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Our Favorite Recipe for Fresh Guacamole

‘Tis the season for deck sitting, picnics, barbeques and other fun events with friends and family.  I am always looking for a fun, fresh and homemade dish to snack on or take to potlucks.  This recipe for guacamole is super easy and very delicious.




  • 1 ripe avocado, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped yellow onion
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh cilantro leaves
  • 2 teaspoons fresh lime juice
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt


In a small mixing bowl, combine the avocado with the onion, garlic, cilantro, lime juice, and salt and mash with a fork until mostly smooth.

Serve immediately, or cover with plastic wrap (pressed directly onto the surface of the guacamole) and refrigerate for up to 4 hours.


Dreams Don’t Work Unless You Do

This is for all of our friends who are working so hard to fulfill their dreams.  It takes a lot of hard work to live your dreams but it’s worth it!

Dreams Don't Work Unless You Do

Chocolaty Chocolate Chip Pancakes


This is a very decadent pancake recipe that I make for my kids as a treat.  I usually like to make a big batch when they have friends over so that I can sugar them up and send them home to their unsuspecting parents <insert evil laugh here>.   In our house we have real Canadian maple syrup, which makes them even more sweet (as in better).  My kids and their friends love them and I can see why – it’s kind of like pouring maple syrup over chocolate cake – a little reminiscent of Buddy the Elf.  For those of you brave enough or with an exceptionally sweet tooth here is my recipe for Chocolaty Chocolate Chip Pancakes.


  • 2 cups flour
  • 3 tsp. baking powder
  • 4 Tbsp. Nestle Toll House Baking Cocoa
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • 2 Tbsp. sugar
  • 2 eggs, well beaten
  • 2 cups milk
  • ¼ cup oil
  • 1.5 cups Nestle Toll House Milk Chocolate Chips
    or Morsels.


  • Mix dry ingredients together in a bowl and set aside.
  • In different bowl, beat eggs until fluffy.  Add milk and oil.
  • Add in dry ingredients and mix well.  Add the chocolate chips to the mixture.
  • Heat a non-stick griddle or frying pan, greased with a little oil.
  • When the pan or griddle is hot pour about a 1/4 cup of the mixture onto the pan.
  • When bubbles appear on the surface of the pancake and start to burst turn over and cook the other side.
  • Add a few chocolate chips to garnish and your favorite Maple Syrup and voila!  You have chocolaty chocolate chip pancakes!
  • This recipe makes approximately 18 medium size pancakes.





Cheesy Hashbrown Casserole

Hashbrowns are one of my favorite comfort foods.  They also make a great side-dish for barbecue’s or potlucks.  This is another awesome recipe from my friend Kim Ziesmer.  I’ve taken a some liberties and changed a few ingredients but the result remains a pan full of warm cheesy yumminess that will please even the pickiest eaters.

Hashbrown Casserole

  • 1 large pkg. frozen shredded hashbrowns
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 24 oz sour cream (light sour cream works nicely)
  • 1 can cream of chicken soup
  • 1/4 cup of milk
  • 2 Tbsp. butter
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • ½ tsp. pepper

Spread the hashbrowns in a 9X13 pan and let them thaw.

Meanwhile combine cheese, sour cream, soup, milk and salt & pepper and heat at medium until smooth creamy.  Set aside.

Dot half of butter over hashbrowns.  Combine creamy mixture with hashbrowns then on top with the rest of butter.

Bake at 350F for 45 minutes.



Be A Life Enthusiast

In March Kristi & I travelled to coastal California to attend an amazing conference for creative small business owners called Craftcation.  We met so many amazing people but one person in particular had a huge impact on our business focus and energy.  Her name is Tiffany Han and she is a certified life & business coach.  She specializes in coaching highly creative people.  We highly recommend that you check our her website and subscribe to her blog to get your daily dose of awesome inspiration.  Tiffany’s website is www.tiffanyhan.com.  You can also follow her on Pinterest – that is where we borrowed this quote by Roald Dahl.  It makes you want to be better at being a life enthusiast doesn’t it?

Roald Dahl

A Little Junk Food Heaven from Quebec: Poutine

I think we can agree that when we move far away from home there are always foods that we miss.  I was born and raised near Richmond, Quebec, Canada….very close to several of the towns that claim to have invented the Canadian food that I miss the most – Poutine.

Poutine is a Quebec dish made with French fries, topped with white cheese curds and brown gravy.  The best poutines can be found at chip stands or chip trucks in rural Quebec.  Recently a friend of ours in Kansas City, Missouri shared a poutine recipe from a magazine with me.  It was a little too fancy for me so I took the sauce recipe and made a traditional poutine with it.  For my Quebec friends who want to make a poutine at home – this gravy is the real deal!  For my American friends who are brave enough to try this crazy delicious and decadent dish I highly recommend sprinkling white vinegar on top…but then again I am Canadian and vinegar is a must for homemade or chip truck fries.



  • 4 Russet potatoes, peeled and sliced into uniform sticks
  • 5 cups canola oil
  • 12 oz bag of white cheddar cheese curds

To Prepare the French fries:

  1. Soak cut up potatoes in cold water overnight.  Before deep frying, pat dry.
  2. Using deep fryer, heat canola oil to 375F.  Deep fry for 8-10 minutes or until lightly golden.  remove fries from fryer and drain on paper towels.

Ingredients for Poutine Gravy:

  • 3/4 cup diced yellow onion
  • 2 Tbsp. diced carrot
  • 2 Tbsp. diced celery
  • 2/3 cup canola oil
  • 1 Tbsp. tomato paste
  • 1/3 cup all purpose flour
  • 4 cups beef stock
  • 1 Tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tsp. chopped garlic
  • 1 Tbsp chopped rosemary
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. pepper

To prepare the sauce:

  1. In large saucepan, sweat onion, carrot and celery in canola oil over medium heat until they are slightly caramelized.  Stir frequently.  Add sage and tomato paste, and sauté for 2 minutes.
  2. Sprinkle flour over vegetable mixture and combine to form a roux.  Heat for about 1 minute.  Add stock, Worcestershire sauce, and garlic.  Simmer for 35 minutes.
  3. Using immersion blender (also called a hand blender), puree gravy.

Putting it all together:

Put the fries in bowls and sprinkle cheese curds over them.  Ladle the gravy over the fries & cheese curds and enjoy!




Unique and Affordable Boutique Shopping: Catfish & Tater

There are so many big box stores in every city that it’s difficult to find a boutique that is both unique and affordable.  One of our favorite boutiques totally fits the bill.  Catfish & Tater is located at 8 N Main, which is right on the historic town square in Liberty, Missouri.

Catfish & Tater is packed with stylish clothing lines from NY and LA in bright bold colors.  Handmade items are key to the artistic vibe in the shop, so you will find several items from local artists and designers, including Hang Ups in KC!  The house brand “catfish & tater” offers one of a kind leather handbags, tattoo shirts, baby items, re-purposed goods and vintage accessories that you are sure to love.

Catfish A    Liberty Square

Catfish & Tater has been carrying our jewelry line of a couple of years.  We appreciate Heather’s, enthusiasm for vintage and upcycled creations.  These are just a few of our most recent pieces that are available at Catfish & Tater.

Vintage Jewelry 2 Vintage Jewelry

We love to shop at Catfish & Tater too.  The clothes that Heather carries are always different than anything you will find at the big box stores.  Our friend Jen, who shops all around the world (she’s in Paris right now) always makes a point of stopping by Catfish & Tater when she’s in town.  She’s had great luck finding unique pieces that she loves.  Jen is also the proud owner of one of Heather’s absolutely gorgeous tattooed leather clutches.

Check out Catfish & Tater’s Facebook page at this link:  https://www.facebook.com/pages/catfish-tater/118040436065.  If you “like” the page you will see Heather’s frequent updates of what is in the store.  She sells out fast and new stuff is coming in all the time so if you like something message her right away and ask her to hold it for you.  If you don’t live in the area but love something you see online, Catfish & Tater ships within the Continental US for a flat rate through USPS.  Just message Heather on Facebook or call her at 816.820.3791 to let her know what style, color and size you want.  It’s that easy!

If you have any favorite boutiques that are unique please let us know.  We love checking out unique small businesses. Happy shopping!



Grilled Avocado with Salsa

Happy Foodie Friday!  With all the gorgeous weather we’ve been having this week in Missouri I thought I’d share one of my favorite grilled recipes.  Anyone who knows me knows that I love to eat, I love to cook and I love to try new recipes.  Over the past year or two I have made several recipes that I discovered on Pinterest.  One of the best is also the most simple.  As with happens with Pinterest the link no longer works but this is such a simple recipe that it’s easy to remember.




  • avocado (s), halved with the pit removed;
  • 2 Tbsp. of lime juice;
  • 1 tsp. olive oil;
  • Pepper & salt to taste;
  • Salsa;
  • Sour cream (if desired).


  • Cut the avocado in half and remove the pit.  Score with a fork so that the marinade soaks in better.
  • To make the marinade, whisk the lime juice, olive oil and pepper & salt together in bowl.  Brush each avocado with the marinade.
  • Place avocados meat side down on a hot grill.  Cook for about 5 minutes, or until grill marks appear and meat is warm but not too soft.
  • Remove the avocado from the grill and fill the hole left by the pit with your favorite salsa and sour cream, if desired.
  • Eat with a spoon or fork.

Enjoy all of the smooth, smoky yumminess of this amazing and healthy food!

Subscribe and Win a Vintage Spoon Handle Bracelet from Hang Ups in KC!

We are excited to launch our very first contest on our Hang Ups in KC blog!   It’s so easy – all you have to do is subscribe to our blog before midnight on Friday May 31st and you will be entered to win this upcycled vintage silver plated spoon handle bracelet from Hang Ups in KC valued at $38.  The winner may exchange this prize for any item of equal of lesser value from our online Etsy store (www.hangupinkc.etsy.com).


To subscribe to our blog simply click on the subscribe button on the menu at the top of our blog.  Input your email address and preferences and you are done!

If you subscribed to our blog before this contest you will automatically be entered into the draw.

Everyone and anyone is eligible to enter this draw to please spread the word.

On June 1st we will announce the winner of the draw right here on our blog.  Then we’ll make arrangements to ship the prize out to the lucky winner.

Thank you all for your support.  Good luck!

Hang Ups at Lucky Dog Vintage, West Bottoms, Kansas City

We are very excited to announce that our Hang Ups jewelry is available at Lucky Dog Vintage in the West Bottoms of Kansas City.  Lucky Dog Vintage is located at 1231 Union Avenue, Kansas City, MO.  They are open Fridays and Saturdays 10-5pm weekly and extended hours on First Friday Weekends.

For those of you who aren’t familiar with First Friday weekends in the West Bottoms we highly recommend that you check out the fantasic antique vendors and art galleries in the area.  First Fridays take place the first Friday, Saturday and Sunday of every month.

The West Bottoms is a historic area of downtown Kansas City that has been a central marketplace dating back the early 19th century. The historic buildings now house businesses that focus on reclaimed, repurposed and vintage items.

Our Hang Ups jewelry line is featured near the cash area at Lucky Dog Vintage.  We have a created a selection of vintage silverware jewelry, antique key jewelry, repurposed belt bracelets/ necklaces, typewriter key jewelry, handmade cards and a variety of other jewelry.

Lucky Dog Vintage is a large store full of amazing finds.  We thought we’d give you a taste of some of the fun stuff available.

Stop by and check it out for yourself.  We promise that you won’t be disappointed!