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grandma-grandpa-honeymoonIn honor of Valentine’s Day, thought we’d discuss the tradition of gift giving on your anniversary.

I’d be safe to say that every girl loves chocolates and flowers, but why not shake things up a bit this year and get back to the basics. I found this wonderful list to share of the “traditional” anniversary gifts. I love this. I think this is simply a wonderful thing to follow – it makes you focus on things that are more meaningful and makes you be creative with such things as “paper” for the first year! Careful!

Another wonderful idea to consider creating as a tradition for your next anniversary, as a gift alternative, is one I’ll share from April. Plan a trip to celebrate each anniversary. It doesn’t have to be a week-long vaca to Europe (though nice …) it could be a simple weekend road trip to some quaint B&B that you’ve been meaning to checkout by the beach.

The photo is one of my Grandmother & Grandfather on their honeymoon, traveling around & having fun! Whatever the traditional anniversary gift is, just ensure it’s a meaningful one.

1st Paper
2nd Cotton
3rd Leather
4th Fruit, flowers
5th Wood
6th Sugar
7th Copper, wool
8th Bronze, pottery
9th Pottery, willow
10th Tin
11th Steel
12th Silk, linen
13th Lace
14th Ivory
15th Crystal
20th China
25th Silver
30th Pearl
35th Coral
40th Ruby
45th Sapphire
50th Gold
55th Emerald
60th Diamond

IceMilk Aprons was featured today by a wonderful website Sea and Jae. They are a wonderfully thoughtful company committed to “reinventing the concept of gift giving.”
Well of course I simply love the concept of Sea & Jae just about as much as I do the concept of “heirloom gifts.” They have a wonderful array of gifts that are sure to be thoughtful and meaningful to the receiver. Everything from numbered sparkler birthday candles(my fav) to simple oversized matchbooks to beautiful custom tour maps for your next party or wedding invitation.

Simply a wonderful site that I do hope you’ll visit – especially with the special Valentine’s Day holiday coming up (please … not another box of chocolates). And a very special thank you to Jodi over at Sea and Jae for her kind words and for featuring IceMilk Aprons on their blog post!

Click here to check out the feature and the wonderful comments from readers!

Salt & Pepper – pretty much the spice of life! We can count on it being on present at just about every dinner table gathering you can imagine.

That being said, thought it was important to share the golden rule of salt & pepper for your next dinner party.

Always pass the salt & pepper together. Short & sweet, but a sometimes forgotten etiquette tip. If someone says “Please pass the salt” – pass both anyways! Remember – it’s like they are married, joined, they never leave each others side.

Along the same lines, a wonderful heirloom gift that I received at an oddly strange age, was that of a crystal salt cellar. Grandma had a set for her table and I simply loved to play with the little spoon & pour the salt back & forth between the spoon & cellar. Made for an exciting stocking stuffer for me as a child – and I simply adore it now!

Grandpa had unusual love for pepper too. He covered his food – they could have had stock in pepper and done quite well. So I’m currently seeking the perfect pepper mill to accompany my little salt mill – send any suggestions my way!


Cookbooks are such a wonderful heirloom gift, and one I received this past holiday!

On one hand, a great way to be able to pass on the tradition of cooking to others. And on the other hand, a wonderful gift that will be used, kept and passed down through the generations. A special handwritten note on the inside cover is an extra special treat to be cherished down the road.

img_1192I received the oh-so-fantastic Martha Stewart Cooking School book from Mom. Unlike most cookbooks that are simply filled with recipes, Martha’s book is filled with lessons & photos on HOW to cook – more techniques and lessons. You’ll find such things as how to clarify butter, the difference between chopping, mincing, dicing & slicing and more.  Love it. Get it.

And of course, thought I would share my favorite “heirloom” cookbook that we used during the holidays to make Christmas cookies. Betty Crocker’s Cooky Book is just a wonderful treat – with fabulous recipes and charming little illustrations. A favorite in our family!

I wanted to take a moment to share a few special things from my family this holiday season, as they related to “preserves” the blog.

You will remember the post on Signature Gift Wrapping and I wanted to share the two wonderful wrapping styles my Mom (green w/ burlap) & my Sister (kraft w/ berries) used this year for all their presents! What a treat!

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And of course, a very special heirloom gift from me this year was an IceMilk Apron for everyone! You can see below a quick family shot, and a special treat to have my Sisters new (soon-to-be) “H” monogrammed initial. I accompanied each apron with a special mini photobook I put together that included family recipes and old black & white family photos from Grandma’s collection. And, the aprons came in handy as we cooked for days & days!

family-apronsI hope you & your family had a wonderful holiday and enjoyed some great “heirloom” gifts this season!

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As heirloom gifts are a hot topic for us this holiday season, consider the gift of custom monogrammed mens cuff links as an exquisite gift for the lucky men in your life.

While the tradition of monogramming is coming back with a vengeance, so is that of cuff links & other fine detailing that was popular in days past.

Consider these something that will last a lifetime and beyond, brought out for special occasions – and hopefully, normal workdays as well!

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