A couple of years ago for Christmas, our friends Tom and Heather gave me what I think is just the most awesome gift ever – a gift box from Penzey’s Spices. Â I know, it probably doesn’t sound that exciting to most people, but the spices were really great – they were of an excellent quality and even the packaging made me really happy – it came with Bay Leaves! Â Tom and Heather got me the 8 piece “Some Like It Hot” set (naturally) that includes theirÂ Spicy 4/S Special Seasoned Sea Salt, Chili Powder, Curry Powder, Northwoods Fire Seasoning, Vindaloo Seasoning, Ground Chipotle Pepper, Crushed Red Pepper, and the Galena Street Rib Rub. Â And they were all incredible!
Since it has been a couple of years since receiving the set, I’m out of most of them – and almost out of the few I have left. Â I’ve been meaning for a while to go to the store to replenish Â my supply. Â And then came Mother’s Day… Â As always, Â I had no idea what to get for a few of the moms on my list and then it hit me – a gift box from Penzey’s! Â The perfect gift for the mom who loves to cook! Â No, not my mom (mom’s more of a baker than a cook – I ended up getting her someÂ jeweleryÂ and a CD that she wanted). Â This would be a great gift for my Aunt Karen, who is quite the cook.
So last Saturday morning, I called up my mom to see if she wanted to join me on my adventure in West Hartford Center, where the nearest Penzey’s is located. Â Of course she did, because who wouldn’t want to spend their free time on a Saturday looking at various spices with me? Â She had to spend her morning logged on to work, but she was finally able to join me around 2PM and when we finally got there, the place was hopping! Â Who knew? Â But I could see why it’s so popular – we probably could have spent an hour or more in there! Â There was so much to look at and to choose from! Â I also didn’t realize that they had so many different gift sets. Â It was really quite difficult to pick out the right one.
In the end I chose the 4 jar Grill and Broil set for my Aunt Karen and mom ended up getting the same set for my father for their anniversary.
I didn’t Â end up grabbing anything for myself Â this time as we just didn’t have that sort of time on our hands. Â I honestly Â think I would need at least a solid hour to poke around and figure out exactly what I wanted, but I definitely plan to make a trip back there very soon!