It’s that time of year. Presents are expected. It’s supposed to be a joyful and generous season, but some people are hard to get gifts for. There are undercurrents of expectations and emotions. This can be stressful. You’re lucky if you have a chicken keeper on your list. We are the easiest people to shop for! Personally, I thrill to getting a new muck tub, a stiff broom and a fine-tined pitchfork. Don’t think of these things as yucky manure movers. Rather, they are tools – and just like power tools are the gift of choice for a guy with a workshop, so are barn tools the ultimate gift for those of us who care for critters. Yes, wrapping is a challenge – don’t fuss. Just tuck on a bow!
That said, perhaps you don’t want to carry a manure bucket with you on your flight home – perhaps you want to give a gift that fits into a stocking, or on the table by the Chanukah candles, If so, then I have some other ideas.
Around here, a pair of warm socks, with a chicken motif, will make you the best Santa, ever.
Chicken people have eggs, and that means that they appreciate kitchen tools.
Everyone should have an egg slicer.
I couldn’t make my apple pies without this brilliant corer/parer/slicer. (Not exactly egg-related but too wonderful not to mention here.)
The eggs in this basket were all blown out using a Blas-Fix.
A stainless steel, professional quality whisk, like this one makes short work of whipping up eggs. Truly, quality makes a difference.
A spatula that can flip two fried eggs at once is a workhorse in my kitchen.
As this photograph makes obvious, I’m all set with whisks and spatulas. (Look closely and you’ll see that my measuring spoons are stored in a vintage poultry trophy.)
As much as I like tools, I’m not one for gadgets. That said, I find these molds for hard-cooked eggs irresistible. There’s even a Hello Kitty egg mold. (I don’t have this one. Hint.) I’ve written about how to use these on this post.
Wrap gifts in this gorgeous and sophisticated paper. Actually, you could give me an empty box wrapped with this paper, and I’d be happy!
What gift would make you happy?