Jennifer Nettles's Favorite Things 2011: What's in her Easter Basket

Tue, May 17, 2011 at 7:45 AM

From the pen of Jennifer Nettles...

Yes, ladies and gentlemen, it's that time of year again: I've collected some of my favorite prizes from throughout the last year and sent them out to loved ones in the form of My Favorite Things Basket 2011!

This is a tradition. (For those of you interested, check out the blog from last year's basket). I love sending these out after the New Year because no one is expecting a prize in the mail at that time, so it's even more exciting. This year, I've been so busy -- well, they've turned into Favorite Things Easter Baskets.

This is my way to keep in touch and say, "I'm thinking of you," that isn't a yearly Christmas card. I confess, I don't send out Christmas cards. Though I love receiving them, I just don't get into the tradition, personally. It seems like one of those things that once you start, it's hard to stop without worrying people, or pissing them off. That's a lot of pressure. I don't really do the "look what I've been up to" yearly letter either. When your work schedule is listed on the world wide web or on television, well, it gets a little redundant and I'd hate to bore. I think if I had kids I might send one of the cards made out of pictures. That's always fun, right?! You get to see how everyone has grown. I especially like those. But I digress...

Me, I send little baskets of joy along with a little note explaining the items each contains. This year's Easter Baskets contained......drum roll please......

Breathing on Your Own, compiled by Richard Kehl

This is a collection of beautiful and delicious quotes that touch on a myriad of topics, some by well-known people, some by very obscure folk. I guarantee that you will find an appropriate morsel of beauty for almost any situation you can imagine -- and some for situations you would never even consider! This book was given to me as a gift, and I want to share it. 

Chocolate Tiles by Poco Dolce

My friend turned me on to this chocolate out of San Francisco, and I am changed!  Like the name implies in Italian, "Poco Dolce" is just a little sweet treat that is perfect for the chocoholic in your life. I personally like the bittersweet chocolate sea salt tiles. Get into it. Trust me. [www.pocodolce.com

Personalized note cards by Emily Brown

My old neighbor (not old as in "aged," but old as in "no longer my neighbor") gave me these as a little birthday prize and I love them. They make me feel official. They are simple and sophisticated, like little pieces of modern art to send in the mail. [www.emilybrowndesigns.com]

Dirty Nekkid Man Coffee

This one seems to be a recurrent hit. It is from my fave Atlanta coffee shop and is named for the method they use to brew it. (Something about leaving the hulls on, which is not nearly is fun as the definition I had made up in my imagination). It is wonderfully bold and fragrant, which is, of course, how we all enjoy our nekkid men, I mean, coffee. [www.dirtynekkidcoffee.com]

- Jennifer

What would you put in YOUR Favorite Things Basket for 2011? Tell us in the comments!

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  1. Amazed avatar

    On Fri, May 20, 2011 at 10:28 AM, Amazed said:

    Well, how sweet it is to visit this site and get a peek into your favourite things! I haven’t had a chance to sample last year’s Dirty Nekkid Man Coffee yet, but having it again on this years’ list will surely entice my coffee exploring tangent yet again (or maybe I should start to grow my own coffee beans, I mean in NB, Canada the climate is perfect for growing coffee beans…..right?!?! I’ll call “Le bean Français eh”!). While reading your blog I thought, hey “pourquoi pas” send you my list of favourite things. I mean being as amazed AND amazing as I am…I’m sure you were all wondering …
    So here it goes:
    ? www.wildaboutwampum.com (Wild about wampum jewellery made here in New Brunswick. Amazing stuff that is all handmade and can be custom made as well!!) Check my avatar.
    - My plans are to have one custom made for you, whenever Sugarland comes this way, and I get a meet and greet!

    ? Jamaica Me Crazy flavoured coffee, a little Jamaica in your cup, infused with rich coconut and an island twist!!!

    ? www.savonnerieolivier.com (A local soap business that is expanding immensely. Their belief is that nature provides everything we need; we can make it better by connecting to it, understanding it, testing with it and enhancing its effect and experience. Their philosophy is about people interconnected to nature and the community we live in. They believe in every individual within a community. They believe in the environment we live in and in taking care of each other.)

    ? www.isabelleboulay.com (Album : Scènes d’amours)
    A French Canadian singer who sings with a voice that allows me to just close my eyes and drift away. A must listen for people looking to enjoy French music. Ou là là vive la musique française!

    ? www.laurencejalbert.com (Album: Ses plus grands succès)
    Another great French Canadian artist, she has a very distinct voice and sings very powerful messages. She is absolutely amazing in concert, and carries you through a very moving journey every time!

    Well that’s my list, for now, I have this urge for coffee that just won’t go away…

    May your coffee be rich and your friends sincere…

    Amusez-vous bien,
    Amour,

    Amazed, by my desire have a good cup of coffee in your company!

  2. Terri Plant - Riding avatar

    On Thu, May 19, 2011 at 7:24 PM, Terri Plant - Riding said:

    Jennifer, I enjoyed reading about your basket goodies you did for your friends....I still remember last year's basket and some of the contents....one goody that sticks out in my mind from last year's gift baskets are the See's Candy Lollipops! My husband turned me on to these when we were visiting his folks in California......and, he even bought me a See's Candy Valentine Heart.....YUM!!!!! You are so sweet and creative to do these special things for your friends! *Terri*

  3. Chelsea K avatar

    On Thu, May 19, 2011 at 7:07 PM, Chelsea K said:

    Just bought the book!

  4. small town jericho avatar

    On Thu, May 19, 2011 at 9:09 AM, small town jericho said:

    Hey Jen I love your cameo in the new Sara B video "Uncharted" It's soooo funny! Can't wait to see you both at Darien Lake and the NY State Fair!

  5. Chelsea K avatar

    On Thu, May 19, 2011 at 7:25 AM, Chelsea K said:

    I am trying to get into more reading and may have to check out this Breathing on your own. Thanks for sharing!!

  6. the golux avatar

    On Wed, May 18, 2011 at 8:28 PM, the golux said:

    This calls for a reciprocal blog, at the very least, so I'd like to refer you to the blog section of the program. (Counting now, this makes three times I have intentionally used the word blog. Savvy?)

  7. Malina avatar

    On Wed, May 18, 2011 at 5:12 PM, Malina said:

    Right on JNett!!

  8. Dallasalbury avatar

    On Wed, May 18, 2011 at 2:59 PM, Dallasalbury said:

    Jen you are too funny! I just LOVE your sense of humor thx for posting that!

  9. trophywife94 avatar

    On Wed, May 18, 2011 at 11:24 AM, trophywife94 said:

    omg, such an awesome, hilarious blog entry! didn't get to read the one from last year, so I'll catch up with it now! ;) I wish I lived in the US, so I could try some of the things you listed above. Well, these websites were tempting already! haha! thanks for sharing! :)

  10. DebbieJ77 avatar

    On Wed, May 18, 2011 at 10:14 AM, DebbieJ77 said:

    I was ecstatic when I read your Basket blog last year. It came as a special surprise this year, since I forgot about last year's. Thanks for giving us a glimpse into your life. I'm definitely going to try that Nekkid Man Coffee when I'm in Atlanta in October. May have to order me some of that chocolate, as well. I love dark (bittersweet) chocolate, and willing to try some sea salt in chocolate. I like mixing sweet and salty things.

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