May 3, 2017

Mother’s Day Gift Guide 2017

Mother's Day Gift Guide 2017 | The Naptime Chef

Beautiful gemstone soap(Lief Shop, $6 each)

Mother's Day Gift Guide 2017 | The Naptime Chef

Dinner Chez Moi, a delightful cookbook to inspire her summer cooking (Amazon, $16)

Mother's Day Gift Guide 2017 | The Naptime Chef

Mother's Day Gift Guide 2017 | The Naptime Chef

A candle that smells like the south of France. (Food52 Shop, $48)

Mother's Day Gift Guide 2017 | The Naptime Chef Fun bon bon earrings for summer evenings with friends. (Tuckernuck, $78)

Mother's Day Gift Guide 2017 | The Naptime Chef

A selection of rosé from Martha Stewart’s Wine Co. Because a recommendation from Martha is always good! (Martha Stewart Wine Co, starts at $90)

Mother's Day Gift Guide 2017 | The Naptime Chef

The prettiest wreath for her door. (Terrain, $88)

Mother's Day Gift Guide 2017 | The Naptime Chef

Mother's Day Gift Guide 2017 | The Naptime Chef

Organic Dark Chocolate Spread. Obviously. (Le Pain Quotidien, $11.25)

Mother's Day Gift Guide 2017 | The Naptime Chef

A gift certificate for reflexology that will leave her feeling relaxed and reenergized. (Prices vary)

Mother's Day Gift Guide 2017 | The Naptime Chef

A lightening bolt necklace because she moves so fast! (Shinola, $190)

Mother's Day Gift Guide 2017 | The Naptime Chef

The cutest jewelry pouch for taking on travels! (Clare V, $75)

May 2, 2017

Lovely Bubbles for Mother’s Day (or Anytime!)

Prosecco

Mother’s Day is just around the corner and it’s time to start stocking up on her (your) favorites. Prosecco is one of my favorite drinks this time of year. Each bubbly sip is light and refreshing, and it pairs so well with all kinds of foods. It is reminiscent of champagne, but with a slightly sweeter flavor. Prosecco comes from a specific region on northern Italy, similar to the way Champagne comes from Champagne, France. It is known for being less expensive than Champagne since it is cheaper to produce, and is an excellent base for popular cocktails like Bellini’s and spritzers.

Earlier this month I received two bottles of Prosecco that were absolutely delicious and I want to share them with you in case you are looking for some guidance at the liquor store!

Prosecco

The Piera Martellozzo D.O.C. Extra Dry. The light, fruity bubbles make it perfect for pairing with light fish, shellfish, or a seafood scallops. We also loved the bottle of Mionetta Prosecco Brut. It features flavors of golden apples, pears, and slight honey-like sweetness. It is perfect for mixing with a little St. Germaine or peach purée to make a terrific Bellini. You can even enjoy either of these as an apertif!

(Disclosure: I was sent this wine to try and we really enjoyed it. We hope you do too!)

April 24, 2017

Roots for a Brighter Future – Buy, Save, & Plant!

Earth Day and Arbor Day happen the same week this year and these holidays always give me a lot to think about. Spring has sprung in Connecticut and I’ve been so happy clipping daffodils and tulips for our vases, watching the rose bushes begin to flutter back to life, and seeing the hosta spring from the garden beds. There is so much to celebrate and be grateful for! When I think of these Earth-centered holidays I am reminded how much I want to protect our Earth and it’s resources despite the fact that we are just one small family on this big planet. How can I make a difference when I am clearly incapable of planting a forest on my own, or abandoning driving a car forevermore?

I know I am not the only person who wonders this daily and today I am thrilled to share that our friends at Unilever have thought of a few solutions for us. Helping the planet can be as easy as going to Stop & Shop. Since I shop their regularly I was thrilled to participate in their Buy, Save, Plant program for Arbor Day 2017.

April 18, 2017

Quick Lemony Cake for Spring

Quick Lemony Spring Cake

I almost called this an Easter cake but it really is so much more versatile than that. It is bright and cheery and perfect for spring. Yes, my children ate it for Easter, but it honestly could be served nearly any time of year. The best part is that the batter comes together in one bowl, which makes it convenient for anyone short on time or interest in doing dishes. I also was able to enlist the help of my 4 year old in making it to begin with – a fun project for both of us! Here is the recipe if you need a fun, quick recipe for this spring and summer. Enjoy!

April 7, 2017

Chocolate Avocado Chia Pudding

I’ve recently come around to breakfast puddings for several reasons, not the least of which is that they can be prepared the day before. Though I don’t mind cooking breakfast, there is really something so easy about having it ready the second I come downstairs! One of my favorite flavors of pudding is the chocolate avocado chia pudding. It takes just a few ingredients: grassfed milk, avocado, raw cocoa, and chia seeds, vanilla, and honey, and you are all set.

April 6, 2017

Stirring up Fun with Food with Sarah Michelle Gellar + Giveaway

Stirring Up Fun with Food

Last month a super fun book arrived in the mail for me to peruse, Stirring up Fun with Food: Over 115 Simple, Delicious Ways to Be Creative in the Kitchen. Initially I figured it was just another celebrity cookbook, but upon further inspection I realized that it is not just a just-for-kicks publishing project. This book is, in fact, amazingly cool and features terrific recipes for families. Sarah Michelle’s whole premise is making food fun for kids. But the key is that it is regular food – not “kiddie” food that a parent would never want to try. Here she and Gia have taken delicious recipes and made them a little more fun for children, but kept them perfectly appealing for the whole family.

Luckily, I got to have a little e-chat with Sarah Michelle about her work and here are a few fun things she shared! :

March 30, 2017

Easy Banana Crumb Muffins

Banana Crumb Muffins | The Naptime Chef

Sometimes I buy bananas and they last for a week on the counter and the kids eat them all time. Other times they turn brown within 24 hours of coming home from the store! It’s so frustrating, but that just gives me another excuse to bake. In an attempt to break away from our favorite banana bread recipe I made this easy banana crumb muffins with our latest round of brown bananas.