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Little Old Lady Recipes

Is Grandma the best cook you’ve ever known?  Is she generous with hugs and kisses, but a bit stingy when it comes to sharing her wonderful recipes?  Will she tell you all the basics of how to make her fabulous chicken soup, but leave out that secret ingredient that really makes it special?  Well, this book is full of other people’s grandmas, but they are happy to share these dishes with you.  Perhaps you’ll find a recipe that tastes just like something your own grandmother would make!

The book contains many photos of the “little old ladies” looking adorable in their aprons and track suits as they prepare, serve, and enjoy their good-old-fashioned food.  Sassy tidbits are also scattered throughout the book, where the women share some of their wisdom and wit.  I find the “Sissy Version”  of the Macaroni and Cheese Casserole particularly endearing. It suggests: “Replace whole milk with skim milk and regular macaroni with whole-wheat macaroni. Enjoy it Less.”

So whip up a few of these classic dishes, and bring grandma some leftovers.  Maybe you’ll surprise her by figuring out her secret ingredient.  And you’ll be well-prepared to make these tried and true meals for your own grandchildren someday! ($9.95 @ Amazon)

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Skeleton Key Bottle Opener

Just as a locksmith can open any lock with his skeleton key, you can open any bottle with this skeleton key.  The top of the metal key will pop off bottle caps, and the corkscrew will open wine bottles.  Hang it in an easy-to-grab spot in your kitchen to add a touch of Victorian decor, or attach it to a key ring if you like to party on the go – but not the same key ring as your car keys!  We wouldn’t want to encourage you to drink and drive! ($29.95 @ HomeWetBar)

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Puzzle Piece Platters

Don’t be puzzled about how to serve food at your holiday party this year.  Lay out a few of these bamboo puzzle piece platters, and everything should fit right into place.  Use a row of these platters instead of a table runner, and you’ll not only have an interesting centerpiece, but a functional way to serve your smorgasbord.  ($16.95 for set of 2 @ Patina)

 

 

 

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Wooden Sushi Playset

These adorable wooden toys from Melissa & Doug will show children (and maybe even some adults) just how much fun sushi can be. The set includes two different rolls, four types of nigiri, a small bowl of soy sauce and even some wasabi and ginger. The segments of the two rolls stick together with velcro dots. When you slice them with the cleaver, the sound of velcro pulling apart makes it sound like they’re really being cut. The set comes packed in its own black lacquer bento box, complete with matching chopsticks. ($16.01 @ Amazon)

 

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Made With Love Sandwich Bags

For all you Mommy Foodbeasts out there: Pack your children’s lunch boxes with these Made With Love Sandwich Bags to show them how much you care.  Each pack comes with twenty plastic sandwich bags decorated with a lipstick kiss design. ($4.52 @ Archie McPhee)

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BBQ Man Candle

Are you missing the aromas wafting from the grill now that winter is near and it’s no fun to barbecue wearing mittens and a parka? Or would you like your bedroom to smell like something other than sweaty gym socks, but you’re not ready to give up on your masculinity by lighting candles with scents like “strawberry buttercream” or “pink sugarplum”? Then this candle was made just for you. The BBQ scented Original Man Candle will fill your home with the delicious fragrance of meat sizzling on the grill. ($11.99 @ Perpetual Kid)

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Leg Lamp Cookie Cutter

Even if you can’t get everyone on your gift list an Official Red Ryder Carbine-Action Two-Hundred-Shot Range Model Air Rifle, you can still let your friends and family know that they are worthy of a “major award” by presenting them with cookies shaped like the leg lamp from A Christmas Story.  You get extra points if you package them in a box marked “FRAGILE” (be sure to pronounce it “fra-gee-lay”). ($5.95 @ Neatoshop)

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The Hungoevr Coobkook

Yes, you read that right.  The little red squiggles from my spellchecker are screaming at me to fix that title, but that is what this book is called.

If you had too much to drink last night, and woke up today with a terrible hangover, then you’re going to wish you had this book.  Author Milton Crawford divides the book into six different sections – depending on what kind of hungover you are, you can determine which foods you should eat in order to relieve your aches and pains. The entire thing is interspersed with recipes, witticisms, graphic jokes, insights into hangover science and quizzes that help you decipher if you are still drunk or now just merely hungover.

So get this book quickly – next weekend will be here before you know it, and then you’ll be prepared to deal with that hangover the following day.  ($8 @ Amazon)