From Favorite Foods to Favorite Gifts in Five Easy Steps

Does the mere mention of chocolate start your mouth watering?   Do artisanal jams and jellies make your morning toast sing with delight?   The foodstuff of my affection is coconut. Whether toasted, shredded, or enrobed in chocolate, I swoon over all things coconut.  Give me a sweet treat and I will thank you.  Give me […]

Impress Your Peeps with Easter Trivia

I love Easter and I love trivia, which of course means I am a sucker for Easter trivia! If you’ve ever gone to the candy aisle, ready to pluck a package of Peeps from the shelf, only to pause as you wondered, “Bunny Peeps?…or Chick Peeps?”, read on.  You might just find some tidbits you […]

Creative Easter Baskets: Easy as 1, 2, 3

When I was a kid, an Easter basket was pretty simple:  a chocolate bunny and some jelly beans. We’d scarf down the black jelly beans while trying to break off the bunny ears.  Nowadays, the sky’s the limit when it comes to Easter baskets—Anything from candy to games to festive socks! To make your basket […]

A Gift Guaranteed to Move Your Loved One to Tears

I never thought Kleenex could MAKE me cry, but they did. One of my dearest friends recently moved out of the country for an extended period of time. She and her family had been planning this adventure for a while, and their romantic notion of living abroad and experiencing another culture was nearly thwarted by […]

Easter Baskets 101 and Theme Baskets

When I was a kid, an Easter basket was pretty simple:  a chocolate bunny and some jelly beans. With great fanfare, we would break off the bunny ears first and scarf up the black jelly beans.  Ah, life was simple back then! Nowadays, the sky’s the limit and you can pretty much put anything in […]

Egg-stra Special Easter Gift Ideas

Other than children hoping the Easter Bunny remembered them, few people regard Easter as a big gift-giving holiday. This is part of the reason why I love Easter…there’s no expectation that you HAVE to get a gift for someone; you get something for someone only if you WANT to. As such it’s hard to mess […]

An Easter Dessert for Your Peeps

Who doesn’t love their name in lights…or in this case, brownies! I love personalizing things because people genuinely seem delighted to see their name somewhere unexpected.  Very often the person will say something like, “Ooh!  Is that for me?”  Of course it is! Have you ever seen those plastic license plates that kids attach to […]

A Luscious Gift Perfect for Any Occasion: Homemade Caramel Sauce

Homemade caramel sauce, how do I love thee? Let me count the ways. I love you because you are the perfect gift for any occasion and pretty much anyone on my list. I love you because you are decadent and luscious and a delicious splurge that is worth every single calorie. I love you because […]

A Great Gift Idea for Any Season: The French Toast Lady Shares a Family Tradition

Recently, my children nicknamed a colleague of my husband’s ‘The French Toast Lady.’ ‘The French Toast Lady’ (aka Michele Lee) was born out of one the most thoughtful gifts we’ve ever received. For Christmas, Michelle gave my husband a loaf of cinnamon bread, a bottle of maple syrup and a tin of hot chocolate. On […]

Lisa’s Top Seven Ways to Make that Generic Gift Card More Special

HEY!  You there with the gift card in your hand! Please tell me you are not going to just put it in an envelope and sign your name. Please! I know you’re busy. I know you have lots of people to buy gifts for. I know there’s a good chance that you have no idea […]