3 Zen-Inspired Gifts from Daily Grommet

What’s a Daily Grommet? A Daily Grommet is, quite simply, a useful thingamabob, tchotchke, or gizmo, curated daily by the fine folks over at (surprise!) DailyGrommet.com. At Daily Grommet, you can find all sorts of useful and beautiful things for your home, garden, and for gifts. In keeping with this week’s zen theme, here are 3 lovely zen-inspired gifts from Daily Grommet.

Tea Forté Autumn Sampler Collection

Inspired by Japanese Tea Ceremonies

Himalayan Institute Neti Pot

An Ayurvedic sinus cleansing technique

Jade Harmony Yoga Mat

For every sustainable rubber mat purchased, the company will plant a tree

We recommend you follow @DailyGrommet on Twitter, as well as their bubbly, inspiring master of grommet ceremonies, @hostesstori!

Say It With Stripes – The Company Store Reversible Striped Towels

Why we instantly loved The Company Store’s perfectly sized striped towels when they were donated to our kickoff party gift bags:

– They’re colorful and cute no matter your bathroom decor
– Great for wiping your face on a hot day like today
– The perfect size to throw in your bag and take to the gym, to work, to everywhere!

Best of all, they’re on salepick out your favorite color and size, and go for two!

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Beach Pastel Origami Stars

Shell Sampler Rubber Stamps

Sand Castle Ceramic Ornament

Flounder Tile

Nautical Beach Grass Centerpiece

1 Food 3 Ways: Wheat Berries

Wheat berries sound and look like a delicious, exotic fruit, but in actuality they are the whole kernels of wheat – unprocessed by the grinding, baking, or roasting that can transform them into flour and other goodies. You can boil them like oatmeal and eat them straight (delicious with a dash of brown sugar!), or add them to salads, soups, or skillets for a nutty flavor and crunch. All hail wheat berries!

Basic Cooked Wheat Berries
2 cups hard red winter-wheat berries
7 cups cold water
1 teaspoon salt

1. Sort through wheat berries carefully, discarding any stones. Rinse well under cool running water. Place in a large heavy saucepan. Add water and salt.
2. Bring to a boil over high heat, then reduce heat, cover, and simmer gently for 1 hour, stirring occasionally. Drain and rinse. To serve hot, use immediately. Otherwise, follow the make-ahead instructions.

Wheat Berry Lentil Soup
1 1/2 cups French green or brown lentils, sorted and rinsed (see Tip)
4 cups vegetable broth
4 cups cold water
3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
3 large large carrots, finely chopped
1 medium red onion, diced
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper, plus more to taste
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
1 1/2 cups Cooked Wheat Berries
1 bunch rainbow or red chard, large stems discarded, leaves roughly chopped
3 tablespoons lemon juice

1. Combine lentils, broth and water in a Dutch oven. Bring to a boil over high heat, reduce heat, cover, and simmer gently until the lentils are tender, but not mushy, 25 to 30 minutes (brown lentils take a little longer than green).
2. Meanwhile, heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add carrots, onion, salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the vegetables begin to brown, about 15 minutes. Add garlic and cumin and cook, stirring constantly, for 30 seconds more. Remove from the heat.
3. When the lentils are tender, stir cooked wheat berries and chard into the pot. Cover and simmer until the chard has wilted, about 5 minutes. Stir in the carrot mixture and lemon juice.

Wheat Berry Salad with Red Fruit
1/3 cup freshly squeezed orange juice
1/3 cup dried cranberries
3 cups Cooked Wheat Berries, (recipe follows)
1 large Fuji apple, unpeeled, diced
1/2 cup pecan halves, toasted (see Tip) and coarsely chopped
3 tablespoons raspberry vinegar
3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper

1. Combine orange juice and cranberries in a small bowl. Let stand for 15 minutes.
2. Combine wheat berries, apple and pecans in a large bowl; stir gently. Drain the cranberries, reserving the juice. Stir the cranberries into the wheat berry mixture.
3. Whisk the reserved orange juice, vinegar and oil in a small bowl until combined. Season with salt and pepper. Pour over the salad and stir gently to coat. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes to allow the flavors to combine. Serve cold or at room temperature.

Father’s Day Gift Ideas: Home Decor Courtesy of a Mad Man

Your dad may roll his eyes at thrifting, pillow matching, and antiquing – which is fine! Not everyone in your family has to share your love for fine home decor. But just because you think he doesn’t notice your carefully selected wallpaper, drapes, and tchotchkes, doesn’t mean he wouldn’t jump at the chance to furnish a room of his own with a real man’s taste – a Mad Man, to be exact.

Actor Bryan Batt (better known as Sal on Mad Men) owns his own home decor shop, Hazelnut, on New Orleans’ stylish Magazine Street, inspired by the inimitable soul of NOLA. Batt even designed a limited edition sofa inspired by the Playboy Club of the 1960s – the piece is called “The Hef” and can be yours for a mere $15,000.

If that’s a bit out of your Father’s Day price range, never fear. Hazelnut carries dozens of other hand-selected gifts from craftsmen all around the world. Try this Lion’s Head Gold Barware Set – sure to please the Don, Sal, or Roger in your home.