• Pinspiration: Halloween Party

    Here are some pictures to get you inspired for a Halloween party! I believe entertaining and food go hand in hand. You could be throwing a Halloween party where everyone comes dressed up to hang out, you could be throwing a small dinner party with a Halloween theme or you could be having a pumpkin carving party or a non carving pumpkin decorating party, either way there are endless ideas!

    Picture above via Stylizimo

    Pumpkin Name / Sign Holder photo via A Fabulous Fete

    Decorated Pumpkins Photo via Glitter Guide

    Chevron Painted Pumpkins Photo via My Sweet Savannah

    Pumpkin Pie Pudding Photo via Dora Daily

    Halloween Dinner Party Treats //  Photo via Style Me Pretty

    Candy Apples // Photo via The Perfect Palette

    Pumpkin Carving Station // Photo via Lindsy Steinberg Events  

  • Halloween Roundup

    1. Raven Paper Straws  Crate & Barrel  2. Raven Plate Crate & Barrel 3. Onyx Flatware West Elm 4. Boo Cocktail Pick Crate & Barrel 5. Decanter and Cup Crate & Barrel 6. Serpent Bowl Nate Berkus for Target  7. Bat Bowls Crate & Barrel 8. Skull Apron Williams-Sonoma

    Here are some products that are perfect for incorporating Halloween into your kitchen or if you are hosting a Halloween party! Obviously, from all the details of the products you can see Crate & Barrel took home the win. They have a lot of cool stuff for Halloween but at low costs, which is nice when you're buying for a holiday. The bowl from Target is probably not for cooking but I felt like this would be cool if you're wanting to put out a dish of treats or for your trick or treaters. The great thing is that you can use that bowl even after Halloween!

  • Recipe: Moroccan Stew

    Here is an amazing recipe that is great if you’re hosting a dinner for a larger group or if you want to have something for dinner a few nights during the week. (This recipe makes great leftovers!) I must warn you though this dish takes a lot of prep and many different ingredients and isn’t the fastest of recipes but it is well worth all of the prep and cook time! There are three separate recipes that make up the entire recipe. The stew, the rice and yogurt sauce. You could probably skip the yogurt if you wanted to but I’d really recommend making it if you’re going to make the entire recipe, it really adds something to the final dish! Enjoy!

    Stew Recipe


    • 1 Zucchini, sliced
    • 2 cups Chickpeas (rinsed and drained)
    • 4-5 Yukon Gold Potatoes (peeled and cubed)
    • 1 cup Diced Onions
    • 2-3 Garlic Cloves, finely minced
    • 1 can Stewed Tomatoes (*Recommended: Muir Glen Organic)
    • 1 cup Vegetable Broth
    • 1 tsp Cumin
    • 1/2 tsp Cinnamon
    • 1/2 tsp Cayenne Pepper
    • Kosher Salt
    • Fresh Ground Pepper
    • Cilantro, roughly chopped
    • Olive Oil


    1) In a deep pan, heat olive oil.

    2) Add garlic and onions, let cook until onions become translucent.

    3) Add potatoes. Cook until browned. Add a bit more oil if necessary.  Salt and pepper to taste.

    4) Add zucchini. Cook until zucchini is browned

    5) Add tomatoes, chickpeas, vegetable broth, cinnamon, cayenne pepper and cumin.

    *I have cooked this recipe twice myself. Both times it came out great. The first time I used water instead of vegetable broth and put exactly ½ tsp of cayenne pepper. Then the second time I used vegetable broth like the recipe calls for and put about 1 tsp of Cayenne Pepper, I have to say the stew tasted about the same but the second time was super spicy! So if you’re not really into spice maybe just sprinkle cayenne in or use the ½ tsp no more than that but if you like spice feel free to give it some more kick by upping it to 1 tsp. As for the vegetable broth, I’d recommend getting a low sodium kind or if you’re like me and forgot to get the vegetable broth while at the store then you could use water ;)

    6) Lower heat and let simmer 15-20 minutes.  If it gets dry, add a bit more vegetable broth.

    7) Serve on top of rice (*recipe below), top with fresh cilantro and yogurt sauce (*recipe below)

    Rice Recipe


    • 2 cups dry Basmati Rice (*For this we used white Basmati Rice but they also have brown Basmati Rice if you'd like to use that instead of the white.)
    • 4 cups water
    • 3/4 cup Pine Nuts
    • 3/4 Golden Raisins (*or dried apricots, chopped)
    • Olive oil
    • Kosher Salt


    1) In a shallow pan, add the water, a touch of olive oil, and a pinch of salt. Bring to a boil

    2) When boiling, add basmati rice, pine nuts, and raisins, stir.

    3) Cover and turn heat to low, about 20-25 minutes.

    4) Fluff with fork.

    Yogurt Sauce Recipe



    • 1 1/2 cup Low Fat Greek Yogurt (*use a good strained kind but not too thick.)
    • 2-3 Garlic Cloves, finely mined
    • Handful of fresh Dill sprigs, finely chopped
    • 1 Persian Cucumber, finely diced


    1) Mix the yogurt, garlic, dill and cucumber all in a bowl. Stir well.

    2) Let sit in refrigerator for 20-30 minutes for flavors to incorporate.


    Serve your rice on a plate or a bowl, then top the rice with the stew and top the stew with the cilantro and then the yogurt sauce!


    Styled by: Kristen Tola Hettich & Bethany Nauert

    Photographed by: Kristen Hettich

    Camera Assistance: Bethany Nauert

    Recipe: Scott Diorio

  • Pinspiration: Pictures I'm loving right now

    I know these pins might seem "inappropriate" for the season but being a Florida girl at heart, summer, sun and bright colors go all year round down there! Every now and then I notice things in my posts, pictures and/or wardrobe that are things I'm drawn to because of my roots. I love teal, bright colors and fruits (especially tropical ones!). Here are some pins that recently caught my eye. Have a great Tuesday everyone! :)

    *Photo above: The Mod Collective

    I absolutely LOVE everything about this outdoor kitchen area!

    Photo by: Gaelle Le Boulicaut for Lonny Magazine (more pictures of this backyard and home can be found in the link!)

    My all time favorite color is the background on this photo, love me some aqua/teal! (and some yummy fruit!)

    Photo by: Vanessa K Rees (Her work is beautiful definitely check out her website!)

    Photo from ModCloth (these were for sale but they are out of stock right now :( such a pretty picture though!)

    Beautifully styled pantry!

    Photo via Instagram @mizmaggieb // @catrinekelty + @whiteloftstudio

    photo from Practising Simplicity

    I love this pin! It inspired me to set up or to one day have a area for a jucing station in my kitchen or near by. I think this would be so cool!

    photo via Pinterest

    Pineapples are just pretty!

    photo from Helt Enkelt

    So beautiful! Great food + prop styling!

    photo from Ginny Branch (you can check out all her styling work on her website!)

  • Restaurant Review: Gracias Madre

    This is a restaurant that hasn’t been open that long here in Los Angeles,(maybe a couple of months) but I’m definitely late on getting this review and trying this spot out. This one is for the vegans! Gracias Madre is a plant based Mexican restaurant situated on the popular Melrose Ave in West Hollywood. I am torn on whether I love the food or the décor of this restaurant more. Great food and great atmosphere make for the perfect dining combination. Here’s my review of Gracias Madre!


    Gracias Madre

    8905 Melrose Ave.

    West Hollywood, CA 90069

    p. 323-978-2170


    M-Su 11am-11PM

    Weekend Brunch: 11am-3PM

    Weekday Lunch: 11am-4pm

    Weekday Happy Hour: 4pm-7pm



    (*They also have a location in San Francisco!)

    2211 Mission St

    San Francisco, CA 94110

    p. 415-683-1346


    First Impression: The first time I dined at Gracias Madre was in the evening; I immediately loved the vibe of the restaurant. The atmospheres from daytime to nighttime are similar but also very different. I enjoyed both.

    Taste: For lunch I had “The Bowl” which has romaine lettuce, brown rice, black beans, guacamole, tempeh chorizo, pico de gallo and cashew cream, which is their vegan version of sour cream. I switched the tempeh for their coconut “bacon” (which is amazing and I recommend trying!) I also had their salsa trio (this comes with a mango salsa which is sweet, a pico de gallo that was spicy but not too hot and my favorite the pineapple salsa which has a kick to it!) To drink I had the green juice of the day which had kale, apple and cucumber. Everything had lots of flavor! It’s really great place to go with your friends that are vegan or vegetarian, whether you’re in a large group or a small group. I think everyone will enjoy the food!

    Décor: Beautiful, amazing, perfect! I think that’s my favorite part of the entire restaurant is the décor! I’m always drawn to a place where the interior is beautiful! Gracias Madre really nailed modern boho laid back vibes in the middle of the city. I love the tiles on the bar inside and all the different types of seating and colorful pillows. The restaurant is just so aesthetically pleasing. It’s really just a beautiful restaurant!

    Price: Very reasonable for locally grown organic food in a trendy restaurant and location in Los Angeles. The Bowl costs $13.00 their salsa trio is $10 and their juices and drinks (juices, coffee, teas) range from $4-$6. I don’t drink but I’ve heard great things about their cocktails too! Those run a little more! $ ;)

    Service: Great! They are really fast with getting the food out even when they are busy!


    Ambiance: Lovely! Again, it’s just such a beautiful restaurant. I love the indoor seating area as well as the outdoor seating. Lots of options! Great for a business lunch, dinner date or even a group of friends!

    Overall Experience: Great! I really love Gracias Madre. It’s a great option for vegans and friends of vegans! A lovely dining experience for sure!


    Written, Reviewed and Photographed by: Kristen Tola Hettich

  • Pinspiration: Kitchens

    Happy Monday!

    For those of you that know me, you know that I haven’t been into Pinterest for that long. I was unsure of how to use it and now that I have started using it, it has become really fun! (And addicting!) It’s fun to get inspired and pin things you find beautiful or cool. I thought sharing some pins of my favorite/dream kitchens would be fun! I didn’t realize until after I chose all the pins that there is a theme of what I lean towards and like. I’m always a fan of very clean, white and lots of natural light spaces. What would your dream kitchen look like? What styles do you lean towards?

    *Photo above: Love this whole situation: marble, white subway tiles, brass hardware, lots of light // Photo via Helen Pe

    I love the light and open shelving very cute for a small kitchen! // Photo via Smitten Studio (more pictures of this kitchen in the link!)

    Such a fan of white and brass hardware! // Photo via HSH Interiors

    This herringbone wood floor really makes this kitchen! Loving the mix of wood with black and white. // Photo via Domaine Home

    So cute for a smaller kitchen. It's inspiring because you don't have to have a huge space to have a beautiful kitchen! Photo via My Scandinavian Home (more pictures of this kitchen and the rest of the home in link!)

    Love the marble counter tops and brass hardware! // Photo via Smitten Studio

    This kitchen is absolutely beautiful! Love the tiles, the white and all the nautral light coming in! // Photo via Jessica Helgerson Interior Design (more photos of the kitchen in link!)

    These French doors! Love! // Photo via Pinterest

    You can find more of my pins on my personal Pinterest here! And the blogs Pinterest here!

  • Produce Guide for Fall

    Here are the main players of produce for Fall. I haven't listed all the fruits and veggies that are in season, mostly because we commonly use them throughout the year without even realizing their season is Fall. I felt these were more "special" and generally asssociated most with this season. As a side note the pumpkin and winter squash are not under the wrong catagory, they are actually considered fruits! They fall into the Cucurbita ("gourd")  family, you can read more about that here! (Thanks to Wikipedia ;))

  • Pinspiration: October Treats

    Roasted Garlic Sage Pesto Pumpkin Soup // Recipe here: Half Baked Harvest

    Happy October!

    Here are some pins that are inspiring me for October. Originally, I was going to pin things that inspired me for Halloween but I think my sweet tooth kicked in so I ended up pinning mostly desserts haha! These all look so good!

    Sticky Date Chocolate Chip Pudding // Recipe here: The Moonblush Baker

    Rosemary Peppercorn Fizz // Recipe here: A Thousand Threads

    Apple Crisp Stuffed Baked Apples // Recipe here: Creme de la Crumb

    Pumpkin and Maple Pie // Recipe here: Donna Hay