Fall Favorites 2015!

Fall is my favorite time of year! I know people think we don't really experience fall here in California but the leaves on our tress do change colors and the days do get colder. O.K. it does get up to the 70's now and again, but the nights are always crisp. If you love fall like I do, you'll love the fabulous gift ideas we are featuring from Lotus Butterfly Gift Boutique. They are perfect for hostess gifts, birthday gifts, or just because gifts. There are some beautiful fall inspired serving pieces, my favorite new healthy cookbook, a bestselling cancle and an artisan tea set; all sure to fill your home with warmth and happiness. Share a little bit of fall with those you love.


These beautiful serving pieces are amazing! You'd never know that they weren't ceramic until you pick them up. Le Cadeaux  has combined the beauty of European dinnerware with the durability of melamine to create vibrantly colored serving ware that can be used both indoors as well as outdoors. Le Cadeaux is known as the ultimate in Melamine Dishes. The Allegra Red Baguette Tray Set includes a bread knife.They also offer a beautiful Cheese Board and Knife gift set. Both of these will make wonderful hostess or holiday gifts. Constructed of the highest quality melamine on the market today, these melamine dishes will hold up use after use, will not shatter like stoneware or ceramic and are dishwasher safe.

 

Bread TrayRed Cheese PLate

This is my favorite new, healthy cookbook. London chef, Yotam Ottolenghi showcases a sumptuous collection of vegetable recipes inspired by his Mediterranean heritage. His love of freshness and seasonality pairs with his interest in the diverse food cultures of his childhood to create uniquely flavorful recipes. Perhaps because he is not a vegetarian himself, his approach to vegetable cookery is refreshingly innovative. 120 recipes with ingredients like artichokes, mushrooms, lentils and eggplant created with spices like harissa and cardomom, all realitively easy to create. Mouthwatering photos by Jonathan Lovekin accompany each delicious recipe. Who knew that vegetables could taste this good!


Plenty Cookbook

A quick and simple recipe from this gorgeous cookbook is the Asparagus Mimosa. This unique preparation with asparagus is one of my favourites. It is simple and therefore relies on the quality of the asparagus. So see if you can get the spears from a farmers’ market or a farm stand where they have been freshly picked. Roughly chopped tarragon sprinkled on top will make a good addition.

Recipe


Asparagus Mimosa
2 free-range eggs


2 bunches of medium asparagus (500g in total, trimmed weight)


2 tbsp best-quality olive oil


2 tsp small capers, drained


1 tsp Maldon sea salt


black pepper


Allow the boiled egg to cool down well and then grate on a coarse cheese grate.
Bend the asparagus until the bottom ends snap off and discard the ends. Place the spears in a large pot of boiling water. Cook for 3 minutes or until tender. It may take slightly longer if they are thick. 
Drain and whilst warm, but not hot, divide between two serving plates. Drizzle oil on top and sprinkle capers and some salt and pepper. Top with the grated egg, staying close to the centre of the stems so that the tips and bases are visible.


Warm up your  home with a Voluspa candles. These are our most fragrant candles as well as our best selling candle. This citrusy, delicate scent luxuriously combines notes of goji berry, ripe mango, and tarocco orange. Part of the Voluspa Japonica Collection, this candle is created from delightful embossed red glass and is exquisitely designed to pay homage to beautiful works of Japanese art. It aso comes in a Santiago Huckleberry, in a beautiful purple glass jar and Baltic Amber  in warm amber glass jar. See these colors on our website! Re-purpose the lovely containers for flowers or trinkets. Choose your favorite color, Red. Purple or Amber, all perfect for the holidays!

Red Candle

Curl up on the couch with a hot cup of tea in your personal Kati Cup or share a cup of tea from our fall inspired poppy Tea Pot. With the innovative strainer system you can enjoy your favorite loose tea by the cup or pot. The cup and the pot both have an innovative double wall construction to keep tea hot and cozy. Comes with decorative box. Other colors available on our website. Go take a look!

             poppy tea potkati cup

 Can't decide on a single flavor of tea? This loose leaf tea sampler contains three exotic flavor combinations of herbal tea including Mojito Marmalade, African Solstice and Harvest Apple Spice.  Pair the tea with an infuser mug or teapot for the perfect gift for the tea lover in your life. Tea Forté is a global luxury tea brand specializing in unique, artisan blended teas and accessories. Tea Forté takes pride in offering only the finest tea leaves in the world, working directly with growers who share their passion for exceptional tea. Tea Forté is the proud house purveyor to The James Beard Foundation.

harvest tea 

My "go to" gift this fall season is the canteen!  This canteen allows you to enjoy your favorite hot beverage for 12 hours! But, wait there's more! The 25 ounce bottle holds an entire botlle of wine, keeping it chilled for up to 25 hours! I have also noticed that the bottle doesn't sweat. It's crafted from stainless steel with a proprietary triple insulation. It has an easy-grip because of the flat sides and a no-slip bottom.  With so many bottles to choose from, this is the one you want, to keep your drinks hot or cold this fall. And like most everything here, we have more colors and sizes on our website!

                           Black CanteenWhite Canteen