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 […]

Here’s What to Get the Person Who Has Everything

A friend said she needed to get a birthday gift for someone and didn’t have a clue where to start because the person had “everything”—fancy house; sports car; a wine collection to make a connoisseur weep. Making matters worse, my friend is someone with limited financial means and felt there was no way she could […]

Gotta Get a Gift? Steal My Teenaged Son’s Idea

Who is better at giving special gifts, men or women? I’m often asked that question and my answer is always the same—neither sex has a monopoly on giving great gifts.   Some men are thoughtful gift givers, some aren’t. Some women give amazing gifts, and some don’t. Who is better at giving special gifts, adults or […]

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 […]