Also on the gift-guide front, here's a brilliant find: convertible fingerless cashmere mittens. These are perfect for those of us who live in chilly climates, but need use of all of our digits when out in the snow: for putting on little mittens and hats, clipping and unclipping dog leashes, or compulsively texting, depending on your personal situation. I got a pair as a shower gift (thanks, Mom!) and they have already made my winter. I feel elegant with the softness of the cashmere, but can still tie down the ear flaps on Baby J's hat without having to take off and drop a mitten in the snow. Good stuff. Any mama or texter would adore.
On the food front, here's a fun and affordable appetizer idea for your upcoming holiday party or potluck from a great food blog called What's for Lunch Dot?: Colorful Potato Cups. They look simple to make and absolutely delectable. We have no upcoming party to speak of, but I may have to make a tray of these just for the husband and me to sit and polish off over his next Patriots game. And I love her idea to embellish them with caviar ($$$) or bacon ($) if you are feeling fancy. Brilliant.
My favorite dough recipe is from the Joy of Cooking. I use 2 cups of all-purpose flour and 1.5 cups of whole wheat, and it yields a chewy, wholesome crust we love. Get creative with your toppings! Veggies galore, a white pizza with fresh basil and multiple amazing cheeses, a barbequed chicken pizza with shredded rotiserrie chicken and bbq sauce instead of marinara, and just a classic pepperoni are each household favorites. We'll be celebrating a Friday night in with one of these babies and a roaring fire this evening.
Finally, I used this nifty online Random Integer Generator to determine the winner of the
The lucky and soon to be deeply moisturized winner is Moss Acupuncture!!
Thanks to everyone for playing. Stay tuned for another fun giveaway next week.