how to: heart-shaped pancakes

food & goodies, inspiration By January 7, 2020 No Comments

We’re a BIG pancake family. We eat pancakes a few times a week and we love them! Sometimes we keep batter on hand so we can make some pancakes quickly on busy mornings. The pancakes we make are fairly low carb and gluten free. You can find a similar recipe here {I use half the amount of oats and I add cinnamon and a little bit of vanilla}. With our love of pancakes and my love of all things heart-shaped, it seemed like heart-shaped pancakes were in order.

The secret to making heart-shaped pancakes in using one of the condiment bottles with a little bit of thinned down batter to create an outline. I found this condiment dispenser on Amazon but you can find them anywhere!

Make sure your pan or griddle is hot. Create an outline of a heart and let it cook just a bit so the pancake holds it shape.

Then fill in the heart with batter. I use regular batter for this part–not the thinned down batter from the condiment bottle.

Add chocolate chips, blueberries, sprinkles or other yummy ingredients.

Stack them up and enjoy with butter, syrup, whip cream, strawberries–the works!

A special breakfast is fun but breakfast for dinner is a great option, too!

Once you’ve mastered the technique try making different shapes like flowers, Mickey Mouse, stars, etc!

Do you plan special breakfasts? Are you a pancake lover like we are?!

Check out my handmade jewelry. So many pieces have hearts–I just can’t help myself. I love hearts and I love LOVE!


How to build a candy charcuterie board

DIY, food & goodies By October 25, 2019 No Comments

Hey friends! We’re hosting a Halloween party tonight at our house for a bunch of High School students. I firmly believe the number one rule of hosting a Halloween party is–have plenty of candy! I think we are doing okay with rule number one.

Here’s my DIY candy charcuterie board. Want to build your own?!

Building a candy charcuterie board isn’t hard but I did figure out a couple tips while I built mine.

  1. Find a huge board or tray. This one is from pottery barn and it’s beautiful!
Ins’t this charcuterie board gorgeous?

2. Add some kind of themed decor to the board first. I debated about using a couple pumpkins but since this is a high school party I figured spooky was better than cute!

You’re going to needs LOTS of candy!

3. Get A LOT of candy–more than you think you’ll need–in lots of different colors that tie in with your theme.

It’s okay if candy spills over the edges. Let it be messy and fun.

4. Place bigger candy on your charcuterie board first–surrounding the edges to hold everything together. Fill in with smaller, unwrapped candy at the end.

I have helped myself to a Twix while I was creating my candy charcuterie board!

5. Make sure to create your candy charcuterie board in the location where you plan to leave it. Once the candy is arranged it’s going to be hard to move!

Done! This candy charcuterie board is such a fun treat. And speaking of fun treats–did you see the gorgeous, best selling Cross My Heart necklace is 40% off today?

The cross my heart necklace is 40% off today!

Isn’t this necklace beautiful? Find it on sale here! The entire shop is on sale for Halloween! I think you might need one of these or a couple of these!

Are you ready to build your candy charcuterie board??


disneyland’s club 33

food & goodies By December 2, 2014 8 Comments

Last week we had dinner at Club 33 inside Disneyland. If you’ve never heard of it, it’s pretty exclusive. You have to be a member {or know a member} to get reservations. A friend helped us out and we were so excited! It’s kind of a once-in-a-lifetime thing. We had a blast!

Our annual passes expire in 6 days and we won’t be renewing this year, so I am thrilled we were able to squeeze it in before our passes expired!

Disneyland is magical, especially at Christmas time! It was strangely relaxing to be at Disneyland with no kiddos. This was an adults-only evening {although kids are welcome at Club 33}. So I was relaxed and we took our time. Yay!

We went with my brother and my sister-in-law. We talked, laughed, tried all kinds of delicious food and enjoyed the evening.

When we arrived, we rang a doorbell. They confirmed our reservation and then took us into a pretty courtyard to wait for our table.

Everything was branded with Club 33. So pretty–and much fancier than our usual Chipotle or Burgers!

We had 5 courses and finished with french press coffee. My favorite.

After dinner we went out onto the balcony that overlooks New Orleans square {right by the Pirates of the Caribbean exit}. I loved getting to see Disney from a different perspective.

All the twinkle lights and fireworks were so fun. I could have stayed all night!

Here’s a glimpse at Club 33, from the balcony looking in.

Pretty chandeliers, mosaic tiles, even the bathroom was gorgeous!

I think we’ll remember this evening for a long time.

We climbed into bed that night with full tummies and full hearts. What a fun experience!

Have you heard of Club 33? Have you been?


I love when that happens, don’t you? {paso robles}

food & goodies, hello monday, inspiration, san luis obispo By June 2, 2014 7 Comments

Oh The General Store in Paso! It’s adorable and filled with fun goodies. Paso is fabulous for wine, great food and adorable boutiques! It’s gets warm in the summer, but the evenings are glorious! It’s a place I go to for inspiration. A couple of weeks ago I got to chatting with one of the owners, Joely and we were fast friends. I love when that happens, don’t you?

It’s Monday and time for some hellos! ***Hello Monday is where I greet the new week with an open heart and a fresh perspective. It’s a new beginning–and there’s so much to be thankful for! Join me by leaving your own hellos in the comments section or linking up a hello monday post there!***

Hello baskets. Hello planning a picnic! Yay!

Hello soaps that smell so good, I almost don’t want to use them. Except I freak out about germs so I wash my hand A LOT.

Hello happy straws. I think I love you.

Oh never mind! Hello BEAUTIFUL bag! I think I love YOU!!

Hello beautiful store, filling my head with ideas and inspiration.

Hello Joely! You are the sweetest.

Hello flying home from Las Vegas today. I won’t miss the hot weather!

Hello last week of school for my boys. Summer is UPON US!

Hello flip flops and flowy skirts.

Hello backyard that’s spruced up and ready for warm evenings. I can’t wait to share pics with you.

Hello Father’s Day. Have you found something for dad yet?

Hello David who is feeling so much better. And I am feeling so thankful!

Hello finalizing product for Christmas. Crazy I know!

Hello Monday! It’s a brand new week filled with beauty waiting to be found. Leave some hellos for us in the comments section or link up your own hello monday post there!


candy table inspiration (part 2)

events, food & goodies, inspiration By August 30, 2013 2 Comments

Are you ready for part two of our candy table inspiration? You can see part one here. I know I said this yesterday, butjust looking at these pics makes me want to go get a spoonful of sugar from the kitchen. I have a serious love for sugar. Have I ever mentioned that?

How about some COLOR?! Doesn’t color make it fun and whimsical?

We used non-glass containers that would be safe for a kid’s party. So simple but they add to the fun.

And should I tell you how fast all this candy got eaten up? I may or may not have eaten more than my fair share! 😉

Just a few containers with candy at a party, in the break room or at a wedding will add personality. Find our custom candy spoons here!

Which do you prefer–chocolate candy or fruity/sugary candy?


who doesn’t love candy? { table art inspiration}

DIY, food & goodies, inspiration, san luis obispo By August 29, 2013 5 Comments

Just looking at these pictures makes me crave chocolate–so I’ll just apologize in advance if you end up eating a hershey’s bar!

We love a candy table for a backyard wedding or fun gathering. I mean, who doesn’t love candy?! It’s a great way to encourage people to have fun and treat themselves. Adding in a few decorative pieces with bags and yummy candy to your party is just plain fun.

For this candy table we partnered with Ana, who does candy tables locally, to create this inspiring display.  We knew we needed candy, but we also added in some textural elements like moss, wood, books and a few brass animals to help the theme take shape.

Our handmade candy spoons add an extra measure of whimsy and the hand-stamped messages on each spoon are so fun and personal.

This candy spoon reads ‘how sweet it is’. Isn’t that adorable?!

Card catalog drawers filled with yummy caramels and bonbons on a pretty plate–yes, please!

You can find our custom candy spoons here. And check back for part two of our candy table inspiration tomorrow!

for candy table inquiries in San Luis Obispo area contact Ana Hernandez 805-748-0917

Have you been to a party or event with a candy table? Were you shy or did you push everyone else out of line so you could get your candy first?


a viewmaster for dad!

family, food & goodies By June 7, 2013 7 Comments

Last year we ordered custom viewmasters for Steve for father’s day.

I think this is such a fun, creative gift. It’s also the perfect way to use your instagram photos and turn them into a tangible keepsake!

I also found a vintage viewmaster at one of my favorite thrift stores and it works with the new reels. You can create a reel with your own photos here. So fun!

I got a bunch of old photos from special moments and uploaded them to the site.

The boys were so tiny!

I added text to give it more sentiment. I took these pics through the viewmaster so you can see what a fun, vintage feel it has.

Steve loved it! I think it would be really fun to make a reel for different trips we take or special occasions.

We have it sitting out so guests can check out our photos too.

I need to finish up a few more things for father’s day. Are you ready?!