“In My Kitchen” January 2019

Welcome, 2019, and New Year Greetings to all!

Apparently, we were very good this year.  We got lots of homemade kitchen gifts and many other good foodie items under the tree and in our stockings.   


My side of the family only allows homemade gifts.  Here’s the made-with-love kitchen gifts this year.

Curried Pickled Green Beans, Malt Vinegar, Chive Vinegar, Green Tomato Jam and Seedless Raspberry Jam—all made by my sister.

More handcrafted items from Sis:  paper bowl (made from my favorite catalog pages) and a rope bowl and coasters.  She used a lot of Modge Podge on these items.  I love the colors!

Don’t you love this serving platter that the BiL and nephews designed and made with a laser?

We have a running gag involving tidy whiteys (hence the underwear design).  This will be a lovely dish for hors d’oeuvres, don’t you think?

Santa put the following items in our stockings:

Wine vinegar gift pack

“Finishing Sauce” and wing rub

Whiskey Pecans and the ubiquitous “smash orange”

Bourbon cherries and orange bitters for the perfect Old Fashion (upcoming)

USPS delivered some items from far away relatives:

Moose poop and trout eggs

The nieces send their uncle this pack of goodies every year.  The trout eggs are sour cherry candies and the moose poop (originally packaged in a real pet poop bag) is an array of “highly yummy” chocolates.  🙂

Harry and David

The BiL and SiL and their family send us a Harry and David package every year.  I love the pears and the chocolate cherries.  We had already eaten the Moose Munch (not to be confused with the Moose Poop) before I took the picture.

From a friend (who knows me well):

Notice it holds 14 oz.!

I wasn’t very good this year about posting our own homemade gifts that we were giving out.  Here’s a list of things that ended up around or in our relatives’ kitchens.

Spice mixes

This spice set included Wild Willy’s Number One-derful Rub, Rosemary and Thyme Spicy Herb Salt, Kitchen Pepper, and Cocoa-Chili Rub.   This gift went the the BiL who loves to smoke and grill.  He also got some Thai Dipping Sauce, Mango-Lime Jam, and Grape Spice Jam.

For my mom and Sis, I scanned and copied a majority of our family photos into Google Photos.  While I was doing that, I decided to make coasters/trivets with some of these memories.

I just used cheap ceramic tiles, photo copied the photos and poured a resin product on top.  I like how they turned out.  I ended up making four sets—one for mom, one for Sis, one for my dad and one for my best friend.

The Hubs made this beautiful exotic wood inlaid floral frog (similar to the ceramic one I got for my birthday).  He gave it to my sister who made this beautiful arrangement in it.

Handmade wooden floral frog.

I really wish you could see the inlaid design better.  It’s exquisite!

These  probably won’t end up in a kitchen, but I was pretty proud of my handiwork.

I am not really proud of my photos, but these art projects turned out pretty good (IMHO).

If you want the tutorial, click here.

Finally, I made two batches of Dog Biscuits for the two dog nephews.  These things were like doggy crack.  Seriously!

These aren’t homemade but I know how our host, Sherry, loves kitchen towels so I had to post these two hilarious ones that I bought for gifts.   This one I gave to my bestie since high school.

I gave all of my old work friends (old as in my former work place) who I miss terribly these hilarious ones. We were like a small gang—all five of us.

Finally, these are in my kitchen right now and they’re from The Hubs.   Our anniversary is right after Christmas. (Don’t you know I saved a lot on flowers because the church was already decorated to the hilt with greens and all things Christmas?)

Isn’t he the best???

I truly hope everyone had a wonderful holiday season and wish you and yours peace and happiness in 2019!

“In My Kitchen” is hosted by Sherry at Sherry’s Pickings.

For all my IMK posts from last year, click here.

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