Sweet Love: Give the Gift of Pastreez Valentine's Day Heart Macarons

Sweet Love: Celebrate Love with Pastreez Valentine’s Day Heart Macarons

We’re almost to the end of January and you know what that means. It is go-time for Valentine’s Day preparations. While romantic dinner reservations at expensive restaurants are out, it doesn’t mean you can’t sweep your significant other off their feet with some culinary delights. Why not capture the heart of your love or best friend with the gift od delicious sweetness. We’ll be sharing a few favorites and today, we’re diving mouth first into some exquisite heart-shaped goodness, the Valentine’s Day Heart Macarons from Pastreez. For those who are not familiar, Pastreez is a California-based Macaron shop founded by the husband and wife team, Yami & Anthony, French Chefs from Le Cordon Bleu Paris. Who knows french pastries better than French chefs! Naturally, it’s who we’d turn to for this iconic French dessert. We promise they are guaranteed to enchant the tastebuds of your love.

Sweet Love: Celebrate Love with Pastreez Valentine's Day Heart Macarons

Known for their decadent macarons that are shipped fresh from their kitchen to your door, the Pastreez macarons will tantalize your palate. The Pastreez Valentine’s Day Heart Macarons are the perfect gift for your Valentine or Galentine. *A reminder that February 13th is Galentine’s Day and the time to celebrate your friends. The heart-shaped, creme-filled treats come in four options – 48 regular macarons or a gift box of 20 macarons in Vanilla, Rose, and Strawberry; or 48 vegan macarons, or a vegan gift box of 20 in Coconut and Strawberry. All are gluten-free,  1.7″ in size, and under 50 calories each.

Sweet Love: Celebrate Love with Pastreez Valentine's Day Heart Macarons Sweet Love: Celebrate Love with Pastreez Valentine's Day Heart Macarons

We love that Pastreez will guarantee the freshness of your macarons when you place an order. All of their macarons (heart-shaped and classic round) are handmade in-house, in small batches upon receiving an order. The sweet treats are then placed into an insulated pouch, air cushions, and a sturdy carton; this ensures 100% freshness upon arrival at your door.

Sweet Love: Celebrate Love with Pastreez Valentine's Day Heart Macarons

Since Galentine’s and Valentine’s Day are coming up quickly, we recommend you place your order now. To get your Pastreez Valentine’s Day Heart Macarons by Feb. 14th, select Valentine’s reservation at checkout.

SNACK: A Tasty Superfood Cluster Powered by High-Protein Spirulina

SNACK: A Tasty Superfood Cluster Powered by High-Protein Spirulina

From the moment Covid19 reached worldwide shutdown status, we’ve upgraded our wellness regime tenfold. Along with taking 5 different vitamins and adding Sea Moss, a childhood staple rich in vitamins and nutrients, back into our lives, we’ve now added farm-fresh Spirulina in the form of SNACK; an all-natural, on-the-go, tasty superfood cluster loaded with various nutrients and antioxidants beneficial for the body and brain. For those who are not familiar, Spirulina, believed to be one of the oldest life forms on Earth, is a blue-green algae known as an endurance-boosting superfood. Like Sea Moss, it boasts a multitude of vitamins and minerals. It is high in protein, is a powerful antioxidant, and has anti-inflammatory properties. It grows in high-salt alkaline water in Africa, Asia, and Central America.

SNACK: A Tasty Superfood Cluster Powered by High-Protein Spirulina

With the SNACK range of delicious Spirulina clusters, you get all the benefits of this superfood in a wonderful on-the-go treat. SNACK offers four different blends of their tasty superfood clusters, each containing 5g of protein and 140 calories per serving. We know it may look strange to you but trust us when we say you won’t stop eating it. The days of something very healthy and good for you not being delicious are gone. These are absolutely delicious and we can’t wait for you to try them. We are far from being vegan or even vegetarian but as we’ve gone from blasé to fully adding plant-based foods to our lives, especially if they taste great and help our bodies fight against illness. It’s treats like SNACK that make adding plant-based foods to your regular life easy.

SNACK: A Tasty Superfood Cluster Powered by High-Protein Spirulina

The flavors varieties include:

  1. Apricot & Matcha (Energize & Focus) – A deliciously nutty flavor from almonds and cashews, and natural sweetness from apricots and raisins. Apricots are high in magnesium which is great for bone and joint health. Almonds help to slow the body’s absorption of sugar and carbs. Matcha is full of slow-release, naturally-derived caffeine that’s great at creating calm alertness.
  2. Banana & Cinnamon (Relax & Recover) – A deliciously nutty flavor from cashews and almonds, and natural sweetness from dried bananas and raisins. Bananas are a great source of Vitamin B6 which helps boosts Serotonin levels. Cinnamon is known as an anti-inflammatory that supports gut and heart health. Raisins are great in helping glycogen production and aiding muscle recovery.
  3. Apple & Tart Cherry (Relax & Recover) – A deliciously nutty flavor from cashews and almonds, and natural sweetness from apples and tart cherries. Apples contain pectin, a fiber that acts like a prebiotic. Tart Cherries are a great source of natural melatonin to support sleep. Like the Banana & Cinnamon, this also contains cinnamon.
  4. Blueberry & Matcha (Energize and Focus) – A deliciously nutty taste from flaxseeds and natural sweetness from blueberries and raisins. Blueberries are high in free-radical fighting antioxidants, potassium, and Vitamin C. Flaxseeds are high in dietary fiber and omega-3 fatty acids. Matcha, in contrast, does a better job at creating calm alertness, with just a quarter of the caffeine — all natural!

SNACK: A Tasty Superfood Cluster Powered by High-Protein Spirulina

The best part, you can enjoy them right out of the bag, or add some to your regular meals. They’re great with fruit, yogurt, or smoothies. We love that the benefits from consuming Spirulina include boosting your immune system, reducing high cholesterol and high triglycerides, and help with viral infections, cancer, and fatigue. During this time of uncertainty with a new deadly virus, scientists are still getting to know, it’s important that we protect ourselves every way we can. So many have already lost their lives. We promise you’ll love this snack. Along with its benefits, it’s vegan, paleo, gluten-free, non-GMO, diabetic-friendly, and grain-free.

Guilt-Free Snacking: It's Okay to Overindulge on These Healthy Snacks

Guilt-Free Snacking: You’ll Love These Good-For-You Snacks

We’re avid snackers. Try as we may to reduce the number of snacks we eat, there’s just no winning the war. Luckily, we’re slowly winning the battle by switching to healthy snacks; all thanks to the fact that they are all freaking delicious and we can enjoy some guilt-free snacking. The guilt and shame we felt ravaging a bag of potato chips, cookies, or a pint of ice cream are dissipating quickly because we’re enjoying healthier options that taste just as good.

Guilt-Free Snacking: It's Okay to Overindulge on These Healthy Snacks

Thanks to guilt-free snacking on things like the protein and fiber dense options from Nature’s Path; the wholesome and flavorful handmade crackers from Top Seedz; the protein-packed beef jerky from Old Trapper; and the savory, toasted crackers from Mary’s Gone Crackers. The wonderful thing about these snacks is not only are they beneficial to your wellbeing, they will help you snack better. We have absolutely noticed a change in our snacking habits.

NATURE’S PATH

Guilt-Free Snacking: It's Okay to Overindulge on These Healthy Snacks

Granola is a terrific way to give your body the healthy sustenance it needs while keeping the bd away. If regular granola is good for you, Superfood granolas are incredibly beneficial to the body. We discovered this when we were introduced to the Certified Organic and Non-GMO Project Verified granolas, cereals, oatmeal, waffles, and more from Nature’s Path. We had the opportunity to treat ourselves to the Golden Turmeric Superfood Granola, their newest flavor Smoothie Bowl Superfood Granola, and their Golden Turmeric Superfood Oatmeal. Hands down, our absolute favorite (although the other two were enjoyed almost as enthusiastically) was the Golden Turmeric Superfood Granola.

This addictive power snack features invigorating turmeric granola with crunchy cashews and powerhouse ingredients turmeric, cinnamon, ginger, and black pepper, which are known to support anti-inflammatory and blood sugar balancing functions of the body. If you’ve ever had a real Golden Milk then you know that the addition of black pepper magnifies the effects and benefits of Turmeric. Add in its delicious taste and you can’t go wrong. Other reasons we love this are it’s sweetened with low GI coconut sugar (only 5g sugar per 30g serving);  is baked with coconut and avocado oil; and it’s snackable clusters with a delicious, cookie-like melt in your mouth texture. We wanted to see how it would taste with milk but not one cluster made it near a bowl. It was straight from the bag to our waiting mouth.

TOP SEEDZ CRACKERS

Guilt-Free Snacking: It's Okay to Overindulge on These Healthy Snacks

As of today, with two full containers devoured, we find ourselves addicted to the Kosher certified, vegan, and gluten-free crackers. We have not yet been able to get to the point of putting anything on these delicious, crunchy seed crackers. Available in four flavors, these Top Seedz crackers are so delicious, we’ve been enjoying guilt-free snacking directly out of the package. We will try to resist the urge to gorge on the next flavor of these without topping it with Top Seedz’s recommended toppings. Speaking of, see them below:

  1. 6 Seed Crackers: The newest addition, the 6 Seed Crackers are vegan, gluten-free, and grain-free and also include chia and hemp seeds. Pairs well with: Goat cheese and a bit of tapenade; almond butter and golden raisins; hummus
  2. Sea Salt Crackers: The most versatile of the bunch, the Sea Salt Crackers can be your everyday cracker substitute. Pairs well with: Swiss cheese and a slice of dried salami; sliced apples or bananas with your favorite nut butter; smoked salmon with a touch of cream cheese and a sprig of dill.
  3. Rosemary Crackers: With a hint of rosemary, these take your charcuterie board to the next level. Pairs well with: Honey drizzled over baked brie with prosciutto; sliced fig and ricotta; sliced peaches, pears, or plums.
  4. Cumin Crackers: Move from the ordinary with the Latin flavor of the Cumin Crackers. Pairs well with: Black bean dip or a plain hummus; avocado smash and alfalfa sprouts; smoked salmon with fig compote.

The best part, those with nut allergies can fully indulge in guilt-free snacking as these are made with seeds, not nuts. Why seeds you ask? Seeds are known for their specific taste, texture, and nutritional benefits, such as protein, fiber, and iron. They’re also known for a variety of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. They’re a great source of energy, they aid in digestion, increase muscle mass, enhance brain activity, and so much more. For those who love everything DIY,  Top Seedz has the first-ever bake-at-home cracker kit! Now you can now make your own Top Seedz crackers at home. Indulge in as little or as much of the seed varieties as you want.

OLD TRAPPER BEEF JERKY

Guilt-Free Snacking: It's Okay to Overindulge on These Healthy Snacks

If you’re familiar with our adventures, you know we’re not vegan. So we’re taking a brief break from the vegan offerings to highlight the only meat option in this snack feature. While we do enjoy several vegan foods and snacks, we are full carnivores. Naturally, any snack list we share will have our main source of protein, meat; in this case, beef jerky. Sometimes nothing beats the delicious taste of a good cut of beef. For the times when you crave meat protein but don’t want to partake in a full burger, or steak meal, old-fashioned lean pieces of beef jerky will sate your appetite. Old Trapper makes beef jerky the way it was meant to be.

The ingredients behind the company’s 50 years of success are as short as its actual ingredient list: lean high-quality meat, quality seasonings, real wood-fired smoke, and a hands-on manufacturing process. Couple that with an affordable price point and you see why Old Trapper has outlasted the competition.

Old Trapper offers a variety of lean high-quality jerky, including Old Fashioned, Peppered, Hot & Spicy, and Teriyaki flavors. Their last product launch was their quarter-pound bag of jerky, which goes against the current industry trend of giving LESS product in the same size bag. If you’ve purchased any bag of potato chips in the last 2-3 years, you know what we mean. Old Trapper offers delicious ways to give your body the protein it needs. What we loved most, aside from taste, was it wasn’t overall dry and the flavors were perfect.

MARY’S GONE CRACKERS

Guilt-Free Snacking: It's Okay to Overindulge on These Healthy Snacks

Mary’s Gone Crackers proves that healthy snacks need never lack in flavor! Focused on impeccable quality and taste, Mary’s products speak for themselves with their delectable, unique texture, and flavor profiles which can only be accomplished by carefully baking whole, organic ingredients to toasted perfection. Crafted with whole ingredients such as brown rice, quinoa, flax, and sesame seeds, each cracker is the perfect pairing of toasty flavor and crunchy goodness. All of Mary’s snacks are certified organic, gluten-free, allergen-friendly, and vegan to fuel active, health-conscious, and epicurean lifestyles with delicious and nutritious snacks. They recently launched 3 new real thin flavorsOlive Oil + Cracked Black Pepper, Chipotle, and Tomato + Basil.

we’d love to hear which of these guilt-free snacking options you’d love to indulge in most.

What's for Dinner? Verve Culture Thai for Two Cooking Kits

What’s for Dinner? Verve Culture Thai for Two Cooking Kits

One thing we are enjoying about the months-long lockdown is we can experiment in the kitchen. Whether it’s trying a new recipe or a new dish in general. We were not-so-recently introduced to Verve Culture, we previously highlighted their Tortilla Cast Iron Press Kit, and we’re excited to share another of their wonderful products, the Verve Culture Thai for Two Cooking Kits. Prepare easy-to-make meals with these authentic ingredients from Thailand; just add your own protein and vegetables.

What's for Dinner? Verve Culture Thai for Two Cooking Kits

There are so many things to love about the Verve Culture Thai for Two Cooking Kits. We love the convenience, the simplicity of preparing, the break from ordering in, the change of basic cuisine, and of course the fantastic taste. The Thai for Two Cooking Kits are available in five varieties – Pad Thai, Organic Green Curry Kit, Organic Tom Kha Soup, Organic Panang Curry Kit, and Organic Red Curry Kit. Naturally, the taste is at the very top but a very close second is how quickly a meal can be prepared. You see, these organic Thai for Two cooking kits take only 7 steps and your meal can be fully prepared in 7 minutes. The numbers increase by one for the Pad Thai making it 8 steps and 8 minutes; they are decreased by 2 for the Tom Kha Soup, making it 5 steps and 5 minutes.

What's for Dinner? Verve Culture Thai for Two Cooking Kits

If you are fans of the big, fragrant, and creamy flavors of Thai food, the Verve Culture Thai for Two cooking kits will not disappoint. We had the pleasure of trying out the Organic Red Curry Kit and Organic Green Curry Kit, both over rice. For the Organic Red Curry Kit, we added beef as our protein and followed the 7 easy steps and our delicious dinner for two was complete. Each kit comes housed in a black and gold pouch with each ingredient individually packaged and sealed.

What's for Dinner? Verve Culture Thai for Two Cooking Kits

The Organic Red Curry cooking kit included: Organic dried herbs, Organic red curry seasoning, Organic red curry paste, and Organic coconut milk. For those who prefer a tamer spice level, you can use 1/2 – 3/4 of the curry paste; for the rest of us, use the entire packet or add some of your own red curry. The above is a deep plate (more of a soup or stew plate), so all our red curry is at the bottom. Nevertheless, we were more than happy with the result and this did not last very long. For the Organic Green Curry kit, we chose salmon as our protein and choose a different mix of vegetables.

Thai for Two - Organic Green Curry KitThai for Two - Organic Green Curry Kit

Once again, this no-fail cooking kit did not disappoint our tastebuds. If you’re looking to wow your family or just want to spice up your lunch or dinner, these Verve Culture Thai for Two Cooking Kits are what you need. We can’t wait to try the other Thai for Two cooking kits, especially the Pad Thai.

Kindroot Adaptogems: Helping You Survive Holiday and Pandemic Stress

Kindroot Adaptogems: Helping You Survive Holiday and Pandemic Stress

Are the pandemic, the world in general, and the holiday season stressing you out? If you answered yes, then you need a holiday de-stressing tool. We are happy to introduce you to Kindroot Adaptogems holiday survival kit. Kindroot is a brand of plant-powered supplements that help you de-stress. They are very beneficial to the body; In fact, you will actually look forward to gifting and taking them. Kindroot Adaptogems are the first line of lozenges that include nurturing adaptogenic plants and aromatic, all-natural flavors, blended into silky-smooth little lozenges. Not familiar with adaptogens? If you’ve heard of ginseng, melatonin, reishi (the “immortality mushroom” in traditional Chinese medicine), marine collagen, etc, then you’re already familiar with them.

Kindroot Adaptogems: Helping You Survive Holiday and Pandemic Stress

The Kindroot Adaptogems holiday survival kit, $35.00, is just one way to combat the stress you and your loved ones are feeling during this stressful time. It features 20 snooze plant lozenges for sweet dreams, 20 mood plant lozenges for even-keeled feels, and some fun, cool stickers. The lavender vanilla-flavored snooze lozenges combine the power of melatonin and ashwagandha (an ayurvedic herb that helps you relax and promote calmness) to help you get the restful sleep that you need; while the lychee rosewater flavored mood lozenges boasts reishi and maca root (an adaptogenic root that helps maintain positive levels of energy and mental well-being). Perfect to help you start your day, no matter what it may entail.

Kindroot Adaptogems: Helping You Survive Holiday and Pandemic Stress

We love their Inward + Upward bundle, $65.00 (shown directly above). Along with the snooze and mood plant lozenges, it also contains their glow Adaptogems (peach blossom lozenges that combine marine collagen and ashwagandha to help you “give good face”); and focus Adaptogems (mang’orange white tea flavored lozenges with Schisandra extract and organic lemon balm extract to boost your energy, mental alertness, and cognition). This bundle features 20 focus plant lozenges for balanced brains, 20 glow plant lozenges for lit looks, 20 snooze plant lozenges for sweet dreams, 20 mood plant lozenges for even-keeled feels, and the stickers.

All of Kindroot’s Adaptogems are made from organic ingredients; they are gluten-free, vegan, have only 2 grams of sugar, and are available in delicious, sensory flavors. Could you use some de-stressing during the holiday season?

Pandemic Food Staples: Pantry Must-Haves to Keep in Stock

Pandemic Food Staples: Pantry Must-Haves to Keep in Stock

We recently shared our Must-Have Kitchen Tools for Your Pandemic; today we’re highlighting some pandemic food staples you should have in your pantry. We’re spending so much more time in the kitchen, so it’s important to have everything you need. Whether you’re preparing a full meal or snack, staples like tomato sauce, olive oil, coffee, salad dressing, and maple syrup are essential. Especially since these food staples not only taste delicious, they’re good for you as well.

Pandemic Food Staples: Pantry Must-Haves to Keep in Stock

Today, we celebrate the food staples from Lemonette, Jar Goods, The Governor, Steeped Coffee, and Maple Craft Foods. These food staples are getting us through the pandemic in a delicious and healthy way. We know they’d do the same for you. Let’s get to know more about them.

Lemonette Salad Dressings and Marinades

Pandemic Food Staples: Pantry Must-Haves to Keep in Stock

If you enjoy the taste and health benefits of lemons, then we’ve got the perfect pantry must-have for you. Lemonette is a range of first and only lemon-based clean gourmet dressings. The non-GMO dressings are thoughtfully crafted in small batches using locally sourced ingredients in California. Available in four flavors, Mediterranean Herb, Italian Herb, Lemon Garlic, and Zesty Cumin, they are great as salad dressings, marinades, dips, grilling, and finishes. We enjoyed a Chicken Shawarma Bowl topped with the Mediterranean Herb dressing much to the delight of our tastebuds. If you love Sumac, you will enjoy this very much.

The Lemonette dressings are a great alternative to vinegar, cream, or soy-based sauces. Lemonette is a women-owned business that donates a portion of all proceeds to The Heart Foundation.

Jar Goods Tomato Sauces & Pestos

Pandemic Food Staples: Pantry Must-Haves to Keep in Stock

Want delicious, homemade tomato sauce made with premium ingredients on your table without having to make it from scratch? The answer is the versatile, clean label, certified non-GMO Jar Goods tomato sauces to get dinner on. Founded by two sisters-in-law, this line of fresh, new brand of clean-label tomato sauces and pestos are made with vine-ripened tomatoes, pure olive oil, fresh onions, garlic, and basil. Check out our Instagram post to see one of the ways we enjoyed the Classic Spicy sauce.

  1. Classic Red – A premium tomato sauce that tastes just like homemade. It is thicker, richer, and more flavorful than any other tomato sauce brand.
  2. Classic Spicy – Love your tomato sauce with a kick? The Spicy Classic is what happens when a subtle kick is added to a Classic Red sauce. It features just the right amount of spice to liven up your dinner.
  3. Classic Vodka – Your tastebuds will explode when you enjoy this classic that boasts flavorful cream and smooth vodka added to Classic Red tomato sauce.
  4. Vegan Vodka – vegans will love this dairy-free version of a classic vodka sauce. It’s made with coconut milk to make an indulgent, plant-based version of the creamy classic.
  5. Beet + Basil Pesto – This is where “Beets Meet Basil”: the sweet tangy flavor of roasted, marinated beets unites with fresh, aromatic basil and savory walnuts.

The Governor Premium Olive Oil

Pandemic Food Staples: Pantry Must-Haves to Keep in Stock

Not all olive oils were created equal. There’s only one in the world that boasts medicinal properties, that is The Governor olive oils, $69.99. This award-winning EVOO is crafted from the finest “Lianolia” olives by three generations of the Dafnis family in Corfu, a region famous for its premium olive groves. We wanted to enjoy this olive oil in its natural state, so we baked some warm bread and drizzled this superb olive oil on our bread, and ate to our heart’s content.

Exclusivity aside, it’s the subject of rigorous scientific testing for its role in the prevention and treatment of cancer, Alzheimer’s, and hypertension due to such a high phenolic content. Impress the foodie in your life with this premium olive oil, that does more than satisfy your taste buds and elevate their cooking.

Steeped Coffee Single-Serve Gourmet Coffee Bags

Pandemic Food Staples: Pantry Must-Haves to Keep in Stock

Hey coffee lovers, wouldn’t you love to enjoy a good cup of coffee with as much ease as tea lovers do? Imagine the convenience of making a cup with an individual coffee bag, just like tea lovers. Thanks to Steeped Coffee, you don’t have to imagine. Unlike other coffees, Steeped Coffee does not require machines or brewing equipment. The coffee comes in single-serve bags that are nitro-sealed to ensure absolute freshness. It’s a uniquely “unplugged” coffee experience, from the award-winning packaging, made using compostable and renewable materials, to the non-GMO filters. All it takes to brew a perfect cup is hot water and a few minutes.

Each Steeped Pack contains hand-roasted, ethically-sourced, Direct Trade coffee that’s precision ground to showcase the distinctive flavor profile of every crafted blend. Available in five flavor varieties: Light Roast, Medium Roast, Dark Roast, French Roast, and Decaf, any coffee addict would approve. If you’re looking for the perfect morning cup to enjoy on Christmas morning, we highly recommend getting the Steeped Lineup Sampler – a collection of each of the five coffee blends. This way, everyone can enjoy a coffee flavor of their choice.

Maple Craft Foods Maple Craft Syrup

Maple Craft Foods Maple Craft Syrup

Maple Craft Foods shows there’s much more to this pantry staple. It’s not only a versatile ingredient for baking, cooking, and cocktails, it’s surprisingly good for you and makes a wonderful gift for families, foodies, and craft beer & spirits enthusiasts alike. Did you know Maple syrup has just 2/3 the sucrose of sugar, over 65 important antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals? It also boasts more potassium than bananas and more calcium than milk. These New England-made Maple Craft syrups come in a variety of delicious organic flavors, including Blueberry, Elderberry, and Honey; as well as holiday-inspired flavors like Pumpkin Spice, Gingerbread, and Peppermint Bark.

What’s on your list of pandemic food staples? We think you’d be very satisfied adding these to your pantry.

Must-Haves Kitchen Tools for Your Pandemic Needs

Must-Have Kitchen Tools for Your Pandemic Needs

If you’re like us, then the time spent in your kitchen has doubled or maybe even tripled. We can absolutely say that this pandemic has us spending much more time in the room we usually spent the least time in; much to the detriment of our refrigerator and groceries. It has also shown us that there are things we desperately needed in our kitchen. Kitchen tools that will make our pandemic lives easier.

Must-Haves Kitchen Tools for Your Pandemic Needs

They say the kitchen is the heart of the home. If it wasn’t before, it certainly is now. We’re sharing kitchen tools from Ambrosia Bag, Verve Culture, and S’well that are sure to make your pandemic kitchen life a little easier. In some cases, a lot more fun.

Ambrosia Produce Bags

Ambrosia Produce Bags

We love fresh vegetables but for some reason, they seem to go bad quickly once they enter our refrigerator. Granted, it may be because we overbuy and can’t use everything all at once and we end up having to throw a lot away. Our asparagus purchase tends to suffer the most. Thankfully the Ambrosia Bag came into our lives and solved our issue. This sustainable bag is the solution to all of your food-wasting problems! Say hello to the eco-friendly fix to keeping your food fresh in the fridge. Say goodbye to the waste and guilt of spoiled fruits, vegetables, mushrooms, and herbs! These flax linen vegetables and fruit bags are a godsend to those of us who have gardens and for the rest whose fridges seem to be the place where vegetables go to die. The Ambrosia produce bags come in four varieties – Vegetable, Berry, Mushroom, and Herb. They range from $24.00 – $30.00 and can be purchased at www.ambrosiabag.com.

Tortilla Press Kit – Red Cast Iron with Servilleta

Tortilla Press Kit - Red Cast Iron with Servilleta

Everybody loves tortillas! They seem to be the perfect snack or meal. Whether you’re cooking for just yourself or feeding an entire family, nothing pleases a crowd (or a single), like a delicious tortilla; you’re probably craving one right now. Well, Verve Culture has the perfect kit for you when those tortilla cravings hit –  the Tortilla Press Kit – Red Cast Iron with Servilleta, $45.00. You are sure to wow the crowd, whether they be your family or your friends on Zoom with your street tortilla skills. Instead of searching for the perfect tortilla, you can just make them. Our favorite thing about the Verve Culture Red Cast Iron press? It’s made in Mexico from old Singer sewing machines and other recycled irons. It will last you forever and gift you with perfect tortillas every time. What’s not to love! Plus it also makes an amazing gift. Get one or more now on www.verveculture.com.

S’well Eats

Must-Haves Tools for Your Pandemic Kitchen Needs

More cooking means more leftovers. And while you can bury yourself under a cupboard full of plastic storage food containers (if you can find the covers), we’re got a more stylish alternative. Savor your leftovers the next day with S’well Eats sustainable containers and bowls. Whether working from home or on the go, these handy, insulated containers are perfect for storing food and look great in any kitchen. Available in two handy sizes, these fashionable, reusable containers are the perfect storage for both hot and cold food. These 16oz and 20oz containers keep food cold for 12 hours or hot for 7 hours. Get your favorite color and design for $40.00 – $50.00 on www.swell.com.

We’d love to hear what kitchen tools have become essential to you during this pandemic.

Sweet Holiday Treats: Sugar Plum Delectable Holiday Gift Baskets

Sweet Holiday Treats: Sugar Plum Delectable Holiday Gift Baskets

Are you ready for the sweetest part of the holiday season? We’re talking holiday gift baskets, the perfect gift for those with a sweet tooth. We’re not talking about boring popcorn tins or fruit baskets with one or two pieces of chocolate, we mean one-of-a-kind, sugar rush goodness. The holiday season is the perfect time to indulge in something sweet and Sugar Plum has everything you need to add more sweetness into the world.

Sweet Holiday Treats: Sugar Plum Delectable Holiday Gift Baskets

From cookie-making advent calendars to chocolate covered cookies, chocolate-dipped logs, and everything in between, Sugar Plum is here to make your holiday sweet, merry, and delicious.

1. Cookie Making Advent Calendar, $65.00

Sweet Holiday Treats: Sugar Plum Delectable Holiday Gift Baskets

One of our favorite things to enjoy during the holidays is Christmas cookies. The moment the whole house smells like fresh baked cookies is a magical one. Whether you’re home with your family or by yourself, a fresh-baked, warm delicious cookie can also erase all sadness. Sugar Plum gives you the opportunity to indulge in that warm feeling with their wonderful Cookie Making Advent Calendar. Give the gift of yummy goodness; this supersized 25-day advent calendar is filled with ingredients and tools to make everyone’s favorite holiday cookies. Each of the 25 individual pockets is filled with one component needed to make six different varieties of holiday cookies; these include recipe cards, ingredients, cookie cutters, and kitchen tools!

Enjoy a variety of recipes including Peppermint Mocha Cookies, Stained Glass Cookies, Cranberry Orange Shortbread Cookies, Hot Chocolate Cookies, Christmas Tree-shaped Gingerbread Cookies, and Salted Caramel Thumbprint Cookies. The Advent Calendar is available now for $65.00, exclusively at www.uncommongoods.com.

2. Chocolate Pretzel Passion Gift Tray, $49.00

Sweet Holiday Treats: Sugar Plum Delectable Holiday Gift Baskets

You may have seen the video of the above chocolate goodness on our Instagram and we’re still salivating over its sinful deliciousness. Chocolate covered pretzels have brought joy to many for decades and you can see why. Sugar Plum’s Chocolate Pretzel Passion Gift Tray includes a variety of twenty-three pieces of chocolate-dipped logs covered in chocolate candy pieces, chocolate sandwich cookie logs, double chocolate chip pretzels, and pretzels dipped in our signature milk, dark, and white chocolates with even more chocolate drizzled on top and finished with sprinkles. Once you put this out, don’t expect it to last for very long.

3. The Signature Chocolate-Covered Sandwich Cookie Sampler, $26.95

Sugar Plum The Signature Chocolate-Covered Sandwich Cookie Sampler

Cookies are absolutely delicious. Chocolate is ironically delicious. Combine those two and you have absolute heaven. When it comes to chocolate-covered treats, perhaps nothing is more delicious than the idea of chocolate-covered stuff. The Signature Chocolate-Covered Sandwich Cookie Sampler includes nine (9) total chocolate-covered sandwich cookies, including one (1) each of Sugar Plum’s renowned milk, dark, and white chocolate-covered sandwich cookies. The sampler also includes 6 additional cookies, including Milk Chocolate with Ground Cookie, White Chocolate with Cranberry, Dark Chocolate with Toasted Coconut, Milk Chocolate with Ground Toffee, White Chocolate with Peanut Butter Chips, and Dark Chocolate with Chocolate Chips.

4. Wine Truffle Box Assortment, $35.00

Sugar Plum Wine Truffle Box Assortment

For those that want to be a little more fun with a truffle assortment; look no further than Sugar Plum’s Wine Box Truffle Assortment! It features a 12-piece assortment of Sugar Plum’s incredible handcrafted chocolate truffles all beautifully laid out in a wine bottle-shaped box that will set the mood for a fantastic day and holiday night. each set comes with truffle varieties that include Milk Chocolate, Dark Chocolate, White Chocolate, Black Raspberry, Chai Tea, Cappuccino, Crème Brulee, Tiramisu, Pomegranate, Lemon Merengue, Champagne, Rum, Coffee Caramel, Caramel Pecan, Strawberry Cheesecake, Coconut, Kahlua/White Russian, and Irish Crème.

We’d love to hear your thoughts on these decadent Sugar Plum holiday gift baskets. Let us know, which would you give and which would you love to receive.