GIFT GUIDE FOR THE FOODIE

Happy Wednesday, my friends! I hope that your week is going wonderfully. My week has been full of planning future content for the blog, catching up with some friends, and some job related things! Tomorrow my sister and I are beginning our Christmas baking, and man oh man, we have a lot to do. Our Mommom Minnow always made all kinds of cookies for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, and we're trying to hold onto that tradition. I'll be sharing some of Mommom Minnow's Christmas cookie recipes on here next week, so stay tuned because they're really good. 

Tonight I'm stopping by to share my third gift guide of the season with you all! This gift guide is perfect for the foodies in your life. I think there's something for every foodie on this gift guide: the baker, the health enthusiast, the coffee lover, and the wanna-be bartender ;P Let's get right into my picks!

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1. Vitamix Blender: Everyone should have a Vitamix blender in my opinion. I LOVE ours. We had other blenders before, but they always left me kind of chewing the kale in my smoothies, and who wants to be chewing on a smoothie? Not this girl! This gift is on the pricier end, but if you have someone in your life who loves making smoothies, soups, or even frozen margaritas, this is an amazing gift! 

2. Cheese Knives: If you have a friend that loves hosting wine and cheese nights, this is a great gift option! I mean, cheese is absolutely one of the most delicious foods out there (at least in my opinion haha), but these beautiful marble cheese knives will take wine and cheese night to the next level. 

3. Latte Bowls: These bowls are the perfect gift for a friend that just moved into her first apartment or home. They're perfect for holding snacks or prepping ingredients for cooking and baking!

4. Veggetti Pro: Another fun pick for the health enthusiast in your life! This Veggetti Pro can turn almost any vegetable into "noodles". You can use a zucchini to make zoodles, which is a really great substitute for spaghetti in Italian dishes. You also could use the Veggetti on a potato to make shoestring baked fries in the oven! The possibilities are endless with this one, friends :)

5. Bottle and Cork Screw: How cute would this little set be for the hostess of the holiday party you're attending? This set would also be an adorable stocking stuffer, and it would be the perfect addition to your friend's stylish bar cart. 

6. Playful Dish Towel: You can never have enough dish towels, right? So, why not have cute dish towels to display?! I think that this Kate Spade one is so fun. Another great hostess gift, and it'd be great paired with the bottle and cork screw set! 

7. Russet Measuring Cups: This pick is one you'll want to get for your friend or family member that loves to bake. I'm a huge baker, and I would love to have some cute measuring cups to use. This is just one of the sets that Anthropologie has, so make sure to check out all of their options! 

8. William & Sonoma Hot Cocoa: I get this hot chocolate for my future brother-in-law every year now because he loves it that much. Honestly, I think any family member or friend would love to receive this hot chocolate as a gift! They have plain, peppermint, and salted caramel, so you're sure to find a flavor your loved one will like. 

9. Golden Monogram Mug: This mug will hands down be a winner for the coffee or tea lover in your life! I know my family members will be laughing when reading this, because I'm pretty much a mug hoarder. I mean, if you drink a lot of tea and coffee you have to have lots of fun and pretty mugs to drink it out of, right? Right. 

Alright, my lovely friends, I hope that this gift guide makes your holiday shopping a bit easier! 

Happy gift giving!

Friday Favorites #11

Helllllo, Friday! We made it! I hope you guys have the perfect plans lined up this weekend - whether that's relaxing and a doing a whole lot of nothing or a jam-packed weekend with friends. Whatever you're doing, I hope you enjoy it! 

Before I sign off for the weekend I'm stopping by with my usual round-up of my favorite things of the week. As always, I'd love to hear what you've been loving this week in the comments! Don't be shy :) 

1. Marshalls Finds

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Man, oh man. I probably should just ban myself from going to Marshalls. I always think I'll be able to go and just window shop, but I'm totally and completely lying to myself haha. No matter how hard I try not to buy anything I always walk out of that store with at least one thing (let's be honest, usually multiple things). On my last trip to "window shop" I found yet another notebook that I "needed" with a sassy saying on it. Have I told you guys about my obsession with notebooks/stationary yet? Well, if I didn't, now ya know! I also got super comfy and cute cheetah indoor/outdoor slippers. No regrets. 

2. The Ninja Coffee Bar

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Look guys, I know this appeared on the blog earlier in the week (and last week), but I just love it so much. I made myself a homemade cappuccino this morning and it was wonderful. You just can't beat making yourself a delicious cup of coffee that doesn't cost you $5 (and that you don't have to get out of your PJs to get). Oh, and believe me, I'm no coffee expert and the Ninja Coffee Bar makes it so easy to make speciality drinks. My close girlfriends reading this are probably laughing due to my inability to handle caffeine, but I think I'm doing okay...so far :) Bottom line: this should be at the top of your Christmas list this year (or you can totally just buy it for yourself now and call it an early Christmas gift... to yourself)! 

3. PHL Hat

image via shopsouthboutique.com

image via shopsouthboutique.com

I have a thing for hats. I collect them. A lot of them. And I really want this one. To be honest, I'm really not sure why I'm so obsessed with this hat. Maybe it's the clean lines? The colors? I don't know, but I like it, and I want it. Shop Aviate is apparently the "original airport code brand" and you'll be able to find any airport code you can think of on there. I just happen to live near Philly, so that's why I'm looking to snag that one! Please don't judge me for my weird obsession :)

4. Essie Gel Setter Top Coat

image taken via target.com

image taken via target.com

I'm a girl on a budget, which means I unfortunately can't go and get gel manicures all of the time. BUT with Essie's Gel Setter Top Coat my nails look like I have a gel manicure, without the hassle of having to go back to the salon to get it taken off. This top coat makes your nail polish last longer and look shinier. It also comes off as easily as regular nail polish and won't make your nails brittle or weak like your typical gel manicure. Score!

5. Pug Christmas Card

image via https://www.etsy.com/shop/RobertJamesHullArt?ref=l2-shop-header-avatar

image via https://www.etsy.com/shop/RobertJamesHullArt?ref=l2-shop-header-avatar

I think I found the cutest Christmas cards ever (and of course they involve pugs). I mean, what's cuter than a pug with antlers and a red nose, guys? The correct answer is... nothing. I'll definitely be ordering some of these for Christmas (just kidding, I already did). Robert's artwork is great, definitely check it out over on Etsy! He also has a few other extremely cute dog cards for Christmas (golden retriever, schnauzer, and weimaraner). His cards and other artwork is so beautifully done, and I love that by buying his Christmas cards I'll get to support a small business. 

Alrighty, guys, that's my round-up for this week! Don't forget to let me know what you've been loving this week! 

Happy Weekend!

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Weekend Recap & Homemade PSL Recipe

Gooood morning, lovely people! I hope that you're feeling refreshed and rested after the weekend! My weekend was a good one, with my sister being home for a good part of it and getting to celebrate my mom's birthday. 

Friday

On Friday night my sister, one of my good friends, and I headed out for a drink at the Copperhead Saloon, a nearby bar with speciality cocktails. I got the Maginot Line cocktail that was a mixture of Death's Door Gin, Creme de Apricot, fresh lemon, simple syrup, and Molleto Prosecco. It was light, refreshing, and delicious!

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We called it a night after just one drink to head home to sing an early happy birthday and eat cake with my mom. Her birthday was on Sunday, the 9th, but who turns down early birthday cake? Not the Fergusons ;P

Saturday

On Saturday morning, my mom, sister, and I got up early to head out for a day of shopping. Our intention was to go look at some bridesmaids dresses for Alie's wedding, but it turned into more of a jean shopping day. I don't know about you guys, but when I walk into Nordstrom and see 25% off signs on their high end denim brands like Paige denim, I beeline for those racks immediately! I mean, how often does Nordstrom discount that kind of stuff? Pretty much never. So, we got kind of distracted and I think by the end of trying things on we had about twenty pairs of jeans in our dressing room, oops! We may not have picked out a bridesmaids dress, but we all got a nice pair of jeans :D

After we left the mall, my sister and I dropped off my mom at home and picked up our dad for some last minute birthday gift shopping for my mom. We were going for a coffee theme since she just got the Ninja Coffee Bar from my dad for their anniversary and picked her up some seasonal coffee beans from Brew Haha (our local coffee shop), a coffee grinder, glass mugs that she wanted, Starbucks vanilla syrup, and a hazelnut syrup. She pretty much is ready to open up her own coffee stand on our street now, haha. 

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We got home from shopping just in time to wrap my mom's gifts and get changed for dinner, and before we knew it we were on our way to The Farmhouse for our reservation. The Farmhouse is a quaint little restaurant with old wooden tables and chairs, candlesticks, and homey decorations. It has a really cute and cozy feel. The food there was absolutely delicious, complete with warmed rolls, mushroom soup, and salad with homemade balsamic dressing. I chose the Surf and Turf as my entree because why not have a taste of everything when you can? We ended the dinner sharing the ricotta pound cake with strawberries and fresh lemon curd which was so, so yummy! 

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Once we got home (with extremely full bellies) my mom opened her gifts and cards. Does anyone else get cards from their dogs for birthdays or is that just us? Alie and I get a kick out of picking a card out to give our parents on their birthdays from Munchkin and Lola. This year we picked out this card: 

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The head and eyes bobble around as you move the card, which is pretty hilarious to our pug-obsessed family. After my mom opened her gifts and cards, Alie headed back to her and Mike's place and the rest of us called it a night and went to sleep.

Sunday

On Sunday morning (my mom's actual birthday), my mom and I experimented with all of her new coffee accessories. The grinder worked perfectly and we had fun making homemade Pumpkin Spice Lattes and drinking them out of our fancy glass mugs :) If you have a coffee maker and a Frother you can easily make this delicious treat at your house. Here's the exact ingredients that you'll need:

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  • 3 tablespoons ground coffee
  • 1/2 cup milk (we used vanilla soy milk)
  • 1 tablespoon dark brown sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice, plus more for garnish
  • Pinch of salt

The steps you'll take are:

  1. Following the measurement above, place the ground coffee into your coffee maker. 
  2. While the coffee is brewing, place the remaining ingredients in your glass Frother. Microwave on high for about 1 minute. Remove from the microwave, secure your Frother lid, and pump the Frother 15-20 times. 
  3. When your coffee is brewed, pour into your mug and then gently pour frothed mixture over brewed coffee. Sprinkle with pumpkin pie spice and then enjoy!
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homemade-psl

I never realized how easy it is to make speciality coffee drinks at home...I may get wayyyy over caffeinated because of this! 

Let me know if you try out the homemade PSL recipe! I'm still hoping to make that apple pie chai, and once I make it I'll definitely share the recipe. Happy Monday, guys, and thank you for reading today's post :)

Xo,

Jenna

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Friday Favorites #109

Hello, hello, friends! It's Friday, that happiest day of the week! I hope that your upcoming weekend is the perfect combination of fun and relaxing. I have some work to do on my research study, but on Saturday my mom, sister, my sister's future mother-in-law, and I are all going to look at rehearsal dinner venues. It should be a fun time! Other than that, my weekend plans are up in the air. 

Before I sign off for the weekend I wanted to check in with my favorites of the week! Feel free the chime in with what you're loving this week in the comments. I'd love to hear from ya!

1. Parenthood

Guys, this is bad. I cannot, CANNOT stop watching this show. One day I was innocently perusing Netflix searching for a show to just watch an episode of. Fast forward and now I'm on season 3 of the series. Who else loves this show? I mean, I literally want to be a Braverman. Can't stop, won't stop. I'll definitely be sneaking in an episode or two this weekend.

2. Banana Oat Muffins

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Remember those banana oat muffins that showed up on the blog not too long ago? I'm realllly craving some of those right about...now. Did you miss this absolutely awesome, delicious, fantastic recipe? Fear not, click HERE. I think I may play around in the kitchen this weekend and experiment with this recipe a bit to make it more fall-like. Stay tuned!  

3. Pumpkins 

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My mom and I went to Milburn Orchards a week or so ago, and there's just something about seeing a field full of pumpkins that just makes me happy. Anybody else with me on this one? Fall is really one of the best seasons in my opinion, and pumpkins symbolize what's to come: Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and just a lot of quality time spent with my family, which I love! You rock, Fall, don't change.

4. The Ninja Coffee Bar

image via coolthings.com

image via coolthings.com

My parent's anniversary was this past weekend, and my dad gifted my mom the Ninja Coffee Bar. Guys, this coffee maker (excuse me, coffee bar) is pretty sweet. It can brew a rich cup of coffee, make speciality drinks (hello, pumpkin spice latte recipe comin' at ya soon), make a mean cup of iced coffee, and it comes with a handy-dandy little milk frother. It's awesome, to say the least. So, if you're a coffee lover you need to put this at the tip-top of your wish list!

Alright, friends, that's what I've been loving this week! Don't forget to let me know what you've been loving by leaving me a comment :) 

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Happy Weekend!