Friday, December 28, 2012

Homemade Gifts

Hey all! Hope you guys had a wonderful Christmas with your family and friends. I just wanted to pop in and show you these gifts that Mitch made me for Christmas. (Instead of thrifted gifts, Mitch decided to make some gifts this year.) I've been admiring/wanting some bread boards...I love the rusticness of a wooden board and they're just practical. I use my cutting boards every day while preparing meals in the kitchen. So Mitch made me three:)

The pizza board is made out of maple while the other two are from reclaimed oak. Mitch stained the shorter one with coffee and coated the other two with mineral oil. The oil darkens the boards up a bit and also prevents the wood from drying out. It's food-safe so it's a perfect choice for this job. You don't want to use any vegetable-based oils on boards since they can turn rancid. I'll be sure to rub oil on the boards occasionally to keep them in tiptop shape.

I love that they're all different shades.

While Mitch was researching about making bread boards, he learned that wooden boards are actually very sanitary. Despite what people used to think (including myself), bacteria doesn't survive on wooden surfaces for more than a couple minutes and are actually much more safe than plastic boards. According to a study done by the University of Wisconsin, when contaminated boards were left unwashed overnight at room temperature, bacterial counts increased on the plastic, but none of the organisms could be recovered from the wooden boards the next morning. Interesting, isn't it?

And here's the little one in action.

These were my favorite gifts this year. I think it's so cool that Mitch made them for me. Did you have any homemade gifts given to you? What was your favorite gift this Christmas?

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  1. I LOVE your new bread boards :) I think you have a wonderful hubby,who not only works on your sweet little house like a champ, but can find the time to lovingly make a handmade gift for his wife!

  2. I love them! Great gift. Awesome job Mitch!

  3. Kat, I love these!! My husband woodworks too and I would LOVE it if he made me these. I already showed him your post! ;) Maybe, next year. The bread boards look adorable next to the little urn lamp. So comfy.

  4. Wow! What a great husband! Those boards are beautiful and I love how thick they are. Also, love the info that they are more sanitary. I have been avoiding them for meat for years but my mom uses them for meat everyday. Of course, she was right!

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