the turn of the century. It doesn't involve an actual pickle, but a blown glass ornament in the shape of the crunchy treat that is hung on the Christmas tree. As the first to find the pickle on the tree, one receives a special gift or the promise of good fortune in the year to come.
From the medicine cabinet to the bar, bitters have a long history of curing ailments and flavoring drinks. Though they may seem mysterious, at heart, bitters are simply bitter and aromatic herbs and spices infused or tinctured in spirits. Combining the various flavors is where the fun part comes in. Here's a primer to making your own bitters at home, which you can use in cocktails, sodas, cooking, and even as digestive aids.
Whoa — and just like that it's December and there's constant chatter of gifts — from hostess gifts to edible gifts, we're deep in it now. As a first child and a dutiful Capricorn, I tend to be a big planner so I've conquered a good little chunk of my list already this year, but there are still some holes. We've been offering you our own gift guides, but beyond all of those, I've come across a handful of really well-done, thoughtfully curated online gift guides that are going to help this year.
When I was a child, there weren't a lot of sweets in our house, but come Christmastime, little teasing bits of my mom's holiday toffee would show up in my normally sugar-starved lunch bag during the week before school let out. Then, during our annual Christmas Eve tamale party, huge platters would appear, with piles of the stuff stacked high like poker chips.
Let's talk about these sodas from Green Bee in Maine, because they're my new favorite thing. Do you know them? They're sweetened with wildflower honey and a squeeze of real fruit juice — fizzy, fresh, and fun. I've been looking for a non-alcoholic drink to serve at holiday gatherings this year and I do believe these will do the job quite nicely.
These cute little turtle clusters are so much more than meets the eye. It's hard to resist their addictive combination of buttery pecans and chewy homemade caramel nestled under a creamy milk chocolate shell. So hard to resist, in fact, that I recommend making a double batch if you have any hopes of sharing.