These Are A Few Of My Favourite Things
For the Smug Baker: Breadman Ultimate Breadmaker - $112.99
It is hard not to be smug when you tell people that you bake your own bread. I mean, really? In this day and age, there is nothing easier or more convenient than buying bread. But – BUT – baking your own bread is the shizzle. Dude, you get to bake your own bread! Pioneers bake their own bread! Domestic Goddesses bake their own bread! I really have to encourage the whole make-your-own bread thing. You, and the people around you will be impressed. I promise.
*A link to my favorite bread machine recipe. Write it out on a card and put it in the bread machine pan as a extra touch.
For the Music Lover: Mumford and Sons: Sigh No More - $9.99 iTunes
There is music to buy beyond the Glee soundtracks this season, and this freak-folk outfit from London, England is such a refreshing change from the over-produced, auto-tuned mediocrity that dominates the airwaves. And by refreshing, I mean dirty, risk-taking, rough and rootsy music that fuses the best of the folk tradition – layered vocal harmonies and rich acoustic melodies – with a thoroughly modern sensibility. The lyrics are raw and often brutally frank, sometimes delivered atop of a banjo strumming at break-neck pace with percussion hammering the point home, and sometimes delivered in a manner most vulnerable and gentle. Either way, it's worth a listen. Or 20.
For the Kids: Educo My Backyard BBQ Set - $149.99
For You: Naot Imagine Boots - $220