Valentine’s Day Gift Guide: For Her

It’s no secret Valentine’s Day is my MOST favorite holiday. Ever. I love it so much that it called for an extra blog post this week – sharing some LOVE filled gifts that I put together for a Galentine’s girls night this weekend, all for the HER in your life. ❤

I kept things pretty simple – shopping at just three places, Williams Sonoma, Target and Amazon. Because who doesn’t love placing an order online at Williams and Target and picking up in store the next day or sometimes within a few hours- and having your amazon order arrive with free two day shipping. Dream.

Nothing “bundt” the best for your Valentine. I was super excited when sharing this image on Instagram, Williams Sonoma in Santa Monica, CA shared it on their feed too! If you don’t have a set of WS Mini Oven Mitts – you need them. They are perfect, not bulky hot pads. And those red and white stripes have me swooning.

Basket and crinkle paper from Amazon. Nordic Ware Heart Shaped Bundt Pan, Mini Oven Mitts and Bundt Cake Mix from Williams Sonoma.

I wanted to come up with a few smaller in size and price gifts – shown above. Pink Grapefruit *absolutely divine, friends* hand soap, counter top spray, and heart mug from Williams. Fringed love tea towels from Target. I didn’t picture here – but I think simply rolling a tea towel up, tied with some red and white bakers twine and a sweet little Valentine would be a perfect little something too. They are just $2.99!  I also put together a smaller basket with two of the heart mugs, a tea towel and a bag of ground coffee for my coffee loving friend. The possibilities are endless here. Mix and match. Make it yours!

Who doesn’t love a clean, fresh smelling kitchen – with products you can feel good about using? This basket is seriously my favorite. ** husband, if your reading ** wink, wink. Williams Sonoma uses essential oils in their house keeping products, including hand soaps and lotions. They are eco friendly, biodegradable, earth-friendly blends that contain no parabens, ammonia, chlorine or lauramide DEA and are not tested on animals. And this just makes me happy. They are something I like to splurge a little on when it comes to my own kitchen. My favorites by season – Pink Grapefruit for February – Spring, Sunny Orange Citrus during the summer months, Pumpkin Spice during the fall and Winter Berry for the winter months.

I hope this gave you a couple of fun ideas and inspiration. Let’s spread the love. I would love to see anything you put together or hear about any fun ideas and traditions you have for Valentine’s Day — xoxo.

Goat Cheese Stuffed Jalepenos & Braised Short Ribs

It’s Super Bowl Sunday next week. And this is a pretty big deal at our house – even if our very favorite team didn’t make the cut. I absolutely love a day of lounging around in my comfiest clothes, eating some great food and rooting for Tom Brady. (Wink, wink). We’re all about the easy appetizer items, spinach and artichoke dip and goat cheese stuffed jalapeños – but I like to make something a little more substantial to add to the mix. Enter Braised Korean Short Ribs. The best part about these is how delicious they are. The second best part about all of these is they are free of gluten, dairy and refined sugar — with great clean ingredients, that not only feel good – but taste good. Friends, I don’t eat like this all the time — it’s all about the balance, right? But when I find something that I crave like I do all the other things, and it’s healthy – it’s in heavy rotation here. I hope you’ll enjoy them as much as I do. Our menu for next week looks something like this – spinach and artichoke dip, Stacey’s Organic Baked Pita chips (I find mine at Costco, amazing. With everything.), goat cheese stuffed jalapeños, braised short ribs and veggies. I’m still decided what sweet treat to make .. I’d love any suggestions!

** I adapted these recipes from True Roots by Kristin Cavallari – which happens to be one of my favorite cook books (another post on favorite cookbooks later) – but everyone should pick up a copy. I’ll include the changes I’ve made too.

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Goat Cheese – Stuffed Jalepenos

1 jalapeño Chile peppers, halved lengthwise

10 ounces goat cheese

8 cloves minced garlic

6 springs thyme, roughly chopped

(original recipe calls for 2/3 cups pine nuts, I like mine nut free)

Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Arrange the chili peppers cut side down on a baking sheet. Roast for 5 minutes or until tender. Let cool to the touch.

In a bowl mix the goat cheese and garlic with your hands – press the cheese mixture into 1 Chile pepper half, until just overflowing. Sprinkle thyme on the top. (If adding nuts, mix them with the thyme and press the Chile, cheese side down into the mix.)

Bake for another 5 minutes or until cheese starts to melt. Turn the oven to broil and cook for another 2 to 3 minutes or until slightly golden brown.

Braised Korean Short Ribs

1/2 cup toasted sesame seed oil

1 cup Tamari

1 tablespoon pink Himalayan salt (orig recipe calls for fish sauce, I CAN’T do the smell.)

1/4 cup chopped chives

2 tablespoons sesame seeds

2 cups lemon sparkling water (I use La Croix)

2 tablespoons lime juice

1 teaspoon lime zest

2 tablespoons grated ginger

1 tablespoon chopped garlic

1 tablespoon Chinese 5-spice powder

1 tablespoon chili paste or hot sauces

10 long cut beef short ribs

In a large bowl whisk together all ingredients.

Place ribs in baking dish. Pour marinade over it and massage the meat to coat. Let marinate in the fridge overnight or for 8 hours.

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Add water to baking dish if needed, so the marinade comes up halfway the side of the meat. Cover with foil and braise two hours or until fork tender.

Happy Sunday friends! Xoxo.