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A few fun gifts 
Dec. 26, 2011 10:37 am 
Updated: Jan. 2, 2012 11:41 am
My baby sis and her new husband brought back coffee from their Costa Rican honeymoon. Yum! I probably drive her crazy calling her my baby sis, but I was 20 when she was born. She was 3 in my wedding, so she'll always be my baby sis :)
My BIL makes the world's best hot sauce - he brings us an open one to eat immediately and a sealed one for later. We go through it quickly, so good!
My youngest son loves to make cookies - my MIL bought him this cookie sized cast iron skillet - so cute! Mom (me) just might steal it :) Is that not adorable??
We only buy Baileys during the Holidays, oh my . . . such a treat in my coffee!

I snuck myself a couple of gifts. The first is an apron. I've always associated aprons with old ladies - and I must be turning into one, lol! Since I've started entertaining more, it seemed like a wise purchase. Found this really cute one!
And, salad tongs. I never have anything to serve the salad with.
They have a small dowel that hooks them on the back of the bowl. So cool!

My MIL let me borrow her Lennox serving pieces. So beautiful! She has them listed on Craigslist, I'm going to ask for the *much loved DIL discount*.

Although . . . I am hard on things, and a tad bit worried about dropping them.

Salt and pepper pine cones that I bought. I don't use salt & pepper shakers at the table and wasn't positive of the correct way to fill them. I asked on the Recipe Buzz if you put salt in the one with more holes (that's the way I thought was correct). I was surprised that we were just about split down the middle with half of us using more holes for salt & half using the one with more holes for pepper.

This gift almost brought tears to my eyes, and I'm not a crier. My husband's Great Aunt Bea is in a rehab center/nursing home right now. She's the most amazing cook; we usually always go to her house every Thanksgiving & Christmas. Sadly, she's getting too old to cook. My MIL brought me her cast iron skillets. I have no idea how old they are, but I will totally treasure them!
They are seasoned so perfectly. They almost feel like glass. I wouldn't be surprised if she's had these since she got married. She's 89 now. The most remarkable lady!
2012 blessings to you and your loved ones!
Dec. 26, 2011 10:46 am
Wow What great gifts!!!! I love my cast iron skillets... I keep seeing my daughter in laws eyeing them! I also am a apron marm as of late! Thanks so much for sharing... Happy new year to you and yours!
Dec. 26, 2011 11:25 am
I'm envious of those beautiful cast iron skillets! What a treasure ; )
Dec. 26, 2011 11:30 am
Being surrounded by pretty things is so uplifting - especially when they hold dear memories. Enjoy it all!!
Dec. 26, 2011 11:38 am
Thanks for sharing! :)
Dec. 26, 2011 11:40 am
Wow! Looks like a great culinary Christmas your way! I hope you get the DIL discount. Those pieces are beautiful! Happy New Year, Kelly!
Dec. 26, 2011 11:46 am
SSSCCCOORRREEE!! Yep, I was screaming that on SD. Lol Beautiful presents you have :):) I am sure your Mil will give you that discount. A very Happy New Year to you and your Family
Dec. 26, 2011 12:02 pm
Lovely blog! Got to say I used to not wear aprons either but since I've gotten some really neat ones from friends, I'm using them more and more. It looks like you had a wonderful Christmas, may your New Year but just as nice!!
Dec. 26, 2011 12:02 pm
The skillets look amazing and the holiday dishes.... well, I, too, would press for that discount!! So funny about the salad tongs. A friend of mine has a set of long handed ones w/ beads (they almost look like glass marbles)inset into the handles and I am searching for a set. I don't have anything really to serve a large salad with, either. Fun blog!!
Dec. 26, 2011 12:14 pm
I have heard them referred to as salad hands. My sister painted designs and names on some and gave as a gift at Christmas for co-workers. Bailey's can be made at home, recipe on this site. Those skillets are a work of art. I am so jealous. Lucky you. Your whole blog screams of a great holiday with a wonderful family. Happy New Year to you and yours.
Dec. 26, 2011 12:16 pm
p.s. re: the Salt/pepper shakers. I always thought that the big holes were for the salt because it attracts water and swells, and the litle holes were for pepper because it is ground finer. No?
Dec. 26, 2011 12:39 pm
Those cast iron skillets are a treasure! I am a fairly new convert to cast iron - my skillet is loved and used daily and for Christmas I bought myself a cast iron wok. It is amazing. I have told my eldest daughter that if I die an untimely death she is to come get that wok and skillet before someone sticks it out at a garage sale. ;) As for the salt and pepper - I was always taught salt in the more holes one and pepper in the fewer holed one. Thanks for sharing your Christmas with us. May the New Year bring you all the best.
Dec. 26, 2011 12:51 pm
Another the reason the holidays can be so special! What a wonderful gift to pass favorite kitchen items on to those who will love and care for them as your aunt did. Even borrowing treasured items that can be continued to be shared with your loved ones as your mom did. And your BIL & lil' sis sharing the things you all love! What a blessed Christmas you had!! Even your find of an apron! Perhaps one of your own will recall you wearing it at special times and wear it proudly in the future!! Now, that's a wonderful Christmas!! Nice blog, SD, thanks for sharing!!
Dec. 26, 2011 1:20 pm
Very nice gifts! I especially like the cast iron and the Lennox is beautiful! I think I'd hide them if I were you!
Dec. 26, 2011 2:35 pm
Those skillets are to be treasured! I have my grandmother's, which has to be close to 100 years old and I have her cast iron dutch oven. In addition to being wonderful for cooking they are excellent weight training devices! Try to get the DIL discount for the Lennox. You will be extra careful handling them and that is something nice to hand down to your (future) DIL.
Dec. 26, 2011 4:27 pm
The cookie skillet is so cute! I had to slap my hands to keep myself from buying one.
Dec. 27, 2011 8:50 am
Loved your blog! Cast iron skillets are a treasure to me too. I have my husband's grandma's cast iron skillets and I am sure they are at least 80 years old. I wouldn't trade them for anything. Lenox-Lovely and expensive-treasure and handle with care. When I was in college I worked in a china department. Love it!
Dec. 27, 2011 1:28 pm
OK - I'm going to be the "oddball" here - I love the Santa basket on the mantle - he is so cute!
Dec. 27, 2011 7:08 pm
I think the bigger holes are for the Pepper. Iodized salt is smaller than ground pepper. I took my salt and pepper shakers and drilled bigger holes in it so it comes out faster. I use Kosher salt so I needed bigger holes.
Dec. 28, 2011 4:37 pm
Lovely gifts....especially the apron, it's adorable. I have my 85 y.o. mother's cast iron but I have a glass top range and can't use them! I just eye them, lustfully, when I see them sitting in the back of the drawer. Enjoy...and Happy New Year Scotdog!
Dec. 31, 2011 9:22 pm
Still hoping for the DIL discount :)
Dec. 31, 2011 9:23 pm
Thanks covergirl - homemade bailey's was one of the first recipes I made on here.
Jan. 2, 2012 7:54 am
The Santas are great. I have one or two for every Christmas since 19 yrs old so that equals quite few in the collection. Are your salad tongs made of monkey pod wood? Love aprons because I'm a fabriholic who loves to cook too. It is so cool to find one in the thrift store made of an antique fabric and then to think of the lady who used that apron while you are making a new delightful thing for cooking land. Yours is pretty cute. My Son gave us a ceramic coated cast iron dutch oven for X-Mas. The instructions say "When using pans on ceramic or halogen stovetops, always lift them (do not slide) to move. Last, if you end up with those beautiful Lennox dishes, use and enjoy them! Stuff happens! Better that you enjoy them than someone on Craig's list. Such a nice blog. Wishes to you and yours for a beautiful year to come. Now, where on Craigs list were those dishes listed? Evil LOL
Jan. 2, 2012 11:41 am
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