Saturday, June 5, 2010

A Bun in the Oven

No...not that kind of bun in the oven!  I'm talking about a yummy golden brown sort of bun.  The kind of buns that fill the air with a heavenly scent, and their light and fluffy goodness just begs for some farm fresh butter!

When my in-laws were here visiting, we exchanged some "just because" gifts.  I had found some Sarabeth's Strawberry Rhubarb Jam to give to my mother-in-law because I know she likes the combination of those two flavors, and she gave me a lovely little bread warmer that she had picked up in Hilton Head last winter!  She also bought one for our daughter who loves to cook!

This darling piece of art is called a sea biscuit bread warmer and I love the starfish's so ME!  What's not to love about something that is both pretty and practical?!

And because the sea biscuit bread warmer is made by Chris Niertert of Beaufort South Carolina, I think it's only appropriate that I should use it with my beautiful sweetgrass bread basket!  I have contacted Chris to see if I can find out how to order these beachy bread warmers, which would make great hostess gifts, and I'll update my post when I hear back from her.

I have several sweetgrass baskets that I've picked up in Charleston and the surrounding areas over the years, but the bread basket pictured was something I inherited from my parents.  My mother loved these baskets and the history behind them.

These baskets truly are one of a kind works of art created by artisans with a tradition of basket making that has been handed down from generation to generation.  To read more about their unique and enduring history you can click HERE!

My mother-in-law has always had a knack for finding me gifts that I love, and this perfect little sea biscuit is definitely a gift I will enjoy for many years to come!

UPDATE:   I am so happy to tell you all that I received a wonderful email from the artist, Chris Nietert, who makes these lovely bread warmers and although she sells them at specialty gift stores in the Southeastern United States, she is also able to take email orders!  She also mentioned that they used these as favors at her daughter's beach wedding...isn't that such a great idea?!

So if you are interested in ordering one of these great bread warmers, the price is $7.00 per bread warmer + Shipping and you can contact Chris by emailing her at


  1. I love the bread warmer-it is wonderful!! I have a lovely seagrass basket I bought at the Market in Charleston quite a few years ago. I love these baskets and their history! Thanks for sharing!

  2. Kat, I love the starfish design of that bread warmer. I have a bread warmer from Williams Sonoma. It will keep your bread warm forever.

  3. The grace notes of life!

  4. You are simply just getting better and better with that camera.

    * clapping *

  5. Oh NICE! Both of them... would love to have one of the starfish bread warming stones.. so lovely...

    The Blue Ridge Gal

  6. Oh I love my sweetgrass baskets too! A Great-Aunt of mine left me several that are easily older than me...smiles.

  7. I think popovers would be wonderful in the basket. Enjoy the rest of the weekend.

  8. Can you believe I had never even heard of a bread warmer before? And now I know I will never be satisfied with just any old run of the mill bread warmer unless I can find one that is as wonderful as that starfish! Very beautiful that sweet grass basket too, what a great combo! ~Lili

  9. You are so lucky that you have such a sweet mother-in-law that brings you fitting gifts.

  10. I just want to say that I so enjoy your
    fabulous blog. I always look forward to
    reading your posts.
    I was also given a warming stone from Hilton
    Head Island. I love it!
    I am new to blogging and your blog is always
    an inspiration.
    Thanks so much.

  11. It's so cute..., and I love the basket too!!

  12. I love starfish! What a unique gift! Anne


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