(these are in no specific order)
1. Bamboo Bread Bag
2. Carved Wood Bowls
3.The First Celebrity Chef, “The Adventurous Chef: Alexis Soyer“ (children’s book ages 4-8) Author: Ann Arnold
4. Tomato Seeds (Tomato Fest)
5. Kaleialoha Orchids
I am going to be gathering some gift ideas and posting them in the next few days. There is and will remain a link to those “gifts” I deem great gifts for any occasion and not just a seasonal one. That said I will be adding to the list in the coming days and invite you to look over the list and share with others. I will include links and any personal information that I might have; however, I make no guarantees about any of these products or the craftsmanship or the company and this is based solely on my likes, dislikes, opinions and the thought that I think it worthy of a gift.
My first one is a Bread Bag made of a Bamboo textile. One was given as a gift by my Mom to a friend. I tried to talk herout of giving it, but it didn’t work. The bags are very functional, very well constructed. I was fond of the finish of the bamboo material and thought it would be a great idea. Bamboo helps to wick the moisture away from the bread to help maintain the crust. I am including the URL to the website. Also, may I mention I did not know bamboo was so versatile! I was contacted by Ann and she informed me they are adding vegetable bags to the ensemble and added a photo. I didn’t ask but I don’t think she will mind if I share with you now. So check this out!!
Yes, you found it first here. The vegetable bags will not be on the website until this coming week so this is a SNEAK Preview and Premier!
Please read the information on the website regarding the bag material. I found that bamboo has antibacterial properties and is washable. I noticed it had a great feel, sheen and seemed to have a strong tensil strength.
Take this link and see what they carry! Good luck and Happy Holidays!
Wood Dough Bowls to Pass to the Next Generation
Tom Lowe is crafting some of the most beautiful bowls in his wood shed! I am fortunate enough to have inherited a 115 year old dough bowl and hopefully it will last many more years. Not only are they beautiful and made or an organic material they are highly functional. I can attest to the fact that with a little tender loving care and you can keep them for decades.
So, check out Mr. Lowe’s wood worked items. He has everything from spoons to dough troughs. He has all shapes and colors. He is using everything from pine and persimmon to walnut and hickory. These really do make great gifts and if taken care of (which Mr. Lowe offers all information you might need) will last a few lifetimes.
The Adventurous Chef: Alexis Soyer (Book for ages 4-8)
This is a great book for children ages 4-8. Alexis Soyer, I will say, is the first celebrity chef! His career started out as an assistant to his brother…I don’t want to tell the entire story now do I. I will say he was not only a great chef responsible for feeding 2000 of the English aristocracy but he also fed the poor. It is an amazing book for children and adults as well. Illustrated by Ann Arnold who has worked on many books such as Fanny at Chez Panisse. If you have children or wish to encourage a child to read I suggest these books!
As you know I am very interested in food and not just bread alone. I love Tomatoes, especially heirloom tomatoes of the dark variety and the Mr. Stripeys. They are a versatile fruit. I can have them on pizza, for breakfast, lunch. Anytime. The owner of Tomato Fest has granted me permission to add them to my Gift List. Please stop in there and take a look. Now is a great time to purchase seeds for next year! They have probably over 600 varieties of Heirloom Tomato Seeds. They will be glad to help with any questions you might have with helping you find a tomato that is right for you. E-mail is the best way to reach Gary.
With bread and food a table setting wouldn’t be complete without some beautiful plant or living piece! I love orchids and anything that blooms. One of the greatest things about living in the south is that we can have orchids that bloom year round! I have dendrobiums that are blooming now along with Sharry Babys and Phalaenopsis. In the next few months I will have others and will augment this post with some more pix!
These plants have blooms that will last days to months! A great investment and just like a bread obsession you can easily develop an orchid obsession!
Below is one of Kaleialoha Orchids Sharry Baby. Beautiful to look at and amazing fragrance! A large spike of these will fill a room with the scent of chocolate/vanilla! This is a must have! Mary there has an Orchid of the Month Club and she will gladly help with any needs you might have. They have many varieties to choose from and promise you excellent customer assistance!
Stop in and take a look! Browse around and order someone you know a long lasting beautiful orchid!
The orchid below is mine and I just wanted to share with everyone!