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My Cooking Christmas List

Just a few years ago, my Christmas list would have looked something like this:

1. Clothing
2. Shoes
3. Makeup
4. Gift cards to clothing stores

But starting last year, my Christmas wishes changed in a big way.  Last Christmas, about ninety percent of the gifts that I received were food related.  I was about to move into my first place so I was doing all that I could to prep my new kitchen.  I received cookware, bake ware, utensils, and small appliances.  And possibly my favorite gifts- the “gifts” I bought myself- were my Cuisinart food processor and my Circulon pans.

After everything that I was so blessed to receive last Christmas, you would think that my kitchen would be all set.  But, if you know me even a little, then you know that my kitchen “wish list” will probably never be complete.  I always find myself lusting over new kitchen appliances and tools that I eye on other foodies’ blog posts.  I have been known to say to myself, “I need that!” when reading posts, and then mentally adding them to my Christmas list throughout the year.  I passed my list along to my family members about a month ago, and here are a few of the “must-have”  items making an appearance on my Christmas wish list this year:

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A waffle maker.

I have seen delicious recipe after recipe for waffles and even have some ideas of my own, so this one was a no-brainer!

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A dehydrator.  While this technically is also labeled as a “jerky maker,” you can bet that I won’t be using it for that ;).  Instead, I am super excited about the possibility of making kale chips and dried fruit in this baby.

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This tool will make the “lazy” girl in me quite happy.  Sometimes, you just don’t feel like trying to make perfectly even slices when cutting veggies.  Hopefully this mandoline slicer will help me out!

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I am really hoping that these mini bowls will be under the Christmas tree for me this year.  They are waitlisted right now :(…but let’s hope they become available soon.  I have a different set of containers that includes two of these and I LOVE them.  They are the perfect size for salad dressings and condiments.  I NEED more!  No seriously, I really do.

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I almost always have one cookbook on my Christmas list each year.  This year, I am super excited about this one.  Slow cooker meals that are focused on one to two servings?  Yes, please!

And finally…

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My list is rounded out with this hand mixer.  I am not much of a baker, but this mixer will be incredibly useful for those times when I do want to whip up a tasty treat.  I figure I can’t go wrong with a Kitchen Aid one, right?

And, as always, I am super happy with food-related gift cards.  I think I get way more excited than most people would (or should?) when I see Whole Foods gift cards arriving in my e-mail inbox.  Those are the best!

Monthly Mailers

I decided to add some fun to my mail this month.  I signed up for Sarah’s Monday Monthly Mailers concept, which consists of being matched up with a fellow blogger/blog reader and sending that match some snail mail.  The whole idea of this monthly event is to provide bloggers and blog readers with the ability to send and receive an uplifting piece of mail.  Most often, the majority of the items we get in the mail are bills and junk mail.  With this program, you get the experience of receiving fun, motivating, and positive mail (not e-mail or text messages!)- something that is so rare nowadays.

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I was actually matched up with Sarah and I sent her a cute little holiday card that I colored myself (talk about bringing out your inner-child).  I also included a little festive holiday notepad.  Additional goodies are not required, but I couldn’t resist!

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Sarah sent me a cute little card with a fantastic message about joy.

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The card had such a great message, which was incredibly fitting for this holiday season.

It was so fun receiving snail mail.  If you are interested in joining in with this concept next month, sign up at Sarah’s blog by December 10th.

What is on your Christmas list this year?  Do you have any cooking/kitchen items on your list?

When is the last time that you received snail mail?

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  • Ashley December 2, 2013, 5:57 am
    I don't think my kitchen wish list will ever be complete either! I have a hand mixer on my santa list this year too : ) I'm really hoping he brings me that one! lol Ashley recently posted...Gingerbread Caramel CornMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl December 2, 2013, 2:29 pm
      Well let's hope Santa is good to both of us! :)
  • Sarah@creatingbettertomorrow December 2, 2013, 6:03 am
    loved loved loved your card :) one thing on my xmas list is a gift card to bed bath and beyond - so i can go get food storage thingys :)
    • ClnEatingVegGrl December 2, 2013, 2:29 pm
      Yay, I'm glad!! And aren't gift cards the best? Then you can get WHATEVER you want! :)
  • Kelly @ Hidden Fruits and Veggies December 2, 2013, 7:12 am
    I'm constantly looking for more space in my kitchen (which admittedly has a lot of space and is pretty large) because I can't stop buying more kitchen appliances. Socially acceptable to start storing bread pans and vegetable peelers in the guest room? Kelly @ Hidden Fruits and Veggies recently posted...Chocolate Chip Cookie Croutons #SponsoredMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl December 2, 2013, 2:30 pm
      As I was writing up this post I was honestly thinking..."hmm, where am I going to put all of this stuff?" ;)
  • Ang @ Nutty for Life December 2, 2013, 9:57 am
    Last year when I got my kitchenaid mixer I actually cried I was so happy. What does that say about me?! I am so weird. It was an amazing surprise by my parents. Food/kitchen related gifts are great, esp if they are good quality because they last for a LONG time. I hope you get everything on your wish list! Ang @ Nutty for Life recently posted...ElliptiCOOL Workout [#MIMM 17]My Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl December 2, 2013, 2:30 pm
      Food/kitchen gifts ARE the best!!
  • Emily @ More Than Just Dessert December 2, 2013, 10:28 am
    Haha I can SO relate to this and how the christmas list has evolved to revolve around the kitchen/food!!! This year, the big item i want is a salad spinner! hahaha Emily @ More Than Just Dessert recently posted...If I had a hundred dollars…(Orange Tree Imports Contest)My Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl December 2, 2013, 2:31 pm
      Haha, too funny!! I actually have a salad spinner that I hardly ever use...;)
  • Emily @ Perfection Isn't Happy December 2, 2013, 11:25 am
    I have that KitchenAid mixer in white, and I love it! I love that it comes in so many fun colors now!
    • ClnEatingVegGrl December 2, 2013, 2:32 pm
      Yes, all of the colors are awesome! Of course I was boring and requested black ;). I like to pretend I was being practical when I made that decision.
  • Leslee @ Her Happy Balance December 2, 2013, 1:45 pm
    I've been wanting on that same exact food dehydrator SO HARD recently. I'm hoping one of my relatives gets the hint and gets that baby for me. I want to make chips and jerky. Good choice! Leslee @ Her Happy Balance recently posted...My Top 5 Underrated Christmas SongsMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl December 2, 2013, 2:32 pm
      I really hope I get it too because I think there are so many awesome uses for it! It excites me just thinking about it ;).
  • Sharsti December 2, 2013, 3:01 pm
    Ooh these are perfect ideas!! Sharsti recently posted...Weekly goals and some tlcMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl December 2, 2013, 8:13 pm
      Now lets hope Santa reads my blog! ;)
  • Liz @ I Heart Vegetables December 2, 2013, 3:02 pm
    I have that exact mandoline slicer and I LOVE it!!! Such a time saver :) Liz @ I Heart Vegetables recently posted...Pantry CheckMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl December 2, 2013, 8:14 pm
      Yay! I am glad to hear that! :)
  • Ashley @ Wishes and Dishes December 2, 2013, 3:41 pm
    My christmas list is always packed full of kitchen stuff!! I've moved on from clothes and shoes :) Ashley @ Wishes and Dishes recently posted...Cranberry Pomegranate Holiday Sangria + a GIVEAWAY!My Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl December 2, 2013, 8:15 pm
      It's funny how our priorities change isn't it?? ;)
  • Nicole @ FruitnFitness December 2, 2013, 4:04 pm
    My Christmas list is full of kitchen goodies too, although I just had some pretty major dental work done and that's more than enough of a gift. I'm surprised how helpful it is to have even just a hand held mixer around. Nicole @ FruitnFitness recently posted...MIMM- burpees completedMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl December 2, 2013, 8:17 pm
      I haven't had a hand mixer in years and this year I realized how much use I could get out of it. Pretty sure I NEED it! ;)
  • Jan @ Sprouts n Squats December 2, 2013, 4:06 pm
    Love the idea of the monthly mailer!! I wonder if it is open to Australia? I’ve always wanted to do Foodie Penpals but there isn’t enough people in Australia to ever do it. I so want a dehydrator too! And I’d be pretty happy with everything else on your list too ;)
    • ClnEatingVegGrl December 2, 2013, 8:17 pm
      You should definitely check with Sarah to see if you could join in!
  • Amanda @ .running with spoons. December 2, 2013, 4:55 pm
    Crazy how things change, eh? My Christmas lists looked a lot like yours did back in the day, but ever since I got my own place, I've been asking for more and more thing to deck it out. Last Christmas I got a stand mixer from KitchenAid and I'm seriously in love with that thing.
    • ClnEatingVegGrl December 2, 2013, 8:18 pm
      Oh man, a Kitchen Aid stand mixer would be AMAZING! That might actually make me have to bake more often...I'm not much of a baker! You, however, seems to be awesome at it!
  • Becky @ Olives n Wine December 2, 2013, 5:35 pm
    Oh man, had I known you wanted half of this stuff during our move I would have shipped some your way! I threw out our dehydrator, mandoline and hand mixer!!!! I hope Santa brings you everything and more this Christmas :) Becky @ Olives n Wine recently posted...Potato-Leek SoupMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl December 2, 2013, 8:19 pm
      Baha, that is TOO funny!! ;)
  • Arman @ thebigmansworld December 2, 2013, 5:59 pm
    The monthly mailer sounds like a great concept! I would love a vitamix or a kitchenaid mixer but those are simply that...wishes! Have a great start to the week! Arman @ thebigmansworld recently posted...Marvelously brunchedMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl December 2, 2013, 8:20 pm
      Yes, those are the items that we can lust over when we see them on other people's blogs! ;)
  • Jessie December 2, 2013, 8:48 pm
    I had both a waffle maker & Ninja Ultima on my Christmas List - and happy to report I've been blessed with both. I can hardly wait to make my own waffles for once. I swear there are so many awesome recipes out there. Jessie recently posted...The 12 days of FitnessMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl December 3, 2013, 1:35 pm
      Yay for you! That is exciting :). And yes, everytime I see a recipe posted for waffles I think to myself..."why haven't I bought a waffle maker yet?"
  • Angela December 2, 2013, 8:54 pm
    Why a cookbook? There's tons and tons and tons of recipes online! (for free!)
    • ClnEatingVegGrl December 3, 2013, 1:36 pm
      I am a sucker for cookbooks!!
  • Alexis @ Hummusapien December 3, 2013, 8:08 pm
    Love that monthly mailer idea! I too would love a slow cooker cookbook for 1-2 servings--how perfect for us! I REALLY want a bigger crockpot and a pancake griddle! Alexis @ Hummusapien recently posted...Weekend Eats & TreatsMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl December 4, 2013, 2:52 pm
      I have a pancake griddle and I LOVE it!! I hope you get one!
  • Elyse @ Lizzie Fit December 4, 2013, 7:46 pm
    Waffle maker is totally on my Christmas list too! haha and not surprised to see you have a slow cooking cookbook on your list ;) Elyse @ Lizzie Fit recently posted...Spicy Sweet Potato Tofu StewMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl December 4, 2013, 8:02 pm
      I DO love my slow cooker ;). I hope we both get waffle makers!!

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