Gift Ideas I Love Mega Giveaway!

Gift Ideas I Love Giveaway |

Happy Holidays!  The festivities have begun and I can’t imagine a better way to launch into December than with a big, fat GIVEAWAY of some of my favorite things.  I’ll tell you more about those in a minute but what’s super fun about this giveaway is that I’ve linked up with my fellow bloggers from the Breckenridge retreat I did in October as well as some other fantastic bloggers, and everyone is doing a giveaway you can enter!   Each giveaway is separate with the total of the combined prize packages valued at over $2,800!

I picked some things I love and that are wonderful gift options. I’ve shared my devotion to Le Creuset before.  Their colorful enamel French ovens have a lifetime guarantee and I can say all the women in my family as far back as I can remember own them.

Over the past year I’ve been enjoying developing braising recipes using my Le Creuset Brasier.  Braising is a wonderful mix of searing meat and cooking in liquid to produce a savory one pot dish that takes little time and effort.  Here are two favorites I’ve shared on Boulder Locavore:

Cider-braised Chicken Thighs with Apples and Onions -

Vermouth-Braised Lemon Chicken Legs -

Thanks to the generosity of Le Creuset, included in this giveaway package is a 4 quart Shallow Braiser with a glass lid. It will allow you to whip up braising dishes of your own, locking in moisture for succulent one dish meals.  The pan is also great for roasting or deep frying with a non stick finish, oven safe to 500 degrees F and ample handles to transport the pan to the table.  {Retail value: $180}

I’ve been fortunate to know artisan jeweler Alison Stern of Alison Blair Studio and watch her gorgeous jewelry skyrocket in fame with coverage from major magazines such as Lucky and Oprah.  She works with beautiful gemstones in simple, eye-catching styles that are unique and fetching.  She makes jewelry to live in. Her Etsy shop is home to knotted gemstone necklaces, briolette earrings, unisex leather bracelets, and so much more.  Alison Blair Studio offers everything from perfect stocking stuffers to investment jewelry.  The only problem?  Wanting to buy everything!  You’ll definitely find special gifts for many on your list.  Alison Blair Studio is offering a $150 Gift Certificate (excluding diamond jewelry) for today’s giveaway!

Alison Blair Studio Jewelry Etsy

When I was a child my maternal Grandparents lived in San Francisco.  As the song goes, I DID leave my heart in San Francisco, having fallen deeply in love with my first visits.  So much so that I did return as an adult to live there.  One of my favorite outings, both as a child and adult, were to visit Ghirardelli Chocolate.  When I was little you could actually watch them make the chocolate, have a sample and of course buy some to take home.  I loved the tall brick building with billowing smoke stack right on the bay.  To round out today’s giveaway I’m including a large 14 inch wooden San Francisco cable car filled with Ghirardelli Chocolate squares.  {Retail value: $49}

Wooden Cable Car with Ghirardelli Chocolate

As I mentioned I’ve teamed up with 9 of my favorite bloggers to bring you our favorite ‘must have’ gifts this year!  That’s 10 chances to win some of the most amazing kitchen gadgets, gift cards, gourmet foodies and amazing goodies!

After entering my giveaway for a Le Creuset 4 quart Braising Pan with glass lid, a $150 gift certificate to Alison Blair Studio (jewelry) and a large wooden cable car full of Ghirardelli Chocolate below (open to U.S. entries only!), be sure to head to the other 9 blogs for your chance to win (links to their giveaways below)!


Holiday Gift Guide: Unique Stocking Stuffers and Small Gifts

2015 Gift Guide for Unique Stocking Stuffers and Small Gifts. A collection of options for everyone on your list; family, friends, coworkers, teachers and more. Something cool for everyone! |

Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links. There is no more abrupt holiday transition than from Thanksgiving to preparing for the December holidays. As soon as the leftovers are in the fridge (take a peek at these Thanksgiving leftover recipes too) the shopping, decorating and merry-making begins. Our family loves the tradition of Christmas stockings. Filled with smaller gifts, it can be a challenge to find things that have use, aren’t overly expensive and bring a surprise when … CONTINUE READING

No Fat Pants Persimmon Smoothie

'No Fat Pants' Persimmon Smoothi. Thick and creamy, brimming tropical fruits, ginger, persimmon and natural sweetness without juice or added sweeteners. Great to stave of sugar cravings! -

Maybe I’m writing this post just for me.  I suspect not however. We’ve turned the corner.  Thanksgiving is staring us in the face.  In the Boulder Locavore kitchen holiday recipe development has begun with lots of sugary taste testing.  I’m not complaining mind you, but feel confident if it continues at this clip, I’ll be wearing double Spanx to all holiday parties. Here’s the thing about eating sweets I’ve found.  Once it begins my palate shifts gears and it becomes a complete sugar … CONTINUE READING

Persimmon Winter Bundt Cake with Hard Sauce Glaze

Persimmon Winter Bundt Cake with Hard Sauce Glaze.Warming spices make this seasonal cake recipe perfect for any occasion. Gluten-free or gluten options. -

Being November, it’s all about pie.  I’m not quite sure why the requisite Thanksgiving dessert is pie, but it is.  Even deviating from the standard choices of pumpkin or pecan feels like selling out on the roots of the holiday. I’ll confess we do make a pumpkin pie each year but have a family tradition of making a Grasshopper Pie too.  The latter is prompted by my kids who absolutely love it.  In case you haven’t enjoyed one, it has a chocolate cookie crumb crust and a creamy Crème de Menthe … CONTINUE READING

Turkey Roulade with Apple-Cranberry Stuffing in a Bacon Weave

Turkey Roulade with Apple-Cranberry Stuffing and Bacon Weave. The combination of turkey and stuffing into one makes this special dish perfect for Thanksgiving, Christmas, dinner parties or any night!

Some will consider it sacrilege for me to suggest there is anything to have on Thanksgiving other than a traditional turkey.  I hear you, and plan to have one at our house, but Thanksgiving is taking on new traditions that warrant consideration of a different option.  Couples and even singles may not want a full turkey.  Not everyone loves pounds of leftover turkey meat.  Pot Lucks and ‘Friendsgiving’ gatherings break down the load of a traditional dinner between many people, which also opens … CONTINUE READING

Persimmon Margaritas with Homemade Cinnamon Simple Syrup

Persimmon Margaritas with Cinnamon Simple Syrup -

Do you ever find when the seasons change there are new fruits or vegetables at the store which you’ve never seen let alone have any idea how to eat them?  I did not eat a kumquat until about three years ago when someone tipped me off to just pop them in mouth without trying to peel them. Romanesque looks like it’s from outer space, with prismatic florets but it now one of my all-time favorite vegetables.  Do you keep walking when spotting a Star Fruit, having no idea if it needs to be peeled, or … CONTINUE READING