If You Really Want to Know, It’s All About Dark Chocolate

If you really want to know what I would like for Valentine’s Day, I will give you one BIG hint and it is from See’s Candies. I don’t need a dozen roses, white or pink for me if you are curious, a gift card to a Spa (see below for discount!) is always a great idea, a dinner out would be very welcome, but a nice big box of dark, nuts and chews would be my favorite present of all.  See’s Candies are the best and a very rare treat…

Guess what Ridgely Brode, blogger behind Ridgely's Radar, would like for Valentines Day? A box of Dark Chocolates from See's Candies!

To buy: See’s Candies and a Spa Gift Card (Save 12% off + Free Shipping this Valentine’s Day! Use: HEART12)




Gift Guide: Valentine’s Day

Can you believe it… Valentine’s Day is a month away!  I feel like I just put Christmas away and I am now looking for little gift items for my sons… again!  My husband and I don’t do anything big for Valentine’s Day as we have our Wedding Anniversary the following week and celebrate that date instead, but for the kids I like to give them a little something.  I usually get them their favorite candy and new pj’s unless I find a new cool gadget.  If I had little kids I would definitely get them these mittens and hat, aren’t they just adorable?  Lots of good ideas in the slide show below… and if you want some other fun ideas for Valentine’s Day check out this delicious brunch recipe, make these cookies , try this DIY tablescape, or send someone a treat!


to buy: Knit Dog Sweater  /  Leather paperweight  / Heart Key Fob  /  Child’s Mitten and Hat set


Where is the time going?  I looked at the date and realized Valentine’s Day is in a month!  Yikes, I am not ready.  I just put away Christmas and I am trying not to think about chocolate.  If you are in the same boat as I am and realize you need a little treat for your sweet… how about one of these really cute gifts from West Elm? Like always, they sell out so grab them when you see them..

Love.. Gift Ideas | Ridgely's Radar

Look-alikes: Naughty or Nice

Have you been naughty or nice?!?  Luckily, I have you covered either way with great gift ideas for Valentine’s Day!  Depending on your budget you can pick from the naughty (budget friendly) or the nice (more luxurious) item to give or get.  Happy Shopping!

Ridgely's Radar finds Look-alike gift items for the Naughty or Nice list for Valentine's Day
Clockwise:  Lip and Nail set: naughty 1 and naughty 2 or nice    /  Tech Wallet: naughty or nice  / Knit Scarf: naughty or nice  /  Animal Print Ballet Flats: naughty or nice  /  Flannel Pajamas: naughty or  nice  /  Necklace: naughty or nice

Setting The Table: Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is a week away and I thought I would give you a sneak peak at what my breakfast table will look like.  I made candy heart trees for my centerpiece and continued the “conversation heart” theme throughout my table-scape. I shopped around (I am not satisfied until I know I have looked everywhere and tried everything!) and bought every brand of candy “Conversation Hearts” to see which ones I liked best.  I decided to use Sweethearts because I liked their size and solid exterior, the others seemed really chalky and dusty.

Setting the Table: Valentine's Day (1) | Ridgely's Radar

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PRINT  DIY Conversation Heart Candy Trees



  1. Spray paint the FloraCraft White Cones in a well ventilated area with the Montana Orchid Pink paint. Leave to dry.
  2. Separated the candy hearts into ramekins by color.
  3. Take one dry, painted cone and, starting at the bottom, glue on the candy hearts* in a random color pattern around the cone until you reach the top.
  4. Glue each cone with candy heart until they are all done.
  5. Arrange the cones on a cake plate and scatter the extra candy around the base of the cones.

*I chose to place the words facing the cone, but you can face them out if you prefer.

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For us, especially on a school morning, it is a simple breakfast of heart (of course!) waffles and lots of crispy bacon.  If you want some other fun ideas for Valentine’s Day check out this delicious brunch recipe, make these cookies , see fun gift ideas or send someone a treat!

Setting the Table: Valentine's Day (6) | Ridgely's Radar

Waffle & Pancake Basic Recipe
Recipe type: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup milk
  • ¼ cup plain yogurt or sour cream
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 tablespoon (scant) Baking Powder
  • 1 cup flour
  1. Combine the wet ingredients first: egg, milk, yogurt or sour cream and oil. mix until combined.
  2. Add the flour and baking powder to the wet ingredients and mix well, it will be lumpy.
  3. Scoop onto griddle or waffle iron and cook until ready
  4. Serve with syrup


Valentine’s Day Gift Guide (3)

If you want to send your Valentine(s) chocolates, flowers, fruit, cookies, coffee, wine /or another delicious treat, there are many wonderful places to chose from.  Listed below are 14 ideas for February 14th. Be sure to browse their sites and see what other delicacies they offer, you might find something you might not have thought of and check the deadline for delivering on time.  Happy Shopping!

Valentine's Day Gift Guide {3} | Ridgely's Radar

to buy: 1. Hershey’s Store   /  2. David’s Cookies  /  3. See’s Candies  /  4. Jelly Belly  /  5. Kabloom.com  / 6. starbucks  /  7. Shari’s Berries  /  8. Dylan’s Candy Bar  /  9. Cheryl’s  /  10.  M&M’S   /  11. GiftBasket.com  /  12. Stonewall Kitchen  /  13. Crabtree & Evelyn  /  14. Harry & David

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