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Wrap to your heart’s content

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How to: Tie Bows

To adorn your boxes with beautiful bows simply grab a couple of rolls of ribbon and follow the directions below from Better Homes & Gardens.

click here for the dior bow

click here for the florist bow

click here for the tiered bow

click here for the two-toned bow

click here for the classic bow

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Foodie Gifts: Homemade Butterscotch Sauce

Who doesn’t love receiving homemade gifts during the month of December – especially things that can be eaten!  Here’s my adaptation on a recipe for Homemade Butterscotch Sauce.  It’s quite easy and will keep for up to three months in the refrigerator.

Homemade Butterscotch Sauce
1 1/2 cups dark brown sugar
1/2 cup light corn syrup
1/4 cup water
1 teaspoon kosher salt
3/4 cup heavy cream
2 tablespoons Scotch whisky
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

In a heavy saucepan, combine the sugar, corn syrup, water and salt and cook to dissolve the sugar. Add the cream and simmer, stirring, until thickened, 10 minutes. Add the whisky and vanilla and simmer over low heat for 2 minutes. Let cool, then transfer to jars.



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A Green Thumb Gift

If you’re like me and sad to have the winter really upon us, here’s a great gardening gift that you can make inside for the green-thumb in your life.

Begonias are one of the easiest plants to propagate; most varieties only need a little water to start new roots. They come in infinite varieties (I love the leaves as much as the flowers) and stand up incredibly well as city house plants (requiring relatively low light, rather infrequent waterings (a once-a-week soaking will suffice in a pot with good drainage), and they are undeniably gorgeous.  Click below for the how-to.

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Daily Candy’s Holiday Gift Guide

womanshoppingThe District Domestic & Haute Papier‘s Recipe Box made it into Daily Candy’s Holiday Gift Guide!  They said, “an insatiable appetite may never be filled, but it can be organized with Haute Papier’s new recipe boxes.”  For color options and to order, please email info (at) hautepapier (dot) com or call 202.337.1623.

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Fabulous Find: Meduri World Delights


Meduri World Delights “makes” the best dried fruit I have ever tasted. I don’t know that there is much more to say than that… I tried the mixed berries, apricots, granny smith apples and peaches and each and every bite was delightful!

The raspberries have the consistency of the perfect “gummy” with perfect “organic” flavors and the consistency of the apples is incredible! At first bite, you’ll be blown away by the intense explosion of flavor that comes from the dehydrated fruit. Then comes the addiction… I ate my way through a whole bag of the berries in just a day!

Check them out here – they are the perfect treat for your health-nut sweetie!


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Fabulous Find: Vegetable Parchment Bowls


When searching for fun foodie holiday gifts, I came across these AMAZING bowls by Margaret Dorfman. The bowls are handmade from over 30 varieties of fresh fruit and vegetables that vary somewhat by season and is an entirely green endeavor. Locally grown fruit and veggies are used whenever possible and all leftovers are recycled/composted or donated to the local zoos.

The bowls are available for purchase from the Gallery Of Functional Art with prices starting at $35 for a large bowl which stands 4-5″ tall and is 8″ at the widest point.

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