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Gift Ideas for the Home Chef

Every year, we are faced with the question, “What do I gift _ for _?” I’m here to help solve the gifting question with my annual gift guides. Today I’m sharing gift ideas that fit every budget for that person who loves to cook. Whether they are a baker or cook, a novice or practically Martha, here are 10 gift ideas for the person who spends most of their time in the kitchen.

Gift Ideas for the Home Cook

  1. Tiny house salt cellar – to keep on your countertop. Gift it with a box of Maldon salt.
  2. Pink and gold heart spoon rest – a practical gift that dresses up their kitchen.
  3. Over Easy by Joy the Baker – a cookbook filled with delicious brunch recipes.
  4. Enamel coated cast-iron skillet – a total splurge but a gift they will use nearly every day for years to come.
  5. Retro-inspired glass bakeware set – cute set that can go from oven to microwave. Available in multiple retro-inspired patterns.
  6. Colorful melamine prep bowl set – handy bowls for mixing sauces, spices and prepping ingredients.
  7. Scandinavian Gatherings by Melissa Bahen – a wonderful book filled with Scandinavian recipes, craft projects and heart-warming stories.
  8. Copper measuring spoons and copper measuring cups – because copper is the new stainless in the kitchen.
  9. Hedley & Bennett denim cooking apron – handmade in Los Angles; for staying clean while making a mess.
  10. Sarah Hearts non-stick silicone baking mat – a reusable mat that features a handy sunflower template to perfectly space out your cookie dough. Can also be used for roasting veggies. Gift it with a half sheet baking pan for a great gift.



Links to Love

Happy Friday!

Hi friends and happy Friday! I hope you had a wonderful week and are ready for a fun weekend. This weekend I’ll be busy working before our big trip (we head to Australia via Tokyo next week) and squeezing in time to go horseback riding.

If you’re looking for some fun, fall-inspired DIYs, recipes and other fun things to try this weekend. I’ve got you covered!

This week I’m loving…

  1. A paper fall leaf garland to get your home ready for turkey day.
  2. Gorgeous gift pouches made from gift bags.
  3. A rolling plant stand to make for easy watering.
  4. Customizable printable menus and place cards for your Thanksgiving table.

And these things too…

This fall variation on crostini.
Oh and this risotto.
And how can I pass up this brownie pie?
Get a head start on your Christmas cards.
Would you wear pom poms?


Have you entered my giveaway yet? I’m giving away tons of fabulous items from Knock Knock that would make the perfect holiday gifts and stocking stuffers for your friends, family and coworkers. Or you can enter and keep all the things for yourself—it will be our little secret. Head over and enter the giveaway today!

Fun Gift Ideas from Knock Knock for Everyone On Your List

The holiday season is upon us and that means it’s time to start shopping for holiday gifts and stocking stuffers. If you’re like me, while you aspire to be done with your shopping by Thanksgiving, the reality is that it takes you through mid December to get it done. It just seems there are always some people on my list that I have no idea what to shop for. This season, I’ve partnered with Knock Knock to share some fun (and affordable) items for everyone on your list. Watch the video below to see all the fun gift ideas! AND keep reading for a really fun giveaway of all the products featured!


Gifts for Family

Everyone has that aunt who is hard to shop for or parent who has everything. Here are some fun gift ideas:

  1. What I Love about You Fill in the Love® Journal. Each page contains simple prompts that make it easy to express yourself. Just fill in the love!
  2. The Gummy Bear Book. Fun and quirky book that features 48 photos of gummy bears in their “natural habitat.”
  3. What to Eat Notepad. For the meal planner or the person who just loves crossing off items on a list.
  4. Sorry Not Sorry Sticky Notes. A good stocking stuffer for leaving notes throughout the house.

Gifts for Friends

  1. Personal Library Kit. For the bookworm who loves playing librarian with all their friends.
  2. Yes, I’m Actually Reading This Bookmark Pad. Someone has too many books laying around? This bookmark pad will come in handy.
  3. #Goals Pad. For your driven, let’s make things happen, friends.
  4. High Five Sticky Notes. A small stocking stuffer that encourages random acts of encouragement.

Gifts for Coworkers

  1. What To Get Done (So I Can Have a Drink) Pad. You know you have an office mate who can relate to this.
  2. I Totally Got This Inner-Truth Journal. The better than a life coach, life coach for your goal oriented friends. This journal is filled with over 70 uplifting quotes.
  3. File Under Fantastic File Folders. Gorgeous gold foil file folders that can be colored in (and keep you busy during a boring meeting).
  4. Nailed It Sticky Notes. A small gift that packs a lot of cheer.

Ok, now you have the gifts. How will you wrap them? Watch the video below for 3 easy ways to make your gifts stand out. I promise they are going to be the most coveted white elephant gifts if you try one of these fun wrapping methods.


Gifts for All

Someone on your list need a little encouragement? Or maybe they have everything? Affirmators!™ to the rescue. These tiny gifts pack a big boost of support. The Affirmators!™ 50 Affirmation Cards is a deck of cards that include an optimistic phrase or mantra on each. There is even a Love & Relationships version for your significant other (and way cheaper than therapy). You can gift one of the card packs with the Affirmators!™ Journal, which gives the recipient room to jot down their thoughts and ideas.

Win Gifts for Everyone on Your List!

Want to win all the items I’ve shown here? Well, you can! You can get your holiday shopping done all at once or you can keep all the items for yourself—it will be our little secret. Enter below for a chance to win! a Rafflecopter giveaway Giveaway open to U.S. residents only. To enter, you must follow both Sarah Hearts and Knock Knock on Pinterest by clicking the links above. Giveaway begins on 11/7/17 at 12:00am PST and closes on 11/24/17 at 11:59pm PST. Winner will be randomly selected and notified via email.



Individual Pocky Dirt Pudding Cups

Both kids and adults will love these chocolate mousse Pocky dirt cups!

Let’s take a break from all the fall DIY projects and recipes, ok? I’m excited to share a fun kid-friendly treat that everyone will love. Chocolate Pocky dirt cups topped with Matcha Pocky candy flowers! It’s made from layers of yummy chocolate mouse and crunchy Chocolate Pocky. This recipe is perfect for an after-school treat or birthday party but adults will want to indulge in it too. And the best part is that it’s way easier to make than you might think!

Pocky makes the perfect crunchy chocolate layer for dirt cups.

Watch the video below to see how they are made and keep reading for the full recipe.

Individual Pocky Dirt Pudding Cups

The kinda dirt you don’t mind digging into!

Posted by Sarah Hearts on Monday, November 6, 2017

Individual Layered Pocky Chocolate Mousse Dirt Cups


for the flower pops

Matcha Pocky
Candy melts in assorted colors

for the chocolate mousse

Chocolate Pocky
1 box chocolate instant pudding mix
1½ cups 2% milk
1 cup heavy whipping cream


Flower candy mold
Disposable pastry bags
Plastic pudding cups
Mini spoons


  1. Make the Matcha Pocky flowers. Fill a disposable pastry bag one-third of the way full with colored candy melts. Place the bag in the microwave and heat for 1 minute at 50% power. Kneed the bag of candy melts with your hands and continue heating at 50% power in 30 second increments until full melted.
  2. Pipe a small amount of one color (I used white speckled candy melts) in the center of each flower. Set aside and allow it to set for about 5 minutes. Meanwhile, melt the other candy melt colors.
  3. Fill each flower mold half way. Once they are all full, lift the plastic mold and gently tap it on the counter/table a few times until all the air bubbles have settled. Place the cookie end of the Matcha Pocky inside each mold (where there’s a groove for a lollipop stick). Gently rotate the Pocky stick so it’s full covered in the candy melt. Repeat with the other flower molds and then top off each one with more of the melted candy. Place the completed candy mold in the fridge for 10 minutes to allow them to harden.
  4. Make the chocolate mousse. In a medium mixing bowl, use a hand or stand mixer to the whisk together the instant pudding mix and 2% milk until it’s a thick, pudding-like consistency.
  5. In a separate large bowl use a hand or stand mixer with the whisk attachments to beat the heaving cream until stiff peaks form. Use a spatula to fold the chocolate pudding mixture into the whipped cream. Store in the fridge until ready to serve.
  6. Place __ Chocolate Pocky in a large cup top bag. Use a rolling pin or meat mallet to crush the cookies into medium-sized crumbs.
  7. Fill each plastic pudding cup half way full with the chilled chocolate mousse. Top with a thin layer for crushed Chocolate Pocky. Add a second layer of chocolate mousse and finish with a final layer of crushed Chocolate Pocky. Place the Matcha Pocky candy flowers inside and you’re ready to serve the fun dirt cups!

Layers of crunchy Pocky and chocolate mousse make up these kid friendly dessert dirt cups.

These kid-friendly Chocolate @Pocky dirt cups are also a favorite of moms too. Layers of chocolate mousse and crunchy Pocky are topped with adorable Matcha Pocky candy flowers.

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Printable Thanksgiving Place Cards, Menus and Food Signs

Now that it’s officially November 1st, Thanksgiving is on my mind!

If you are hosting Thanksgiving dinner this year you can get a head start on your to-do list and create your own modern menu cards, place cards and food signs. I’ve partnered with Avery to give you everything you need to make your dinner look picture perfect (even if you end up picking up a ready-made-meal from grocery store). Keep reading below to learn how to make your custom Thanksgiving printables.

Customizable Modern Thanksgiving Printables


Menu download for Avery Design & Print Online
Place card download for Avery Design & Print Online
Avery menu cards (80505)
Avery place cards (5011)
Inkjet or laser printer


  1. Log into your Avery account. Select your Avery product (either 80505 or 5011).
  2. Upload the design you downloaded from the link above.
  3. Customize your design using Avery Design & Print Online on your Mac, PC, or tablet.
  4. Print your project! I recommend doing a low quality test print on regular copy paper before printing on the menu or place card paper to ensure alignment, font size and colors. Then make any adjustments and print on the Avery product. I use an inkjet printer and get the best results when I select “matte photo paper” and “high quality.”

Thanksgiving doesn’t have to be all orange and brown. These simple geometric printables add a pop of unexpected color to your holiday table. If you’re not wanting to use them as menu cards, you can also repurpose them as invitations or notecards. Simple leave a little mini pencil at each place setting to allow guests to write down a few things they are thankful for.

The place cards can also be used as food signage—perfect for a Thanksgiving buffet. Whether you’re planning on spending all day in the kitchen or simply hosting a potluck, having a small sign in front of every dish makes it helpful for guests. They are also helpful when placed next to specific dished to identify dietary restrictions or food allergies.