Products I Love to Give and Get

Products I Love to Give and Get

Today, I am blogging about products I love that I have recently added to my growing collection of eclectic tastes here on Ashland or gifted to a friend.  First up, is the white enamel tiffin carrier or cool lunch box by Riess made in Austria.  I found these functional beauties in a little shop in Oak Cliff called Set and Co.  Mine is two layers but they make this model in three layers and more.  These are used widely in south Asia to deliver lunch to workers.  I use mine for serving stir fry dishes.  The rice goes in the bottom container and the veggies go up top.  It would be fun to take to a friend for dinner or to your next pot luck.

riess two







Saft is a refreshing syrup that’s typically mixed with water (yucky if you drink it straight).  Made from organic elderflowers — mix it with water, seltzer, lemon juice, or to vodka tonic to make a refreshing brew.  C1’s boyfriend gifted to me for the holidays a subscription to Try the World, the signature box arrives in the mail every two months.  I have sampled unusual food products from China, Portugal, and this month, Sweden.

Saft or elderflower syrup

This little bottle was in the Swedish sampler.  Try the World is a great gift for the foodie in your life and it comes beautifully packaged so you feel so pampered when it arrives.





For my birthday, a dear friend gave the gift of chocolate but a very special variety indeed. It is marketed as Brix chocolate for wine. It is literally a brick of chocolate — what’s not to love about that?  Perfect when paired with wine or when shared with a loved one.  World Market carries it if you want to try it out.

Brix Chocolate for Wine

The Love & Lemons Cookbook is one of the most beautiful cookbooks I have seen in a while. I found it while reading the author’s blog with the same name as the cookbook.  She shows, you with beautiful photographs,  how  to make healthy food with what’s on hand, whether it’s a bunch of carrots from the farmers market or a four-pound cauliflower that you lugged home from the grocery. The recipes (over 100 of them) are vegetarian with many vegan and gluten-free options.

love and lemons
Love and Lemons Cookbook – order it from Amazon

And lastly, from the Pioneer Woman collection,found at your local Wal-Mart, for under $10 bucks, is this fun napkin holder.  I love the shape and the functionality and it looks so pretty sitting on my counter within easy reach.  All of her products are well-designed and a real bargain compared to similar products at stores like Athropologie or West Elm.  Happy shopping and gifting.

Napkin Box

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