What was in your stocking?

holiday plateI confess that I have to ease back into regularly scheduled posting today. That post-holiday haze – the feeling of lazy contentment lasts for at least a day after stuffing yourself with a huge dinner, cookies, candy canes and hot chocolate, opening presents and chatting with those close to you – is not only tough to shake, but is actually pretty enjoyable. I’m moving the holiday chatter here, to virtual friends and readers.

Over the past couple of weeks, I’ve pointed out a few foodie gifts and gadgets that I liked as potential holiday gifts – and potential is what they were. I know I’m not alone in saying that I was surprised (and pleased) with some of the gifts that I received. New measuring spoons and spatulas are absolutely what I needed, even though they didn’t actually make it on my (metaphorical) wish list. A new kitchen was on my wish list…. and it didn’t turn out quite as I had expected. Observe:

mini kitchen

This is a kitchen island Christmas ornament from Hallmark, posed with my mobile phone so that you can get an idea of scale. It’s nearly complete – minus major appliances – but fully stocked with pots, utensils and a full vegetable collander. It’s so cute that I can’t complain that Santa didn’t quite get it right. I’ll just be more specific next year.


  1. That’s pretty funny. I got the same ornament! All the stuff you need…except miniturized.

  2. Very pretty!! :)
    I did not have stocking… but just before Xmas we got my first food processor… very useful machine! No more whisking and creaming by hand!! :)

  3. I got that exact ornament. Also a little kitchen angel ornament made up of kitchen utensils. Mom also picked me up some fun gadgets – like a measuring cup that is adjustable with a sliding button on the handle (from switzerland, I think) and a fun little doohickey that you put garlic cloves in, close the lid, and then roll it back and forth on little wheels, which turns the blades inside for quick chopped garlic! I don’t know how practical it is, but it’s fun to get kitchen gadgets :)

  4. Love culinary related Christmas ornaments—thanks for sharing! I did get 6 gift cards to a local coffee shop…does that give you a clue about I truly enjoy–ha!

  5. What an incredibly cute ornament!

  6. Potato Ricer
    Candy Thermometer
    Ice cream sandwich molds

    ….oh and a KitchenAid Artisan in Red!

  7. That ornament is a riot! I love it – thanks for sharing. We didn’t put stuff in stockings this year, but a friend and fellow baking nut was given a full-size Nutcracker wearing a little apron with tools in the pockets and mini gingerbread cookies in one hand. It’s positively adorable!

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