Holiday GG: Real Foodie’s Holiday Gift Guide


I know I haven’t written much about real food in recent months. I have to admit, I feel a bit like a real food junkie nowadays. I KNOW that we still do pretty well compared to where we used to be, but I have to admit that too many boxes and bags have crept back into my pantry over the past year. Our dinners are still 80-90% real food and homemade, so that’s something, I guess. But our snacks and breakfast/lunch has gotten really lax. I’m busy, and cooking takes time and patience and effort, and frankly, I’d rather do other things. That’s what it comes down to.

That said, I still believe eating as much real food as possible is integral to achieve optimal health and wellness. I guess we just have to do what we can and try not to guilt ourselves over the stuff we can’t seem to master, right??

For those striving for a real food lifestyle, here are some great resources for you to consider, and some products to help you along the way!

Practical Paleo by Diane Sanfilippo, $23.47

I love this book. Not only is it full of fabulous information, but the recipes are great and easy to prepare.


Stainless 6.5 Quart Popcorn Popper, $33.99

We love our stainless popcorn popper. I use it all the time to make healthy popcorn for the kids. To avoid GMOs, I buy organic popcorn. Here is our recipe for healthy homemade popcorn using coconut oil!

popcorn popper

Microplane Coarse Grater, $15.95

I love my microplane. I use it ALL the time for finely grating cheese or zesting lemons. It’s important to get a good quality microplane. The cheap ones are flimsy and don’t work well. This is the one  have, and it’s fabulous.


Good Quality Rolling Pin, $15

I recommend the tapered kind like this.

tapered rolling pin

Kitchen Scale, $25

This is one of those devices that I didn’t know I needed until I had one. It is great for making consistent sized loaves when making bread, and for weighing meats. When you buy your meat in bulk from a local farmer, they don’t always come labeled with poundage. I use my scale ALL the time.

EatSmart Precision Pro - Multifunction Digital Kitchen Scale

KitchenAid Stand Mixer, $204.24 only at Kohl’s!!!

A quality stand mixer is a real foodie’s best friend. I use mine to make homemade bread (occasionally, I really want to get back to doing that every week!) and mashed potatoes and all sorts of baked goods. A few years back, my mom gifted me with the Grandaddy of them all, the KitchenAid Professional 600 Series 6-Quart Stand Mixer, and it’s hands-down the best gift EVER. We have gotten way more than her money’s worth out of it, and I expect it will be going strong for many years. Incidentally, this weekend, Kohl’s has a FABULOUS deal on the KitchenAid Professional 600 Series 6-Quart Stand Mixer!

How to get the KitchenAid Pro Mixer for $204 After Rebate: It will drop from $549.99 to $449.99 to $404.99 in-cart. Plus, add 15% off code BLACKFRI and it drops to $344.24. Then, send off this mail-in rebate and get $50 back. Now it is $294.24. Then you’ll receive $90 in Kohl’s Cash via email ($15 for every $50 of the $344.24) to spend between 12/2 and 12/9. This drops the net price to $204.24! (Thanks to Brad’s Deals for figuring this out for me!)

kitchenaid 600 series

Enamel Cast Iron Dutch Oven, such as Le Creuset, $261

This was another gift from my mom (it’s nice to have a generous mother!!) that I absolutely love for making roasts and soups and stews.

Le Creuset Signature Enameled Cast-Iron 5-1/2-Quart Round French Oven

Kelly the Kitchen Kop was the first “real foodie” blog I discovered, back when the whole concept was so new to me. She is the one who made it all seem doable. She has since created some fabulous resources for people who want to feed their families wholesome real food but aren’t sure where to start or how to go about it. She makes it seem easy. And she’s not judgy if you don’t do it all. She’s a great support and will answer all your {many} questions!! I was fortunate enough to get to meet her live and in person at a conference a few years ago. She’s an absolute doll. ANYWAY. Getting to the point . . . she is running a SPECIAL BLACK FRIDAY OFFER on her classes!!!

From 4pm Thursday until end-of-day on Monday, get 50% off the Real Food Ingredient Guide eBook and her Real Food for Rookies Online Class!! Use the code BLACKFRIDAY.

Here’s more about them.

Real Food for Rookies Online Class, $190

What You’ll Get in the Real Food for Rookies Online Class:

  • 12 weeks of online classes with videos, downloadable audios, and written materials.
  • LIFETIME access! Read/listen/watch at your leisure: on your break at work, while the kids are sleeping, in your pajamas, whatever! If you have a busy week, no big deal, just pick it back up on your own schedule.
  • Exclusive expert interviews with Sally Fallon Morell (President of the Weston Price Foundation), Dr. Kaayla Daniel (author of The Whole Soy Story), Jane Hersey (Director of the Feingold Association), Tom Naughton (Fathead filmmaker), and now one more: Jimmy Moore from the Livin LaVida Low-Carb blog!
  • BONUS: Free copy of the Kitchen Kop Real Food Ingredient Guide

You’ll Learn How To:

  • Save time and money while serving Real Food
  • Read labels and avoid dangerous ingredients
  • Make nourishing “fast food” meals to avoid last-minute trips to the drive-thru
  • Find healthier alternatives for soda pop, refined sugars, heart-killer oils, sugar-bomb breakfast cereals, factory farmed meat and more
  • Serve nutrient-dense foods that are necessary for good health
  • Take control of your health and change your family’s future!

Real Food Ingredient Guide, $68.85

This revised version of the Real Food Ingredient Guide eBook is cram-packed with new information.

  • It still has a quick reference guide for when you want fast answers to questions like, “Will you please just tell me what I’m supposed to buy?!” Or when someone puts you on the spot and you need a quick reminder of “What was so bad about that food again?” Or maybe when you’re at the store you might need something to flip to for guidance there on various ingredients, including “good, better, best” options. It’ll also help you know what to look for at your local farm and what questions to ask.
  • It has a more detailed section with facts on the different food groups and ingredients, for when you have time to dig in a little more, and it includes information on where to go for even more in-depth reading and research.
  • If you’re more of a visual learner, you’ll find an easy top ten real foods and top ten junk foods list in pictures.
  • It also includes new bonus material: How to bring your family from junk food to real food, and how to overcome the six main obstacles everyone faces:
    • Motivation – You won’t be willing to make a change if you don’t know why it’s important!
    • Confusion/feeling overwhelmed – You’re probably sick of trying to navigate all the information from the ‘experts’ like what’s ‘good’ vs. what’s ‘not good’, especially when that keeps changing; and you just want to figure out the age-old question of “What the heck can I eat?!” Especially before meal planning or grocery shopping…
    • How to afford real food – You’ll learn loads of tips all in one place.
    • How to make time for real food – There are so many ways that I’ll bet you’ve never thought of.
    • Sticking to it for the long haul – This is often what trips people up.  Life gets in the way and you find yourself slipping backward.  You’ll learn here how to prevent that from happening or get back on track.

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This post is part of my 2013 Holiday Gift Guide series!

All gift guide posts are accessible by clicking on the holiday gift guide graphic below, or over there on the sidebar.

musings of a housewife holiday gift guide 2013

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