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Do you know a baker in your life? Racking your brain on what to get them? Check out over 25 gift ideas for the baker in your life (gift ideas as little as $10 and upwards of $200). This gift guide is perfect for every budget. Whether an experienced baker or just getting interested in baking you’ll be sure to find the perfect gift for the friend and family member in your life.

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  1. Chocolate lover’s gift set – A perfect gift for the wine and chocolate lover in your life. 20 mouth-watering artisan chocolates designed to pair perfectly with our Monterey Pinot Noir. La Crema 2012 Monterey Pinot Noir: This outstanding vintage gave us a complex nose that offers up both savory and sweet tones; ripe plum and forest floor aromas are highlighted by notes of violet and cocoa powder. On the palate, pomegranate and blackberry take center stage, highlighted by notes of anise and mocha. (Price for the set: $75 / Wine Club $60)
  2. Easy As Pie Gift Set from King Arthur Flour – This is perfect for the pie baker in your life. It helps stock their pantry and gives them a nice new pie plate too! The set includes: Apple Pie Spice,  Pumpkin Pie Spice, Vietnamese Cinnamon, Signature Secrets, and a White 9″ Deep Dish Pie Plate.
  3. SILPAT Non-Stick Baking Mat – I’ve been baking with SILPAT for the past 2 years. Can’t imagine baking without one–nothing sticks to a Silpat! Silpat® Non-Stick Baking Mats are designed for every type of oven.  It is reusable for thousands of uses and provides even heat transfer to baked goods. Use your Silpat® everytime you bake!
  4. Chardonnay Lover’s Gift Set – The perfect pairing for the Chardonnay lover of you list. Everything you need to enjoy a glass of La Crema. Set of 2 (two) Stemless Reidel “O” Chardonnay glasses. Corkscrew –  a “two-step” waiter’s friend French wood and metal corkscrew. La Crema Appellation Series Russian River Chardonnay.  This classic style Russian River Chardonnay has fresh aromas of yellow apple and stone fruits, highlighted by baking spice and vanilla tones. Its rich mouthfeel is beautifully balanced by juicy acidity and a lush, lingering finish. (Price: $75.00 / Wine Club $60.00)
  5. Ultimate Professional Cake Decorating Set by Wilton – This is the set to have if you are an avid cake decorator. I would LOVE to own one of these. With the Ultimate Professional Decorating Set, you’ll have easy-to-use cake decorating tools, conveniently organized, in a sturdy caddy at your fingertips. It’s our most extensive collection of the essential tools for every decorating need from buttercream and royal icing to gum paste and fondant decorating. The Ultimate Tool Caddy features sectioned drawers, spatula slots, pegs for keeping decorating tips organized, an oversized drawer for larger items and more. Each drawer features a secure snap lid so all your tools stay secure when you’re on the go. 177 total pieces make this truly the Ultimate Decorating Set. 
  6. Stainless Steel Mixing Bowls by OXO – I have these mixing bowls and love them. I love that they have a non-skid bottom that stabilizes the Bowls while mixing. The Bowls have a brushed stainless steel interior that retains temperature for chilling and marinating and a white plastic exterior that shields your hands from extreme temperatures. The curved interior surface allows for easy mixing and cleaning. All sizes nest for compact storage and all are dishwasher safe. Set includes 1.5, 3 and 5 quart Bowls.
  7. Layer Cake Slicer by Frieling – I love a good layered cake, but hate cutting the layers. Not any more. Makes slicing up to eight uniform layers a “piece of cake”! 3-piece kit includes adjustable, grooved slicing mold, 12″ serrated baker’s knife and 11″ cake lifter. Pair it with one of the extra-deep springforms for up to eight layers or a standard one for up to four layers.
  8. Cake Pops Nonstick Baking Pans from World Market
  9. KitchenAid Pro Line Stand Mixer – no baking guide with complete without a KitchenAid Stand Mixer. I’ve owned one for 7 years now and use it almost daily. It’s truly a work horse. Serious bakers are looking for power, performance, and stamina. The ProLine delivers all three, while looking drop-dead gorgeous. Its high-efficiency motor runs longer with less heat buildup. 
  10. Master Tip Set by Wilton – I have this decorating container and most of the tips. This is perfect for the experienced baker or even the beginner baker who wants to start taking cake decorating classes! The ultimate decorating tip set includes 55 decorating tips, standard couplers and flower nails.
  11. Large Cookie Scoop by OXO – I own all three sizes. Seriously, I didn’t realize how important it is to have cookie scoops until I finally got them! You will always consistently achieve perfectly round cookies with the scoop. The Small, Medium and Large Scoops all have soft grips that absorb pressure while you squeeze to easily release your cookie dough. Dishwasher safe.
  12. Perfect Pairings Gift Set – Unlock the secrets of wine pairings with this book and bottle combination. Perfect Pairings by Ryland, Peters & Small – Take wine appreciation to the next level by learning how to match wine with the perfect food.  A resource of 100 delicious recipes along with pairing guides and tips for serving wine at home. La Crema 2012 Monterey Pinot Noir – Vivid and complex, with both savory and sweet aromas. Ripe plum and forest floor aromas are highlighted by notes of violet and cocoa powder. On the palate, pomegranate and blackberry take center stage.  Bright acidity and fine -grained tannins create an elegantly structured wine. (Price: $47.95/ Wine Club $38.36)
  13. 11″ Silicone Balloon Whisk by OXO – I love a good whisk and love that this one is silicone! It won’t ding up your pots, pans, and bowls! The silicone is heat resistant (up to 600oF) and a teardrop shaped handle that fits comfortably in the palm of your hand. The soft handle won’t slip out of your hand, even when wet. Beat eggs, stir batter, whip cream and stir sauces in comfort. The Silicone will not discolor, warp or melt and is safe for non-stick, ceramic and metal cookware.
  14. Bite-Size Brownie Squares 24-Cavity Silicone Mold by Wilton – Love the idea of making mini brownies without having to cut them into bite-size pieces. Little brownie bites—just the right size for parties and snacks. One 8 x 8 in. size brownie mix makes 40 to 42 brownies.
  15. Brownie Fun! by Wilton – cookies aren’t the only ones that can be the star of a party. Learn how to decorate fun and festive brownies with this cookbook. Brownie Fun! is packed with over 140 easy-to-make designs and recipes for brownies and mini treats. You’ll find fun shapes like flowers, footballs, burgers, volcanos and space aliens that are perfect for kids’ birthday parties. Create perfect brownies for every holiday, too, dressed up in festive seasonal colors. From stand-up Easter eggs and Halloween witches’ brooms to candy-topped Christmas ornaments and shaped snowflakes, you can enjoy Brownie Fun all year long. You’ll even find brownies elegant enough to serve at weddings, showers and other special occasions, with candy monograms, fondant flowers and more.
  16. 4 Piece Mini Measuring Beaker Set by OXO – I have these and love measuring small amounts of liquid like extracts and juices! The Beakers stand on their own, with fill lines below the very top, making it easy to set out ingredients before you start cooking or baking.  The funnel shape and spout on the top of the Beakers make filling and pouring simple.  When you’re done, all four sizes are dishwasher safe and nest for compact storage. Set includes 2 oz, 1 oz, 1 T and 1 tsp beakers with colorful, easy-to-read measurement markings.
  17. Keep Calm & Bake On Apron from World Market – every baker needs a cute apron and what better way to confirm they are the baker in the family than by this cute slogan.
  18. Keep Calm & Bake On Pot Holders from World Market – pair the cute apron with matching pot holders. Every baker can never have too many pot holders in the kitchen.
  19. Cookie Press with Disk Storage Case from OXO – Every baker needs a cookie press! Make batches of fun, consistent cookies for any occasion with the OXO Good Grips Cookie Press. The large, comfortable lever won’t strain your hand through dozens of cookies and the non-slip base keeps the Press steady while dispensing dough.  The top of the Press is contoured to provide a comfortable grip and the clear cylindrical barrel shows how much dough is left. With 12 stainless steel cookie disks in different patterns included, you’ll be prepared for any occasion! The Cookie Press disassembles for easy loading and cleaning.
  20. Pinot Noir Lover’s Gift Set – The perfect pairing for the Chardonnay lover of you list. Everything you need to enjoy a glass of your favorite La Crema wine. Set of 2 (two) Stemless Reidel “O” Pinot Noir glasses. Corkscrew –  a “two-step” waiter’s friend French wood and metal corkscrew. La Crema Appellation Series 2012 Russian River Pinot Noir.  Fresh aromas of boysenberry are supported by deeper tones of anise, espresso bean and earth. Well-structured and decidedly velvety, the supple tannins and spice linger on a long satisfying finish. (Price: $80.00 / Wine Club $64.00)
  21. Welcome Home Brands Paper Bakeware – Holiday – Whether your baking for the holidays or your child’s next bake sale these decorative and disposable paper bakeware are ideal. They are oven safe up to 400°F and freezer safe. You can place these directly on an oven rack or cookie sheet and they are free-standing. That means no need for metal molds!
  22. Decorating Bag Holder by Wilton – if you’ve ever decorated a cake you know it’s nice to have some where to hold the icing decorating bags. Keep icing bags organized and in easy reach of your decorating workspace. Openings hold up to six decorating bags from 8 in. to 16 in. (sold separately). The built-in, snug flower nail grips grasp nails for easy one-handed use. Stable legs smoothly lock into place and fold to maximize storage space. Silicone feet prevent the holder from sliding on the work surface. 
  23. Macaron Gifting Kit from World Market – for the macaron baking lover this gifting kit will surely make the homemade macarons that much sweeter! The kit includes decorative boxes with see-through lids, parchment paper, stickers and ribbons to add a sweet finishing touch and gift tags to personalize each special box of treats.
  24. 3 Piece Silicone Spatula Set by OXO – The baker in your life can never own enough silicone spatulas. I probably own over 10 easily (ok maybe 20). Silicone is heat resistant and safe to use for coated or non-stick cookware. The soft, non-slip handles are cushioned and keep your hand comfortable as you cook, stir or scrape.
  25. Wood Bark Pedestal Stand from World Market – Ever baker needs a cute cake stand and this rustic chic wood bark one is just that! Perfect for all occasions.

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La Crema Holiday Gift Guide

Looking for other holiday gift ideas? Check out these guides from some of my fellow blogging friends:

Gifts for Men

Gifts for Entertainers

Gifts for Foodies

Gifts for Hostesses

Gifts for Women

La Crema Gift Guide and Wine Picks

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This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Bahama Breeze for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.

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I love the beach, there is no hiding it. The beach is a short 45 minute drive for us. I’ve always grown up close to the beach and can’t imagine life any other way. I’m a beach bum, well I guess you could say I use to be a beach bum until I had a baby. But that didn’t stop us from bringing him to the beach. A few weeks ago we brought Ryder to the beach for a few hours and to say he loved it is an understatement. We were even brave (well my husband was) and took him in the water. He is a total water baby! LOVES the water. I can’t wait to do more beach trips with him.

Ryder's First Beach Trip

Now that I’m done sharing a cute baby photo of only the cutest beach baby around I wanted to tell you about how I get my “beach” fix when I can’t make it to the beach. One of my favorite restaurants, Bahama Breeze, is having a brand new event this summer called the Bahama Breeze Summer Beach Bash. That’s right. I can spend half the amount of time it would take to get to the beach and isntead enjoy food and my favorite cocktail with family and friends. Or try the new Bahama Breeze Ultimate Pineapple drink; the must have frozen drink of the summer served in a fresh cut pineapple! Nothing screams summer and the beach like pineapple!

Bahama Breeze is the summer destination for good times. Every Saturday from now until August 3rd, Bahama Breeze turn’s up the live music and rolls out a mojito bar! You know how much we love mojito’s in my home. Our favorites are Peach Mojitos and Strawberry Mojitos! You choose your fruit, your rum, and watch our bartenders muddle the perfect summer cocktail. We like mojito’s even better when we don’t have to do the work!

If you live near a Bahama Breeze make sure you visit before August 3rd so you can experience the Summer Beach Bash. And while your enjoying your time at the Summer Beach Bash make sure you enter the Instagram Selfie Contest. All you have to do is share a creative selfie of yourself enjoying  your time at the Summer Beach Bash and use the hashtag #MyBBSelfie and you will be entered for a chance to win a $25 Bahama Breeze gift card! Easy as that!

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This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of P.F. Changs for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.

Back in October I introduce you to one of my favorite Chinese restaurants to eat at P.F. Chang’s! For those who didn’t read that post, let me tell you a littl ebit about P.F. Chang’s they have a unique, modern environment combining influences of Asian and American cultures evident from the décor through the menu. From classic favorites to seasonally-inspired fare, P.F. Chang’s offers a delicious array of hand-crafted dishes, desserts and cocktails.

The holidays are a time to celebrate with family and friends, surrounded by the sweet flavors of the season. P.F. Chang’s is a perfect spot to answer the call of the holiday sweet tooth.  Did you know that National Pastry day is right around the corner (12/29) of course everyone knows that, so what better way to celebrate the day then by enjoying handcrafted dessert wontons!

They have two new delicious handmade dessert wontons:

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Chocolate Raspberry

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Sweet Vanilla Cream

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They also have two handcrafted holiday beverages – Peppermint Mocha Cappuccino and Vanilla Bean Bourbon Milkshake – bring a fresh perspective to holiday sweets in a perfect sip.

So, if you want to take a break from the kitchen this holiday season I encourage you to head over to P.F. Chang’s to try out the new Holiday menu.

What new menu items are you most excited about trying?

Make sure you Follow @pfchangs and Follow P.F. Chang’s on Pinterest for updates and more!

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This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of PeiWei for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.

Who here loves Pei Wei? I do! I’ve been eating my fair share of asian food over the past few months and my craving for it continues! Whether its a quick lunch or date night dinner the fast casual dine-in experience at Pei Wei has you covered!

New! Sriracha Pineapple Pork Lettuce Wraps at Pei Wei!

Today, I’m excited to share with you that Pei Wei® Asian Diner is introducing another great flavor to the popular lettuce wrap line-up – new Sriracha Pineapple Pork Lettuce Wraps. This new flavor is only available for a limited time (until December). This sweet and spicy pork option complement’s the other three lettuce wrap offerings Pei Wei has to offer; Traditional Chicken, Thai Chicken, and Korean Steak! The Sriracha Pineapple Pork Lettuce Wraps are just $6.95 and included all-natural, wok-seared pork with pineapple, red onion, and red and green bell ppepper. Then of course top it off with Pei Wei’s Sriracha sauce–all bundled in a cool lettuce cup. This is perfect as a lunch or even an appetizer to share before your dinner arrives to your table! 

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This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of P.F. Chang’s for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.

Raise your hand if you love Chinese food? I DO! Since I can remember (the ripe age of 4) I remember bellying up to plates full of Chinese food! I was obsessed with the cuisine and most mornings when my mom would ask me what I wanted for breakfast my response was Chinese food! Which is not like your typical 4 year old. Not much has changed since I was first introduced–you can definitely still find me eating Chinese food for breakfast! When my husband, Jon, asks where to eat out you’ll frequently hear me reply P.F. Changs! They have a new Fall Seasonal Menu that will rock your Chinese food eating socks out! 

First, let’s start with a Apple Cinnamon Martini. 

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Since I can’t drink right now I’m hoping a reader will go and try it for me. I’m a lover of martini’s and this sounds dynamite! It has “Absolut Orient Apple Vodka and Tuaca Liqueur shaken with apple juice, fresh lemon juice and a hint of cinnamon.” Mmm… 

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As the holidays approach, are you looking to cross off a few gifts on your list? I recently had the opportunity to try the brand NEW GODIVA Truffle Flight™. I don’t know about you, but I love receiving chocolate as a gift! When I was a teenager I would receive chocolate from a few of the families that I baby-sat for. I love the holidays because of all the sweet treats. I can also remember my mom purchasing beautiful wrapped boxes of chocolate for my teacher each holiday season.

I had the chance to try the Nut Lovers Truffle Flight™ and the Heavenly Mouse Truffle Flight™. Both are divine, and I cannot wait to try the other 4 flavors (hint hint maybe someone will stuff my stocking with the other four flavors). My absolute favorite out of the two of the Truffle Flights™ was the Café Au Lait Mousse. The café flavor instantly brought me back to Italy where I dined on cups and cones of coffee gelato! The café flavor isn’t over powering. I think those who don’t enjoy coffee would still love the truffle!

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You guys know how much I love World Market. I mean who doesn’t love to shop their? I can spend hours on end between the home decor and the large gourmet food and drink section. Oh, and if my husband comes along I’m bound to buy a half dozen different craft beers. Today, I’m sharing my recipe for Italian Chicken Gnocchi Soup! As the weather starts to get cooler many Americans run to the kitchen to make a big pot of comforting soup.

Italian Chicken Gnocchi Soup from @WorldMarket #GourmetGetaway #Italian #Soup #Chicken

Gnocchi in a soup? I had the idea brewing in my head for quite some time, and upon returning home from Washington I knew exactly what would make this Italian-style chicken soup stand out. My secret ingredient, salami! I don’t know why, but it never occurred to me to add it to soup. On my first night in Washington we ate at a vineyard. I had a bowl of the orzo and salami soup. It was delicious and packed full of flavor. To be honest, I wasn’t sure what to expect when I first ordered it. Dummy me was thinking it would be large pieces of salami floating in the soup. Nope–nothing like that. It was tiny little diced up pieces of salami. It gave the soup so much depth, and its exactly what it did to my soup here today.

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This article is sponsored by Zephyrhills® Brands Sparkling Natural Spring Waters.

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Do you ever feel like you need a break from life? Whether its during the middle of a very long work week or on the weekend and you just want to veg. I haven’t been posting a lot lately and its because I’m trying to enjoy the last few weeks of summer. I’m definitely having some blogger burn-out and I apologize for being so absent! We all go through it in life whether you’re a blogger or just simply living life. We all need a break and a rest.

I’ve been working on ways to enjoy life a little more. During my hectic and chaotic work weeks (remember this blog is not my full time job (I wish)) I take a walk outside and sip on a bottle of Zephyrhills® Brands Sparkling Natural Spring WaterWhile walking I dream that I’m walking on the gorgeous beach above. That photo was taken during our cruise last month on our stop to the Dominican Republic.

Zephyrhills® Brands Sparkling Natural Spring Water

Zephyrhills® Brands Sparkling Natural Spring Water is comprised of just three natural ingredients—spring water, natural fruit essence, and bubbles! And, with no sugar or calories, Zephyrhills® Brands Sparkling Natural Spring Water is a good alternative to soda.

Have you tried the delicious flavors of Zephyrhills® Brands Sparkling Natural Spring Water? The flavors include:
– Lemon Essence
– Lime Essence
– Mandarin Orange Essence
– Raspberry-Lime Essence

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Get Your Snack On With New Flavors from Green Giant™ Veggie Snack Chips!

I recently had the opportunity to sample Green Giant™ Veggie Snack Chips. I’m a snacker, so I’m always looking for new things to try. I sampled the two new flavors they have out right now; Green Giant™ Roasted Veggie Tortilla Chip (Garden Ranch) and Green Giant™ Multigrain Sweet Potato Chip – Barbecue.

Get Your Snack On With New Flavors from Green Giant™ Veggie Snack Chips!

I could not put either of the bags down, and I’m not just saying that because this is a sponsored post. I’m saying that because I am truly in love with these chips (and of course fortunate that I can share that with my readers). Ok, so now that I’m done gushing, let’s talk about each of the two new flavors.

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RealSweet Vidalia Onions via Katie's Cucina

I’m excited to share with you a fun giveaway from my friends over at Shuman Produce home of the RealSweet® Vidalia®  Onions. Shuman Produce is a family owned business and has been around for the past 25 years, headquartered in the Vidalia region of Georgia. I grew up all my life loving onions. Especially french onion soup! The one thing I love most about food blogging is the recent connection I’ve been able to build with local farms. So many times we forget to realize how the produce we purchased in the grocery store was grown, harvested, packaged, and sent to our local stores. Did you know that RealSweet® Vidalia® Onions are planted in September and aren’t typically harvested until mid-April? I had no idea that Vidalia onions took that long to grow. The season runs from Mid-April through August. I honestly feel like its something we take for granted. To read about the harvest process in more detail you can go read Farm to Table.

And in case you don’t want to read about how RealSweet® Vidalia®  onions are harvested you can watch this quick video to get a sneak peak to see how Vidalia onions are harvested at Shuman Produce!

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