November 24, 2017

10 Faves: Gifts for Mom

Gifts for Moms 2017 | The Naptime Chef

Chic earrings, $50, for fun nights out with friends.

Gifts for Moms 2017 | The Naptime Chef

Lake & Skye 11 11, $69, an incredibly clean scent that makes everyone feel good.

Gifts for Mom 2017 | The Naptime Chef

A candle, $46, that makes the whole house smell like a Christmas tree farm.

Gifts for Mom 2017 | The Naptime Chef

Gifts for Mom 2017 | The Naptime Chef

The perfect water bottle, $42, in a Liberty print. Available at Starbucks nationwide.

Gifts for Moms 2017 | The Naptime Chef

Magnetic wine glass charms, $21.99, for keeping it all straight during book club.

Gifts for Moms 2017 | The Naptime Chef

A super cute cat print sweater, $89.50, that will look amazing on her.

Gifts for Moms 2017 | The Naptime Chef

Bread Toast Crumbs, $23.93, the most awesome cookbook of the year!

Gifts for Moms 2017 | The Naptime Chef

Sweet cheek and lip tint, $36, for the perfect flush.

Gifts for Moms 2017 | The Naptime Chef

French Plumber Bag, $325, the coolest bag for carrying around town.

November 23, 2017

10 Faves: Gifts for Best Friends

Gifts for Best Friends 2017 | The Naptime Chef

A warm hat with a fun poof, $68, that’s perfect for New York or San Francisco.

Gifts for Best Friends 2017 | The Naptime Chef

Butter by Dorie Greenspan, $12, the perfect little book for cooking fun.

Gifts for Best Friends 2017 | The Naptime Chef

French Girl Sea Spray, $12, to give her beachy hair, even in the dead of winter.

Gifts for Best Friends 2017 | The Naptime Chef

Super fun sheet masks, $15, for extra moisture and lots of giggles.

Gifts for Best Friends 2017 | The Naptime Chef

Celeste Challenge Accepted Calendar, $25, most insanely funny thing she’s ever hung on her wall.

Gifts for Best Friends 2017 | The Naptime Chef

Pretty star glasses, $38, for sparkly cocktails with friends.

Gifts for Best Friends 2017 | The Naptime Chef

A gripping novel, $18.02, for winter reading.

Gifts for Best Friends 2017 | The Naptime Chef

This funny t-shirt, $36, that was made for both of you.

Gifts for Best Friends 2017 | The Naptime Chef

Gifts for Best Friends 2017 | The Naptime Chef

Cookies, $17.99. that are positively decadent.

Gifts for Best Friends 2017 | The Naptime Chef

A personal reading with Charles Grant, the most amazing medium, psychic, tarot reader. And then a date to talk about it after! (prices vary)

November 22, 2017

10 Faves: Gifts for Children 2017

10 Year Old Set

GIfts for Children 2017 | The Naptime Chef

A customizable light box, $48, for communication fun.

GIfts for Children 2017 | The Naptime Chef

Slapzi, $19.95, the super fun rhyming game for everyone.

GIfts for Children 2017 | The Naptime Chef

Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls Volume 2, $35, no explanation needed.

Gifts for Children 2017 | The Naptime Chef

Krispy Kreme Jelly Belly’s, $6.99, the best of both worlds!

GIfts for Children 2017 | The Naptime Chef

Adorable french bracelets,$12, for fun accessorizing.

5 Year Old Set

 GIfts for Children 2017 | The Naptime Chef

Cool blocks, $110, for your eternal builder.

GIfts for Children 2017 | The Naptime Chef

GIfts for Children 2017 | The Naptime Chef

Confetti Balloon Kit, $20, which will be incredible mess but so much fun!

Gifts for Children 2017 | The Naptime Chef

Cosy Yeti pajamas, $44, for the whole winter.

GIfts for Children 2017 | The Naptime Chef

A box of reindeer noses, $10, for a delicious snack.

GIfts for Children 2017 | The Naptime Chef

Maypole Lunch Notes, $14, for sweet notes at school.

November 12, 2017

Pumpkin Pot de Créme

Pumpkin Pot de Creme | The Naptime Chef

(Disclosure: This post is sponsored by SkimPlus. The photographs and opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting the sponsors that make The Naptime Chef possible.)

Thanksgiving is right around the corner and I am all about mixing it up at the dessert table this year. I recently made this delicious Pumpkin Pot de Crème for a dinner party and think it will certainly have to make a reappearance at our table in a few short weeks.

What I love about pot de crème is that it is totally unexpected, yet traditional in many ways. The rich, silky pumpkin flavor is reminiscent of pumpkin pie, and even features a graham cracker crust. I top mine with a dollop of whipped cream and a dash of cinnamon for true fall flavor, but a dusting of cocoa would also taste great!

November 6, 2017

Gingerbread House Gourmet Nut Roll for the Holidays

Gingerbread House Nut Roll | The Naptime Chef

As we round the corner to the holiday season it’s time to ramp up your cooking strategy. This is a time to be practical. Do not sacrifice yourself to the kitchen in the name of all that is homemade from scratch. Buy some food, make some food, and just make sure it all tastes amazing. I was recently introduced to this delicious Gingerbread House Gourmet Nut Roll. It came in the mail ready to be eaten and my family was delighted.

The roll itself was freshly homemade. It featured soft, flakey pastry-like bread with a gooey nutty cinnamon filling and a light sugary glaze. We are a family of breakfast eaters so one of the first things I did was warm it on a cool morning. With a hot cup of tea it was the best way to start the morning. Later that day I sliced it up and served it with vanilla ice cream for dessert after dinner.

Gingerbread House Nut Roll | The Naptime Chef

It is full of warm spices hence the delicious flavor that makes is idea for holiday entertaining. In fact, I’d happily take it to a friend’s house for dessert or serve it at a dinner party. It even freezes well so you can save it for later. Keep this in mind as you begin your holiday food planning, a nut roll has many roles (har har) and is definitely worth adding to your repertoire.

To purchase a Gingerbread House Gourmet Nut Roll for yourself or as a gift, go to www.gbhnutroll.com/shop.  Be sure to use promo code TNCGBH for 10% OFF!

(Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Gingerbread House Gourmet Nut Roll. The opinions and photographs are entirely my own. Thank you for supporting the sponsors that make The Naptime Chef possible.)

October 2, 2017

Fun Tip: Chocolate Hazelnut Stuffed Cookies

Stuffed Cookies | The Naptime Chef

My kids have gone wild for chocolate hazelnut spread and use it on everything these days. Of course, I totally get it because I introduced them to the magic of it. I’ve been loving the flavor ever since I tried my first spoonful in Italy in 1994! Recently we tried a new, delicious treat with this amazing Nocciolata Dairy Free spread sample I received in the mail: I stuffed it into cookies!

Stuffed Cookies | The Naptime Chef

Here is how we did it: I made a batch of our Dorie’s chocolate chip cookie dough. I formed the dough balls then made a little well in the center of each one like a thumbprint cookie. Then I added the spread and pinch the well shut! When they baked the cookies spread out and the chocolate hazelnut stayed snug in the center.

Waiting for them to cool was difficult but we managed! Once they were warm enough to touch we bit into the enjoy the delicious melty, gooey center. They were perfection!

September 27, 2017

Wine Love: Martha Stewart Wine Co. is Your New Favorite Wine Company + Discount

Martha Stewart Wine Co. | The Naptime Chef

Over the summer I received a shipment of wine from the Martha Stewart Wine Co. It was their Sip of Summer package featuring six varieties of wine selected specifically for summer enjoyment. Needless to say, I loved it. Ever since I started my journey with WSET I’ve become very picky and selective about the wine I drink. I want each bottle to be a learning experience, an education for my palate. It’s not about spending lots of money, it’s about noting quality, reading tasting notes, and generally paying attention to the details.

It seems that the good people at the Martha Stewart have my back in this because the wine that was selected with quality in mind. The package I received contained a well-balanced selection of 3 whites, 2 rosés, and 1 sparkling wine. If that doesn’t sound like the perfect summer wine bar I don’t know what does! The wines ranged from sweet (a succulent Italian Moscato) to dry and acidic (a lighter than air Pinot Grigio). We enjoyed them with everything from oysters, to grilled chicken, to goat cheese from my favorite farm in Cooperstown.

Martha Stewart Wine. Co | The Naptime Chef

While I don’t plan to give up my regular trips to our awesome local wine shop, based on this experience with Martha Stewart Wine Co. I can honestly say that is the perfect place to turn when you are looking to expand your palate. The themed boxes are fun and contain interesting wines you might not be recommended at your local wine shop but are definitely worth a try!

Martha Stewart Wine. Co | The Naptime Chef

To get you started at Martha Stewart Wine Co. I am thrilled to share a special shopping code they’ve created for Naptime Chef readers: Just type NAPTIME20 in the promo code box to receive 20% off your order. Go ahead, treat yourself to some new delicious sips this fall and enjoy!

(Disclosure: I was sent these wines to try but was not compensated for this post. The photographs and opinions are wholly my own.)