I truly have the best friends and the best family in the world! No matter how many January’s role around, they always make me feel so very special on my birthday and this year was no exception. My two best friends (14 years and counting…) put together a Food & Fun Finds themed birthday and all the gifts were to inspire my blog and my love of food and fun finds. For that matter, everyone’s gifts fit nicely into this theme, so let’s get to the good stuff…presents!
My two best friends know me oh so well. We had never even talked about The Pioneer Woman’s cookbook, let alone my complete obsession with her and her blog! I was thrilled when I opened this cookbook and I pretty much haven’t put it down since. I have cried over her stories, marveled over her photographs, and even put her Enchilada recipe to the test (it passed with flying colors!).
As a lover of entertaining, I can never have too many platters. My two best friends found this ADORABLE cow platter at Sur La Table. The biggest laugh was that the lady at checkout insisted she tape a gift receipt in the box, obviously unsure of their “fun find.” Luckily, I love it and I have thrown the gift receipt away! I can already picture Buttermilk Biscuits or Cheesy Scrambled eggs in Mr. Moo.
Oh – and not to be forgotten, my friends also signed me up for subscriptions to all of the Chicago Magazines (Home + Garden, Dining Out, etc.) so I can keep up on all the food and fun finds in Chi-town.
My super-cool-Brooklyn-ite sister founds these beautiful vintage-looking mirror coasters at one of her favorite Brooklyn stores, Catbird. They are perfect as coasters, or for a tablescape with votives or glass candlesticks on them. She keeps me cool.
Our fav married couple, and partners in Chi-town crime, know my love of eating out and gave me a gift card to any of the Lettuce Entertain You restaurants! There are SO many good ones to choose from, but I’m leaning toward Everest, Joe’s Stone Crab, L2O or Mon Ami Gabi.
This is a little Tupperware contraption that I used at my mom’s house and fell in love! She must have noticed all my “ooh-ing” and “ahh-ing” while making Salsa Verde in her kitchen, and got me my very own Quick Chef. You just wind the handle and it perfectly chops tomatoes, onions, whatever you need, but it isn’t as harsh as a blender or food processor on your dainty veggies. It is seriously the best for salsas!
And last, but certainly not least, my sweet in-laws got me the sweetest present of all – a huge Edible Arrangement. Let me just end by saying, chocolate peanut butter covered apples are one of my new favorite things!
Thank you ALL for making me feel so incredibly special on my birthday.