Putting together your Holiday Wish List for friends and family? Or maybe you’re the gift gatherer in search of some fun items for under the tree? I’ve put together a list of books, audio books, games, stationery and more. Some are are my wish list, too!
For the cook:
When I saw the title of this new cookbook at a publishing event, I declared, “Hey, my middle name is All About Roasting!” The publisher rep didn’t laugh but he did let me flip through Molly Stevens new title. I promptly went to my local bookstore Vromans and picked up a copy of this wonderful cookbook. Go Beyond Roasted Asparagus with a huge range of roasting recipes to warm up your winter. And, Molly doesn’t stop with recipes like Garlic-Roasted Shrimp with Tomatoes, Capers and Feta. She includes basic and advanced techniques, step-by-step carving instructions and tips for all levels of cooks. Click here for Molly Steven’s website and more information about All About Roasting.
For the Funny:
Put this in your cd player for your holiday road trip with your mother or daughter: Fans of Satellite Sisters, here is an audio book for you! Best Friends, Occasional Enemies: The Lighter Side of Life as a Mother & Daughter . Written by best-selling author Lisa Scottoline and her daughter Francesca Serritella with warmth, familiarity and a huge dollop of humor. The authors read their own work ( brave, brave souls!) and they bring that family feeling to the audio book that will be familiar if you have either a mother or a daughter! Great audio book inspired by their weekly column “Chick Wit.” See below for a chance to win a copy of Best Friends, Occasional Enemies furnished by MacMillan Audio.
This is one title on my wish list. Hint, hint, family! Merrill Markoe, comedy writer, novelist and dog owner is back with a book of essays that let us into her beginnings as a funny girl. I think the title, “Cool, Calm and Contentious” says it ll about this Emmy-winning (former) Letterman writer. Can’t wait to read it. Here’s the link to Cool, Calm & Contentious at amazon.com .
For the Kids:
William Steig and Meryl Streep together in one fantastic gift for the younger set: a special book and CD set that features the inspiring adventure of Brave Irene read by Academy Award-winning actress Meryl Streep. Frankly, when I listened to this classic story of one little girls determined trip to deliver a dress to a duchess story, it was hard to determine who was having more fun: me or Ms. Streep. This special, affordable set ($10!) features a read-along track as well. Click here to find the audio book gift set of Brave Irene at amazon.com .
For the Risk-Takers:
Planing on some gaming this holiday? Hey, hey– let’s Farkle. It’s a classic, but now there are about 20 different version from Party Farkle to Travel Farkle. It’s a super easy, family- friendly game that might actually teach some math skills along the way. And, everyone can roll dice, right? FARKLE!
For new moms and anyone else who needs a calling card:
I love the idea of “business cards” for moms. How chic, fun and so much sassier than a post-it hastily written in crayon with your name and number! Erin Condren designs great look stationary, cards, invites and these wonderful Call Me Cards. You can get the new mom on your list ( Or anyone else who needs a card for a home-based business) a gift card and they can pick their own designs. Cost runs about $75 for 100 personalized Call Me Cards. Call me crazy, but that’s a deal, Erin Condren.
Want to win a copy fo the audio book Best Friends, Occasional Enemies by Lisa Scottoline and Francesca Serritella? Yes, please. Leave a comment below with the answer to this question: What audiobook is on your wishlist this season?
Thanks to MacMillan Audio for providing this copy of Best Friends, Occasional Enemies for give-away. Winner will be drawn from available comments on Wednesday, December 7 at noon PST.
Embracing my Chaos, Lian