Favorite FindsNovember 18, 2014

The Holiday Kitchen: Must Haves from Sur La Table & Nespresso

We are approaching a VERY busy time in most kitchens- even if you aren’t hosting a holiday gathering, my guess is you still are doing a good bit of cooking and baking.  I love all the nesting that goes on this time of year- from the decorating to cookie making, and so to kick off the season I partnered with Sur La Table to gather up some of my must have items and got pretty crafty with a Christmas cookie project (I’m still wiping up icing)….


We have a Sur La Table right by my house and it’s our go-to spot for all our kitchen ware- in face I oh-so- dangerously put a new chef’s knife from them in Andrew’s stocking last year (no blood was shed, I promise).  Here are a few of my must-haves fro the holidays (or anytime really!)

1. I love the look of a copper teakettle- I have this one on my stove. // 2. A must have dutch oven- loving this one in gold and black // 3.  The perfect pair of nice knives is all you really need! // 4. This roasting laurel is perfect for your holiday turkeys- plus it looks adorable! // 5. Also for your turkey- an amazing maple glaze // 6. Gold rimmed champagne coupes to toast the holidays! **also a great gift! // 7. Fancy grey salt- a key staple for cooking (and eating) // 8. A gorgeous cutting and serving board **also a great gift  // 9.  We picked this slicer and dicer up and already LOVE it- makes prep work so much easier! // 10. The most darling Eiffel Tower cookie cutter // 11. Black and white striped dishtowels are a must for cleaning but also look great (these grace my kitchen) // 12. GORGEOUS gold cutlery to set the table with // 13. Essential bakeware for casseroles, sides and such. //14. No time for “from scratch”? I think Stonewall Kitchen has THE BEST mixes // 15. New baking essentials for the slew of treats you need to prepare // 16. Rosemary topiaries make PERFECT kitchen decor by looking pretty but also for cooking (and a wonderful housewarming gift for all the parties you go to this time of year!)

And what keeps me fueled this time of year? Cooooofffffeeeeeee.


On our counter right now is the new Nespresso VertuoLine machine which makes not only the espresso Nespresso is famous for, but also regular size coffee as well- giving you many options for your guests this holiday time! The machine can detect the smaller espresso pods from the larger coffee ones and pours out your ideal beverage. And what goes best with coffee? COOKIES.  I decided to get all Martha Stewart and make some rolled sugar cookies in a shape that makes ME giddy- the Eiffel Tower.  Using the cookie cutter from above and this easy and delicious recipe I got to work….


Thank goodness for parchment paper when it comes to large, delicate cookies like these!


Even plain, they looked so fabulous cooling off. :)


So, one of my most magical memories was the first time I went to Paris and Andrew and I took a dinner tour on a Bateaux Mouches boat and while sipping champagne we looked up and all of the sudden all the lights on the Eiffel Tower flickered on and sparkled. I may/ may not have shed a tear.  So I wanted my Eiffel cookies to sparkle too!  After dying some simple cookie icing black I piped on some detail and then sprinkled silver sparkle sugar on it.  I must admit, I was kind of impressed with myself.


But they didn’t look Christmas-y enough so I piped on some wreaths! A merry Christmas from Paris!



Andrew had been waiting patiently for one of these (and it PAINS me to let anyone eat them after all that work, but that’s what they are for right??)


The perfect little snack. :)



Each one packaged up in a cellophane bag and tied off with a cute bow make for a great tiny gift! Voila!


*This post sponsored in part by Nespresso & Sur La Table.

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