I love all the gatherings in summer! Picnics in the park, backyard BBQ’s and pool parties! If you are going to a party where the host is providing all of the food and drink, it is customary to bring a small gift for them. It doesn’t have to be elaborate or expensive or even store bought! The most common gifts are a bottle of wine or a candle, however, since I don’t drink wine nor burn candles, I’ve collected a group of my favorite stand-by host/hostess gifts.
1) A potted Aloe Vera Barbadensis plant: the aloe vera barbadensis plant is wonderfully medicinal making it a MUST in every household. Fantastic for all manner of burns from sunburns to electrical burns, it is an easy to grow succulent. I was gifted a large aloe plant about 20-years ago and its descendants continue to thrive and they find their way into the homes of my friends and family. A side note: like many household plants, aloe vera is toxic to dogs and cats if ingested. However, I’ve had many aloe plants and many pets and never had this issue. More about the aloe vera barbadensis plant.
2) The PicnicPal Food Tent: We entertain outside a lot which means we have to contend with BUGS. But this brilliantly different food tent makes it so easy and is a wonderful gift. You can purchase the SMALL size which is 3-feet wide (pictured below) here
3) A loaf of fresh-baked bread: This no-knead bread recipe is so easy that it was perfect crusty bread heaven from the FIRST loaf. The only thing that is important to watch is the temperature of the room. In winter this recipe will not rise in my house unless I place it on the stove for some extra warmth. I then wrap the loaf up in some parchment paper and tie it with ribbon or twine and voila. The recipe is here.
4) Multipurpose Peeler: I have a rule in my kitchen that if I don’t use something daily, then it MUST be multifunctional if I’m going to buy it. This is how I keep from having too many random utensils and appliances in my modest-sized kitchen. This tool fits the bill because it peels and juliennes. If you’ve ever wanted to try and make “zucchini pasta” then this is the tool you need! You can purchase it here from Amazon.