Heath Bars and Heartfelt Memories

October 5

A Journey with Ellie Ann's Interior Design

As the founder and primary designer of Ellie Ann's Interior Design, I often find myself immersed in the world of decor, aesthetics, and creating spaces that exude warmth and comfort. However, there are moments when I take a step back from my professional life and cherish the simple, homey memories that have shaped who I am. Today, I want to share one such memory, intertwined with heath bars and the beauty of nature.

Infusing the past with the present with Grandma Fern Treats

My twin sister, Nicole, and I often reminisce about the times we spent camping with our beloved Grandma Fern. Among the stories that have been passed down through generations, one particular memory stands out - the delightful treat she used to make for us during our camping adventures. It was a tradition that added a touch of homey comfort to every trip, a reminder that even amidst the wilderness, a taste of home could be found.

The heath bars were more than just a snack; they were a symbol of family togetherness, of sharing stories around the campfire, and of creating lasting memories that would be cherished for years to come. And today I am sharing that recipe with you! 

Notes: If darker chocolate were to be used, you would have to melt it before spreading it or place the bars back in the oven for a few seconds after sprinkling the chocolate chips to soften it, as it will take longer and higher temp to melt, and pushing them around would likely disturb the base too much.

Another Journey to Remember

Years later, it was my daughter, Laura Ellen’s turn to create memories infused with heath bars. We embarked on a journey to celebrate a special occasion - her 25th birthday. We decided to make it truly memorable by taking a boat ride and guided hike to Twin Falls on Two Medicine Lake in East Glacier, with the ultimate destination being Coeur d’Alene.

As we set off on our adventure, we had no idea that the journey itself would become as unforgettable as the destination. The boat meant to take us back after the hike had fewer open seats than anticipated, leaving us stranded on the shore, along with other adventurous souls.

While we waited for our guide's return with the boat, we reached into my backpack and brought out those heath bars just like Grandma Fern used to make. There, by the tranquil waters of the lake, we snacked, savoring the sweet nostalgia each bite brought to us. This impromptu picnic turned into a chance encounter with a fellow hiker from Portland, Oregon, whose story intertwined with ours, if only for a brief moment. Another memory to cherish…

The Chipmunk's Brave Quest:

Our adventures continued, in the form of an adorable and daring chipmunk. This little guy was determined to get a taste of our Heath bars, and its antics added a touch of whimsy to our already unforgettable day.

With the energy of the heath bars coursing through our veins, we couldn't help but laugh as the chipmunk scampered onto my shoe and even onto my back. Its fearless pursuit of those chocolate-covered toffee bars brought a smile to our faces and a sense of connection with the natural world.

We couldn't bring ourselves to share our precious Heath bars with the chipmunk, fearing it might become even more hyperactive, but the memory of its playful antics remains etched in our hearts.

It is memories like these that often inspire our designs

In my line of work, I am constantly seeking to create spaces that invoke that feeling of home and comfort we all crave. It's these simple yet profound memories that remind me of the true essence of what "homey" really means. It's not just about the furniture and decor; it's about the love, the laughter, and the shared moments that make a house a home.

As I continue to design and create spaces for others, I carry these memories with me, a reminder that true beauty lies not just in aesthetics but in the warmth of cherished moments. 

And perhaps, in the future, I'll find a way to incorporate Heath bars into my designs, infusing a touch of nostalgia and comfort into the homes I help create.

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  1. I loved your Heath Bar story! I fondly remember your Grandma Fern and your description brought back memories of her as well as images of her. She was a wonderful, kind, smiley, friendly woman. Thanks for sharing! I can see how your memories can intertwine and influence your design ideas.

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