a short + sweet gift guide
plus lemon poppy snowball cookie recipe for paid subscribers!
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Before I jump into the gift guide, a quick reminder that this coming Sunday I’ll be offering a wonderful ‘Holiday Season Drinks + Appetizers’ class. Sign up here! As always, if you want to join and $ is a barrier, just let me know and I’ll get you sorted (just reply to this newsletter!). FAQs about my classes live here.
MORE INFO: Join me for this helpful holiday season class where we'll make two different drinks each of which can be made non-alcoholic (Cranberry Whiskey Sours — easy to make 1 or a big batch!, plus Spiced Mulled Wine) and three different holiday appetizers (easy Pork + Pineapple Bites, make-ahead-friendly Smoky White Bean & Pimentón Dip and Kinda Deviled Eggs which are way simpler than actual deviled eggs). We'll take about make-ahead tips, party planning, and more. This one will be very fun! —> SIGN UP HERE! <—
Okay, now for my short & sweet gift guide!!
Here’s a handful of great gifts that range in price. FWIW, none of this is sponsored— no affiliate links or anything like that. Just things I really love to give. I hope this is helpful for you this holiday season. Wishing you + yours an easy, sweet season. For paid subscribers, scroll down all the way to the bottom for a recipe for Lemon Poppy Snowball Cookies — great for gifting! xooxox
FOR THE POWERLIFTER IN YOUR LIFE —> A FUNNY T-SHIRT FROM RASKOL! Like this one I just bought for myself that yes indeed says “Kinda Chunky Kinda Hunky”….
FOR ANYONE WHO WANTS TO DEFEND + PROTECT TRANS RIGHTS (…THAT’S ALL OF US, RIGHT?) —> A DONATION TO THE TRANSGENDER LAW CENTER + A DEFEND TRANS YOUTH STICKER FROM ASH & CHESS (plus any of their t-shirts, cards, books, etc.!)
FOR THE ASPIRING POTTER IN YOUR LIFE —> A CLASS VOUCHER FOR A WHEEL THROWING CLASS WITH ALEXIS TELLEFSEN at her studio in Middletown, NY (fun fact: I have been taking classes with her and some friends and they have been the highlight of my month!!). You can also get one of her ‘Less Work, More Life’ stickers (one lives on my water bottle) or any of her beautiful pieces!
FOR ANYONE WHO LOVES TO COOK AND/OR WANTS TO GET MORE COMFORTABLE IN THE KITCHEN! —> MY COOKING CLASSES! A.K.A. GIFT AN EXPERIENCE! You can purchase gift cards for whatever amount you’d like right here.
You don’t have to pick a specific class(es) to give— your recipient can choose whatever they want.
Gift cards don’t expire!
Gift cards can be applied to upcoming live classes (and there will be a ton more in 2024!) or previously recorded classes in my on-demand library (which has over 80 classes!).
This is a really fun thing to gift a friend or family member who lives far away and then you can do a class together. I know a lot of people who do this and then they eat together afterwards on FaceTime or Zoom and it allows you to do something together even when you’re apart which is just really lovely!!!
All info about my classes including FAQs is right here. These gift cards arrive as custom codes emailed to you (the gift giver) that you can give to your recipient. Want to give them something physical? Here’s a fun thing you can print out, fill out, and give in a card!
FOR ANYONE IN THE KINGSTON, NEW YORK AREA WHO WANTS ME + EMMET TO COOK FOR THEM! —> A GIFT CERTIFICATE FOR A WEEK OF FULL FRIDGE CLUB! This is the weekly prepared food service my pal Emmet + I offer every single week. Yes, we cook for you! You can read more about it here!
FOR THE PERSON WHO HAS IT ALL —> SPONSOR A MEAL FOR THE COMMUNITY FRIDGE! Every week at Full Fridge Club, we put at least one meal per client in the community fridge and as of this week, we’ve already put over 1000 meals in the fridge this year! Head here to help us (Emmet + me!) keep our local community fridge full.
FOR THE READER IN YOUR LIFE —> A book (or a few) is always the best gift. Especially from your local independent book store! If you’d like to gift a signed and/or personalized copy of any of my cookbooks, just order from Oblong Books (my local indie!!!) and they’ll make it happen— they ship anywhere! Here are the ten books I enjoyed the most this year:
You Just Need to Lose Weight: And 19 Other Myths about Fat People by Aubrey Gordon
My Everyday Lagos: Nigerian Cooking at Home and in the Diaspora by Yewande Komolafe
Safe and Sound: A Renter-Friendly Guide to Home Repair by Mercury Stardust
The Covenant of Water by Abraham Verghese
Bellies by Nicola Dinan
Hello Beautiful by Ann Napolitano
FOR A GREAT HOMEMADE GIFT (FOR OTHERS OR FOR…YOU!), TRY THESE LEMON POPPY SNOWBALL COOKIES!
Recipe below for paid subscribers!