Wasn’t it just yesterday, we were organizing a Thanksgiving dinner and then…BOOM!...we’re on the next set of holidays. Well let’s see what’s on your list: family gatherings for breakfast, lunch and dinner; last-minute shopping, last-minute shipping, and spending time with family and friends.
If you are down to the wire on gift-giving. I've gotcha there…Fun boxed gift sets of Merry Morsels are shipping and with a 15% discount for all orders – use MERRY15 at checkout! We have shipping options for gift-giving to, hopefully, get your morsels to their destinations fast. And, here’s a list of 42 last-minute gifts that might move you as recommended by Good Housekeeping.
I hear that shippers are saying, December 15th is the last day to send package to be sure your gifts get to your family and friends. So, check with USPS, FedEx and UPS to see what your options might be.If you looking for some last minute recipes, I have so many on the website and thought I would share some of my most-prepared and most-loved with you.
Milt and I treat our family to the perfect prime rib and all the trimmings. It will be so nice to see everyone’s faces this year. If you are a traditionalist, try Jamie Oliver’s recipe for crisp and fluffy Yorkshire pudding with your prime rib.
And, if you prefer turkey, I still have my latest addition to the morsel family: The ultimate stuffing mix, Scarborough Herb Stuffing! And, yes…it does have parsley, sage rosemary and thyme; in addition to those wonderful San Francisco sourdough morsels. This mixture was a huge hit for Thanksgiving last month and I know some of you will be serving a Christmas turkey or, maybe even a Christmas goose. And, what could be better than the perfect dressing with your fowl.
I’ve been collecting some of my much-loved vegetable dishes on the website but one of my favorites is Sautéed brussels sprouts with bacon and toasted pine nuts. Try it, if you’ve not been a lover of this little beauties, this recipe will convert you.
Now that you have your family home for the holidays, it isn't all "Nutcracker and Santa"all the time – there is plenty more to do.
Those are great activities but, there are so many options open this year for the whole family, in the bay area. In San Francisco the Holiday Ice Rink at Union Square is open and so is the Kristi Yamaguchi Downtown Ice in San Jose. Check your own community for ice rinks popping up. I hear Walnut Creek and Sunnyvale also have opened seasonal outdoor rinks.
Do you have a daughter or granddaughter that would love a special afternoon tea with you? The Oak Room at the Westin St. Francis is geared to families and is a treat. Many of the well-known holiday teas are confirmed to be back in 2021, including, the Teddy Bear Tea at the Ritz-Carlton, the Children’s Magical Tea at the Top of the Mark in the Intercontinental Mark Hopkins and the Holiday Tea at The Fairmont San Francisco. If you make it to the Fairmont, be sure to check out their almost life-size gingerbread house. There are too many to name. Take a look at more and check out your own communities for new and old favorites that are back this year.
Most of all, I want to wish you and yours the happiest of holidays and an abundance of joy.
I’ll continue to post recipes for my own family but, as always, if you’d like me to cover something else, or just give want to give me feedback, please do it at email@example.com. I’ll continue to tell you what’s happening in my kitchen and coax my husband, Milt, to guest blog on his baking adventures.
If you are in the San Francisco bay area, come to the farmer’s markets in the North Bay Area and look for us. Right now we’re at Marin Country Mart in Larkspur on most Saturdays. I would love to meet you and find out how you use morsels. Don’t forget to Get Your Crunch On!