If you are planning to gift someone with an Instant Pot this Christmas, or know they already have one that they aren’t using to maximum efficiency, why not present them with a copy of  Marilyn Haugen’s latest release, “5-Ingredient Instant Pot Cookbook” (

One of the best reasons to love this book is that is provides 150 simple and easy creations that need only 5 key ingredients to make. There is also a wonderful introduction to getting the most out of your Instant Pot. The recipes run the gamut from side dishes and protein staples to desserts and pasta and vegetarian side dishes. This well-written guidebook is a must-have for any Instant Pot owner!

“5-Ingredient Instant Pot Cookbook” by Marilyn Haugen – Gotta Love It!



For anyone on your holiday gift list who aspires to be in business for themselves, Cameron Mitchell’s inspiring autobiography, “YES is the Answer. What Is The Question?” ( is the perfect fit.

Mitchell tells in entertaining fashion his rise from being a 16 year old troubled dishwasher to president of a restaurant corporation some 19 years later. His own gameplan for success in business and success at building a reliable professional team has many lessons to teach others beyond those in the foodservice and hospitality business.

“YES is the Answer. What Is the Question?” by Cameron Mitchell – Gotta Love It!


Absurdimals: Chester Learns to Swim” by Gwendolyn Javor,  with illustrations by Melissa Aker Spears, ( is the second in a series of children’s stories about animals who learn to make their physical differences work in their favor.

Kids will no doubt be rooting for the loveable although self-doubting Chester, a “dock” who is combination dog and duck who doubts his ability to swim in order to win an upcoming race. Only when Chester grows in self-confidence and, more importantly, self-acceptance, does he realize that swimming, or any other goal he wants to achieve, is within his reach.  This Absurdimals tale make a great stocking stuffer for children this holiday season!

Absurdimals: Chester Learns to Swim” by Gwendolyn Javor – Gotta Love It!


Some of the best roomates we can ever have in our lives are those with four legs and covered in fur. But pets can be hard on the furnishings in your home or apartment.  New York City-based Interior Define ( can custom make furniture for your living room, bedroom and dining room that is expertly crafted using a wide array of premiere quality pet friendly fabrics.

Best of all, Interior Define will send you 5 free swatches of high quality pet friendly fabrics, including top-grain leathers and jewel-colored velvets,  so you can choose the best styles, colors and designs for your situation and budget. In addition, you can also visit their Soho Guideshop location in New York for their design expertise or do everything online so that you can make your home  pet-friendlier in 2019.

Interior Define Pet Friendly Customized Furniture — Gotta Love It!

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KISS Rocker Gene Simmons has scored another winner with the introduction of his new line-up of Moneybag Sodas ( in four thirst-quenching varieties: Cola, Diet Cola, Ginger Ale and Root Beer.

We recently found what Simmons describes as the “royalty” of sodas at our local Wegman’s Supermarket and love the crisp, clear kick that comes from pure sugar cane as one of the key ingredients. And even though USA-made Moneybag Sodas is designed for those with expensive tastes, you don’t have to be a millionaire to afford a 4-pack! Cola and Root Beer, complete with foamy head, are our favorites. Also available at select local 7-Eleven locations. A unique and appealing addition to your holiday beverage bar offerings or as a hostess gift when visiting family and friends.

Gene Simmons Moneybag Sodas – Gotta Love It!



If there is a Burger King location in your neighborhood (, check to see if they are offering the chain’s limited time pancake promotion, a great breakfast value for under a dollar!

Whether enjoyed in the dining room on-site or taken home for a breakfast treat, Burger King’s trio of Golden Fluffy Pancakes comes complete with syrup and buttery spread. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and now Burger King eliminates all of the muss and fuss of making pancakes in your own kitchen with its sweet Golden Fluffy Pancakes deal.

Burger King Golden Fluffy Pancakes — Gotta Love It!


Barring an accident or illness that cuts life short, most of us will be lucky enough to face something none of us can escape – growing older. But Dr. Ron Kaiser has authored an informative and entertaining book, “Rejuvenaging: The Art and Science of Growing Older with Enthusiasm”( that offers some very sage advice about how to age gracefully and successfully.

This book feels like an extended conversation with a honest and amiable friend who’s been there and done that and is glad to share what he’s learned to help make our journey into the senior years more productive and less painful and frightening. This book covers everything from staying mentally and physically active to staying involved, eating right, maintaining social connections, and having a healthy perspective about old age. This book makes a great stocking stuffer for any senior on your gift list this season!

“Rejuvenaging: The Art and Science of Growing Older with Enthusiasm” by Dr. Ron Kaiser  — Gotta Love It!


As much as we love researching things on the Internet, there is still something very satisfying about holding a reference book in your hand. The recently released paperback edition of The World Almanac and Book of Facts 2019 ( is the one reference book above all that deserves a space on your library shelf.

The 2019 Edition has slightly more than 1,000 pages crammed with all sorts of useful statistics and knowledge, including sports records, health & vital statistics, helpful consumer information and stats on population, the economy, world history and nations around the world. It makes the perfect stocking stuffer for the trivia lover on your holiday gift list!

The World Almanac and Book of Facts 2019 – Gotta Love It!


Pickett Brothers Beverage, an all natural soda and syrup company based in Brooklyn, NY ( offers an all natural concentrated ginger syrup guaranteed to spice up your holiday menus, especially your cocktails and mixed drinks.

Pickett’s American Craft Ginger Beer Syrup comes in two heat strengths, medium spicy or hot ‘n spicy to kick up the flavor level on your Moscow Mules and assorted other cocktails.  Its natural ginger extract has an authentic taste and flavor, along with an enticing aroma. Best of all, you control the strength of heat since you mix the syrup with any carbonated or sparkling water to create a mixer.  This delicious and versatile syrup can also be used to create dazzling holiday salad dressings, glazes, marinades and desserts. Pickett’s Ginger Beer Syrup adds creativity and sparkle to any holiday food or beverage party offerings.

Pickett’s American Craft Ginger Beer Syrup – Gotta Love It!


If you are lucky enough to find an Instant Pot under the Christmas tree this year, with your name on it, let’s hope you are also lucky enough to receive a copy of the new “Complete Indian Instant Pot Cookbook” by Chandra Ram along with it (

The author provides 130 modern and traditional recipes to create authentic Indian specialties, including Dal, Chutney, Paneer, Biryani and Kheer in the easiest and most time efficient method possible. Almost every recipe is accompanied by mouth-watering color photography. The directions are clear and concise and the recipes nicely organized by category. If you’ve been intimidated to try Indian cooking before , this very user-friendly volume deserves to be an addition to your cookbook library. It also makes a wonderful holiday stocking stuffer!

The Complete Indian Instant Pot Cookbook by Chandra Ram – Gotta Love It!