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Holiday Gift Ideas that Make Me Smile

16 December 2010 3,593 views 8 Comments

I’ve been taking a little bit of a holiday from blogging and social media for a while. December just feels so frenetic with the holidays and the year end scramble at work that I decided to simplify my life.

However, I did want to share two awesome last-minute Christmas (or belated Chanukah) gift ideas with you.

About a month ago, my friends over at Whole Foods sent me a sample of their gift boxes. What I loved most about this present other than the delicious goodies inside was all the fun food puns on the box itself.

whole foods gift box 1

They offer five different options between $40-$60 and each one looks awesome. I just received an email that they are offering 20% off the gift boxes when you use discount code “WFMemail” when ordering online and also are offering standard shipping free which I always like when ordering online.

Today felt like Christmas morning when a friend at the University of Texas Press sent me a review copy of a cookbook that I will always treasure. The book is Diana Kennedy’s Oaxaca al Gusto and is the most beautiful coffee table book that anyone who loves interior Mexican food will go crazy over. If you are new to the world of interior Mexican cookbooks, Diana Kennedy is THE preeminent expert in the regional foods of Mexico. Check out this beauty:

diana kennedy cover

And I can’t wait to give her tamale recipes a try — maybe even in time for Christmas!

diana kennedy tamales

Happy Holidays!

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  • http://www.fabulousdrinksaustin.com/ Fabulous Drinks Austin

    Jodi,

    Did I ever tell you how awesome you are? I actually have these Whole Foods gift boxes on my list for three different people and now you just saved me money! I owe you a fabulous cocktail!

  • http://www.fabulousdrinksaustin.com/ Fabulous Drinks Austin

    Jodi,

    Did I ever tell you how awesome you are? I actually have these Whole Foods gift boxes on my list for three different people and now you just saved me money! I owe you a fabulous cocktail!

  • jodibart

    You are so sweet, Nicole. I really enjoyed catching up with you at lunch earlier this week. Glad I was able to save you some dough!

  • jodibart

    You are so sweet, Nicole. I really enjoyed catching up with you at lunch earlier this week. Glad I was able to save you some dough!

  • linda

    thanks for the recommendations… i am going to view diana kennedy's book…cover photo looks lovely.
    enjoy the holiday season!

  • linda

    thanks for the recommendations… i am going to view diana kennedy's book…cover photo looks lovely.
    enjoy the holiday season!

  • linda

    thanks for the recommendations… i am going to view diana kennedy's book…cover photo looks lovely.
    enjoy the holiday season!

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