holiday gift guide

Holiday Gift Guide for the Hard to Buy for People on Your List

Here is my holiday gift guide for the hard to buy for person or people on your list.  We all have that person on our list that essentially has everything they need/ want or a family member that lives far away so you don't know exactly what to get them. Here are some of my favorite places to shop, because I have way too many hard to buy for people on my list.   For those recipients that love fruit you can always do a fruit of the month club, but my particular favorite fruit this time of year are navel oranges from is Pearson Ranch. When I used to live in New York City I found the winter months to be the most difficult time for me, one problem was the fact that I could never find great fruit. I started doing some online research and I came across Pearson Ranch. I love their California navel oranges. [caption id="attachment_1494" align="aligncenter" width="538"] Pearson Ranch Navel Oranges[/caption] Another website that I like to find gifts is the MOMA store.  They have a great selection of fun deals under $50.  These items are very high design, high concept, so they will always have great impact.  Whether it's a large...Read More
short rib

Non Traditional Holiday Meal Ideas

I enjoy traditional holiday meals with turkey or ham, stuffing, potatoes and pumpkin pie, etc., especially on Thanksgiving.  There is something very comforting about knowing that you will have it at least once a year, maybe more with leftovers.  Unfortunatley, some of my family members are not fans of the traditional stuff, so here are some options if you want to take a break from the traditional holiday meal this year. Order BBQ from the famous Salt lick in Texas. This is what we did last year from Thanksgiving and it was a hit.  Not to mention the fact that it reminds my husband and I of our time at the University of Texas at Austin. My favorites are the brisket and the sausage, both are gluten free as is the BBQ sauce.  I would order soon if you want it for Thanksgiving.  We've done it for Christmas dinner too, so if you miss Thanksgiving you can get for Christmas or other holiday celebrations. Short ribs We made short ribs for Christmas dinner last year and it was great. Make Turducken I have to say that I haven't done this before, but my husband has and he said it's great. You...Read More
Pumpkin Spice Cake, Gluten free Pumpkin Spice Cake

Pumpkin Spice Cake

Well, it's that time of year, the time to put pumpkin in EVERYTHING...just kidding.  Pumpkin is a very healthy fruit (it is in fact a fruit not a vegetable), so I like to put it in food, deserts etc when I can, especially this time of year.  I decided to make a pumpkin cake rather than the usual pumpkin pie, because I've always loved spice cake and why not get the added benefits of pumpkin right? Here are just a few of the added health benefits of pumpkin: According to Nutrition and You: 100 g fruit provides just 26 calories and contains no saturated fats or cholesterol; however, it is rich in dietary fiber, anti-oxidants, minerals, vitamins. According to Medical News Today: The potassium contained within pumpkins can have a positive effect on blood pressure and the antioxidants and vitamins contained within pumpkins could prevent degenerative damage to the eyes. That being said, adding lots of butter and sugar can detract from these benefits a bit, but hey might as well feel a bit better about indulging right.  This recipe was also featured by Treetopia last year, it will definitely be a hit.  This recipe can be made with regular wheat...Read More