As I’m sure you can all relate, life has been a little more than hectic around here. We logged about 2500 miles in the car over the holidays and we’re all still recovering. Just ask Walter.
Once we returned home (as if I didn’t have enough to do with unpacking, cleaning, etc), I joined a family genealogy site on a whim and have been completely consumed. My husband feels abandoned and left to forage for his own food, laundry hasn’t been done in days, and I’m starting to see swirls of names and badly copied records everywhere I look. It’s been amazingly fun and I’ve uncovered a lot about our family history but I’ve been less than “present” recently.
I finally snapped out of it (or took a short break, let’s be real) and am back with some of the best foodie gifts I received this Christmas.
People collect all sorts of different things; coins, stamps, or if you’re my uncle, those giant, touristy pencils. I collect cookbooks. I collect them like they are going out of style, which we all know they never will. I read them like books, write all over them when I try recipes, and pull tons of inspiration from them. My husband and I are realizing our next home will need to have a giant sized library room with lots of bookshelves if I keep this up. Imagine over stuffed chairs and sliding ladders along the walls…boy, can this girl dream!
I got some great additions to my collection this year.
Takeaways from this photo:
- I idolize Nigella Lawson and the family knows it.
- I drink the Pioneer Woman kool-aid. There’s no way anyone can do what she “does” in one day…but I still love her wit, humor, and the color splashed all over her cookbooks.
- The origins of the amazing dutch oven bread concept came from Jim Lahey and I now have the proof…and his cookbook! If you still haven’t tried it yet, do yourself a favor and click here.
- The Salt Lick Cookbook is the best thing that happened to my bookshelf. My sister and brother in law even got it autographed for me. Inside it says, “Molly, forget cheese! Eat more BBQ!” Man after my own heart. If you’re unfamiliar with the Salt Lick, do yourself a bigger favor and click here.
You can’t live with a Texan and not have some form of honey butter in the house. If I didn’t smear this on toast once a week, I think my husband would slip into a depression.
I hope you all had a wonderful and safe holiday season filled with family, fun, good food, and great memories. We sure did!
Do you have a favorite foodie gift you received this holiday season?