December 2, 2016

10 Faves: Gift for Grandparents 2016

Gifts for Grandparents 2016 | The Naptime Chef

A navy porcelain French butter keeper to keep butter perfectly soft for morning toast. (Food52, $46)

Gifts for Grandparents 2016 | The Naptime Chef

A needle case to hold all of mom’s crafting needles. (Twig & Horn, $69.50)

Gifts for Grandparents 2016 | The Naptime Chef

Seriously the best Peppermint Bark you’ve ever tasted. (Stonewall Kitchen, $13.95)

Gifts for Grandparents 2016 | The Naptime Chef

Socks to remind Grandpa of his favorite corgi granddog. (JMcLaughlin, $24)

Gifts for Grandparents 2016 | The Naptime Chef

A beautiful 2017 desk calendar featuring scenic watercolors to enjoy all year long. (Felix Doolittle, $40)

Gifts for Grandparents 2016 | The Naptime Chef

The most gorgeous body oil to chase away dry winter skin. (BeautyCounter, $73)

Gifts for Grandparents 2016 | The Naptime Chef

A New England-inspired cookbook to remind her of summers on Martha’s Vineyard. (Amazon, $17.89)

Gifts for Grandparents 2016 | The Naptime Chef

A personalized leather luggage tag to use while they travel the world. (Cuyana, $55)

Gifts for Grandparents 2016 | The Naptime Chef

A super chic robe for padding around the house. (Roberta Roller Rabbit, $85)

Gifts for Grandparents 2016 | The Naptime Chef

A fun book featuring all your family instagrams. (Artifact Uprising, $18 and up)

December 1, 2016

10 Faves: Gifts for Children 2016

Gifts for the Under 10 Set:

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Super cute tassel necklaces that are cool for school and fancy dances. (Pink Lemon/Blue Lime, $29.95)

Gifts for Children 2016 | The Naptime Chef

A tin can robot kit and enrollment in an after-school robotics class. (Fat Brain Toys, $16.95 and up)

Gifts for Children 2016 | The Naptime Chef

A super fun gold surprise ball that reveals toys, candy, and more as you unwrap it. (Sugarfina, $6)

Gifts for Children 2016 | The Naptime Chef

Junior Pictionary, the classic kids game the whole family can play. (Toys R Us, $14.95)

Gifts for Children 2016 | The Naptime Chef

A backpack that is fun, but not “too baby,” for school and sleepovers. (State Bags, $65)

Gifts for the Under 5 set:

Gifts for Children 2016 | The Naptime Chef

The cutest candy pajamas for sweet dreams. (Sleepy Jones, $59.50)

Gifts for Children 2016 | The Naptime Chef

Milk Magic milk straws to turn any regular glass of milk into a special treat. (Target, $2.09)

Gifts for Children 2016 | The Naptime Chef

A family day trip to your nearest children’s museum, water park, or aquarium. (Prices vary)

Gifts for Children 2016 | The Naptime Chef

The coolest puzzle for building and daydreaming all day long. (More & Co., $68)

Gifts for Children 2016 | The Naptime Chef

Gifts for Children 2016 | The Naptime Chef

Fun bright swimsuits so you can always spot him on the beach. (Tom & Teddy, $59.95)

 

November 30, 2016

10 Faves: Holiday Gifts for Your BFF 2016

Gift for BFF 2016 | The Naptime Chef

Bacon & Eggs socks that are super comfy and will make everyone crack up. (Woven Pear Socks, $25)

Gift for BFF 2016 | The Naptime Chef

Long handled tasting spoons for all of her kitchen adventures. (Leif Shop, $50 for 6)

Gift for BFF 2016 | The Naptime Chef

A cult beauty lip conditioner that delivers amazing moisture and a pop of pink. (Nordstrom, $15)

Gift for BFF 2016 | The Naptime Chef

Winter escape reading to enjoy after a long day with the kids. (Amazon, $16.95)

Gift for BFF 2016 | The Naptime Chef

The single comfiest hoodie sweatshirt she’ll never want to take off. (Madewell, $79.50)

Gift for BFF 2016 | The Naptime Chef

The perfect canvas tote that will feed her stripes addiction. (West Elm, $69.99)

Gift for BFF 2016 | The Naptime Chef

A funny coffee mug and standing weekly coffee date all year long. (Fox & Clover, $18)

Gift for BFF 2016 | The Naptime Chef

Gift for BFF 2016 | The Naptime Chef

The cutest winter hat with a fluffy pompom you’ll know she’ll wear all the time. (Sh*t That I Knit, $125)

Gift for BFF 2016 | The Naptime Chef

A candle that smells like a country roads and summer rain. (We Took to the Woods, $42)

Gift for BFF 2016 | The Naptime Chef

10 Faves: Gifts for Mom 2016 | The Naptime Chef

Possibly the chicest natural soaps on the planet. (Wary Meyer, $14 and up)

Gift for BFF 2016 | The Naptime Chef

A delivery of amazing pies you can send across the country when you can’t see her on the holidays. (PieGram, $14 and up)

November 29, 2016

10 Faves: Holiday Gifts for Dad 2016

Gifts for Dads 2016 | The Naptime Chef

Bourbon infused toothpicks because, why not? (Daneson, $19.99 and up)

Gifts for Dads 2016 | The Naptime Chef

“The only swim trunks he’ll ever need” that are perfect for winter vacations and summer swims. (Bather Trunk Co., $85)

Gifts for Dads 2016 | The Naptime Chef

A year of hot sauce shipments so he can perfect his taco recipe. (Fuego Box, $29.95 and up)

Gifts for Dad 2016 | The Naptime Chef

Razor Girl, because a Carl Hiaasen book always fits the bill. (Amazon, $16.77)

Gifts for Dads 2016 | The Naptime Chef

A can chiller to keep bevvies cold without numbing his fingers. (Bed Bath & Beyond, $19.99)

Gifts for Dads 2016 | The Naptime Chef

A throwback 70’s ski sweater known for “comfort and dashing style.” (Guideboat Co., $325)

Gifts for Dads 2016 | The Naptime Chef

The ultimate iPhone/iPad thermometer that he will use for everything he grills. (Food52, $60)

Gifts for Dads 2016 | The Naptime Chef

A brass bullet pen that is perfectly weighted and ideal for writing lunchbox notes! (Schoolhouse Electric, $10)

Gifts for Dads 2016 | The Naptime Chef

Pinot Noir sea salt to sprinkle over winter braises. (Jacobson Sea Salt, $12)

Gifts for Dads 2016 | The Naptime Chef

A candle for his study that smells like leather bound books, cedar chips, and warm wool. (Izola, $38)

November 28, 2016

10 Faves: Holiday Gifts for Mom 2016

 

Gifts for Mom 2016 | The Naptime Chef

A chic waterbottle for coffee, ice water, and everything in between. (S’well, $25 and up)

Gifts for Mom 2016 | The Naptime Chef

A microwaveable hot-cold pack for soothing sore muscles after a long day lifting toddlers. (Fishbellies, $30 and up)

Gifts for Mom 2016 | The Naptime Chef

A pretty blue cake stand for displaying all her homemade goods like a fancy bakery. (Food52, $39 and up)

Gifts for Mom 2016 | The Naptime Chef

A gorgeous flat clutch for date night or just bopping around town. (Clare V., $215)

Gifts for Mom 2016 | The Naptime Chef

Four French cookbooks to delight her inner Francophile and provide her with enough cassoulet recipes to last a year. (Amazon, prices vary)

Gifts for Mom 2016 | The Naptime Chef

A classic plaid scarf for staying cozy all winter long. (Sézane, $80)

Gifts for Mom 2016 | The Naptime Chef

Body oil that smells amazing and moisturizes like a dream. (French Girl Organics, $36 and up)

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A tin of French butter cookies that are indulgent and comforting all at once. (The Yummy Bazaar, $10.95)

Gifts for Mom 2016 | The Naptime Chef

A smartly designed key hook that doubles as an accessory. (The Reed, $35)

Gifts for Mom 2016 | The Naptime Chef

Basically the prettiest and most comfortable sleep shirt on the planet. (The Sleep Shirt, $225)

November 21, 2016

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving! | The Naptime Chef

Friends! I’ll be out of the office this week with my family. I am looking forward to powering down for a few days to be in the kitchen, enjoy my kids, and relax by the fire. I hope you all have fun things to look forward to this holiday season. After this emotional month it will be nice to spend time in the company of loved ones!

I’ll be back November 28th for a week of holiday gift guides (!!!) In the mean time, here are five fun things to keep you entertained:

  1. I am almost done assembling my homemade gifts this year. (I knit these for a lot of people an made my yearly batch of fudge sauce.)
  2. I am a diehard fan of Stranger Things (I was Eleven for Halloween!), have you seen the Stranger Thanksgiving post? It is so funny. I also wonder what Eggo Stuffing would taste like…
  3. My friend Amy Beth Cupp is renovating her latest house and I am obsessed with her instagram feed.
  4. Design Mom has a new site and it is so pretty! I love her work.
  5. Here is my 2015 gift guide in case you are already looking for ideas.
November 15, 2016

5 Time-saving Tips for Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is a wonderful holiday full of family, friends, and food. It is something I always look forward too all year long, but totally stress about when it’s our turn to host. How to build a menu to please everyone at the table? How to coordinate cooking the whole meal in our oven? So much to think about! Over the years I’ve mastered a few time saving tips and here they are. I hope they help you too!

5 Timesaving Tips for Thanksgiving | The Naptime Chef

1) The War Room: A few weeks before Thanksgiving pour yourself a glass of wine and set up your war room. Jot down menu ideas, cooking times, ingredients lists and the like and meditate on them. Rome wasn’t built in a day, and neither was any Thanksgiving menu that I know of. The more you plan ahead the easier time you’ll have as the holiday approaches. Pick up whatever groceries you can do. Frozen fruits and vegetables can certainly stay in the freezer, wines, beers, and any dry grain won’t spoil so stock up on them before the mad rush. Having your strategy formed and larder stocked will make it so much easier as you head into the holiday.