Vanilla by The Spice House

The Spice House :: Best Vanilla :: as featured on Gifts with Bows #giftswithbows #GWB

For the baker with a nose that knows: he or she will so appreciate the aromatic glory and deeply indulgent difference of Vanilla from The Spice House.

Also for your Starbucks or local grind junky who has an interminable weakness for Vanilla lattes.

16 oz. Madagascar “Bourban Islands” Pure Single-Strength Vanilla Extract $27.99

2.5oz Shaker of Madagascar Vanilla Powder $9.99

Note: I was introduced to the The Spice House by Chicago Food Planet Food Tours several years back, when I was living in the Windy City and my parents came to visit. The Vanilla they offer is miles away from what you can buy at a convenience grocery store. It is rich and layered and almost savory. Never in my life did I anticipate becoming a Vanilla snob, but I’ll freely and gladly take the title. When I found out The Spice House shipped its merchandise I immediately made a mental note to send a few jars to my Mom for Mother’s Day that year. It. Is. So. Good.

Either option works well for baking or coffee, but I’d recommend the liquid for the former and the powder for the latter.

If you’re ever in Chicago and you’re looking for something to do, treat yourself to a Food Tour by Chicago Food Planet. It’s brilliant fun, gets you walking, teaches you a great deal about a range of foods and restaurants, tells brick and mortar history, and comes with samples of the best tastes Chi-town has to offer. This company is so well loved that dozens upon dozens of food tour start-ups have mimicked them to find huge success in cities spanning the nation.

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Small Kitchen Appliances by Cuisinart

Cuisinart :: Kitchen Appliances :: as featured on Gifts with Bows #giftswithbows #GWBRecognize these items on a registry for your friend’s upcoming wedding? Take advantage of these sales and buy the happy couple two kitchen appliances instead of one by avoiding standard sticker prices. Not only are these great deals, the Cuisinart line is sleek and easy on the eyes making them a lovely gift choice for the newlyweds!

:: 1. Smart Stick Hand Blender $65 $34.99 :: 2. Duet Blender/Food Processor Set $185 $89.99 :: 3. Classic Nonstick Round Waffle Maker $55 $25.99 :: 4. Custom 14-Cup Food Processor $325 $159.99 ::

Note: First things first– if you don’t have a free membership to Zulily, sign up here to access the deals listed above. Once you enter the Zulily site simply use the top-right corner search box to find ‘Cuisinart’ products. Alternatively (if any of the products are sold out or the sale is over) use the alternative links below to access these kitchen must-haves on Amazon. All are PRIME or free shipping eligible:

:: 1. Smart Stick Hand Blender :: 2. Duet Blender/Food Processor Set :: 3. Classic Nonstick Round Waffle Maker :: 4. Custom 14-Cup Food Processor  ::

I have owned and used all of the products listed on today’s post, so I personally recommend each of them. Two we received as wedding gifts and the other two we bought post-wedding. Our primary uses for each? The Smart Stick is great for fast single servings of smoothies, the Waffle Maker is a definite Saturday morning staple, the blender is perfect for smoothies for the whole family, and the food processor is our go-to tool for hummus.

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Beer Jelly by Potlicker Kitchen

Potlicker :: Beer Jelly 3 Pack :: $21 :: as featured on Gifts with Bows #giftswithbows #GWB

Whether he brews at home, hangs at the corner pub, or simply enjoys a cold one after a long day– send him a pack of beer jelly to braise meats or top his toast. Perfect for groomsmen, birthday boys and Dads on Father’s Day.

Buy the Dark & Berry 3 Pack for $21

Note: Potlicker Kitchen is the delicious gem of the Northeast corner offering a full array of artisan jellies and jams one small batch at a time. Nancy and Walter Warner have mastered the art of culinary surprise featuring mash-ups such as strawberry chipotle jam, blackberry basil jelly and wild sumac jelly. They look to six nearby craft breweries to get the best local flavor canned for your enjoyment. “Like” them on Facebook to find out what’s next on the Potlicker oven rack!

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Easter Gifts for the Host or Hostess

Easter Week :: For Host or Hostess :: as featured on Gifts with Bows #giftswithbows #GWB

:: 1. Funny Bunnies DIY Cracker Set of 10 at Hey Yo Yo $17.95 :: 2. White Bunny Vase by Design Forest $60.55 :: 3. Woodlands Ice Tray by Kikkerland $7.54 (Amazon PRIME) :: 4. Sculptural Bunny Salt & Pepper Shaker Set by Williams-Sonoma $19.95 :: 5. Bunny Tea Towel by Oh Little Rabbit $11 :: 6. Menagerie Wine Bottle Topper by Umbra $12.98 (Amazon PRIME) ::

Note: The White Bunny Vase (#2) is handmade stoneware, fired at extremely high temperatures to ensure durability and waterproofing beyond regular earthenware. The glazes used are lead-free and food safe. Sherry Visetbhakdi Cantlay shapes her animal inspired pottery in Nottingham, England UK as Design Forest. Sherry combines whimsy and minimalism to deliver her original, charming pieces using a coil technique. Follow along on her blog for more on animal art.

The Bunny Tea Towel (#5) is an exceptionally soft “all natural cotton flour sack towel” featuring an original illustration and hand-printing. Oh Little Rabbit is comprised of lovebirds Jason and Cara Hibbs, a couple hailing from Albany, Oregon. Their operations and materials are eco friendly and often organic. Stay connected with @OhLittleRabbit on Twitter.

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Sunglasses on Sale by Ray-Ban

Ray-Ban :: Sunnies on Sale :: as featured on Gifts with Bows #giftswithbows #GWB

Birthdays coming up? Get them ready for spring!

Consider his & her matching sunglasses for the newly engaged.

Or have a happy anniversary honey, and protect his or her gorgeous eyes.

:: 1. Gold Arista 58-mm Aviator $150 $119.99 :: 2. Light Havana 50-mm Wayfarer $155 $124.99 :: 3. Black & Green 51-mm Clubmaster $225 $179.99 :: 4. Black & Polarized Crystal Green 52-mm Wayfarer $180 $145.99 ::

Note: All models are Ray-Ban sunglasses on sale at Zulily. Sign up with Zulily (for free) to get access to the deals. The links above are referrals. Once you sign up you will get your own referral link to share with friends. How does it work? When a pal places her first order with your referral link you’ll get $15 in credit. Rejoice!

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Watercolor Custom Portraits by Sophie & Lili

Sophie & Lili :: Watercolor Portaits :: as featured on Gifts with Bows #giftswithbows #GWB

Can you even imagine giving or getting this for Mother’s Day? Beyond sweet.

Or what about as an Anniversary gift? Stop it.

To your grandparents of all their grandkids? Is it too much adorableness? Are you overcome with joy at the thought of it?

Buy here for $80 & up

Note: Sophie & Lili is powered by studio artist Jennifer Vallez. Her custom pencil & watercolor sketches are done on archival 140 lb watercolor paper. Finished size 5.5 x 8.5″ – unframed. Wait list 6-8 weeks. Send in your photo with details on your custom presentation. Price increases with number of family members (don’t forget to add your dog or cat)

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