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When I happened upon these adorable containers this morning I knew instantly that they would be item #1 on my Christmas list this year. I’m a sucker for cuteness and these colorful stoneware versions of the funky green fruit baskets that we usually toss immediately after buying cherries, berries, and tomatoes are the perfect small accessory to add to my tiny city kitchen. I love the soft pastel hues and think they would be a great option for serving individual portions of chips and crackers at your next party too. Pretty and functional — what’s not to love?!

Kitchen and kitsch are two of my favorite things so when they combine in one place I get all giggly with excitement, and this is exactly what happened when I opened up The Casserole Queens Cookbook. Crystal Cook and Sandy Pollock have taken some of the most absurd (but you know you still crave them) recipes from your grandmother’s bag of tricks and upgraded them with homemade elements such as making a béchamel instead of using cream of mushroom soup, or classing up chicken pot pie with white wine and fresh tarragon. Oh cream of mushroom soup from a can…how are we still alive?!

This awesome duo have managed to dig up a veritable treasure trove of back in the day favorites including the meal I ate countless times while laying on the living room floor at my grandmother’s house and watching Brady Bunch reruns: Tuna Noodle Casserole (or as we nicknamed it: Tuna-Pea-Wiggle). But the awesome doesn’t stop there. You can also learn how to make perked up versions of Cottage Pie, Arroz con Pollo, Beef Burgundy, Peach Cobbler, and even Strata. Cook and Pollock refer to their best of the ’50s style of cooking with a modern and sophisticated twist as “sophistakitsch” and I can definitely see myself whipping up an array of their creative dishes while channeling my inner Betty Draper just as soon as I can find my pearls.

Themed cupcake kits with cute adornments are all the rage these days. They’re also extremely handy for those of you (like me) who can’t decorate baked goods to save your life. In an effort to not bring treats to parties that look like a five-year-old was getting busy in the kitchen you can still swirl on the boring layer of plain icing, but then brighten things up immensely with just the touch of a toothpick.

This particular kit is perfect for all of the lazy football filled Sundays that await us this Fall. The helmets and cheerleaders are especially fetching, and if you get bored with all the intentional grounding and first downs you can always pull off the paper footballs and flick them at other people’s heads.

While most children probably don’t need the added distraction of toys a dinner time, as an adult I find myself completely enamored with the idea of having my table set with an array of these Chalkboard Placemats.

Imagine the impromptu games of hangman and tick-tack-toe that will spontaneously erupt during your latest dinner party?! Not to mention the convenience of jotting down grocery items, story ideas, or “to do” lists while you have your morning coffee. No pen? No problem!

Each inspiring set contains one placemat, four pieces of colorless, dustless chalk, and a recycled felt eraser. It would appear that my fellow allergy sufferers wont have to run screaming from a dusty dining room, unless someone decides to scape their nails down the middle of their placemat…

Samuel Adams Old Fezziwig AleAll I want for Christmas is a six-pack of Samuel Adams Old Fezziwig Ale. Unfortunately no matter how good I am Santa wont be able to fulfill my wish. You see Old Fezziwig Ale is only available in the Winter Classics Pack, and only two festive little bottle are included in each box. Can I get a “Bah, Humbug!” from the crowd? This means that I would have to ask Santa to bring me three twelve-packs of beer and honestly I think that would border on serious alcoholism no matter how you spin it.

So I’ll horde those two little Dickensian bottles of spicy holiday ale to enjoy on Christmas while I’m roasting a turkey and chasing wrapping-paper-eating kittens around, and perhaps some day the marketing team at Samuel Adams will release Old Fezziwig Ale from its Winter Classics Pack prison.

Three SheetsThree Sheets is the show we love to love. In Three Sheets, our intrepid host Zane Lamprey travels the world drinking so you don’t have to. Along the way he meets strange and interesting people and teaches us, the viewers, a thing or two about the local drinking customs, how that region’s signature beverages are made, and even a hangover cure or two.

We here at Yummery have been following Zane’s travels since he was on the little known and ill-fated MOJO HD network. After MOJO went off the air, a tremendous fan outreach program helped Three Sheets find a new home on The Fine Living Network, where its fourth season is now airing.

If you haven’t had the chance to watch Three Sheets, fear not! You can now purchase the first three seasons in a newly released Box Set, as well as in individual seasons (Season 1, Season 2, Season 3, Season 4). You can also watch them online at both Hulu as well as Fine Living’s Website.

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