Ally's Sweet and Savory Eats

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

The BEST Pecan Pie

'Tis the season for pie!
This simple, easy pecan pie is sweet, nutty and delicious.

The BEST Pecan Pie...this easy pie comes together in under an hour and tastes incredible!  A sweet custard filling, studded with salty, crunchy pecans.  Perfect pie for the holidays! (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

I have never been a pie baker.

A pie eater, yes, but baked them?

Rarely.

Pie crusts seemed a bit daunting.  That need to make them look perfect.  Then the whole making sure the filling isn't too runny or too firm.  The pressure!  In my opinion, it was just easier to bake a cake.

But then, here comes the holidays and everyone wants a slice of pie.  So I put my big girl panties on and made one of my favorites.  Pecan pie.  I've loved it for as long as I've loved breathing.  The sweetness, filled with salty pecans all in a homemade pie crust.

The BEST Pecan Pie...this easy pie comes together in under an hour and tastes incredible!  A sweet custard filling, studded with salty, crunchy pecans.  Perfect pie for the holidays! (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

Where are you headed for Thanksgiving?

Per usual, we are on the road again.  When will the day come where I have a house big enough to host a holiday?  That is my dream.  To have a home where we can invite everyone HERE.  I would like a holiday where I wake up in my own house and go to bed in my own house.

Anywho...like I said, we'll be traveling from Thursday to Sunday.

We'll be eating some traditional Thanksgiving foods {green bean casserole, mashed potatoes, etc} and some non-traditional Thanksgiving foods {i.e. pork chops on the grill}, because when your soon-to-be 97 year old grandmother requests an un-traditional meat for the main course you grant it.

The BEST Pecan Pie...this easy pie comes together in under an hour and tastes incredible!  A sweet custard filling, studded with salty, crunchy pecans.  Perfect pie for the holidays! (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

But, one thing is certain, there WILL BE PIE.

My sister-in-law texted me a few days back saying she was bringing the pie.  What kind should we have, she asked?

My response.

"Of course bring pumpkin.  And pecan, because that's my favorite.  Oh, but people really love French Silk.  Heck, bring all three."

Her response.

Done.

The one {of many} good things about being a food blogger is people will ask your opinion on food for the holidays.  What should I bring?  How do you make this?  Do you think people would like this?

My answers are usually as follows.  Bring it all, here's the link to my blog and yes, they'll like it.

The BEST Pecan Pie...this easy pie comes together in under an hour and tastes incredible!  A sweet custard filling, studded with salty, crunchy pecans.  Perfect pie for the holidays! (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

If you've never tackled pie, you should tackle this one.  It is SO EASY.  If you can pour ingredients into a bowl and stir with a wooden spoon, you can make this pie.

Let yourself be the hit of the Thanksgiving table.  Just don't forget the whipped cream!


Yield: 8 servings

The BEST Pecan Pie

prep time: 15 MINScook time: 50 MINStotal time: 65 mins
This classic holiday pie will be the star of the show! Homemade crust in a rich custard filling and loaded with pecans, grab a fork and dig in.

ingredients:

For the crust:
  • 1 1/2 c. flour
  • 1 t. salt
  • 1/3 c. shortening
  • 5 T. unsalted, cold butter
  • 2 t. white vinegar
  • 5-7 T. ice water
For the filling:
  • 1 c. sugar
  • 1/4 c. brown sugar
  • 1 c. corn syrup
  • 1/3 c. butter, melted
  • 3 eggs, beaten
  • 1 c. chopped pecans

instructions:


  1. In a bowl combine the flour and salt.  Using a pastry blender or fork, cut in the shortening and butter until it resembles coarse crumbs.
  2. Add in the vinegar and ice water, stirring to bring the dough together in a ball.
  3. Dust flour over the dough and using a rolling pin, roll out into a 10 inch circle.  Grease an 8 inch pie plate and lay the dough over the plate.  Press down and tuck/crimp in the top edges, cutting off any excess.
  4. In a saucepan, melt the butter over low heat.  Add in all remaining ingredients {sugars, vanilla, corn syrup, beaten eggs and pecans} and stir to combine.  Pour into the prepared crust.
  5. Cover with foil and bake for 30 minutes.  Remove the foil and bake another 20 minutes.  The center will still be a bit jiggly, but should be a deep golden brown.
  6. Allow to cool on a wire rack for at least 3 hours.  Then place in the fridge to set up even further.  Cut, slice and serve with whipped cream or ice cream.
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Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Cheesy Cauliflower Casserole

Cheesy side dishes are all the rage, yet this one has a twist!
I swapped out potatoes and replaced it with cauliflower.  Plus added bacon.  Of course.

Cheesy Cauliflower Casserole...the perfect holiday side dish!  Built like a loaded baked potato, but swapped with steamed cauliflower.  Cheesy, salty, bacon-y...the best side dish of the year! (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

It's now November and comfort food is walking circles around in my brain.  Everyone and their brother is scanning Pinterest on Sunday afternoons while the husbands are watching football, trying to find that PERFECT side dish to bring to Thanksgiving.

Well, look no more.

It's here.

It's unique.

And might I add, pretty damn tasty?

This Cheesy Cauliflower Casserole should probably be dedicated to my 6 year old daughter.  The poor thing was with me at the grocery store recently and upon browsing the produce section she asked me, "Mom, what is that white stuff that kinda looks like broccoli?"

Crap.

Cheesy Cauliflower Casserole...the perfect holiday side dish!  Built like a loaded baked potato, but swapped with steamed cauliflower.  Cheesy, salty, bacon-y...the best side dish of the year! (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

I've completely ruined her.  I have a daughter of a food blogger who DOESN'T KNOW WHAT CAULIFLOWER IS.

She'll probably need therapy for this later in life.  Heck, I think I need therapy.  This isn't her fault.  It is mine.  I rarely {if ever} buy cauliflower.  It's not that I don't like it.  Okay, I'll admit it's not the first vegetable I'd grab to snack on, but I can easily gobble it down without any complaints.

So like the mature adult I am, I wildly grabbed two heads of cauliflower, threw them in the cart and set out to prove a point.

With my two other Thanksgiving side dishes taking off {this one & this one} on Pinterest from years before, I had long been thinking I need a new updated one.  Why not take this cauliflower and make it pretty darn special?

Cheesy Cauliflower Casserole...the perfect holiday side dish!  Built like a loaded baked potato, but swapped with steamed cauliflower.  Cheesy, salty, bacon-y...the best side dish of the year! (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

Everyone in their right mind has had some version of a loaded potato casserole.  One stocked full of cheese, bacon, green onions and more.

And many of those said people have also had some type of dish where cauliflower has been used as a swap.  Whether that be to make "rice" or "potatoes".  I got to thinking and I figured I could easily swap the potatoes with bite-sized pieces of steamed cauliflower and make it taste just as good.

It worked.

It worked so well that the daughter who could not differentiate cauliflower in the grocery store thought she was eating some version of Mom's cheesy potatoes that this whole "proving my point" plan with her didn't really work.

"Great potato dish Mom!"

I tried so hard to make a point, I over-tried.

Cheesy Cauliflower Casserole...the perfect holiday side dish!  Built like a loaded baked potato, but swapped with steamed cauliflower.  Cheesy, salty, bacon-y...the best side dish of the year! (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

But here's the moral of the story.

#1.  I need to talk about vegetables more with my kids.
#2.  I need to not play "food blogger" and just cut up the vegetable and make them eat it raw.
#3.  I probably need to stop worrying about what y'all need for Thanksgiving side dishes.

Oh my gosh, make this dish.  It's cheesy, salty, bacon-y and full of flavor.  Bring it to your holiday dinner and see what people say.  See if they notice it's not potatoes.  See if they take a second helping.  And if they do get up from the table and start clapping.  Then sit back down and see if people start laughing at you.

Happy Holidays folks!

Yield: 8-10 servings

Cheesy Cauliflower Casserole

prep time: 5 MINScook time: 40 MINStotal time: 45 mins
This comoforting side dish is loaded with your typical potato toppings {bacon, cheese, green onion}, yet cauliflower is used and the swap is delicious! Take this to your next gathering and see if people notice.

ingredients:


  • 2 heads cauliflower, chopped small
  • 8 oz. Colby Jack cheese, shredded
  • 1/2 c.  Parmesan cheese, shredded
  • 8 oz. cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 c. milk
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 green onions, chopped
  • 6 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled
  • salt & pepper, to taste

instructions:


  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Rinse, dry and chop the cauliflower into small pieces.  Steam over a double boiler with lid or in the microwave until tender.  About 5 minutes.
  3. While the cauliflower is steaming, mix together the cream cheese, shredded cheeses, milk and green onion in a stand mixer or hand-held mixer until blended.
  4. Saute the bacon in a shallow pan until crisp.
  5. Fold in half of the cooked bacon and half of the green onions into the cheese mixture.  Toss in the steamed cauliflower and combine together.  Taste and add salt and pepper if needed.
  6. Pour into a 9x13 greased baking dish.  Top with remaining bacon.  Cover and bake for 30 minutes.  Remove the cover and bake an additional 10 minutes to brown.  Top with remaining green onion before serving.

notes

Feel free to mash the cauliflower if you'd prefer a smoother texture.
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Thursday, November 9, 2017

White Chocolate Dipped Peppermint Sugar Cookie Bars

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This post is sponsored on behalf of Bob's Red Mill.

Spreading holiday cheer is not just a thing of the past! Delivering baked goods to those you love is a way to give someone a much-needed pick-me-up during the busiest time of year.


White Chocolate Dipped Peppermint Sugar Cookie Bars...a festive dessert for the holidays!  These peppermint sugar cookie bars taken up a notch dipped in white chocolate and sprinkled with crushed peppermints.  Perfect for your Christmas platter! (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

I love the holidays. I love a hearty snowfall and Christmas movies on T.V. and steamy bowls of soup by the fireplace. I love it all.

But hands down, my number one favorite tradition during the holidays is baking. Hello, I'm a food blogger! Be it a pie or frosted sugar cookies or any type of Christmas candy, I'm game. I start baking in early December and by the end of the month my deep freeze is stocked full.

If you are long-time blog reader then you know I've often said baking is a stress-reliever for me. When things get crazy you can find me in the kitchen, covered in flour with a sink full of dishes. With only five of us here at our house, I give most of these treasured goodies away.

When it was time to work on this post for Bob's Red Mill, who are firm believers in small acts of kindness, I knew exactly who was going to receive this baked gift and I knew exactly what I was going to make. Did you know that psychologists have found that baking for others promotes a sense of well being in the baker as well as the recipient?

Why not bake a gift for someone in need?


White Chocolate Dipped Peppermint Sugar Cookie Bars...a festive dessert for the holidays!  These peppermint sugar cookie bars taken up a notch dipped in white chocolate and sprinkled with crushed peppermints.  Perfect for your Christmas platter! (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

When I think of holiday desserts I think of a few things. Cookies, hands down. But in a close second are the toppings. Icing, sprinkles, frosting and a million garnishes to make those cookies pop. In my head I was dreaming of a tricked out sugar cookie, dipped in traditional white chocolate and then sprinkles with Christmas' top leader.

Crushed peppermints or candy canes.

How can you not think of Christmas without the minty taste of a candy cane?

Bob's Red Mill sent me a package of their high quality unbleached flour and I got to work. Instead of a “cookie” I decided on slicing the pan into bars. Still easy to handle, they package well and provide a different take than the traditional dipped cookie.


White Chocolate Dipped Peppermint Sugar Cookie Bars...a festive dessert for the holidays!  These peppermint sugar cookie bars taken up a notch dipped in white chocolate and sprinkled with crushed peppermints.  Perfect for your Christmas platter! (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

For the sugar cookie dough, I got all crazy and added peppermint extract – I needed the bars to taste just like their outside dipped cousin. And it worked! They turned out soft, with a hint of peppermint flavor, just enough to make you say, “yes, this works!”.

Once cooled and cut into bars I dipped them into melted white chocolate and immediately sprinkled them with crushed peppermints.

Insider Tip: Do not take your rolling pin and bang your life away to these peppermints while your toddler is napping. He/she will wake up and wonder what is going on. Mom fail.

After these are baked, cooled, dipped and sprinkled they need to set. I placed mine on a baking sheet {or wax paper works great} and placed them in the freezer for about 30 minutes. Once they had hardened I got to work on placing them in my cute to-go container, jazzed up with some fun Christmas themed tissue paper.


White Chocolate Dipped Peppermint Sugar Cookie Bars...a festive dessert for the holidays!  These peppermint sugar cookie bars taken up a notch dipped in white chocolate and sprinkled with crushed peppermints.  Perfect for your Christmas platter! (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

Here's the thing, if you are going to deliver baked goods to a friend or family member, why not make it look pretty! Plus, don't forget to include the recipe. Chances are once they take a bite they'll want to make it again later for themselves.

I popped these back in the freezer {as any cookie freezes well for a couple months} and then delivered them later in the week to a friend who was moving. With kids, a job and changing addresses I have no doubt setting this little box on their table one night after dinner probably brought smiles to everyone's faces.

You see it's the little things during the holidays. Bring dinner over. Bake cookies. Shovel a sidewalk. Just make a point to help someone out each day, just a little. Nothing grand, nor costing a million dollars. Just something from your heart.


This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Bob's Red Mill.
How about a $1 OFF any Bob's Red Mill product? Click HERE!

White Chocolate Dipped Peppermint Sugar Cookie Bars...a festive dessert for the holidays!  These peppermint sugar cookie bars taken up a notch dipped in white chocolate and sprinkled with crushed peppermints.  Perfect for your Christmas platter! (sweetandsavoryfood.com)



Yield: 12 bars

White Chocolate Dipped Peppermint Sugar Cookie Bars

prep time: 10 MINScook time: 35 MINStotal time: 45 mins
These peppermint sugar cookie bars are taken to another level by being dipped in melted white chocolate and sprinkled with crushed peppermints. Wrap them up and send a box off for the holidays!

ingredients:


  • 1 1/2 c. sugar
  • 2 3/4 c. Bob's Red Mill Unbleached Organic Flour
  • 1 t. baking soda
  • 1 t. salt
  • 1/2 t. cream of tarter
  • 1/2 c. sour cream
  • 1 1/2 c. unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 egg, + 1 egg yolk
  • 1 t. vanilla extract
  • 2 t. peppermint extract
  • 2 1/2 c. white chocolate chips
  • 2 1/2 T. shortening
  • 2 c. crushed peppermints or candy canes

instructions:


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and grease a glass 8x8 baking dish.
  2. In a stand mixer combine the sugar, butter and sour cream until light and fluffy.
  3. Gently add in the egg and egg yolk as well as the extracts.
  4. Sift together all the dry ingredients {flour, baking soda, salt and cream of tarter} and fold into the wet mixture until fully combined. The dough will be thick and stiff.
  5. Press the dough mixture into the pan creating a flat surface. Bake for 35 minutes or until a deep golden brown. Allow to cool completely.
  6. Using a knife cut around the edges of the pan, loosening the bars. Cut into 12 bars.
  7. In a sauce pan over low heat, melt together the white chocolate chips and shortening. Continue to stir until smooth.
  8. Place the peppermints or candy canes in a large plastic bag, sealing tight. Take a rolling pan and pound on the mints until crushed.
  9. Take a bar, dip it halfway into the melted chocolate and immediately press into the crushed peppermints, or just sprinkle over the bar. Place on a baking sheet or wax paper to set.
  10. To speed up the drying process place in the freezer for 30 minutes.
  11. Place on a decorative tray or a Christmas tin and deliver to friends and family. These bars store well in the freezer for up to 2 months.
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Monday, November 6, 2017

Holiday Gift Guide: 20 Non-Toy Gifts for Kids

My first gift guide of the year was SO popular, I decided to do another one!
This one is all about the kiddos.

Holiday Gift Guide: 20 Non-Toy Gifts for Kids...reach past the toys and give your kids something they'll treasure this Christmas!  From books, to educational games, to funcational items they need this holiday list is top notch! (sweetandsavoryfood.com)


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I have three young kids, so I know the challenge of buying gifts for them at Christmas.  We don't go overboard in this house {usually 3 gifts per kid}, but I always trying and make them meaningful.  I don't buy dart guns for our boy or glitter boxes for our girls, as I try and save my sanity, plus they are usually just junk!

I like to buy things they'll treasure.  Often this is in the forms of books, items they can use outside or school-related educational stuff.  I'm not sure how I, a food blogger, became known for gift giving, but I have, as you guys went a bit bonkers on my first gift giving guide last week.  

So on a whim, I decided to do another one, yet this time for the kiddos.  So many of my readers are Moms who need to buy gifts this holiday season, so ladies...this one is for YOU.




I have a 6 year old daughter that LOVES to help me in the kitchen.  She also loves to read any book put in front of her.  So why not combine the two?  This cookbook for kids is full of great photos and easy-to-follow recipes.  Why not let your kiddos tackle dinner one night?



As a parent I feel it is never to early to teach your kids the value of a dollar.  Traditional piggy banks are great, but this one is perfect.  It divides your child's money into sections: Save, Spend, Donate and Invest.  Let them pick an item they want to save up for, spend on, donate to and then explain the importance of inventing for the future.



Our son, who is 8, would LOVE this.  He recently went hunting with his Dad super early one morning and his own alarm clock would have been perfect for him to test out getting up on his own that morning.  Running on battery power, this alarm clock also doubles as a night light.



How about a bean bag chair that doubles as storage?  This kid's version is stuffed with all your family's stuffed animals {not those annoying styrofoam beads} and then offers them a great place to sit!  Ideal for reading nooks in their bedrooms.


As adults we love to be cozy, but so do kids!  Each of my older kids have robes and they are worn a LOT in the winter when we're stuck inside on snowy, cold days.  This fun polka-dot version comes in four different colors and designs.


If you have a child who loves art and you are a Mom who loathes messes, then this is a match made in heaven.  This art smock will keep them clean as they paint/draw and also makes them feel like they are a real artist!


I don't know about you but every time I announce that I'm headed out to the garden, I usually have a kid or two following out behind me.  This cute garden set of their own, is perfect for budding green thumbs.  Give them a corner of your garden to dig, discover and grow their own veggies.



Remember back to 4th grade when you were tested on memorizing all the states, where they were located and the capitals?  Give your kids a head start with this always fun, Melissa and Doug U.S.A puzzle.  Puzzles are a BIG hit in our house and this one is educational to boot!

I bought this colored pencil case earlier in the year for both my girls as an intended Christmas gift.  I think they will love it!  They are forever coloring and creating and this holds 72 colored pencils!  And ideally, they will all stay in there and never be all over my floor, right?

If you're a traveling family then luggage becomes essential, especially when flying.  Coming in 20+ colors this 20-inch expandable carry-on luggage is perfect for kids.  Let them be responsible for their own items and learn the ins and outs of traveling.


I grew up reading my older sister's Little House on the Prairie books and I've since passed that set down to my girls.  Let your kids travel back in time and enjoy this classic set.  Each year my kids receive a "book bundle" as one of their gifts {because books are our favorite}, and this set would be perfect to include.  Great for boys and girls!



As a writer I've always loved journaling and I hope to instill that into my kids as well.  This 5-star kid's journal is so very neat.  It prompts your child with a question for each day.  In the end you'll have 3 years worth of conversations with your child.  Such a neat keepsake!


I've got a boy who loves solving puzzles and brain teasers.  This game is fun for kids and adults alike!  Remember tetris?  It's like that, but on steroids.  Watch as your kids will try for hours to get all the pieces together!



Kids love to explore, so why not in your own backyard?  This Backyard Exploration Critter Case allows them to wander about nature and find {and maybe keep?} bugs and everything else that makes us Mom's squeamish.  Perfect for carrying around the yard!


I ordered three of these Critter Piller Neck Pillows a few Christmas' back and we USE THEM ALL THE TIME.  They are a must when on long road trips.  My kids love using them to take a nap in the van.  With over 26 animals to choose from, pick your child's favorite and this gift is perfect for under the tree.

Have you heard of weighted blankets?  If you have kids who are terrible sleepers, waking up a lot, are crawling into bed with you or simply have insomnia, then this blanket might be the key to your sanity.  A bit pricey, but people swear by them. 

I have a daughter who is always wanting to "take a sip of Mom's flavored coffee".  For whatever reason kid's love drinking out of mugs!  This set of four is fun, cute and will make them feel like a grown up.  Throw in some hot cocoa packets to round out the gift and make a coffee date.


Around here it's COLD during the winter and I cringe when I see my kids running around the house barefoot.  I swear by Minnetonka slippers, I have this pair of my own, so this kid slipper version is awesome.  They stay on their feet and come in six different colors.  And just think...less socks to wash?


If any of your kids are baker's then this 16-Piece Cupcake Decorating Kit is perfect!  They have their own tools and for cupcake recipes, simply divide it in half to make just 6 cupcakes.  Getting creative in the kitchen is always fun.



When my older two kids were younger they received the Highlights magazine subscription as a gift for Christmas and they LOVED it for years.  What kid doesn't love getting mail?  Educational and fun - this is also a great idea to tell grandparents about who are always needing gift ideas.


Holiday Gift Guide: 20 Non-Toy Gifts for Kids...reach past the toys and give your kids something they'll treasure this Christmas!  From books, to educational games, to funcational items they need this holiday list is top notch! (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

Happy Shopping!

What is your favorite item on this list?

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Holiday Gift Guide: 20 Gifts for Under $20

Cue holiday shopping season!
Take a peak at my Top 20 picks under $20.

20 Holiday Gifts Under $20...the budget friendly Christmas shopping list of the season!  Your essentaial gift giving guide for men, women, teenagers and friends! (sweetandsavoryfood.com)
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Y'all, it's officially November!  Goodbye October and all it's darn Halloween festivites.  It's time to shop.  If you remember, last year I vowed to have ALL of my Christmas shopping done by December 1st and by golly I did it.  I did it!

I hope to do the same this year.  I have 30 days.  30 DAYS.  I can do this.  Especially since a few of the things I need to buy are on this list.  Nothing beats a good bargin, so here is your list.  There are items for men, for women, your girlfriends, heck buy yourself a present, will ya?




For those in your life that love a nice cocktail at the end of the day, this glass is perfect!  Have a little fun and give them a gift that makes them laugh.  It holds 11 oz. of their favorite drink.  Great for Grandpa, Dad, your boss or crazy Uncle.  Dishwasher safe too.


Picked as the Best Cookbook of the Month in July 2017, this book is ideal for campers, adventurers and road travelers.  It provides greats tips and tricks while traveling, yet still provides gourmet recipes.  No more granola for breakfast and baked beans out of a can for dinner!



You've heard of the Instant Pot craze, right?  I'm still debating on getting one, but let me tell you, this loaf pan insert is right up my alley.  Designed to fit a 5, 6 or 8-quart instant pot, now you can start baking loafs, cheesecakes and cakes too.


This hanging photo wall display gives you the freedom to create a collage using photos or other unique mementos, mounted both vertically or horizontally.  Get bored with the design?  No, problem, just change it up!  Great for teenagers, college students or a budding photographer.



Throw pillows can bring a room to life!  This one is perfect for the gal in your life who would much rather dive under a blanket with a good book and a mug of joe than venture out into the world.  Wrap a pretty bow around it and consider one gift taken care of.


The game that makes everyone laugh!  Cards Against Humanity, the sixth edition, is perfect for young adults, college students and heck...old people too.  Have a fun-filled game night right at home, especially on cold winter nights.


Have a world traveler in your family?  Why not give them a gift that they actually need.  This light, slim case can hold your passport, credit cards and airline tickets.  It comes in black and this sky blue!


If you have a loved one who commutes to work then this is a ceramic travel mug that they need!  Its chic design and neutral colors suits anyone and holds the heat for any 14 oz. drink.  Dishwasher safe with an easy-to-clean rubber lid.


We have a Stanley thermos and it goes everywhere with us - in the car, on hunting trips with the husband and even tailgating.  This mini flask version is perfect for the man {or woman!} in your life.  Super sturdy it will stand up to the test of time.


I'm loving this toddler bowling set.  In fact, my 3 year old would love it!  Coming with two balls and ten pins, it's great for any wild child in your life - your own kids, a grandchild or niece/nephew.  It will help them practice coordination, balance and posture.


This fun camera strap is something someone can buy me!  Coming in nine different designs and colors, it jazzes up your photography equipment and makes things just a bit more fun.  And guess what?  There are designs for both men and women.



Every Mom needs a calendar...mine balances my whole life!  This 18-month version is not only pretty, but practical.  Take this spiral bound beauty on-the-go and never forget a date or appointment.  Know a lady in your life that could us this?




Any kitchen cook loves a splash of color.  This 5-set of bamboo utensils will replace any cook's used, stained ones.  Throw in a cute, utensil holder to complete a fun Christmas gift for the chef in your life.  


Trust me, the book lover in your life never has enough space to PUT ALL THE BOOKS.  Me included.  These cute, blue elephant book ends will help solve the problem!  Great for kids and adults alike.


There isn't a woman out there that doesn't enjoy a great beauty product, especially when it is purchased for them.  Philosophy is one of my favorite brands.  You want to drink them they smell so good {don't do that!}.  This bath and shower gel has graced my shower stall for years.


The new hit in grilling!  This large 16 x 13 copper grilling mat is perfect for Dads, Grandpas, brothers and husbands.  It provides the ultimate heat resistance, yet still gives grill marks and is non-stick.  No more food falling through the grates.


How about a travel wine glass, one that folds up and you can put in your pocket?  Genius!  Take these on-the-go silicone wine glasses, to the beach, on picnics, for backyard parties...they will be the talk of the party.



Any girl who travels needs a nice travel bag.  One to store make-up, hair products, brushes and more.  You know that nice big hook on the back of most hotel bathroom doors?  Well, this hangs perfectly on them.  This travel bag rolls up nice and fits in your suitcase!



This jazzy laptop case {it comes in 6 colors!} is ideal for high school and college students, plus busy adults who commute and travel.  Fitting up to a 15.6 laptop it also comes with an accessory bag.  Durable, soft and reversable.


Every girl loves to be pampered.  As long as they have a bath, then these bath bombs are a must.  All natural and homemade in seven different aromatherapy scents your daughter, mom or wife will swoon!

Happy Shopping!
Stay tuned for additional gift guides over the next month.

20 Holiday Gifts Under $20...the budget friendly Christmas shopping list of the season!  Your essentaial gift giving guide for men, women, teenagers and friends! (sweetandsavoryfood.com)