I’ve come to terms with the fact that I am officially waist-deep in the holiday season over at Eat Boutique. Like, maybe NECK DEEP. Like, sprinkle-covered everything, ribbons and sealing sticks, tons of striped straws, daily arrivals of linens and flavored sugars and so much pretty ceramic. It sort of feels like my own private holiday workshop.
In this workshop, I personally pack thousands of gift boxes over these busy months. But still, the joy of the holidays is actually never lost on me. I may be exhausted, I may fall into bed every night all achy, I may FORGET TO TURN ALL CAPS OFF WHEN I ANSWER EMAILS, but I love it – LOVE IT – and I still make time every weekend to cook a little something special.
My brief time in the kitchen actually zens me out and brings me back to center. It also reminds me that (for me) the holidays mean showing some food gift love to my favorite people. I ship curated gift boxes all over the states but also make piles of candied popcorn, preserve bottles of cider syrup for cocktails, and jam everything in sight into a jar — sugared fruit, boozy fruit, pickled veggies, dried herb mixes from my garden. With a simple slap of twine or tape (or both) on each jar, gifting is done.
I’m excited (also known as: frightened!) to share some food gift love secrets with you at the Eat Boutique Holiday Market on December 7th. There are three spots left in my private session — the Food Gift Workshop — from 2-3pm. Grab those spots and join us — you’ll leave with a small food gift tool kit to get you through last minute gift wrapping. Hope to see you there! xox
All photos taken by Heidi Murphy/White Loft Studio.
Eat Boutique discovers the best small batch foods by boutique food makers. We share recipes, maker stories and city guides to eating boutique. We host tasting events and markets for food makers, cookbook authors and food fans. We craft seasonal, regional gift and tasting boxes and sell individual items that you can order in the Eat Boutique Shop. You can also follow us on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Tumblr and Pinterest.
Eat Boutique was an award-winning shop and story-driven recipe site created by Maggie Battista – an author, business guide and alignment seeker. After hosting retail markets for 25,000+ guests, Maggie now supports entrepreneurs as they create values-based businesses through We Are Magic Studio. Follow Maggie Battista on Instagram.