Monday, December 6, 2021

monday {menu}

{recipe from... here}

Banana, Coconut and Honey-Cream Tarts


 1 pound pie dough, rolled ⅛ inch thick


  • ¼ cup sugar
  • ¼ cup honey
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 2 ½ cups milk
  • 2 egg yolks, beaten
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup heavy cream


  • 4 baby bananas, halved lengthwise
  • 2 tablespoons plus 2 teaspoons turbinado sugar
  • toasted coconut flakes
  • honey for drizzling 
  • Preheat oven to 400˚F.
  • Line 8 mini tart pans with pie dough and score the bottom of each with a fork.
  • Place tart pans onto a sheet pan and bake for 12 to 15 minutes or until tart shells are golden brown.
  • Remove from oven and cool for about 20 minutes before removing from molds and continuing to cool on cooling racks.
  • Filling: Pour sugar, honey, cornstarch, salt, and milk into a saucepan and whisk together.
  • Place saucepan over medium-low heat and cook mixture, stirring frequently, until mixture simmers. Whisk 1 cup of the scalding milk mixture into the egg yolks, then pour the mixture back into the saucepan.

Sunday, December 5, 2021

happy sunday...

Saturday, December 4, 2021

saturday morning treat (the new yorker)...

Christmas New Yorker covers remind us of our holiday rituals, both past and present. Barreling through crowds in search of the perfect gift, wrestling with your Christmas tree to get it through the door, enjoying the holiday window displays, visits with Santa... Thumbing through a copy, with a hot cup of coffee on a Saturday morning is such a treat! If you know someone who loves New Yorker covers as much as I do, why not pick a great cover and surprise them by having it put onto a mug, wall art, or phone case... Or better yet, get them a subscription (remember those)! Brilliant! Happy Saturday!

via Conde Nast Store

via Conde Nast Store

via Conde Nast Store

via Conde Nast Store

via Conde Nast Store

Friday, December 3, 2021

coastal christmas sale...


We thought it would be fun to open up the garage before Christmas to let you all shop & get gifts that are unique and creative for that special someone! Once again its fast & fun!
Please tell all... Sharing is caring {wink wink}!

In the alley "behind" our old storefront address: 
930 South Coast Highway 101
Encinitas, CA 92024 

If you have any questions please email me at

Thursday, December 2, 2021

wreaths on every window (how to hang exterior wreaths)...

When driving around during the holidays, the one thing  that I love to see on houses are wreaths on every window! It is such a great way to add a festive touch to the exterior of a home. But how do you get those wreaths on those windows? There are a number of ways that you can make sure that they will stay secure and make it through the holiday season. Make one of these work for you...

1. Suction cup hooks that are designed to hold wreaths (make sure to check the maximum weight that it will hold). 

2. Waterproof ribbon (at least 2.5 inches wide) that you loop through the wreath and secure with a knot behind a raised window sash. 

3. Magnetic wreath hangers on metal doors or single-pane windows.  

4. Command Strip hooks (be sure to check the maximum weight that it will hold).

via By Georgia Grace

via Everything Cape Cod

via Leslee Mitchell

via House Beautiful


Wednesday, December 1, 2021

trimming the tree 2021...

There are so many ways to decorate your tree for Christmas. Some people go with a theme. Others stick to a specific color palette. And some just put up whatever they fancy. When it comes to Christmas decorations, it isn't so much about "good taste", but about what makes you happy! Here are a few bits and baubles that I have come across that bring a smile to my face...


Tuesday, November 30, 2021

make it a blue (and white) christmas...

It's about to be December, and Christmas will be here before we know it! I am so excited to get all of the decorations up, and be able to sit back and enjoy... As you all know, I am a fan of blue and white. And although I love the traditional Christmas colors of red and green, I also love using blue, as it represents generosity of spirit. The perfect sentiment for the season. Here are some ideas on how you can make it a blue (and white) Christmas...

via Enchanted Home

via The Makerista

via Meg's Oldfarmhouse

Monday, November 29, 2021

monday {menu}


 {recipe from... h e r e}

Pappardelle Pasta with Pesto, Zucchini & Goats Cheese

  • 1 packet of pappardelle pasta 
  • 1 1/2 cups basil leaves
  • 3/4 cup parsley leaves
  • 1 large clove garlic
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • zest of 1 lemon
  • juice of 1/2 lemon
  • 1 punnet assorted cherry tomatoes
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili flakes
  • 2 large zucchini , cut into rounds
  • 2-3 tablespoons capers
  • 100 g goats cheese , crumbled

  1. In a blender or food processor, combine the basil, parsley, garlic, olive oil and lemon zest and juice. Blitz until it is a pesto-like consistency. Set aside.
  2. Meanwhile, heat a large pan over medium-high heat with a quick drizzle of olive oil. Add the whole cherry tomatoes and chilli flakes. Cover the pan and cook for 3-5 minutes, gently shaking the pan occasionally to prevent burning, until the tomatoes are just starting to blister and burst. Remove from the heat and set aside.
  3. In the same pan (no need to wash it) with another drizzle of olive oil, cook the zucchini rounds until golden on each side. You may need to do this in 2 batches, depending on the size of your pan.
  4. To cook the pasta, bring a large pot of water to a rolling boil. Salt generously. If using store bought pasta, cook according to packet instructions. If using homemade pappadelle, carefully cook for about 4 minutes or until al dente, using tongs to detangle any strands that might stick together.
  5. Drain the pasta and add back to the pot. Add the basil-parsley herb oil, cherry tomatoes, zucchini, capers and goats cheese. Toss to combine. Serve immediately.

Sunday, November 28, 2021

happy sunday...


Friday, November 26, 2021

drink up... it's f r i d a y


Cheers you made it to f r i d a y! 
You survived Thanksgiving! Yes!  
Well,  Drink up friends, You deserve it!

Rosemary Greyhound Cocktail

Rosemary Simple Syrup

  • 2 cups of water
  • 2 cups of sugar
  •  6 sprigs of rosemary


  • 2 ounces vodka
  • 1/2 ounce rosemary simple syrup
  • 4 ounces grapefruit juice
  • sprig of rosemary for garnish

  • Simple Syrup: In a small sauce pan over medium low heat, dissolve the sugar into the water for about 5 minutes. Do not let the mixture boil or crystals will form. In a heat safe container, pour the warm sugar water mixture over the rosemary sprigs and let it steep for at least 1 hour. The rosemary simple syrup will keep in the refrigerator in an airtight container for 10 days.
  • Cocktail: In tall glass filled with ice combine the vodka, rosemary simple syrup and grapefruit juice. Garnish with a sprig of rosemary.

Thursday, November 25, 2021

via Retro Pop Cult



Wednesday, November 24, 2021

decking the halls 2021...

Thanksgiving is just a day away! And with it come so many wonderful traditions; watching the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade (obsessed), playing and/or watching football, splitting the wishbone, taking a family walk, volunteering to help others... It is also a day on which many people kick off the winter holiday season by putting up their Christmas decorations! Whether you are planning on starting to decorate for Christmas tomorrow, or are waiting a bit, here are some of my favorite decorating finds to deck the halls this holiday season... 

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