December 8, 2016

2016 Holiday Gift Guide Summary

2016 Holiday Gift Guide Summary | The Naptime Chef

In case you missed it! Here are is my gift guide summary for 2016:

Gifts for Mom

Gifts for Dad

Gifts for Best Friends

Gifts for Children

Gifts for Grandparents

Also, my gift guides from 2015, and 2014

December 7, 2016

In Winter’s Kitchen with Beth Dooley + Giveaway

In Winter's Kitchen with Beth Dooley | The Naptime Chef

Last month I had the pleasure of reading In Winter’s Kitchen: Growing Roots and Breaking Bread in the Northern Heartland by Beth Dooley. While I’ve never spent time in the mid-west in the winter, I certainly know what it is like to live in Central New York in February. The very thought of eating local foods at that time seems downright impossible! In this inspiring and warm volume Beth details her experience living in the mid-west and the local farmers and producers that live, and thrive in her area. She delves into food politics, environmental realities, and personalities at play. It is inspiring and heartwarming and I highly recommend this book to anyone interest in slow-food and winter fare.

Luckily, Beth was kind enough to answer a few questions for me and I am thrilled to share them with you today. Don’t forget to scroll to the bottom to find out how to win to enter a copy of this book for yourself!

1) I love this in-depth view of winter in Minnesota and the food that you serve as well as the local and national politics surrounding food production. What inspired you to write this book after focusing on cookbooks? 

I have always been interested in all aspects of food.  Being a lover of cookbooks, my early work focused on recipes. But, I’ve always been curious about flavor so I wanted to find out why locally grown and organic produce tastes better than conventional shipped from far away.  I asked the organic farmers who explained how soil is the key to flavor. In order to shun chemicals, these farmers enhance microbial activity, engage beneficial pests, etc. … These practices retain topsoil, help clean groundwater, provide food for pollinators, etc … Local food isn’t packaged or shipped … farms are beautiful (far prettier than strip malls and housing complexes) … I wrote the book because I wanted to share what I’ve learned about good ingredients …  recipes are just the beginning of the story. I do believe that food is the most important issue of our life time, central to all the things we care about — quality and flavor; health, environment, public health, social justice and equity, immigration, humane treatment of animals, beauty.

December 6, 2016

5 Tips: Stocking Your Freezer for the Holidays

Stock the freezer with dough!

Stock the freezer with dough!

Now that we’ve all recovered from Thanksgiving it is time to think about the next holiday. No matter what you celebrate in December, it is a time for food and merriment with friends and family. For me it is also a time of my children running around at a fever pitch and bouncing off the walls with excitement. Much like Thanksgiving, my strategy is simple: plan, plan, plan. Then stock the freezer based on said plans. A little time in the war room now pays off in spades later!

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)