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Local Milk Gift Guide // 2016

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A little late in the season (last minute shopper unite!) but here as usual: our annual gift guide! It’s broken into different sections for Kitchen, Baby, Home, Wear, and Apothecary because there were so many things we wanted to include, that was the only way to keep them all straight! And still we couldn’t get in everything. Stay tuned for our registry post for more baby things, and check out gift guides of previous years for more favorites here, here, and here. And for wrapping inspiration, see the post before this one here as well as years past here, here, and here.Our gift guide is a way for us to share all of our favorite things with you as well as a way to give some love to our favorite shops, makers, and products. Everything on this list is both beautiful and useful.

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Gift Wrapping 2016 + A Giveaway!

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The annual gift wrapping inspiration post is here full of muslin, raw silk ribbons, bits of nature, handmade Japanese paper, and thoughts about the most important person on my list, my husband + a giveaway (details below!) of an HP Spectre x360 laptop to celebrate it all! Fact: I’m actually a lousy gift giver. All I can ever think of is what I’d want myself; I still haven’t wrapped my head around the fact that a lot of people on my Christmas list don’t know what to do with homemade balsam fir syrup or preserved lemons nor do they want to figure it out. This year I’m aiming to up my gifting, not only with the wrap, but with what’s inside.
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white chocolate ricotta cheesecake

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Hello, hello from new motherhood. We went to New York, upstate & the city, a working vacation of sorts last week. I turned my brain off. Let my inbox froth over. And then I got home. I was supposed to hit the ground running—recipes, photoshoots, moving into our house. And, you know, having a baby. We have help, glorious indispensable help. But it still completely dwarfed me. My creativity flat lined. I lost it over a failed FedEx errand & 5 PM Friday traffic. And then I woke up this morning. Sort of. Somewhere between morning and the middle of the night. I sat downstairs digging out of my inbox until the sun came up. And then I pulled this white chocolate ricotta cheesecake out of the fridge where it had been setting over night. And it was perfect; my platonic ideal of ricotta cheesecake made with buddha’s hand lemon, spices, and Lindt LINDOR White Chocolate Truffles. And the light was perfect. And I felt the sun streaming back into my soul. So it goes.

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