What to Give (and to Get!) This Christmas

I've had several of y'all ask me for good gift suggestions, so after way too long of online shopping, and even longer of procrastinating typing this up, here we have it...drumroll please....great gifts to give, and even better ones to add to your list! These little treats are cute and fun and a few of my favorite things!

I'll start first with some easy Amazon orders for all you Primers:

 

Canvas Home's Dauville line adds spunk to a kitchen or dining buffet set up, this little bowl is the perfect thing for some holiday M & M's or is a adorable on its own. However, I am loving everything in this line, and think its all such a treat! In Dallas it can be found at one of my favorite stores, Belair, and in Houston at Found! http://www.canvashomestore.com/collections/dauville

Another favorite tray, this silver mirrored tray looks great on the console, the bar, in the kitchen, the vanity, oh ya, basically everywhere!

I love everything Tina Frey, her white resin line is a fun touch and if someone's been really good gift her long white trough or champagne bucket, or a little less cash this cheese board and spreader! Check out her website to see more of her fun items, http://store.tinafreydesigns.com or run by BluePrint in Dallas or Found in Houston or Calypso in both cities to see her stuff in person. 

The perfect throw over the arm of any chair of sofa is one of these soft lands down under throw blankets. Its the perfect touch! If you want to swing by and pick one up they carry these at BluePrint in Dallas as well.

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Looking for the perfect little candle for you coffee table? This little suspended candle will fit the bill perfectly.

A fun little coffee table game and accessory? Its this Jonathan Adler Tic Tac Toe Set!

These cute Jonathan Adler vases are pretty with and without flowers!

Silver Tray with Leather Handles lends a Ralph Lauren look thats great for the bar or a coffee table even.


Another great gift and accessories shop is Calpyso where treasures abound and they are good with their holiday sales so you can score a good deal!

I love some etched silver accents and these two pieces from Wisteria are hard to beat!

 

Lastly, the ever so easy to find something fun e-commerce site of all: One Kings Lane

 

Merry, merry Christmas! 

 

Halibut Fish Tacos

I love to cook. Will loves to eat. This works out for us. I made these taco's last week (I married a taco monster) and he proclaimed them restaurant quality and possibly the best fish taco's he's ever had. Bold praise from the boy who claims the West Alabama Icehouse Taco Truck as one of his favorite Houston restaurants. They were super easy, quick and inexpensive for a week night dinner and clearly pack a punch of yum.

The way I cook is very much so to taste. I'm not one that is good at following a recipe and I'm not the best at measuring my amounts; so when making this slaw dressing, taste along the way and make it lime-ier than you'd imagine to like. It works out. 

HALIBUT FISH TACOS:

Fish for two (12-16 oz)

1/4 c olive oil

1 tsp salt

1/2 lime, juice

1/4 cup packed cilantro

1 tsp garlic powder

Put all ingredients in a plastic bag and let fish marinate 30mins+

Post marination, put fish in oven at 325 degrees and cook 15-20 mins, until it flakes easily with a fork. Depends on the thickness. 

 

SERRANO LIME SLAW

1/4 cup olive oil

1 1/2 limes, juiced

1 tbsp white balsamic

1 tsp salt

1 garlic clove

1/4 cup packed cilantro

1/2 serrano pepper, diced

1/2 tbsp honey

1 bag slaw mix

Olive oil through honey all go in the food processor. Adjust to taste and pour over slaw mix and let marinate 15 minutes before serving.

I made mine a salad. I plated the slaw for myself and topped with halibut. For Will I warmed up corn tortillas and he used the slaw in his tacos and I served it with live wedges, avocado slices, additional diced serrano pepper, and sirarcha sauce. Both ways were fabulous. 

Enjoy!