Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Queen Anne's Lace


The delicateness and old fashioned romance of Queen Anne's Lace takes me back to my childhood days of when it grew prevalently alongside the road or when I'd be stuck playing dolls with my friend while my older sister and her best friend would go out into the woods and neighboring fields to gather armfuls of wildflowers. (My friend and I were to young to go out rambling by ourselves.)

There is a bright and cheery green dotted swiss fabric on my sewing table that is waiting to be made up into an apron. I just need to look through my laces to find just the right piece to embellish the fabric to remind the wearer of the beauty of Queen Anne's Lace. Once it's sewn up, it will be placed into my poor neglected etsy shop.

Monday, May 18, 2015

Cranberry Orange Scones

You know how over the years you collect recipes, but you have no clue where it came from, how you found it, or who shared it? Such is the case with a few recipes in my recipe binder that I've printed off from websites and blogs.

I've had this recipe for a long time, but never made it up until last weekend when I was in the mood for scones. Actually, I was hungry for scones all semester, but never made any on my Friday night baking whims. My roommate was most likely entertained by my sudden creative bursts in the kitchen on the weekends.

So today on the blog I present you with the recipe I used (but tweaked from the original). If you have something similar and know of a source, I'd be more than happy to revise this blog post and give credit where credit is due. The scones are soft and moist, and are not heavy or dense. Neither are they dry and crumbly. Perfection to me, but I know everyone has different scone preferences.

Cranberry Orange Scones

1 3/4 c. all-purpose flour
2 1/2 t. baking powder
2 1/2 T. sugar
1/4 t. salt
6 T. of cold butter
1/2 c. dried cranberries
1 t. freshly grated orange zest
1 large egg
1/3 c. heavy cream

Mix together flour, baking powder, sugar, and salt. Cut in butter with a pastry blender/cutter and then finish off with pinching the remaining pieces of butter until the mixture resembles a coarse meal. Stir in cranberries and orange zest.

In a small bowl, beat together egg and cream. Add to the flour mixture; stir gently until everything comes together and dough is somewhat sticky. My dough seemed a bit to firm so I poured in a few tablespoons of almond milk from the fridge, but any milk or more cream would certainly work.

Divide the dough into two equal portions and transfer to a floured surface. Shape and pat down dough into imperfect circular shapes and cut it into 4 wedges. Place each triangle close by the others in a circular fashion onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.

Bake @ 425 degrees for about 12 minutes or until golden.

While baking, prepare the Orange Glaze:

1 1/2 T. freshly squeezed orange juice.
3/4 c. powdered sugar
1 t. freshly grated orange zest

Mix together, and add enough sugar to have a glaze to your liking. I poured in a bit more sugar in mine since it seemed a bit to thin. Scoop it into a plastic bag (if you don't have any fancy decorating gadgets) and cut off a corner to squeeze glaze onto scones.

They taste especially good if enjoyed with a cup of coffee and in the company of a sister or friend.

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Spring Semester is Underway!

"We shall never find happiness by looking at our prayers, our doings, or our feelings; IT IS WHAT JESUS IS, not what we are, that gives rest to the soul." — Charles Haddon Spurgeon

Before the semester began, I found myself in a coffee shop downton and was able to do some reading and journaling. Sometimes it's good to "come away and rest" as you re-group and prepare for another semester.

So thankful for the soul-rest that only Christ can provide in the busyness of studying, practicing, quizzes, tests, and just general college life. While it certainly is satisying getting good grades and progressing in musical pursuits, true happiness is found in Christ and that is what I need to continually be reminded of.

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

A Downton Breakfast

My last morning at home before I left for another college semester, I put together a Downton-inspired breakfast for my sisters and I. A friend of my sister's had given her a box of scone mix and a some orange marmalade prior to Christmas, and it was such a hit at our house that I picked up a box of scone mix at the store to make again. :) True, I suppose I could have just made my own like I usually do, but decided to splurge. :)

I liked how simple they were to put together (shape into balls, flatten them down, cut into fourths, and bake!) and they turned out perfectly.

Ahh, so yummy with orange marmalade, but I think any other jam or jelly would do when there is no marmalade to be had. If my gooseberry bush produces enough this summer, I'm thinking gooseberry jam would be perfectly delicious.

That morning we savored and sipped the English Rose tea that was one of my gifts for Christmas. It's a lovely floral and berry flavored tea. It's similar to Tazo's "Passion" tea, but the tea container is a great deal prettier. :)

I brought a scone box with me to the Carolina's and am thinking of doing a Downton breakfast for my roommate's birthday in the spring. She'll be 30, and it will be fun to do something for her that is up her alley.

Friday, January 09, 2015

Flora Bella

Well, I decided to take the time to sew up that last apron. And I'm glad I did.

You can't go wrong with a lovely linen by Moda or a whimsical music print, can you?

Tuesday, January 06, 2015

There are Roses in the Winter

Sceptical? Well, I'm sure in other parts of the world there are blooming roses in abundance, but you can bring a lovely Frosted Rose Apron to your kitchen! :)

Later this week I head back to the Carolina's for college and while there is one more apron "in the works" on my table, there is no guarantee that I'll make time to sew it up. And speaking of time for sewing, I ran out of time to sew up my 1950s dress. It will just have to wait until later this year. But it has been a pleasure to hear the sewing machine humming while I've been home.

Monday, January 05, 2015

Acorn Tops

Most often when I'm putting together an apron; working with the fabric and fun little extras that its name comes to me.
This one sports two unmatched buttons from my stash that resemble acorn tops. I thought they were fitting for an autumnish cotton calico, and thus it is named Acorn Tops up in my shop! :)