A Father's Day Gift Guide

I can't believe it's almost Father's Day! Summer always moves way too fast.... For those of you (like me) that have a super hard time with gifts for dads and husbands, I have a few favorite ideas:

Father's Day Gift Guide

1. A sturdy toolbox that will last forever  2. A letterpress card, because you loaf him so much  3. A beautiful bouquet (of salami)  4. An awesome coffee dripper for the best coffee every morning  5. A beautiful canoe paddle, to use or display  6. Delicious coffee beans to try  7. A super cool new watch  8. A retro National Parks shirt (that also supports the Grand Teton National Park Foundation)  9. A pair of enamel mugs for family camping, or mornings together at home  10. Family photos with a cool brass easel for his desk  11. Bourbon, because he's earned it  12. A love note for your partner, because you make such a great pear 

 

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Salted Peanut Butter Cookies
salted peanut butter cookies

These are such awesome peanut butter cookies..... super peanut butter-y and melt in your mouth. They also hold up really well for several days without getting dried out because there's so much peanut butter in the dough, so they're definitely a good contender for mailing or giving. And I love that they look like cute little ice cream scoops of cookie.

Adapted from NY Times


SALTED PEANUT BUTTER COOKIES

  • 113 grams (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 75 grams (1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons) granulated sugar
  • 85 grams (1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons) dark brown sugar
  • 255 grams (1 cup) natural unsweetened creamy peanut butter (I like Whole Foods brand)
  • 1 egg, room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 120 grams (1 cup) unbleached all-purpose flour
  • coarse sugar and flaky salt for the tops

In the bowl of a stand mixer, combine butter, granulated sugar, and brown sugar. Cream until fluffy, about 3 minutes. Add the peanut butter, egg, and kosher salt, and mix well. Add the flour, and mix just until you can't see any more dry flour. Cover and refrigerate the dough until well-chilled, about 2 hours (or longer).

Preheat oven to 350° and line a cookie sheet with parchment paper. Using a small ice cream or cookie scoop, form cookies - these are made with a 1 1/2 tablespoon scoop. (You can also just roll the dough in little balls, but you won't get that nice craggy top.) Roll the tops of the cookies in coarse sugar, and then sprinkle the tops with a little flaky salt. Bake for 12 to 15 minutes, until the tops are nicely browned. (I often pull cookies out of the oven when they're just barely done, but you can leave these in a little longer, until they're nice and golden; since they're so thick, it takes a while to bake them all the way through.)

Makes about 2 dozen cookies.

*This dough also freezes really nicely; I usually form the cookies (don't roll them in sugar yet), and then freeze them well-wrapped. You can bake them directly from frozen - they just might take a minute or two longer in the oven.

salted peanut butter cookies
A Few New Things
elephant baby shower invite
elephant illustration

A couple of fun, new (baby-related) projects to share here: a custom shower invitation, and also some new baby-themed thank you notes, available now in the shop. For these thank you's, I'm experimenting with a new technique - they are individually painted by hand, so each card is its own little work of art. I'm really happy with how they turned out!

baby thank you cards
baby thank you notes
Mother's Day Gift Guide

It's almost Mother's Day! Here are just a few favorite gift ideas for the mothers in your life....all the sources are in the links below the images.

Mothers Day Gifts

1. A beautiful bouquet of flowers  2. A pretty hanging terrarium (plus maybe an air plant)  3. Beautiful heirloom scissors that she probably wouldn't buy for herself  4. A paint-splatter tote bag (to carry around all her mom stuff)  5. A simple necklace she can wear everyday  6. A lovely cookbook, with delicious recipes and beautiful pictures to flip through  7. A letterpress card, to tell her how much you loaf her  8. A pretty t-shirt (with a donation from every shirt going to support women through Equality Now)  9. A sweet butter dish that she'll use every day  10. A monogrammed leather pouch for her purse or travel  11. A simple modern ring that goes with everything  12. A heartfelt love note

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