That's right, gift ideas. I've gone borderline OCD with it, folks, prepare yourselves.
Specifically gift ideas for your wife/girlfriend/girl friend/mom/aunt/cousin/neighbor/coworker who is probably an extremely classy lady. A classy lady who just so happens to be pretty intensely obsessed with cooking and fashion. It would help if she was also a wannabe food-blogger. Because let's be honest. If you weren't in some way affiliated with a foodie lady, would you really be frequenting this blog?
First off, before I drop this craziness on you, some suggestions for your-lady-specific ideas that lovingly stray from the tried and true "interrogate her family and friends" method.
1) Check and see if she has an Amazon wish list. If you don't know about these, they're awesome and you can add stuff to your wish list from other websites that are not amazon. Crazy, huh? Anyway, check if she has one and if she doesn't, start pressuring her to make one (ideally in November sometime). It shouldn't be too difficult, it's really very fun.
2) Ask if she has a Pinterest account. Almost every posh lady I know does, and if she doesn't it's probably because she just doesn't know about it yet. Pinterest is uniquely hard to describe, but it's basically a giant wish list bulletin board where you can "pin" cool pictures of stuff you want to do/eat/be/wear/buy. It's really brilliant. Only bad part is, you have to have a twitter or facebook account to use it.
Enough chit chat and thinly veiled commands, let's get to it.
$20 or less
Crazy cute measuring spoons
|$12Castle Key bottle opener|
|$26 (on sale)|
One really good 8'' kitchen knife
A pretty apron
Super fun measuring cups
A unique ring
|$42 (on sale)|
A comfy cardigan
Getting Up There Gifts
Unbearably cute moccasins
(don't worry they come in a variety of colors)
$65Cute striped backpack
Big Spender Presents
($100 and up)
Tiffany padlock pendant
Tiffany silver bracelet
(sensing a theme?)
(It's better than the kindle)
Kitchenaid stand mixer
(The mother of all presents...it will change her life. No pressure)
That's all I got. Hope that helps.
Now for the cookies.
These are reminiscent of the sour cream sugar cookies that Jim's mom makes (they are crazy good), but they use ricotta, which is a traditional Italian way of making moist, delicious, pillowy light cookies.
Oh my Lord.
|"If I'm reallyreallyreally good can I have maybe just a couple?"|
Italian Ricotta Sugar Cookies
(adapted from allrecipes, makes about 3 dozen)
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 cup sugar
1 tsp vanilla
10 oz ricotta (part skim)
2 cups flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
2 Tbsp butter, softened
2 cups powdered sugar
1/4 tsp vanilla
1 1/2 Tbsp milk
1/4 tsp lemon juice
For the cookies. Cream together butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs one at a time, beating after each addition. Stir in vanilla and ricotta.
In a separate bowl, combine flour, baking soda and salt.
Slowly add the flour mixture to the ricotta mixture, stirring until combined. Drop dough by tablespoonfuls onto a greased cookie sheet. Bake at 350 for 10-12 minutes. Remove and allow to rest on cookie sheet for an additional five minutes before removing to wire cooling rack to cool completely before frosting.
For the frosting, combine butter and powdered sugar, mix together as best you can. Mine was still quite lumpy after that. Add vanilla and milk, beating until spreadable. Add lemon juice if desired (I desired) and beat again until thoroughly mixed. Frost cooled cookies immediately and allow to set before serving.