natural beeswax candles
French milled soaps
white potted orchids
olive oil and balsamic vinegar wrapped in a pretty tea towel
or occasionally a specific gift item that I know the hostess would love.
More often than not I give consumable gifts.
I love giving and receiving a thoughtful token of appreciation.
I was asked recently by mette, who writes the fabulous blog metscan if I could show her an easy recipe.
This one is for you mette, I hope that you'll enjoy it!
Chocolate Cranberry and Nut Bark
500 g good chocolate
1 cup dried cranberries
1 cup nuts (I used almond slices)
Gently over medium heat melt chocolate in a double boiler, stirring as it melts.
(I used the microwave)
Mix in cranberries and nuts and pour onto a foil lined baking sheet.
Chill in fridge until firm.
Remove from foil and break into pieces.
Store in a tin that you keep in a cold cupboard or the fridge.
My family love this bark!
I hope that you will too.
I indulge in small portions of chocolate as a little goes a long way.
I prefer to let this melt slowly in my mouth savouring the flavour.
Pepper the Fashion Police is giving these new walking shoes the once over...
they look rather serious
and they are sublime when it comes to support and comfort.
Not the most fashionable but they serve a purpose.
Josef Siebel does make great shoes...
in my humble opinion
they are expensive.
Thankfully I balance out cost with thrift.
Here's the Saks Fifth Avenue cardigan that I found for a song.
I am wearing it with dark denim Vanderbilt jeans
(purchased on sale for under $40)
and my new shoes.
I'm adding my Eddie Bauer down jacket
my cashmere scarf from ClubMonaco
as there is frost on the ground
the skies are brilliant blue
and the sun is shining
can't wait to get outside!
Christmas is just around the corner...
I have only one gift left to buy
I'm meeting up with some of my besties for lunch this week
and need to pick up the free range organic turkey from the butcher
and get fresh veggies and then I am done.
If you celebrate Christmas as I do
what is your favourite part?
For me it's friends, family and food.
Happy Holidays to you and yours...