Monday, November 28, 2016

Holidays 2016 - Buckeye Love

Happy Cyber Monday! If you are looking for gifts for the Clevelanders on your list - check out these items that are sure to make them proud to be a Buckeye.

As a cutting board or to hang on a wall, this Ohio shaped bamboo board is a great addition to the kitchen.

Everyone loves A Christmas Story, and this ornament is awesome. Fragile!

Here's another ornament that shows off your Ohio pride. Perfect for the folks who moved away and haven't moved back...yet!
Ohio Home Hanger - Reclaimed Wood Ornament - Ohio Decor (small keepsake 4 inches by 4 inches in size)

Oh my gosh, how cute is this Good Night Ohio book! 

If you know an Ohio State fan, these Jello Shots Jigglers Molds will make them the hit of every party.

A shirt from Cleveland Clothing Co. is always a hit. They are SO soft and come in a ton of styles.

How about a cooking class? Loretta Paganini, Market District - Strongsville, Gatherings Kitchen, The Western Reserve School of Cooking and Sur la Table all offer classes that are fun, informative and delicious!

Add a frame and your shopping is done - this is a great print of our favorite city.

No frame is needed to add some hometown pride to your wall with this Cleveland decal.

Show your love for the Cavs with this handknitted scarf.
Hand Crocheted Cav's Cowl
For the person who wants an experience instead of a wrapped package, the Circlepass Multi Museum Ticket is sure to please! These four museums are included in the ticket: the Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland, Cleveland History Center, Cleveland Botanical Garden and the Cleveland Museum of Natural History. 

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Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Holidays 2016 - For the Kiddos

Here's some fun gift ideas for the minis on your list!
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This is a game changer for the artist in training - Kwikstix are the jam! No water needed tempera paint that dries in 90 seconds. This set includes neons and metallics in addition to the classic colors for the most color options.

If you are lucky enough to find one of these, grab it immediately. In fact, grab two and give me one! Hatchimals are all the rage this holiday season and this Owlicorn is my favorite.
How about a cooking class? The Loretta Paganini School of Cooking and Gatherings Kitchen offer classes especially kids of all ages where they can learn to make cupcakes, bread, Thai food and more. (photo credit)

If your kids are obsessed with the sink like my niece was, this Let's Get Ready Sink will help keep your bathroom mess free. 
Get the whole family singing with this karaoke machine. I know some big kids that would like this too. 
If you want to get your kids a gift they will love all year, get a family membership to the Zoo, the Natural History Museum, the Children's Museum, Great Lakes Science Center or The Cleveland Museum of Art.

I know I would loved one of these cotton candy machines as a kid (and I still would!) It's under $30 too! You can get refills here. They also make these really cool tlight up LED sticks to serve the candy on. Why didn't they have this stuff when I was a kid?

A gift of Prime is a gift for the whole family. More than just free 2 day shipping, they have a ton of content that you can stream onto multiple devices. Movies, books, games and more.

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Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Crackers that Will Make Your Cheese VERY Happy

Cheese and crackers are the perfect way to start a party. Elevate your next cheese board with these delicious crackers. Your cheese will be happy - and so will your guests!

Wheat Thins are a classic and this holiday version is so much fun. I love the snowflakes! Pairing: Aged Swiss or Gruyere.

These crackers are EXPENSIVE, but totally worth it. For a smaller (and cheaper!) version, try Trader Joe's. Or you can try making your own. Pairing: Lemon Goat Cheese, Gorgonzola Dolce or Cambozola.

Water crackers are my all time favorite and the variety pack is perfect. Their flavor is neutral (but not bland) so they really let the taste of cheese shine. Pairing: Cotswold or blueberry goat cheese. Honestly, any cheese will be great with these!

For those who need a gluten-free cracker, I love Nut Thins. And now they come in a square version enhanced with seeds too. Pairing: Aged Gouda.
And Perfect 10 isn't super shiny like the usual gluten-free options and has more of a traditional cracker taste. Pairing: Sharp cheddar or Wensleydale with Cranberries.

I only buy these if I'm having company because I can eat the whole damn box. The buttery cracker combined with the pretzel is irresistible. Pairing: Aged provolone or Bellavitano Merlot.


This gift box has a really good selection of cheese to go with all these crackers:

What is your favorite cracker?

Monday, November 21, 2016

Holidays 2016 - Gifts for the Wine Lover

If you are looking for gifts for your favorite wino, here's are some that are sure to please. Add a bottle or two of wine for the perfect present.
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This handy invention lets you transport wine without worrying about a heavy glass bottle. If you have a wine drinking backpacker on your list, this is a must buy! Also great for tailgating. It can be used for your favorite spirit too if wine isn't your thing.

Portable Foldable Wine Bottle (2 Pack) - Holds a Full Bottle of Wine (750 ml) - Flex, Fold & Roll Plastic Wine Bag Flask for Red and White Wine - Wine Accessories and Gifts
This wine-by-the-glass advent calendar is genius and certainly on my wish list! Click here to order.
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After a few glasses of wine, it's hard to keep track of your glass. These magnetic and cling versions of wine charms make it easy. And they come in so many styles including Christmas, snowflakesHalloween, animals, beach and even ones made for the guys. They work on any glass including stemless glasses. 
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I love these wine glasses! They make any day feel like a party. Perfect for cocktails or even your morning juice.
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This 8 bottle wine fridge is small enough to fit in a kitchen or bar so you can keep those favorite bottles close at hand. It has an adjustable thermostat and interior light. At just over $100, it's a steal. And it looks great too!
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Wine clubs are a great way to get your hands on boutique wines that aren't available locally. Here are some of my favorites from California. Even if you just order a bottle or two, trust me, your loved ones will go crazy for these! 

Alpha Omega - the chardonnay that made a white wine drinker out of me
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Frog's Leap - love the cab and zinfandel
Miner - The Oracle is a killer red blend

VML is offering a great holiday deal - Holiday Gift Set WinesMix a selection of their 2014 Single Vineyard Chardonnays or 2014 Barrel Select Pinot Noirs- Earth, Moon, Stars - to create the perfect gift for your wine-loving friends, family or business associates. Now through November 25th, enjoy $5 Shipping per 3 bottle gift. Their chardonnays and pinots are sublime and a real value too.

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Friday, November 18, 2016

Holidays 2016 - Gifts for the Foodie

The holidays are right around the corner so get a headstart on your shopping to avoid the last minute stress. Here is a list of great finds for the favorite foodies on your list that won't break the bank. Pick your favorites and put them in a pretty basket or reusable shopping bag for a delicious gift. They are so fantastic you might want to treat yourself and get some for you too...
Truffle Honey is the perfect addition to your cheese board or drizzled on french fries or roasted veggies.
Selezione Tartufi Truffle Acacia-Honey, 3.5 Ounce Unit
Dortmunder Beer Mustard from Great Lakes Brewing has a hint of horseradish and is soooo good! Grab a 6 pack and some pretzels too.
Bertman Original Great Lakes Dortmunder Gold Beer Mustard - 9 oz

For the hot sauce lovers on your list, this super cool kit lets you make your own. It comes with everything - even containers and rubber gloves!

Hot Sauce Kit (Makes 7 Lip Smacking Gourmet Bottles) Featuring Heirloom Peppers From 5th Generation Farmers, A Full Set Of Recipes, Storing Bottles & More!

These cookie cutters are a game changer - order now to make your baking easier than ever and get a set for every baker on your list. The cookie dough (or fondant!) comes right out thanks to the handy little plunger. They come in lots of shapes too including Star Warssnowflakesleavestea party and nature themed.

Cheese fanatics will love these special bags and paper to keep their fancy cheese fresh. Head to the Cheese Shop at the West Side Market for some Gorgonzola Dolce, Prima Donna, Pecorino Crotonese, Delice de Bourgogne or other cheeses that will make your cheese lover swoon.

This Sweet Potato Butter from Amish country is so good you'll want to eat it with a spoon. Or you can put it in a ramekin, top with granola and bake for a super easy sweet treat.

Sweet Potato Butter 10oz Jar Hand Made in Ohio

For the bacon lover on your list - this maple bacon onion jam is a condiment, sauce enhancer and sandwich spread. Bake it with brie for a quick appetizer.

Maple Bacon Onion Jam by Vino de Milo (12.8 ounce)
These hazelnut and fig crackers are crazy ass good.
Daelia's Biscuits for Cheese Hazelnut with Fig, 4-Ounce (Pack of 4)

Give this buckwheat maple pancake mix with a bottle of pure maple syrup and some breakfast sausage or bacon for a delicious breakfast. It also comes in a blueberry version.
Wholesome Pancake Mix Buckwheat and Maple Mix

This little piggy is oh so cute and would be perfect gifted with some fresh Saucisson charcuterie. Their tasso ham is my favorite.
J.K. Adams 14-Inch-by-9-Inch Maple Wood Cutting Board, Pig-Shaped

And everyone loves a gift certificate for their favorite locally owned restaurant. You can also get The Deck or a chef inspired cookbook from Cleveland Independents for a gift that keeps on giving.

How about a mushroom farm? We brought back one of these from Vermont and loved it! It's so much fun to grow your own mushrooms, and super easy with this kit. With a little more effort you can grow Hen of the Woods and morels too.
I have these and LOVE them! Not only are they great for cocktails, I use them in my giant beverage dispenser. The four-pack is a deal too.
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