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I've been blogging over at Our Sleeping Flowers these days. Still me, and still delicious, come join me!

This last guide is a list of a few favorite things from local companies and artisans here in Utah. This doesn't even represent the tip of the iceberg of talent here in Utah. If you're not in town, you can still get your hands on a lot of these lovelies as many can be ordered online. The beauty of a connected world.

1 - Barely Buzzed cheese from Beehive Cheese, their most popular cheese for a reason.
2 - Handmade granola from Nova Granola, all the good stuff for my favorite meal of the day.
3 - Clifford Farm Honey; beautiful honey coming from the beehive state.
4 - Bee Pollen from Jones Bees, to add to smoothies, salads, or getting fancy with homemade truffles and caramels, among other things. I love Sarah Britton's post about bee pollen.

5 - Wood and support beam A Table from C.G. Sparks; this company has flawless furniture designs.
6 - Fruit Prints from Sycamore Street Press, for a kitchen wall.
7 - A CSA share to a local farm, I especially like the idea of this flower share from Copper Moose Farm.
8 - Utah TrufflesI like them best from the freezer, anyone else?

9 - Gardener Soap from Beehive Soap, even though I'm a failure at gardening, I still get my hands dirty.

For other beautiful handmade furniture look up Ivory Bill and Patrick Davis Design.

Nova Granola is giving my readers 10% off an order! Enter NOVA10 at checkout to get your discount. 

Since I have been spending a lot of my time doing baby and toddler things rather than actual cooking, I thought I would share a gift guide of my favorite kid stuff alongside my food related wish list this year. A few we own and love, and the others we dream to.

When searching out children's toys I am drawn to those that are simple, made with natural materials, promote creative play, and are beautiful (at least to me). I know I've chosen well when my children fall in love with them instantly and forever (well, three years and counting..).

“The most effective kind of education is that a child should play amongst lovely things.” Plato

1 - Wooden toy camera from Twig Creative; cheese!
2 - Handmade Wooden Boats by Schoolhouse Electric and Supply Co.; perfect for bath time
3 - Winnie the pooh screen printed pillows from Atsuyo et Akiko; Tigger is little's favorite
4 - Baltic Amber Teething Necklace; parents swear by the natural anti-inflamatory properties of amber for teething. My littlest isn't teething quite yet but when she does, we'll be ready.  
5 - Stockmar beeswax crayons; I might keep these crayons for myself to color..
6 - Home Cozy Home coloring poster by roxy marj; also love the correlating pillow.
7 - *** Wooden Brainbow from Little Sapling Toys; endless fun, ha! got that?
8 - Beeswax birthday candles from Herriott Grace; obviously these aren't for playing with but for birthdays, and other special occasions. They smell wonderful and burn beautifully.
9 - Moulin Roty baking set to go along with..
10 - Camden Rose wooden toy kitchen; because it's important to indoctrinate them while they're young.

I was recently introduced to Kimber, founder of Little Sapling Toys and loved their philosophy behind the beautiful wooden toys they create. She says,"We design modern toys to help young children develop critical thinking, creativity, fine and gross motor skills, and communication. We strive to create safe toys that are personal, with design that appeals to kids and adults. Our line of toys is hand crafted in Sheboygan, WI out of high quality FSC certified hardwoods. We plant a tree for each toy sold."

*** Little Sapling Toys has graciously given my readers a 10% off any order from their shop! Enter the code: DELIGHTFUL10 at checkout for your discount.

Also, Twig Creative has a deal going on over at Brickyard Buffalo for their wooden toy cameras, (not including the stunning zebra wood camera pictured above). Brickyard Buffalo has other great deals on superhero capes, armelle jewelry, and freshly picked moccasins too, among other things.. but only for another day or two.


Friday I am sharing my last gift guide for the holidays, featuring local fare and artistry. Share the Utah love.

Here's a little selection of some beautiful and practical things I've fallen in love with. Have you decided what to get for your favorite cook yet?

1 - Falcon enamelware
2 - Hand carved measuring spoons by Alder + Co.
3 - An Everlasting Meal by Tamar E. Adler
4 - Waterproof Waxed Canvas lunchbag from Kaufmann Mercantile
5 - Japanese Cast Iron scissors from Mjölk
6 - The market backpack from Brookefarm General Store
7 - Neëst linen kitchen towels
8 - A cheese board, servingboard or cutting board from Red Onion Woodworks
9 - Ambatalia linen bento tote from Anaise
10 - Something living and green, like a box of succulents/herbs or their favorite citrus tree.
image credit: succulents; citrus