By now you know that every other month my group of bloggy buddies sends each other goodies in the mail. It’s a wonderful way to stay in touch, give each other trinkets unique from our region of the US, and to stuff our faces with the noms we receive. Normally I only receive packages when I go on an Amazon.com shopping bender, so a handcrafted box of love is a wonderful change of pace.
This month’s theme was Winter Essentials (i.e., all of the things you need to successfully survive the winter in a girly and elegant way). I realize winter is non-existent in California, but we played along anyway. 😉
I received my winter essentials box from Kirsten at Comfortably Domestic. Homegirl is a wonderful food nerd, crafter, mother of 4 boys, Midwesterner, and friend. I love getting boxes from her because she intuitively knows what I need as a Midwestern expat…she gets me.
To start, she sent a mitts and paws kit, complete with lotions and soaps to keep my hands from drying up. I can’t tell you how grateful I was for this because my hands get so dry and cracked, even in milder climates. Sad times.
She also made homemade hot cocoa mix! I laughed out loud when I saw this because I attempted to make hot cocoa mix for Allison’s box, but failed miserably. My attempt at cocoa was clumpy and bitter, so I ended up throwing it directly in the trash. Kirsten, I’m going to need your recipe! Alton failed me…as always, that bastard!
I got another box of Danish dark chocolate…score! This stuff is incredible. So incredible that it’s hard not to eat the entire thing in one sitting.
Speaking of eating everything in one sitting, Kirsten also sent me the best orange shortbread cookies in the world! These cookies disappeared faster than the Girl Scout cookies, which is really saying something. They had the perfect balance of tart orange zest and buttery cookie dough. The recipe is in the works and will be up on her blog soon, so stay tuned.
Thanks for an incredible box, Kirsten!
What is on your winter essentials list?