DIY Bacon Hearts

If you’re scrambling for something to make for Valentine’s Day, treat yourself or someone you love to these simple and delicious bacon hearts.

All you really need is bacon, a knife, a pan and an oven. For easier clean-up, use parchment paper. For extra fancy hearts, throw in some chocolate.

  • Get some bacon.
  • Cut it in half.
  • On a baking sheet, shape one half of the heart and then the other, letting the two sides overlap just a bit.
  • Bake at 400 for 15-20 minutes depending on your oven and the thickness of the bacon.
  • Drain off the grease and serve immediately, on their own or as a special breakfast side.

OR if you want to be extra decadent…

  • Drain off the grease and let the hearts cool on a wire rack.
  • Meanwhile, melt chocolate chips in a microwaveable bowl. Start on half power, stirring often so it doesn’t get funky or burn.
  • Drizzle the chocolate over the hearts or just dunk them right in there.
  • Let them cool and enjoy!

Some tips…
Floppy bacon is best. Thick-cut bacon is delicious, but doesn’t shape as well.
Your baking sheet should have sides, unless you want a fire-y mess.
If you choose to cover your bacon in chocolate, it works best if you make your hearts nice and crispy.
Don’t worry if the halves of your heart come apart while dipping. You can stick them back together with melted chocolate.
Watch out for cute dogs underfoot. Your kitchen will smell amazing!

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xoxo,
Laura
Laura Aronson / Crafted in Carhartt

 

Floriole Olive Oil Granola Recipe

Floriole Cafe and Bakery / Olive Oil Granola Recipe

Floriole Cafe and Bakery / Olive Oil Granola Recipe

Floriole Cafe and Bakery / Olive Oil Granola Recipe
Floriole Cafe and Bakery / Olive Oil Granola Recipe
Floriole Cafe and Bakery / Olive Oil Granola Recipe
Floriole Cafe and Bakery / Olive Oil Granola Recipe
Floriole Cafe and Bakery / Olive Oil Granola Recipe
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With fall just around the corner, it’s raining pumpkin seeds! Sandra Holl, from Floriole Cafe and Bakery in Chicago, shared her recipe for a killer fall granola. It’s so tasty, you’ll hardly believe it’s good for you.

What you need: 
3 cups of rolled oats (not quick-cooking)
1 cup of pumpkin seeds (a.k.a. pepitas)
¼ cup of flax seed
¾ cup of grade B maple syrup
½ cup of olive oil (if your olive oil has a strong flavor, use ¼ cup of olive oil and ¼ cup of neutral oil like grapeseed or sunflower)
¾ tsp. of fine sea salt
½ tsp. of cinnamon
½ tsp. of ground ginger
½ cup of dried cherries
¼ cup of chopped dates
¾ cup of toasted pecans
(serves 8)

Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 325°. Line a baking sheet with a Silpat or oiled parchment paper.
2. In a bowl, combine all ingredients except for cherries, and dates. Mix until homogenous.
3. Spread mixture onto the prepared baking sheet. Bake for 20 minutes.
4. Remove from oven and stir. Bake 20 minutes more and stir again.
5. Let the granola cool for 20 minutes. Scrape into a large bowl.
6. When it’s cooled completely, add cherries, pecans and chopped dates. Store in a sealed container in a cool, dry place for up to a month.

Sandra is wearing: Carhartt Women’s Minot Shirt, 1889 Slim Double-Front Denim Dungaree, & Rapid City Utility Work Apron.

 

 

Minneapolis Ceramic Artist Ginny

Ginny Sims Pottery

Ginny Sims Pottery

Ginny Sims Pottery

Ginny Sims Pottery

Ginny Sims Pottery

Ginny Sims Pottery

Ginny Sims Pottery

Ginny Sims Pottery

Ginny Sims Pottery

Ginny Sims Pottery

Ginny specializes in functional domestic pottery, essentially pieces meant for the home with a specific purpose. The idea that memories and home can stir up an interesting conversation for everyone drives her work. No matter what thoughts or recollections you bring into your home and kitchen, there is something about using items that are made by hand. It’s another connection, another conversation to be had. There is such a story to be told in a piece of handmade pottery. You can feel the grooves, the intent, and the beauty in such a way that inspires you. See more of Ginny’s work here.

check out this great throwing outfit: Carhartt Women’s Sandstone Mock-Neck Sherpa Lined Vest, Linwood Chambray Shirt, & Original-Fit Canvas Crawford Dungaree

DIY: Pumpkin Seed Trail Mix

pumpkin seed trail mix

pumpkin seed trail mix

pumpkin seed trail mix

pumpkin seed trail mix

pumpkin seed trail mix

pumpkin seed trail mix

pumpkin seed trail mix

pumpkin seed trail mix

pumpkin seed trail mix

If you saved your seeds from making pumpkin bowls yesterday, you’re ahead of the game. If not, grab a pumpkin and get started. This fall trail mix is great to have around the house for friends and family that are visiting. The perfect mix of sweet and salty is key in a snack. The mix of cranberries, garlic toast, Reese’s Pieces, and pumpkin seeds is so good! Give it a try. Get creative and add in some of your own ingredients.

grab this outfit for yourself: Carhartt Women’s Norfolk Henley, Carhartt Sweatshirt, Straight Fit Jeans, & Wellington Boots 

DIY: Pumpkin Bowls

DIY pumpkin bowls / Crafted in Carhartt

DIY pumpkin bowls / Crafted in Carhartt

DIY pumpkin bowls / Crafted in Carhartt

DIY pumpkin bowls / Crafted in Carhartt

DIY pumpkin bowls / Crafted in Carhartt

DIY pumpkin bowls / Crafted in Carhartt

DIY pumpkin bowls / Crafted in Carhartt

DIY pumpkin bowls / Crafted in Carhartt

Are you looking for fall decorating ideas? Pumpkin bowls are quick and simple. They’re great for serving snacks on Thanksgiving Day before the big meal. They also make inexpensive but elegant centerpieces. Native Americans once used dried pumpkin shells to store grain, beans, and seeds. It’s always cool to pull something historical into your celebrations.

Take a look at my crafting outfit: Carhartt Women’s Rowlesburg Sweatshirt, Clarkston Cami, Slim-Fit Jeans, & Wellington BootsThe Rowlesburg Sweatshirt is one of my favorites. It’s cozy with a thermal lining you can wear around the house or for indoor work. The material is made with Rain Defender™ technology that’s both durable and water repellant, so it transitions to your outdoor jobs as well.

(Save the pumpkin seeds for a trail mix I’ll be posting the recipe for tomorrow!)

Torya Blanchard of Good Girls go to Paris

Good Girls Go To Paris

Good Girls Go To Paris

Good Girls Go To Paris

Good Girls Go To Paris

Good Girls Go To Paris

Good Girls Go To Paris

Good Girls Go To Paris

Good Girls Go To Paris

Good Girls Go To Paris

Good Girls Go To Paris

Good Girls Go To Paris

Good Girls Go To Paris

Think about how you’d describe your best friend. Is she sweet? Fluffy? Covered in powdered sugar? Okay. That’s probably not how you’d depict her. But for Torya Blanchard, owner of Good Girls go to Paris, that might be exactly what she’d say when thinking of a friend. Good Girls is a Detroit hotspot for over 50 varieties of crepes, all named after Torya’s friends, with specific attributes in mind.

Heather, pictured above, is a crepe-making master. Cooking up nutella, strawberry perfection sounds like a fun job to me! When you’re in the heat of the kitchen, the moisture wicking technology of Carhartt Force is on your side. Shop Heather’s look here: Force Performance Quarter-Zip Shirt, Tucker Jacket, and Straight Fit Jean