Have you started shopping yet? Gifts for the family this year are a little tricky as we’ll be bringing them home on a plane, but I’m already almost done. (My secret is online shopping ;)) In the past, I’ve always given something homemade and I think I’ll have to make a few of the items below, even if they don’t make it back to the midwest with us.

Here are some of my favorite savory (and a few sweet) ideas for homemade food gifts to give to loved ones this year!

Curried Pecans – via me

Salted Maple Caramel Sauce – via me!

Pineapple-Infused Vodka – via me

Rosemary Olive Oil – via Whole Foods

Curried Lentil Soup – via Good Housekeeping 

Tuscan Spice Rub – Eating Well


Slow-Cooker Bacon Jam – via Martha Stewart (my friend Mary Beth gave this to us last year and we LOVED it!)

Hot Mango Chutney – via Tinned Tomatoes

Limoncello – via Hedonia 

Caramel-Almond Popcorn – via Martha Stewart


Olives with Fennel Seeds and Orange – via Martha Stewart

Do you give homemade food gifts? Or, if you are on the receiving end, do you eat them? I just read an article that said most food gifts go to waste – the horror! 

Don’t forget to donate to the Haiti Medical Mission of Wisconsin!  


asian chicken stew

asian chicken stew {slow cooker}

I’m not really sure how to describe this dish to you. It’s definitely Asian, I can tell you that much. It has curry paste, but it’s not quite a curry. It has peanut butter, but it’s not quite a peanut sauce. Along with the fact that it most certainly has an Asian vibe, I can

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make a difference

If you are a newer reader, you may not know my background with Haiti. It’s not extensive, but has been such a huge part of my life since first experience two years ago. It may seem crazy, but the two short weeks I’ve spent in Haiti have completely changed me. (I’d say for the better

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thankful for…

Being able to give to others, no matter how small. Internet. Lazy days. Spending Thanksgiving with family, even though we’re far away from home. New restaurants. Good friends. Exploring a new city and new neighborhood. Amazing Family. Sun and warmth in November. Happy hours. People I’ve met and oppourtunities I’ve had through blogging. Wedding pictures. Babies. Good food. Health. Workouts. A

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thanksgiving leftovers

What is your favorite way to eat thanksgiving leftovers? I’ve already admitted that turkey and mashed potatoes aren’t my favorite foods, but I’ve got memories of waking up in Milwaukee on Friday morning, making turkey sandwiches with iceberg and mayo on little potato buns before heading out for some Christmas shopping. I loved those little

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cremed kale

creamed kale

As I made my way through the (we will not name the number) bowl of creamed kale, I came to a very important realization. Creamed kale tastes like it is really, really bad for you. It tastes like it is full of cream and cheese. Two things I adore, but when I’m eating kale, I

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better mashed potatoes

better mashed potatoes

Is there anyone else out there who can not believe that Thanksgiving is in mere days? I still sort of can’t believe it. I’ve managed to move past my shock and this week I’ve got a few Thanksgiving recipes for you all – they are traditional sides with little twists. I hope I don’t upset

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