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Happy Holidays from Umami Girl + Homemade Edible Gifts 2013

Homemade Gifts 2013 | Umami GirlWe’re spending a few weeks “visiting home” on the East Coast, staying with family and friends, and making lots of merry for the holidays. There hasn’t been a lot of downtime, but I did manage to squeeze in a couple of homemade edible gifts. There’s herb salt with rosemary, thyme, sage, garlic, and lemon zest, repeated from last year based on popular demand. And there’s Umami Girl’s Banana Bread, with the dry ingredients turned into an easy-to-use mix. I’ll be putting up the recipes and some printable labels in plenty of time for next holiday season so anyone who wants to can get in on the action.

Homemade Gifts 2013 II | Umami Girl

Rosemary and Salt | Umami GirlHomemade Gifts 2013 III | Umami GirlWe got to spend a few days bumming around New York City with besties from London who have since moved back to Toronto. I’ve played many roles in New York over the years, but I’d never played tourist until now. I have to say, it was a lot of fun. We hit Sarabeth’s Central Park South, The Rockefeller Plaza tree and skating rink, FAO Schwarz (okay, I snuck away to The Container Store for homemade gift supplies while the others braved the beast), and Shake Shack Madison Square Park, to name a few. Good times all around.

Watching Skaters at Rockefeller Plaza | Umami Girl

Skaters at Rockefeller Plaza | Umami Girl

Sweet Friends in NYC | Umami Girl

Shake Shack Sign Madison Square Park | Umami Girl

Happy Girls at Shake Shack Madison Square | Umami Girl

Sipping a Shake at Shake Shack | Umami GirlMallens in NYC | Umami GirlHappy, happy holidays to all of you, and thank you from the bottom of my pickled little heart for your continued readership in 2013. I can’t believe that many of us have been together for more than five years now. You guys rock. I wish you all the love, joy and merriment you very much deserve.

Carolyn xx


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