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Tabletops Unlimited Porcelain Bread Basket {Giveaway} – CLOSED

Disclosure: This could be a sponsored post or contain affiliate links (which means I earn a percentage of the sale), but all opinions are strictly my own.

I used to teach Home-Ec, right?  And one of the topics I taught was hospitality–how to treat your guests, how to eat at a 5-star restaurant, how to set the table, etc.  We focused a lot on table settings, and I loved stressing the importance of setting out your finest dishes when you are serving guests!  With two tornadoes in the house, our fine serveware is slowly disappearing into higher and higher shelves, but when company comes over, I pull out the good stuff!  You know, matching plates, real cups, and most recently, my beautiful new porcelain bread basket from Tabletops Unlimited!

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Tabletops Unlimited carries the most beautiful collections of cast iron, non-stick, porcelain, dinnerware sets, and bone china.  Not to mention tools, cookware, bakeware, serveware, dinnerware, storage, and organization!  Talk about a one stop shop for all your kitchen needs!  (And what a great place to shop for wedding gifts!)  Here are some lovely pieces of serveware that Tabletops Unlimited carries:

TTU-Q1221-EC TTU-R1812-EC TTU-M5601-EC

I had the privilege of reviewing two beautiful porcelain bread baskets from Tabletops Unlimited!  Beautiful, beautiful!  The fantastic thing about high fired porcelain is that it can be a great hot or cold conductor.  You could preheat this basket in the oven and then pull it out with the rolls to keep them warm on the table.  You could also chill it in the freezer to keep fruit or treats cold.  They are resistant to thermal shock (so they won’t shatter with sudden temperature changes), and are quite durable!

IMG_1978And they are just so pretty!  I decided these bread baskets were too lovely to keep stored away for only when company comes, so they have become our fruit bowls that are always out on our counter tops.  The large basket holds a LOT of fruit, and the aerated holes help keep the fruit from spoiling.  These baskets are not as high maintenance as you might think!  As I mentioned, they are oven, freezer, microwave, AND dishwasher safe!  Music to my ears!

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I keep thinking about how this would be such a great wedding gift idea!  I imagine every young married couple would love such an intricate basket in their kitchen, or even as a trinket basket used for home decor.  Tabletops Unlimited sells these bread baskets here for $19.99!

And one lucky winner is going to win a set of their own porcelain bread baskets!

Be sure to follow Tabletops Unlimited on facebook!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

*This giveaway is open to US entries only
*The winner of this giveaway will be drawn no later than the evening of Saturday, February 16th and will be emailed.  If the winner does not respond within 48 hours, a new winner will be drawn.
*This posting and giveaway were sponsored by Tabletops Unlimited, but all opinions are strictly my own

Share the Bounty {Book Review}

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Share the Bounty by Benita Long

Share the Bounty is a delightful book—a collection of recipes and brief passages of Christian inspiration.  The theme seems to be “home entertaining with a higher purpose”.   I cuddled up with it on the couch as soon as the kids were in bed, and read through it in an evening.  The calm and inviting introduction made me feel as if reading the book was just as much an invitation into someone’s home.

I really needed this book at this time in my life!  I often feel so much anxiety over guests coming to visit, and I try to avoid inviting others over for meals.  I feel the pressure of things needing to be perfect and myself to be entirely put-together, that I forget what a privilege it can be to invite others into my home and “share the bounty”.

The pictures were visually quaint and calming, though some of them seemed a little dated to me.  I think I would have liked a little more modern influence in the picture selection—namely more modern day décor, centerpieces, and home architecture—though these photo choices are probably very comforting to an older audience who can familiarize themselves with these styles better than I can.

The recipes were very cleanly displayed.  I could prop it up in my kitchen and read off the recipe without having to flip pages, squint, or lose my place on the page.  I enjoyed a scriptural quote or Christian passage on nearly every page.

The book is so complete and visually well-assembled as a recipe book, that it could be on display in the kitchen, instead of on a bookshelf.  I think this book would make a lovely hostess gift, or for family members around the holidays.

I was sold on the first recipe in the book.  I knew as soon as I read “Strawberry Rhubarb Bread” , I wanted to make it.  I was trying to be exotic, but couldn’t find frozen rhubarb ANYWHERE!  In a panic I threw in some bananas as a substitute.  How’s that for a Home-Ec teacher?  Embarassing.

It still turned out delicious!:

You can purchase the book HERE or find it on Amazon HERE.

*I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze®.com (http://BookSneeze®.com) book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

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