Friday, April 29, 2011

Royal recipe: Lemon blueberry scones

In honor of the royal wedding today, I made these great blueberry lemon scones using a recipe my good friend Becca gave me.  (See below for full recipe, which has been slightly adapted from the original.)





RECIPE

2 cups all purpose flour
1/4 cup granulated white sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, cold and cut into pieces
2/3 cup buttermilk
1 lemon, zested
1/2 cup dried blueberries

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F and place rack in middle of oven.  In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Cut the butter into small pieces and blend into the flour mixture with a pastry blender or two knives. The mixture should look like coarse crumbs.  Add the buttermilk to the flour mixture and stir just until the dough comes together. Do not over mix the dough.
 
Transfer to a lightly floured surface and knead dough gently four or five times, adding blueberries and lemon zest midway.   Then pat, or roll, the dough into a circle that is about 7 inches round and about 11/2 inches thick. Cut this circle in half, then cut each half into 3 pie-shaped wedges (triangles) and then cut those in half.  Place the scones on the baking sheet.  

Bake for about 10 to 15 minutes or until golden brown and a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.  Makes about 16 scones.

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Special delivery from EmersonMade!

Look what came in the mail!  I was so impressed by the careful and classy packaging of my Dandy and Zebra Clutch -- even the glossy goldenrod box is gorgeous.  The folks at EmersonMade really know how to make a good impression.  I also got this seersucker blouse, just in time for summer!



Saturday, April 16, 2011

Ploughman dig my earth*

It's officially springtime (on the calendar at least), so that means I've got gardens on the brain.  I am attempting to plant a vegetable garden in a patch of dirt beside my house this summer, joining the ranks of many an urban farmer who though limited by space, has no shortness of big dreams.







*post title inspired by the line "Businessmen drink my wine/ Ploughman dig my earth" from the song "All Along The Watchtower," written by Bob Dylan but made popular by Jimi Hendrix.

Friday, April 15, 2011

This staircase made my day


The art of the paper note

Absolutely IN LOVE with these personalized rubber stamps from etsy seller Primele.  I gave one as a wedding gift last year to my friends who had recently renovated their new home together and now I'm finally gifting one to myself!  Should be on my doorstep in just a few short weeks.






Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Friday, April 8, 2011

Going to the chapel

A very happy wedding day to my cousin and her new husband.  Off in Plymouth for a couple days to celebrate with the family!

In the meantime, how awesome are these cakes?


Thursday, April 7, 2011

King of the road

Check out these amazing vintage campers found via Apartment Therapy.  Growing up, we didn't always have the funds to splurge for a hotel, but we did travel a lot, and always with our trusty Coleman pop up.  Now I know I'm not that old, but this was still before iPods and portable electronics for the most part and certainly before cell phones.  Which meant lots of quality time with the family playing cards and listening to the radio.  Would love to recreate that memory with my own family some day -- maybe in a vintage camper like one of these:











{images via Apartment Therapy}

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Calm down your casa


{Above: Lonny Magazine | Photography by Patrick Cline; Interior Design by Deborah Needleman}




{this is bliss}




{love the wide plank floors against the all-white room}

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Monday, April 4, 2011

The houses of Key West


I was surprised to discover a multitude of homes for sale while in Key West recently.  What I wouldn't love to just escape permanently into the Florida sunshine, snatch up one of these beauties, and stake my claim in paradise.  In the meantime, the photos will have to do!
 
















{a fixer-upper, anyone?}



{Ernest Hemingway lived here in the 1930s}



{detail of window at Hemingway House}
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