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.
The illustrated quote on this journal’s cover reads: “I will hold myself to a standard of grace not perfection”. What a lovely reminder to Mom on Mother’s Day or to your almost-graduated college student on her way into the outside world. Give her a beautiful space to reflect and dream with daily prompts to share her every thought.
Buy here for $32
Notes: Emily Ley has a gorgeous collection of planners, office supplies and prints that are designed to simplify and bring joy to your everyday life. Her products are as preppy and fresh as a May day on a University campus south of the Mason-Dixon. Come browse her website and see if you can’t smell a breeze of freshly cut grass in a yard lined with peonies. Happy sigh.
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!
For her first day on the job to hold coffee or pens
Or say cheers to your sweet coworker on Administrative Professionals’ Day or Boss’s Day
Or for any one of your girlfriends who love gold, gold and more gold!
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Note: With 130 perfect reviews on Etsy (5 stars!), you can bet on a perfect circle monogram from The Joyful Peach. Brooke Maltempi will ship her charming inventory from Chester, VA with a turnaround time of 2-3 weeks– but let her know if you’re short on time and she might be able to adorn your doorstep sooner.